I’ve had issues with my hair as long as I can remember. First of all, I don’t have a lot of it, and the little that I have was falling out, and I even developed dandruff somewhere along the way. Ugh. Recently I discovered a magical shampoo that got rid of my dandruff, (you can read about that here) and left my scalp flake free, but I was still having greasy scalp issues.
At this point of my life, I was sick with my head and my hair, so I decided to go on a massive strike and stopped washing my hair altogether! A bit extreme I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Plus I started reading up on the no-poo movement, which isn’t about refusing to actually take a poop, if that is possible 🙂 but what it is, is actually to say no to shampoo‘s. People who swear by the no poo method believe that shampooing with your typical shampoos remove the natural oils produced by the scalp causing the scalp to produce more oil to compensate. And when you have more oil on your head, you shampoo even more. Notice the vicious cycle?
So I tried not shampooing my hair, but just washing it with only warm water every other day.
I lasted all of 5 days. 😦
At the end of the 5 days, I could not stand the sight of my hair anymore, I didn’t mind the grease and yuckiness, but I was starting to resemble Helena Bonham Carter, and not in the talented way.
And I caved. I washed my hair with my regular shampoo, but I only used a tiny tiny bit, about two teaspoons to wash the whole of my scalp. And guess what? My hair looked absolutely f**cking fabulous after the wash! And this is without conditioner, blow drying, or combing. Not washing it as often seems to give my hair lovely shine, volume and it seems that not much hair is falling out too. And I seem to see less grease on my scalp (or is that my mind playing tricks on me?)
I just love the way my hair looks all fluffy and vo-vo-vo-volumized! Seems its getting long too. Do forgive the sans make-up look I’m sporting since this was like 5 mins before I hit the bed.
My hair decides to look fab before going to bed, WTF.
At the moment, I’m trying to see how much longer I can last not washing my hair, and hopefully I can stretch it out to washing it once a week since I really want to document the progress of the no poo method on myself.
If you see me on a daily basis and are reading this post, feel free to look disgusted and horrified and to avoid me the next time you meet me. I can already hear my you people going *psst, there goes the girl who doesnt shampoo her hair! *
Anyway, comment on what you think about the no poo method, or if you have some ingenious method of cleaning your hair without the regular chemically produced shampoos we use!