As of tomorrow I will have gone one whole year without using shampoo:
- When I traveled to China and my boyfriend was concerned about me traveling overseas with a plastic baggie of baking soda.
- When I went to New Orleans to visit my sister for the weekend.
- When I went away with my family for a week and forgot baking soda.
So there have been a handful of times where I’ve used it, but I can’t say I miss it at all. And the truth is, my hair is less oily and greasy, so when I do travel, I need to use shampoo rarely–once every three or four days maybe. And I think I only need to use it that frequently because I work out and sweat around my hairline.
They say habits take five years to make permanent, but I’m confident I’ve said my final bye-bye to shampoo suds for the time being. When I think of it what I’ll miss most of all is making funny hairdo and Mohawks with a sudsy head, but, truthfully, I haven’t done that since I […]
Well as some of you know I stopped using shampoo in October 2008–that’s almost a year now, but this is my first summer without the soapy suds. One of the many changes I appreciated with ceasing shampoo use was that I didn’t seem to need conditioner anymore. That all changed with days at the beach and humid weather curling my hair into knots at my scalp. I don’t need to use conditioner every day, but I have needed to use it, on average, about once a week.
It’s no big deal, but I thought it was important to mention since I seem to have become an advocate of less shampoo. Occasionally conditioner is a side effect of a New England summer.
I’m still going strong without shampoo. By the end of the first month I had decided that my hair always looked a little too greasy for my liking. It wasn’t greasy in a way that would make anyone look at me and think I was dirty, but I didn’t like it. I was rinsing my hair every day, but it didn’t seem to be enough.
Then I started washing my hair with baking soda and cider vinegar (as recommended on a no-poo website). The baking soda felt wonderful. After a month, it turns out I really did miss having something clean my scalp. It felt wonderful. I used the vinegar to rinse it off and didn’t even wind up smelling like fish and chips.
I think baking soda and vinegar will do the trick for me. My hair didn’t feel or look the least bit greasy. As always, time will tell. I haven’t figured out how often I will need to wash with baking soda yet, but I think I’m hooked.