Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today I No-Pooed My Hair.

I've read several different articles and blog posts about going shampoo-free and the idea really intrigued me. 
I'm rather bothered by the amount of chemicals in body products and this disturbia was compounded when I realized how sensitive Ash is to these things.  I got on to EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and really got a look at what was in our shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.  Yikes!
Some people have said that they went through a greasy, flaky stage while their scalps made too much oil (the shampoo conditions our heads so we HAVE to wash our hair more often).  The idea of running around looking like I don't have running water has been my biggest deterrent.  I don't want an oil slick-head nor an itchy scalp.  Yuck!  But as I read more, it appeared that it's not the same for everyone, and if you use baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) then you're less likely to have such a gross reaction. 
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Well, today I took the plunge.  I washed my hair with baking soda water.  It felt really good and I could hear my hair squeaking!  Really clean!  Next time I will be trying the apple cider vinegar water because from what I've read it helps smooth the hair down.  I'm feeling a bit frizzy today.  Though part of that may be because I have a hard time not turning the water to super hot.  Plus, I didn't use any silicones. 
I'll keep you all posted on how this experiment works.  I'm not going to write out a how-to at this point since I don't even know what truly works, though it appears that everyone is slightly different (no surprise).  If you'd like to read more detailed accounts of other womens' experience going shampoo-free, go here, here, and here


Vicky said...

As much I would love to go chemical free, I don't think I could be that brave.
Finding the time to have a shower is precious enough. x

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

I can't wait to see how this goes for you--I did the "no-poo" thing for two months. Then I reverted to my old ways. ; ) Good luck!

MommyMert said...

A girl in our ward has been doing this... thought about it, but well... I LIKE the way my hair smells?? Is that a bad reason for liking shampoo?

alissa4illustration said...

I may have to experiment with Isaak. He has sensitive skin.

Amy said...

Cool! Save money too!
I'm scared to try that too because my hair is SO dry and SO frizzy. The flat iron is my best friend.
You can imagine what high school was like before flat-irons were readily available. Ugh.
Keep us posted! (My husband was pretty amused by the blog title... at least, the 'poo' part.)

Charlotte (Life's a Charm!) said...

I've read about this too! and so far I'm not yet convinced to try it! Maybe when my hair is shorter I will!
But keep us posted, would love to hear your experience on this!

Anonymous said...

That's cool. Let us know how it goes.