Anyway, I have denied these hippie accusations for a long time, but the time has come where I can no longer deny my inner hippie. You see, I am currently conducting another experiment on myself - the "no 'poo" experiment to be exact. No, it's not what you think. I'm not going to attempt not to poo anymore or something like that, but rather I am forgoing shampoo! Yes, you heard me correctly. I will no longer be using shampoo ... at least for the next two months anyway.
The beginning of my no 'poo experiement started about a week and a half ago, when I was about ready to rip out my hair due to not only a bad hair day, but also because my scalp was extremely itchy, I had tons of dandruff, and my hair was literally knotting itself. Ugh. So, I went online to research what shampoo I should be switching to when, amazingly, I came across tons of information that led me to believe it was SHAMPOO, ALL SHAMPOO that was creating my ultimate bad hair days. Shampoo contains a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulfate that basically strips your hair of moisture and nutrients, which is why conditioner was invented. It is also why your hair gets so greasy in between washings, because your body is trying to compensate for all the moisture that was lost. ANYWAY ...
I started reading about the "curly girl" method of hair care, which is basically using conditioner only to wash hair and completely forgoing blow drying your hair (unless using a diffuser) and brushing it only with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. If you're sitting there saying to yourself, "Um, Danielle you don't have curly hair." Yes, thank you, I know this. Tiffany also reminded me of this in several texts that she sent me about going no 'poo! Believe it or not, though, I do have wavy hair and this method works for people with curly or wavy hair (it even works for my peeps with hair that is straight as a rod!). According to curly girl, conditioner does a great job of cleaning your hair, but is much milder than shampoo.
I'll continue to post pictures as I continue my experiement.
Now, a lot of the info I've read says that you should clarify your hair with a mild shampoo every few weeks to remove any protein build-up, but I never want to use shampoo again, so I'm going to try a rinse made with diluted apple cider vinegar. I'm a little scared about trying this, but I'm going to do it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes!
Well, I hope everyone out there appreciates my inner hippie, even if you're not down with the no 'poo thing! And, sorry about my lack of posts lately. I've been terribly lazy and not in the mood to write anything. My new-found experiement has given me the necessary motivation, though!