Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Me and My Inner Hippie

My friend Stephanie has accused me, for a very long time now, of being a hippie, primarily due to my resistance to modern medicine and my obsession for finding natural remedies of various sorts. I have gone through many failed experiments ... *ehem - the apple cider vinegar one comes readily to mind * ... but throughout it all I did discover a miracle cure: minced garlic mixed with honey will cure anything. Well, at least it cured strep throat and a sinus infection, but, hey, that's pretty good right?

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.

So, I decided to try the conditioner only washing and see what happened. I should also mention that I do not wash my hair everyday, anyway. I stopped this evil habit when I was 18 and my hair stylist at the time scolded me for the everyday washings. So, since then, I have only washed my hair about 3 times a week anyway. Yes, it was hellified greasy at first, but after about 3 weeks it adapted to the washing schedule. It's really weird how it does that. Ok, so back to the conditioner only stuff ... I started this a week and a half ago and I've washed my hair about 3 or 4 times, only with conditioner. And, so far, my results have been great! My scalp no longer itches, I don't have nearly as much dandruff as I did before, and my hair hasn't been tangling as much as in the past! YAY! The best part about it is that my hair is not as greasy as I expected it to be while it adjusts to not having shampoo. Today was the first day that my hair felt a little greasy at the scalp, but my friend and coworker Darlene told me that it doesn't look bad and she would tell me if it did! A double YAY!! I took some pictures to show my homies who don't see me everyday what my hair looks like ....

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!


Vanessa Rogers said...

Very interesting. I have the same dry scalp, dandruff issue. I might have to check out this method of washing...Let us know how it goes.

Tiffany said...

Embrace your inner hippie and let's move to Berkeley!! (it's one of my favorite places on the planet btw and not far from where I am right now)

As a note to everyone, because of Danielle, I have not used the 'poo for two days now. I have the kind of hair where I cannot go more that 20 hours without washing my hair because it gets oily enough to do an oil change on an H2. But I washed yesterday morning and this morning with conditioner only. And my hair is fab! Double bonus for me because I have stick straight hair. And I blow dry it.

If you do decide to break down and wash your hair though D-Feezy, try Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Smells good and it's not a hair/scalp killer.

Temple said...

My hairstylist (who I worship because she is like magic) told me years ago to shampoo one day and then just condition the ends like for the next 1-2 days. It works for me and I have naturally curly/wavy hair. So I switch up and use the 'poo like every other or every 2 days and then otherwise use conditioner.

Brooke said...

This is pretty interesting. I get pretty dry hair and my forehead and it itches like crazy!
I am a little afraid to try because my hair normally really shows the oily/ greasy look. So, I can you can like wet it down in the shower everyday without the 'poo?