I don’t recognize her at all.
Where is the child I saw just this morning
with her games and her toys and her dolls?
Where did she come from and where is she going?
I don’t really know her at all.
Who is that woman I see in the mirror?
I don’t recognize her at all.
Remember some time ago that we all laughed at that “No-Poo” shampoo? Well it turned out that it was a part of the No Poo method where you don’t use shampoo on your hair. The whole “No Poo” part is a little too cutesy for me but the idea has been swimming around in my brain for a while.
I have very dry, fine, fragile hair and a dry scalp. I generally only shampoo every two or three days and usually by the third day, my hair and scalp feel greasy and dirty. After shampooing, my hair was frizzy and my scalp dry and flaky. So I tried things like olive oil but whatever good that does is washed away with the shampooing you need to do to wash it out. Then recently, the Better Homes & Gardens that won’t stop coming recommended V05 hot oil treatment which has been around at least since I was a kid. We haven’t found a better solution with all the new technology and products in the past fifty years?
Then I remembered the no shampoo method I read about some months ago. I didn’t have much hope. As I said, my hair felt greasy and dirty after about three days when using shampoo, even while the ends were dry and fly away. But I thought I’d try it.
The conditioner only method is recommended for dry and curly hair. You scrub your scalp with a small amount of conditioner and rinse, then work more conditioner than you’d probably normally use from scalp to end, clip it up and do the rest of your shower before rinsing with cool water (to help keep the cuticle flat). A different method is suggested for oily hair.
It’s been almost three weeks since I shampooed my hair. The first surprise was my hair doesn’t get greasy even after four days – though depending on what I’m doing, my scalp does feel dirty by then. My curls are soft and much less frizzy. I’m still having some issues with dry scalp but I made the mistake of starting this from memory instead of reading the articles again. Many of the articles recommended using a clarifying shampoo first to remove build up. I didn’t do that. I used sulfate free products (which, by the way, are usually not sulfate free – read the bottles carefully) but many of them, particularly conditioners, contain silicone or dimethicone. Silicone is used for that slippery, slick feeling. The problem is that it coats your hair and ultimately makes it drier. That coating, I suspect, is why when I wet my hair in the shower, it suddenly feels gunky. That feeling goes away after I “wash” it with conditioner so perhaps it’s washing some of the build up out.
Since I just bought two of my favorite tea tree oil conditioner, I will have to shampoo my hair once in a while until I use it up. Then I will switch to a conditioner that is silicone and paraben free. The Body Shop has a line of sulfate, silicone and paraben free hair products that I plan to try. I’m particularly interested in the detangling spray – who knew that No More Tangles was full of silicone and parabens? Oh, and most styling products contain the dreaded silicones or parabens too.
I’m pleased with this experiment so far. I could live with the progress I’ve made even if I have to shampoo now and then. I’m interested in trying the new products, but frugal. I have a whole cupboard of half used shampoos and conditioners that I ended up not liking. It’s hard to just throw that stuff away but when am I going to use it? I really should clean that out. It just seems like such a waste.
By the way, skin lotions and creams, face wash and creams, body wash… all tend to contain the sulfates, silicones and parabens. I haven’t tried the alternatives yet and some of what I use are actually free of the evil three, but what I’m reading is that these things dry out your skin as well. It doesn’t really matter if they feel good going on if they are drying out my skin. So I may be trying out a number of new things as I run out of what I have. Neutrogena Naturals is a line I plan to try.
We’ll see. I don’t really trust fads and I wonder if this is just a fad. On the other hand, some of the comments I’ve read have people who have not used shampoo in a decade. Has anyone else tried this method or the newer sulfate, silicone and paraben free products?
I had a memory this morning and I thought I’d put it here, where probably no one will read it. Heh. When I was little, my mom washed our hair (and her own) with Ivory Soap. I remember arguing with her when I was in junior high or high school and home ec or something had educated me on shampoo. She didn’t feel like shampoo got her hair clean enough. For a long time, she washed her hair with Ivory Soap and then shampooed. I’m willing to bet that other mothers or grandmothers did the same thing when shampoo was newer. Shampoo, by the way, was invented in the 1930s. Prior to that, most women washed their hair with soap every two weeks. Remember when women got their hair washed and set once per week?
So, when you talk about something relatively new, like the trendy no-shampoo method, remember that what is normal now was new and different once upon a time.