Well, some of my long-time readers might remember that I tried to go “no ‘poo” last year.
And yeah…it didn’t end up working.
I used to be an everyday hair-washer and switching to baking soda and apple cider vinegar didn’t work out so well because (I think) I was way too “dependent” on my shampoo and conditioner. I liked the feeling of limp, silky, soft hair. I mean, really, who doesn’t?
Anyway, I gave it up and instead, just tried to wash my hair less. I switched to washing every other day, and it’s taken quite a while, but recently, I realized that my hair doesn’t look dirty on the no-wash day. So that’s good.
Still, I really wanted to wean myself off of shampoo. I have ridiculously sensitive skin and it bothers me to think of what my skin is absorbing. I decided to try washing my hair with Dr. Bronner’s lavender castile soap since I was already using it for body wash, and I’ve heard of others using it for shampoo.
Unfortunately, it left pretty bad residue. I realized, though, that I could wash with it in between real shampoo washes. So that’s day one: shampoo wash. Day two: no hair wash. Day three: Dr. Bronner’s wash. Day four: no hair wash. Repeat. Got it?
That method was working, and my hair looked fabulously wavy and textured after using Dr. Bronner’s, but it felt like it was coated with wax. I am one of those who enjoys nice textures and well…I don’t include “wax-coated hair” in my list of things I like to touch. You know? Alternatively, I no longer enjoy the look of my silky soft hair because it seems too plain and boring and wispy.
Gee, aren’t I difficult to please?!
Anyhow, last week, it suddenly hit me: what about baking soda and apple cider vinegar? Although it failed me last time, I am much less dependent on real shampoo this summer and I felt certain that it would work better for me this time around.
So I did it.
And the results?
No limp, silly hair.
No wax-coated hair.
Only fun, textured, clean-feeling, happy hair!
I wanted you, my dear, darling readers, to know this because it really makes me happy. And, maybe there are some of you who need an alternative shampoo idea (or encouragement to try the alternative again).
Unfortunately, my eczema is bad regardless of what soaps I use, which has forced me to wear gloves while showering. Which feels (and looks) absolutely ridiculous. But I’m still happy that my body is not absorbing evil chemicals, and my hair looks nice, and I can wash it less.
The smell of vinegar is kinda weird, but it goes away. I promise you won’t smell like vinegar if you do this. Well, maybe for a few minutes after the shower but it’s worth it, people.
So, tell me if you try it. And tell me if you like it. And tell me if you don’t like it.