And now for something completely different…..
About two years ago I was on a voluntary simplicity kick. I read every book in our library about the subject and I incorporated a lot of the things I learned into our daily lives. One of the the ideas I incorporated was going No-Poo, as in, I stopped using shampoo. This lasted for about a year until I found a beautiful, natural, shampoo bar that I fell in love with. I packed a bunch of those shampoo bars for Asia but once we ran out I went back to using shampoo. Now that we are home I am re-focused on eliminating unnecessary products in our lives and I have kicked shampoo to the curb once again.
It is possible to stop using shampoo completely without replacing the shampoo with anything other than water. Since your hair is used to being completely stripped of all of its natural oils every time you use shampoo, your hair constantly overproduces oils. Once you stop stripping your hair, the oil production will level off to a level that won’t make you look like a grease ball. This can take a month or more so you are going to look greasy in the adjustment phase.
While some people swear by using no products at all on their hair, I found that even after the adjustment phase my hair looked “blah.” So I now prescribe to my own hair washing routine.
My hair washing routine:
I’ve opted to replace my shampoo with a two part system.
I mix about two tablespoons of baking soda in two cups of water and use this mixture instead of shampoo. I give the mixture a shake before pouring about 1/4 cup into my hair. I then scrub my scalp thoroughly and rinse. The baking soda absorbs the oils and dirt and the water washes it away.
Next I use a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar. I spray about six sprays around my head being very careful not to get it into my eyes. If you do get it into your eyes your family will come running to see why you are screaming swear words in the shower! The apple cider vinegar cleans off any build up in your hair and gives you some shine. Don’t worry, you won’t smell like a pickle!
Although I shower every day I only do this routine every second day. On the alternating days I give my hair a scrub using only water.
Short hair vs long hair:
Yes, I do have very short hair which may or may not play a part in how well this works. When I followed this routine two years ago I had a shoulder length bob and it worked fine then too. I can’t say how it would work with long hair but hair is hair right?
Reasons to cut out shampoo:
- There is a whole lot of crap in shampoo. From endocrine mimickers to carcinogens, shampoo is filled with chemicals. Even most of the the “natural” shampoos contain some version of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. One of my favourite books on the chemicals we add to our body is “Slow Death By Rubber Duck”. See if your library has it!
- Everything you wash down the drain eventually makes its way into our ecosystem. The more we simplify our product intake the better it is for our environment.
- Shampoo is expensive. Save your money for something else, like a block of really nice cheese!