I’ve been thinking about it for a while now: I am going to stop washing my hair with shampoo.
I have read a lot about the “no poo” method for hair, where you stop using traditional shampoo and conditioner and instead “wash” with baking soda and “condition” with apple cider vinegar (not white vinegar, as pictured above). As I read about it over the years, I saw a lot of people complain that it doesn’t work unless you have fairly curly hair. Since my hair is pretty much stick straight, I had assumed it would not work for me.
Then my friend Rebecca (who is, like, my medicine woman!) tried it. She has hair that is straight, just like mine. Her hair looks great! You can’t tell at all. She said that sometimes it takes up to 3 months for the hair to regulate, but that’s OK with me. Her point is that we can always just start washing with shampoo again any time we feel like it.
So, I am on Day 2 of Not Shampooing My Hair! Day 1 (yesterday) I think I used too much baking soda and it got super crunchy in the back. Christian said it looked completely normal but the crunchiness drove me a little crazy. Today I used less baking soda and a ton of vinegar, and that seem to balance it out. It’s much softer than Day 1, although still kinda crunchy-ish. I don’t have any greasiness yet. My hair looks and smells normal.
I’ll keep you updated on the progress!