Post # 77
I’m also a no-poo girl, and I’ve been at it for over 5 years now. The most similar celebrity that I can compare my curl pattern to is the little girl from the movie Curly Sue, from the early 90’s. Some ringlets, some wavy.
Girls with curly or wavy hair, I highly recommend the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. In the past five years, I can count the times I’ve used real shampoo on one hand. Once was after I was a bridesmaid and they put some crap in my hair called Helmet Head.
If you don’t use silicone products, you really don’t need shampoo. I wet and condition my hair every day (I have to take a shower in the morning or I can’t wake up), but I never use shampoo. I will occasionally do a salt scrub on my scalp if I feel like I need it (this is rare…maybe once every 2-3 months) that I follow with a rinse of apple cider vinegar.
My hair never really went through a lifeless stage. My hair has always been super dry and frizzy. I did go through an itchy scalp stage that lasted about a month, but once that was over, it has never been a problem since.
I also make my own deep conditioner that is avocado, honey, aloe vera, and vegetable glycerin.
Post # 78
Ooh another no-poo’er! 😀 I did just BS/ACV at firt but my hair got too dry… Maybe if I did that just once a week like you I’d be better off!
Unfortunately, YES… my hair was absolutely REPULSIVE for about a week, second week started to calm down a bit but was still gross, like oily roots and dry ends, all in all I’d say it was 3-4 weeks til I was all the way back to normal. With my little concoction that I do, conditioner-only then a little rinse with the baking soda solution, it gets nice and clean yet conditioned and soft. I have a friend that makes a baking soda paste, scrubs it into her scalp, then rinses and conditions like normal and that works well for her. I think everyone is different and you may have to just experiment a little. Here’s a blog that talks about no-poo: http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html
and if you’re brave/willing to dig through a llllooott of hair-obsession overload, you can find some cool tips on the Long Hair Community forum: http://www.longhaircommunity.com/
Post # 79
I’ve tried to train my hair into not needing to shampoo it every day (because it gets really oily/greasy), but it never “learned” the lesson. Thus, my hair was still oily and greasy. I gave up and just wash it everyday now (unless it is the weekend and I’m not going out). I only use cream conditioner on the weekend. I use spray-in conditioner every day though to keep my hair healthy.
Post # 80
Thank you for the info! I will admit, I am terrified to do this ;). Is there any tips you can give me for the first month? Just wear a lot of hats? hehe. So do you still condition every time?!
Post # 81
It’s really tough for the first week or so, from what I’ve heard…my three days of not shampooing really, really sucked. My hair has already adjusted, but I think that has something to do with the chemistry/texture. The best advice I can give is to keep at it and slap a hat on if necessary!
Post # 82
I HAVE to Shampoo & Condition EVERY day. If I don’t Shampoo daily I get greasy hair. If I don’t condition my hair, it is almost impossible to comb when wet.
Post # 83
Someone please explain why shampoo is bad or unecessary for daily use? So If I have this straight… you ladies do not Shampoo every day but you do shower everyday. Some of you wet your hair down or use conditioner and some of you just put it up and use a dry shampoo? Am I getting this correct? I am suprised by how many people are not shampooing every day. Is this mainly for curlies? How does this help your curls? Fascinated!!
Post # 84
Well, for me- my hair is long- and to have long hair (at least for me) that is strong and shiny and nice – I can’t wash it everyday. I would rip a lot out and it would get damaged and be unmanageable. Not washing everyday helps because the natural oils are good for your hair. On top of that- every time I wash it – I have to tear some to get the knots out. So, it helps the hair and limits it’s trama. Yes, I shower every day, just wash my hair every few days. I also have hair with a natural texture to it (it is wavy) and it wants to tangle :/
Post # 85
Oh no problem I love spreading the word about poo-free living! LOL. Girl I was a little freaked out too. I actually already had experienced a bit of a hair “detox” when a few years ago I switched from shampoo to these awesome shampoo bars
, but when I moved here in HI for some reason my hair just didn’t do well with them.
Anyway, I already knew that it was gonna get pretty nasty! But that the end result would be totally worth it. I would suggest using some corn starch (if you are brunette, throw in some cocoa powder!) as a dry shampoo, carry around a boar bristle brush to help spread the grease love around, and yep, hats/headbands are your friend! 😀
Post # 86
Basically, it’s bad to shampoo every day because most shampoos are very harsh–and they strip your hair of its natural oils, which leads to a whole bunch of problems (thinning, loss of volume, frizziness, generally unhealthy hair, etc.) I shower every day but only shampoo every other day. It keeps my hair soft and the frizzies are starting to fade, too.
Post # 87
It really depends on your hair what you need to do. I know girls with straight hair who don’t use shampoo.
I wet and condition every day because my curls get all mushed up when I sleep (I’m a violent sleeper). I have to wet my hair to get it back to its normal pattern. Some people are good at rocking “second day hair;” I am not. Plus, I just need a shower in the morning to physically wake up.
If your hair is naturally dry/coarse, shampoo strips your hair of whatever natural oils are in it. You want to preserve that as much as possible. My hair has a much nicer curl pattern and isn’t as frizzy when I go without shampoo. My hair is soft now. My hair was never soft when I was using shampoo.
I also don’t own a hairbrush, and I only comb my hair when I deep condition (just to get all of the conditioner through my hair). Normally, I just detangle my hair with my fingers. I have no split ends, and I only really need a cut once every six to eight months (I cut more often because of the length I keep my hair, not because it needs to be cut).
Post # 88
LOL. I can’t wait to start 🙂