On my 28th birthday, now a month past, I moved all of my shampoo bottles, conditioners, and other leave in hair products to the bottom of my cabinets. They were replaced by two spray bottles; the first filled with a baking soda and distilled water solution, the second with an apple cider vinegar and distilled water solution. I’d decided to go “no ‘poo” and see how it went.
First off, there are lots of reasons for not using shampoo. Mine was that the commissary had quit selling my no-sulfate shampoo and I wasn’t going to pay three times as much to get the same bottle from Amazon. Besides, what better way to kick off being 28 and a female blogger than restarting C25K and quitting washing my hair. That makes for a great combination in Southern Turkey during the summer, by the way.
I did my research, including several days of hardcore reading of every post ever on not washing your hair in the traditional since. I asked for advice from anyone willing to give it on twitter, I learned that hard water (which we have in droves here) made it harder, and I had my plan.
I washed my hair twice a week – on Fridays and Mondays – with my baking soda solution followed by the ACV rinse. The first day I did it, I loved it, my hair felt great and it was perfect. Sadly, in a month of washing this way, that was the only time I liked it. Every other time, immediately after getting out of the shower my hair felt thick and somewhat gummy. I tried increasing my BS, I tried decreasing it. I scrubbed harder, I let it sit in my hair while I did everything else. I rinsed with hot water. I rinsed with cold water. But at the end of the day, I had gummy hair that just wasn’t working.
I made it an entire month. I do feel that my hair was healthier and stronger then. I’m going to try to stick with only washing it every couple of days as best I can, though again with the Turkish heat and working out, that isn’t always possible. But at least I can say that I’ve tried it.