Wow, it’s been a while! Mostly because I’ve kept with the same shower routine and was getting the same results. A dime size of conditioner whenever I shower, and then once a week or so, a deep conditioning of my scalp. It’s been going along great, although something worth mentioning is that I’ve definitely noticed a change in the amount of time I can go between showers. Thankfully it’s lengthening! I feel like this is a huge improvement, not having to condition, or even rinse, every day! (In fact, I was just reading some blogs from others trying this out as well, some girls can go two weeks without having to do anything to their hair! Incredible!)
So all that aside, my update today is about the product I put in my hair after showering. A day ago, I was rushing because I had to get to work, so I rinsed my hair like normal and when I got out of the shower, I only put a couple spritzes of my cone-free spray gel onto my hair. Ordinarily, I put a little more in hopes of containing my frizz. With hair still dripping wet, I hopped on my bike and rode across campus to my job, letting my hair air dry in the wind. When my hair finally dried fully…I was shocked. Thinking I’d have more frizz because I accidentally used less product, I was completely mistaken.
Instead, my hair was way more curlier than ever before! I was so happy :) Not only was it curlier, but it looked more natural and less crunchy. It was great! I’m going to use less product from now on!
So the moral of the story, boys and girls, is that less product is more :)
Almost two weeks and I’m still going strong! My hair looks and feels great! I deep conditioned 2 days ago and it’s looked clean ever since! I’ve been wearing it down every day and I love it! When I woke up this morning, my curls were a little ‘bed head-y’ so I sprayed some water on it, gave it a good scrunch, and it looks like I just washed it!
Before my shower I was nervous with how things would turn out, since this would be my first ‘no poo’ shower after I used a hair product. Once in the water, I started out my shower extremely optimistic. Unlike past showers, my hair wasn’t tacky-feeling under the water! It was incredibly easy to rinse. Fueled by my excitement, I was sure that I probably didn’t even need to use conditioner today, but not wanting to break my cycle of using less and less, until I was absolutely sure I didn’t need it daily, I used a dime size on my whole head.
That’s right. A dime size of conditioner for my whole head!
It felt great and I was confident that this meant my scalp was finally in it’s natural shower. I finished up and got out to dry off. When brushing my hair (while it was soaking wet, of course, so as not to damage it) it felt … different. I’m not sure how to describe it, (it was slightly thicker, I guess) but it instantly made me worry that my hair was possibly still greasy. Then I wondered if it was possibly the old, leftover hair product still left on my hair. A third thought that maybe this was just my new improved hair, but I quickly dismissed it. After all, it had only been one week.
I decided I would try and wear it down again, using the same curl product as before. It’s still wet right now, and too early to tell if I’ll need to wash with more conditioner later.
Now that it’s dry, it looks normal and clean. I love that I can wear it down! It even seems almost curlier now than when I used to use shampoo! Love it!
I opted out of a shower this morning because when I woke up, my hair still looked completely clean! It worked because I knew I’d have to take a shower that night before going out. By 7pm when I showered, my hair still didn’t look greasy at all…even without shampoo for five days; I was amazed!
In the shower, it finally started to feel less tacky in the water and it was slightly easier to maneuver. In addition, I only had to use half the amount of conditioner that I used yesterday. I couldn’t believe the difference that had occurred in just one day! I’m optimistic that soon, I won’t even have to condition every day simply because my scalp will have achieved that healthy groove of the oil cycle.
I decided to be bold today. I’m going out dancing with friends, so I decided to finally stray away from the messy bun look. I was a little wary simply because of what I had read for other girls and having to wear their hair up for a week or so. Already I am satisfied. My hair is down and curly, and to be honest, you wouldn’t be able to tell that I hadn’t shampooed in the shower. My hair looks the same as if I would have used the shampoo!
I’m already so impressed! What do you think? (Ps. My hair was still a little wet in the back of this pic, so the dark area to the right is not grease)
I decided against using my Sami Get Curls: Curl Reactivation Lotion because I found out it contains dimethicone….which is a silicone (cones). As I have learned from researching this method, silicones are very difficult, if not impossible, to get out without shampoo. Instead I went with using Herbal Essences: Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel because as far as I could see, it doesn’t contain cones. I guess we’ll see what happens tomorrow in the shower!
Good news! So having taken extra caution while showering today (as a result of the dirty looking sides of my hair after yesterday’s shower), I made sure to spend extra time rinsing the sides of my hair, and today I have witnessed a payoff.
I still wore my hair in the messy bun style, and the top looks clean and the sides do today as well! In addition, my hair was noticeably less frizzy today. Success!
Today’s pic: Day 4 (6/24/11)
I anticipate having to have CO (conditioner only) showers for the next couple days at least, perhaps even for another week, but going off of what others have written and experienced, I’m hopeful that after these next few days, I will only have to do a CO wash once a week.
I’ll let you know!
It all happened about four or five days ago. I was bored, stumbling around on the internet, anything to pass the time. All of a sudden an article popped up:
One green girl’s story of ditching shampoo altogether; she (and her gorgeous new hair) never looked back.
I had time to kill and it sounded weird and interesting, so I read it, and oh the things that I discovered! So I decided I would give it a go. Why not? Worst comes to worst, I start shampooing again….nbd.
In the ‘no poo’ method, you completely cut out the use of shampoo from your shower routine, and instead you just rinse your hair with water. About once a week or so, you use a small amount of conditioner. So here I am, on day four. As I have read on many sites and blogs about the ‘no poo’ method, it takes a little while to get started, due to the fact that your scalp needs to get off it’s old oil cycle. You see, when you shampoo your hair, it has certain degreasing element that completely strips your scalp of it’s natural oils and greases. However, you hair and scalp need this, so you scalp goes on ultra mode and puts out a boatload of oils to compensate. After a day or so, our hair looks “dirty” from all the oil, so we wash it again, and the whole cycle starts all over. So shampooing is a necessity, right? Wrong, or so I’ve read. Apparently without shampoo to strip your scalp of oils, your body is perfectly capable of producing the perfect amount to maintain your hair, without giving it that greasy look.
So because your scalp is so used to this cycle, in the beginning of the process, it is still in it’s ultra production mode, and needs a little time to adjust. Completely understandable.
This blog is my journey through the ‘no poo’ method. It is research, documenting the ups and downs, and the benefits and set backs of this approach. Wish me luck!
Day 1: I rinsed my hair in the shower without using shampoo. It felt like normal wet hair and when I got out of the shower, my dry hair looked clean; exactly how it usually looked after a shampoo filled shower. Cool!
Day 2: I was at work all day, and my hair still looked clean, so I didn’t shower today.
Day 3: Shower time! I started to notice what others had documented. My hair felt a little tacky under the water. It was difficult to handle while it was wet. I used a tiny squirt of conditioner to help out. Out of the shower, I put it up in a messy bun. (I had read that many girls had to wear their hair up the first few weeks until the grease cycle was broken.) Once my hair dried, the top looked perfectly clean, but the sides looked a little greasy; it looked cleaner than before the shower, but it was still slightly noticeable. On one note, my hair is known for constantly having flakes. One thing I noticed was that the amount of flakes I normally had had visibly decreased. I was ecstatic! I can’t wait to break this grease cycle.
Day 4: (Today!) It was still just as hard to maneuver in the water be because it felt really tacky. I had looked up different methods to condition hair while on the ‘no poo’ method, so today I was trying one of them out. It included using dime sized drops of conditioner to rub into all parts of the scalp, and then using a little more to work into the rest of the hair. Once I did this, my hair was no longer tacky, and it was smooth and tangle-free! After my shower, I put it up in the same messy bun. It’s still wet now, but I’ll let you know how it looks later when it dries!