Look, I’m from Texas. I mean like, biologically Texan or something. Even though I feel Vermont deep down in my heart, the exposed parts of my body do not understand this cold weather. This is our fourth winter here and the further my piece of earth gets away from the sun each year, the more topical lotions and potions I slather on to stave off dryness.
So I did something drastic, y’all.
I stopped using soap. And shampoo.
Like some kind of hippie.
Which I’m not, actually. A hippie, I mean. Because, like I said, I’m Texan and so…
I read something once about a “no poo” method of washing hair and I decided to give it a go. I’ll leave it to the experts to convince you of the benefits of going no poo, but I’d like to give you my review of the process.
I started about six weeks ago washing my hair with a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda (BS) mixed into 1 cup water. After a good rinse with clean water, I used 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed into 1 cup water. Rinsed again with clean water. I do this 2-3 times a week.
How it works:
Shampoos often strip your scalp of natural oils, causing it to overproduce oils to compensate. Thus, having to shampoo everyday. BS allows your hair and scalp to go back to a more normal ph. The ACV is a softener, sort of like a conditioner. That’s all I got.
Different. My hair is different than it was when I washed with shampoo. The first couple of weeks it felt heavy, weighted down, and oily. It felt like Barbie hair. Wet Barbie hair.
From there it has gradually gotten better. The other day I stepped out of the shower, blow dried my hair (I’m not a regular blow dry-er) and couldn’t believe how soft and straight it was.
I think I am still in the detox process, because it sometimes still seems kind of oily, but there has been one big benefit that outweighs everything for me at this point. Before, my scalp would get uncontrollably itchy and dry during the winter months. The last few weeks it has been virtually itch free.
And that’s all. It seems to be working for me and I will keep it up another month just to be sure before I throw away my formidable shampoo stash. Or maybe I’ll send it all down to my relatives in Texas. They won’t tolerate this hippie stuff.