As a teenager, my mom would often approach me right before a shower: "Kate, have you washed your hair lately? It looks dirty. You should wash it." Sometimes, I knew it was dirty and I was going to wash it anyway, or I didn't care because I had more important things on the brain like projects that were due. Other times, I'd turn to the mirror and say, "Really? It doesn't feel dirty. And it doesn't look shiny or greasy to me."

She would always assure me, "Yeah, Kate. It's gross. Wash your hair."

My hair is actually quite a bit longer than it was in high school. And projects have still gotten in the way of me caring about what's going on with the top of my head. After I got married, instead of fighting a mat once a week accompanied by tears, I finally got into a daily hair routine: brush every morning, wash every other day. And that was a healthy and water-saving routine for me. Until I read this, along with the comments and testimonials here: both proof of a movement called "No-'Poo", as in Shampoo.

This fascinates me, this idea that we've all got a build-up of a by-product of crude oil conversion in our hair. This idea that someone decided to bottle it and sell it and we've all been convinced that our hair needs this every day. I spent a few days studying strangers' heads, trying to see if I could tell what they washed their hair with and how often. And I thought that my shower routine was simple enough--I have, total, one bottle of shampoo, a bar of soap, and a razor that belong to me in our shower. It's quite sparse compared to roommates I've had.

Of course, the setback of this revolution is that while each of us figures out individually how to eliminate that frequency down to a minimum, our hair is greasy. And I'm not suggesting that rinsing with baking soda and vinegar is pleasant or even an appealing idea. I'm not converted to that much of an extreme. But I'm working on trying to find out of my hair can stand being washed once a week by shampoo, and then just washed with water for any other time that Automatic Mother installed inside tells me that it's time to wash. And I've been convinced that the Clean Smell comes from my shampoo; but when I wash with just water, it feels and smells exactly the same.

I'm still in the middle of my experiment, but I hope I can push you toward thinking about your own shampoo experiment. How much shampoo does your scalp actually needs to be clean? Could you be applying shampoo too often? There's the transition at the beginning of the experiment that's gross: the oils overcompensated on my scalp, as is mentioned in the links I've offered.

But I like the change. I'm still clean, but I'm wasting less, my showers are shorter, and I don't feel brain-washed anymore. It's a new routine and a new idea for me, the thought that something simpler than a handful of shampoo is necessary. Two days ago, I just used a penny-sized lump, and it was perfect.

Of course, you might not need my convincing or the articles I thought interesting. I told Just'In about this new idea I'd discovered and he just shrugged. "Yeah," he said, "I already do that. I rinse every couple of days, but I only need shampoo about every week. I just clean it when it feels dirty."

From: [identity profile] chiana606.livejournal.com


I've always washed my hair about every three days. It works for me.

From: [identity profile] lightgreendryad.livejournal.com


That's cool. And I'm happy I've found something else that works for me. The point is that you can change your habits if you want.

From: (Anonymous)

ok


People who read stuff like this and swallow every word without question scare me.

Shampoo is formulated to clean hair without damaging it. Several companies have spent millions of dollars in ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC research perfecting their formulas.

If you pick and choose things like really cheap and harsh shampoos, then you may do more harm than good to your hair. The truth is we smell because of bacteria not because of dirt. Decent shampoo removes the dirt and the bacteria living in it without causing damage. Rinsing your hair will not remove it because, thanks to your natural scalp oil, your hair is waterproof.

It probably doesn't matter what I or anyone else says. You have read something that agrees with your predetermined view, and will stick to it


From: [identity profile] lightgreendryad.livejournal.com


I'm happy you have an opinion and I'm happy you feel like you can share it. Heaven knows that the ideas I've encountered are not the only ones floating around out there.

I'm not posting this with the hopes that everyone will just magically convert to every word that every link says. It's a new idea for me and I'm trying it out to see if it agrees with me.

From: (Anonymous)

don't believe everything you read...


I will be the first to tell you that people don’t need to shampoo their hair everyday. But, for you, shampooing once a week for your length of hair is basically crazy. The most you should go is 3 days between washings. (Plus, you your self said you can’t tell or see if it’s dirty when others have even pointed it out to you. So I wouldn’t necessarily trust that judgment.)
Also, shampoo in general is NOT damaging to one's hair. The type of shampoo you use, however, is a different story. Any grocery store product, which I can only assume is what you have based your opinion on, is horrible for your hair. They use fillers, and other harsh byproducts and chemicals to fill their bottles.
Nevertheless, when you use professional product you get good results because you have a good product. There are even products on the market that are vegan, organic and have numerous other benefits, to the environment and your health. You also get more bang for your buck, because unlike grocery store brands, they are more, if not 100% concentrate.
Now, this all said, the baking soda and apple vinegar mix can work, but is buying not buying shampoo really going to make a difference in the environment? If you feel so strongly about it…maybe that energy should be channeled into a local recycling program, instead of just blogging about the evils of shampoo.
Last, but not least, before writing off shampoo and all its benefits completely, maybe you should do a little more research and truly figure out what's what before you covert to this "new line of thinking." And remember…in medieval times, they didn't place much stock in cleanliness either and you see where that got them.
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