I can safely say I’m out of the no-shampoo adjustment period. I was experiencing straw-like, greasy hair for about a week. I did some reading and it was suggested that I might be overusing the apple cider vinegar, so one night I used baking soda only and woke up the next morning with a mane so fabulous, I couldn’t believe it.
Literally, this is me getting out of bed (as if you couldn’t tell) – hair has not been brushed, washed, teased, or curled in the last four days. Thus, my advice to anyone who is having extra greasy hair – stop using the vinegar unless your hair feels dry, then adjust as necessary.
Since beginning this endeavor, I have been washing only three to four days. Even on the fourth day, I can do a water-only wash and get away with it.
Some pros since ditching shampoo:
- Less acne. I have less acne on my forehead and back.
- Less buildup.
- Less itching.
- More volume.
- More curls.
- Washing my hair less = more time out of the shower doing more important things.
- My hair brushes are full of fuzzy white stuff. It’s the sebum on my hair, which is good, but messy on the brushes. I have to wash my brushes more often in the shower to keep them clean (I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap). Totally worth it.
- Takes a little more time to wash, but difference is minimal and definitely made up by the time I save not washing my hair every other day. Scrubbing my scalp with baking soda takes a teensy bit more effort than a sudsy shampoo but still totally worth it.
Question: How do you make your hair smell good?
- I use perfume. I have always put perfume in my hair because hair clings to scents and makes them last longer. When I’m going out I spritz on my favorite scent (Juicy Couture). This isn’t completely natural, so when I’m feeling extra-anal about my hair and skin care routine, I will use essential oils like jasmine and peppermint. I also have some oil-based, all-natural perfumes I use as well. I put a couple drops in my hands, rub them together, and scrunch into my hair.
Question: My hair is tangly, how do I make that go away?
- Tangles happen when there is a PH issue. Adjust the level of apple cider vinegar you are using and use some coconut oil on the ends of your hair. This could also be due to hard water – hard water can leave behind a lot of buildup. Try using a clarifying shampoo once every couple of weeks.
Now, as if you didn’t need more reasons to ditch shampoo, let me add:
Shampoo is costly. If you go completely natural and organic with shampoo, it is even more costly – up to $15 for a reasonable shampoo/conditioner combination of which you will use up in two months. Cost of baking soda and vinegar that could last up to a year? $5.00.
Read more about ditching shampoo here.