Thursday, October 24, 2013

Two Months Without Shampoo or Conditioner

I have made the jump to "no 'poo" and I can officially say that I will never go back.

I had heard bits and pieces about stopping using shampoo and conditioner a few years ago but never really looked into it. Then last summer I stumbled upon Amanda's amazing blog, Living In Another Language, where she talked about stopping using shampoo and conditioner in this post, this post, this post, and this post. Once I was done a little bit of blog stalking reading I decided I finally had to give this a try. Amanda answered any questions I could think of in one of her above posts so why not? If I don't get the results I want then I stop. Easy peasy.

This is what people look like when I tell them I don't use shampoo. This is a day I would have washed my hair. It's a bit messy because I was out in the wind all day.
I won't get into the exact details of how it works since Amanda covers all of it over on her blog (you should go check out her blog if you haven't gotten the hint yet ;)) but I'll tell you the basics. Pretty much, I "wash" my hair every 5 or so days. When I wash it I use a solution of baking soda and water on my roots and vinegar and water on the ends of my hair. The baking soda solution absorbs excess oil in your roots and helps to get rid of any product in your hair. The vinegar solution moisturizers your ends and adds lots of awesome shine.

That's it. It really is easy. I did experience a bit of a transition phase when I first started where my hair was still trying to figure out how much oil it should be producing now that I wasn't stripping it of it's natural oils anymore. But I took some of Amanda's tips and just changed the ratios I was using in my solution to accommodate for the oilyness that I was experiencing.

This is my go to look on days where my hair has gotten a little too oily to wear down. Just throw some dry shampoo in it and up it goes.
It has officially been just over two months since I stopped using shampoo and conditioner and I can say that I will never go back to using it again. One of the biggest reasons for me is that I gain so much time in the mornings not having to wash, blow dry, straighten/style my hair. I do that one to two times a week now and on the mornings that I don't do it I can be ready to go in about 15 minutes. I mean, who doesn't want to be ready that quickly?!

I digress.

Some people I have talked to about this seem interested, some people immediately shut it down. If you're interested I highly recommend going to read more about it at Living In Another Language and then giving it a shot. If you have any questions about it feel free to reach out and I'll do my best to answer them.

Could you stop using shampoo and conditioner?

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  1. I'm so admiring of you doing this! It's something that I'd love to take on but my hair gets oily by day two so I'd have to have a few days away from work (and having to look presentable) while I figure it out. Good for you though, I never would have guessed when I saw you the other day!

  2. Good for you. Even as I guy I hate thy way my hair feels 2 days without a good cleaning, I don't think I could do it. -- Christopher

  3. I think this would be even easier for guys to do!! If it peaked your interest even a teeny bit you should check out Amanda's posts on livinginanotherlanguage. She really does make it so simple to do the switch.

  4. My hair was the exact same way. Some days it would even be oily by the end of the day I washed it on! I will admit, there is a transition period but my hair did adjust to it. Maybe give it a go over the holidays?? A great dry shampoo helps too :)