By now you’re all wondering, “Did she cave? Did she finally crack open a bottle of shampoo, dump it all on her head, and lather away?” Well, not entirely. Even though my hair has been fairing much better than I ever would have expected without shampoo, it’s not without its little challenges. Not using shampoo may sound quite disturbing to some, but I think we can all agree the concept sounds simple – just don’t use shampoo. But there are many ways around the shampoo issue as I’ve learned. Some no-poo people prefer to scrub at their scalps with baking soda, rinse vigorously, then apply conditioner. I haven’t tried this, but from what I’ve read you can have quite a head of tangles with this method. I already suffer from that and have my whole life, so adding to the problem didn’t appeal to me. Besides, not using shampoo has allowed me to have the most tangle-free hair of my life. I don’t even need a comb after washing my hair – I literally run my fingers through my very thick hair to “comb” it. This has been the best part of being a no-pooer. Finally, snarl-free hair!
Other no-poos use the tea rinses, which I thought worked pretty well. The rosemary tea, for instance, adds shine and is pretty good at cleaning. But a few days ago I didn’t have time to make the tea and let it sit for long enough. So I grabbed a little bottle of rosemary essential oil.
I’ve used rosemary essential oil in my hair in the past, just a few drops rubbed in the palm of my hand and worked into damp hair to restore shine, support a healthy scalp, etc. so I figured this would probably work pretty well. And it did! I had great shine, my hair smelled wonderful, and my hair and scalp felt clean and fresh. Alas, the next day I decided to shampoo anyway. Sort of. Using the most natural shampoo I own, I did wash it. But since I’m no longer used to conditioning, I forgot that little step and had to really work on all the tangled mess I’d forgotten my hair can be. Yesterday and today found me a no-poo chick once again, and with the aid of my rosemary oil, I’m rather enjoying my radical new me.
I still don’t know if this is a permanent change for me or not. I think it calls for some more experimenting in what works best for my hair type. I may just shampoo occasionally with my favorite natural stuff, or I might awaken one day to feel totally hippie-rebellious, pulling all my shampoos and conditioners into the shower with me to enjoy a suds fest. Either way I’ll keep you posted. So far it’s certainly been one of the more interesting experiments this blog has found me in!