It’s been nearly five weeks with no shampoo. What’s happening to my head? Well, I’m still really impressed with baking soda’s ability to keep my hair and scalp clean, and the vinegar rinse is really shining things up. Between all the scalp massaging and rosemary oil, I’ve actually had to cut my bangs about once a week! My hair grows fast anyway, but there’s a noticeable increase in long bangedness, if there can be such a word. I’ve never had to cut them this often – over 1/4 inch of growth in a week! (Yes, I measured.)
Problem is, my hair is starting to seem a little dry. I still don’t have tangles or snarls which is still a great surprise to me, but I’m feeling a wee bit frizzy. I’ve read around, and it seems many no ‘pooers still use an occasional conditioner. I did try a light leave-in conditioner a few times earlier on in the experiment, but I stopped because at the time I didn’t feel the need for it. Sometimes for frizz control I’ve also used a little hair oil, but the last few days it doesn’t seem to do the trick anymore .
I also tried the egg trick – smeared an egg yolk in my hair, let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes, and rinsed it out. And gagged at the smell, rewashed with baking soda, rerinsed with cider vinegar and cold water, reapplied the rosemary oil. And gagged at the smell. Gee, I had shiny hair that day. But egads, the smell! No thanks.
So now I’m back to trying to find the best solution for my hair. I know most no ‘pooers had to get through a transition of one month to two, even three. I think I’m hitting a bump in the road, but I’ll stick it out because one of the reasons I started this whole thing in the first place was that my hair had started to misbehave in strange and mysterious ways (most likely having something to do with age and the bizarre weather patterns of the Great Lakes). So I’ve nothing to lose.
Many of you have been such a great cheering section for me; yes, you no ‘poo readers who’ve been at this much longer than 5 weeks have given me tips and encouragement, and your enthusiasm never fails to rub off on me. I’d love to hear more from you guys on this one. I’m also getting a great response from those of you who’d like to try it but aren’t sure if it will work for your hair type, etc. With that, I have a request: If you are a no ‘pooer, and if you’re willing to answer a few of my questions, please let me know by either commenting here or emailing me at themommyspot (at) gmail (dot) com. OR if you’d like to go no ‘poo but you’ve got questions, please email them to me, or leave a comment here with your questions so I know what to ask our no ‘poo readers. I’ll try and pull something together we can all learn from.
In the meantime I’ll keep going; I think I’ll try a different leave-in conditioner, perhaps use the hair dryer again on a low cold setting instead of letting it air dry. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated – unless it has something to do with a raw egg.