Still going strong on my experiment
So far I've had several days where I wanted to try skipping shampoo altogether and two where I actually did, but I think for me personally this was jumping the gun. I've been a shower-every-single-day girl pretty much since I was a kid, and when I have a bad day or a crampy day or a sick day I sometimes take a bath too. (Just to relax and soak, kinda Japanese-style I guess, but still!)
What I'm saying is that it's probably going to be a few months realistically before my hair is really used to not being completely stripped of oils and I'm able to go a day without shampooing.
Also too I didn't have a shower cap (this looks interesting
), so once I rinsed my hair with cold water and once I tried to keep it dry, but neither time did I actually succeed
in keeping it completely dry, making it harder to tell. I tend to take quite hot showers, so I know that even just the water itself is probably stripping my hair of oils. Working on that... :( But not there yet.
I haven't really
made any changes to my routine so far, but I think I have the best luck with actually a quite diluted solution of water / baking soda, 2 tbsp to 9 tbsp water, poured over my entire head. (Later, when my hair gets less oily, I'll be restricting most of the baking soda to my roots.) I follow this up with a miniature scalp massage, then I count to 180 while doing the rest of my shower routine.
I try to turn down the heat some, rinse my "shampoo" out thoroughly, then again apply the apple cider vinegar mix to my entire head. (2 tbsp to 8 tbsp water.) I work this through my hair with my fingers, then turn all the hot water off and rinse my hair out thoroughly with cold water.
I finish the whole thing off by wrapping my head with my Turkish towel
(Why this particular kind of towel? Because it's super-thin and 100% cotton. Mostly recommended for the curly-haired, this is the theory behind the T-Shirt Towel tip
. And if you don't have $17 to blow on a new towel, a t-shirt will work just as well. :) Personally, I find this tip just makes my straight-to-wavy hair look much nicer -- plus, it helps the hair to dry way faster without using a hairdryer! And since longer hair drying time is one of the few downfalls to skipping shampoo...... well, you get the idea, right? ;) )
As a final step, today I'm going to try putting a little bit of essential oils on my hair brush. It was probably just an illusion or coincidence, but the few times I tried putting the essential oils in the conditioner, I thought they made my hair tangle a tiny bit more easily than without. But darn it, I want that nice smell, and the put-it-on-the-comb-or-hairbrush theory is something I read from other people. :) So why not give it a shot!
Seriously, anyone reading this, I have been SO happy with my hair these last two weeks. I keep peeking into mirrors and smiling at it. >.>;; Completely worth the effort of getting started, I promise you.