Thursday, September 3, 2009
Considering the topic of going shampoo-free, I first thought, 'sickening!' But, after reading the article The No-’Poo Do' and this article, Go No Poo, I was actually tickled to try it for myself. Now is the time, I thought, for I haven't yet started back to work and Daniel will love me no matter how greasy or strange my hair becomes.
Here's the shampoo free living theory: Shampoo and hair products in general are a money making conspiracy against healthy hair. All we need for clean and impeccably shiny locks are water and our scalp's incomparable sebum. (The articles do a thorough job of explaining the details.)
Day one of the no-shampoo experiment: wash cloth and water. Wet wash cloth and swipe head with washcloth in downward strokes (bringing the sebum down towards the frazzled ends) 100 times all over head.
This felt surprisingly good: my scalp felt really thankful and my brain felt like I'd just taken a couple of ginkgo biloba softgels.
Then, comb through hair thoroughly. This felt good, too.
I remember my mom telling me to brush my hair '100 strokes' daily. Now I understand! Always listen to mom!
So far so good. My hair feels heavier than usual, but looks normal (to me).
Will I be able to go without shampoo cold-turkey?
Perhaps I'll ween myself off of it, and see how it goes. Even though I use Ecover Shampoo, a 'natural' shampoo, somehow the fact that shampoo was invented in 1930 makes me want to join the millions of generations who lived before then in their hair hygiene methods. Or in any case, give it a try. Stay tuned for more shampoo-free living updates!
Posted by Eva Marie Sutter at 5:00 AM