After my son was born, I figured out that I could shower (almost) every day if I didn't wash my hair. I would let the ends get wet, maybe scrunch a little water into my curls, but showers were mainly to soap up, rinse off, and get out before the baby went ballistic (my son's high-needs, high-touch, mommy-and-booby-centered infant personality was quite a wake-up call for me!). So, I showered more often, but I still only washed my hair twice a week. My husband was amazed that, most days, I could get in and out of the shower in two minutes!
Fast forward to after my son's first birthday when I decided to chop off all my long curly hair. I went from this:
(Notice his hand - told you his infancy was boob-centered!)
Another view of my long hair, just after Bean shoved snow in my teeth...
(This actually has a nursing toddler Bean cropped out. Sometime I'll have to post the whole picture, in which he's wearing sunglasses and holding a tiny red car. HILARIOUS!)
A lot of folks cutting out shampoo say that they have a greaseball phase - because their scalp is still over-producing oil after so many years of being conditioned to do so by oh-so-effective shampoo. But when I finally decided to try not to 'poo myself (*giggle*), I was already in the midst of growing my hair back out - which translated to my often wearing a bandanna to cover my ridiculous-looking hair. It was an optimal time to go through a potential greasy phase that any irregularity in the 'poo department might cause. (That was my last poop joke, I promise.)
When I ran out of shampoo, it happened to be right as I was about to get a haircut and have photos taken. So, the morning after I got a haircut that actually promised not to look so ridiculous, I (bravely? stupidly? necessarily, because I didn't even have a back-up shampoo in the house?) washed my hair with baking soda and rinsed with white vinegar (I'll tell you my exact method in my next post, but I no longer use white vinegar). When I got out of the shower and prepared to style my hair I could not believe how soft my hair was. Though, with curly hair like mine, soft can mean cotton-ball-caliber frizz...so I was a little nervous! I styled with my remaining Aveda product, and here was the result for my pictures that evening:
Not bad, eh?
A week or so later I was out of my Aveda styling product, and I moved on to coconut oil instead. Here's a photo of my hair a few weeks later -- ALL I'd been using was baking soda, vinegar, and coconut oil.
Plus, rather than washing the icky, sticky hair gels and curl enhancers off my hands I actually rub the coconut oil on my face, lips, and elbows (and, right now, sometimes my belly). It makes an excellent moisturizer!
If you were hoping for a more practical how-to guide, check out my next post! It will be all about why I went 'poo-free and what exactly I'm doing in my haircare regimen. I'll also include some trouble-shooting tips and some links to further information and ideas!