Shampoo-free journal – Week One

June 10, 2012

Journal of becoming shampoo-free

Day 1 – (Monday)

Washed my hair this morning, and decided to give up shampoo that afternoon. Took a photo. Here it is.

Day 2 – (Tuesday)

Gathered some necessary ingredients. Also went to my exercise group and did a whole lotta sweating. Planning my first baking soda wash tomorrow.

Day 3 – Wednesday

When I woke up I realised I could have gotten away without washing but I was curious, so I washed with baking soda (1 Tbs / cup). Two cups was plenty. The water had that soft feel to it. I rubbed it in and then after a bit, washed it out. My hair felt squeaky clean. Then I conditioned using Apple Cider Vinegar (same ratio). Two cups was probably too much. I poured it on and left it for a minute or so and then rinsed it out. I then followed the usual morning routine. I could easily run a wide-tooth comb through it, I rubbed it with a towel and forgot about it.

All day I’ve been astonished at how clean and soft it feels. It’s not as frizzy and probably now that it’s evening it looks a little heavier closer to my scalp. But I’m converted!

Sure it’s early days and the idea is not only to give up shampoo but to wash much less often. I’m challening myself not to wash my hair (in anyway) until Monday morning, which is five days away.

Day 4 – Thursday

Woke up today and was impressed that I didn’t have my usual bed-head issue. That could be a coincidence though. When I run my fingers through my hair it feels oily, but it doesn’t look as bad as it feels if you know what I mean. My scalp is in good shape. I’m very tempted to do the baking soda wash tomorrow, but I will resist!

Day 5 – Friday

My hair is limp and a bit stringy but it’s not too bad. I might have to start tying it up tomorrow. I found my scalp a bit more itchy (I can be prone to dandruff).

Day 6 – Saturday

Thank goodness for head scarfs. Felt a bit grubby today but totally ok to be in public. Bit of build-up on my scalp, but not as bad as I expected.

Day 7 – Sunday

Another day of head scarf. I decided to wash my hair tonight instead of tomorrow, just with baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar (with a few drops of lavender).

Here is a before and after photo.

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5 Responses to “Shampoo-free journal – Week One”

  1. Natalie said

    i am inspired by this and tempted to try but waiting to see how things pan out!

  2. Wendy j said

    So where are the subsequent weeks?! I’m hanging out waiting to see how the experiment is going! šŸ™‚

  3. I have done this before and found that my scalp doesn’t like it.

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