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.


Poo-free prep

June 5, 2012

So becoming ‘poo-free’ as all the cool kids call it these days (that’s shampoo free if you’re uncool like me) was inspired by these two blogs here and here.

This are a range of methods recommended and I’m going to loosely follow this one here. (Mainly because I’m too chicken to go cold turkey.)

Ingredients needed for regular wash:

Baking soda – about 2 tablespoons per cup of water. About two cups per wash

Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon per cup of water. About one cup per wash. (This is when you could add something that smells nice)

Ingredients needed for extra strong wash:

Egg – Honestly. Apparently it works

Method of becoming shampoo-free:

Stop using shampoo and conditioner

Extend the time period between washes.

That’s it.

Now, I’m planning to wash my hair this way tomorrow (eek!) and thanks to my buddy I now have apple cider vinegar. I wonder how it will turn out….

On the cheaper

June 5, 2012

I’m inspired.

An hour on Pinterest’s amazing list of household tips and things means I am going to experiment with some cost-saving concoctions.

Currently under consideration are:

– Homemade antiperspirants

– Homemade underarm (and other) stain remover

– Homemade dishwasher soap

– Homemade laundry soap

– Homemade cleaning products

– Homemade body lotions

and most radical of all…

– Homemade hair washes with a view to going shampoo-free! (Eek! This one terrifies me, but my hair is frizzy and I love the idea of not needing to wash my hair every other day.)

So I will be researching recipes and techniques for each idea. Living in New Zealand some of the ingredients are somewhat hard to find, but we’ll see how I go!

Stay tuned for adventures in cost-saving concoctions.