Today, we are going to talk about shampoo. One month ago, I washed my hair with this:
Sure, I knew the conditioner wasn't really "natural" but I liked the smell
About three weeks ago, I decided I would try something a little less chemicaly:
Whole Foods Brand, herbal mint (I love the idea of mint on my head)
I've done lots of research on this not-so-new trend that people are doing. It has been coined "no-poo" as in no shampoo. People all over are throwing out their Pantene and replacing it with crazy stuff. Stuff that you bake cookies with even. Some are dropping it all together and just doing a good ol' water rinse. I'm not quite to that step yet. What I have found over at Crunchy Betty is what she calls "Sorta Poo." I have held off posting on this because I wanted to wait and see what my hair did so I could give you an honest opinion.
What she does is mix Pure Castille Soap ( I use the Peppermint version)
with.... coconut milk. Seriously??? Yes! She actually has a recipe to make your own coconut milk here but I made it easy and just bought some
The purpose of the milk, other than all it's beneficial properties (something I will get to someday) is lather. I noticed that when I switched to the Whole Foods 365 brand, the shampoo didn't lather worth a darn and we all know thats the best part of shampooing your hair. The milk does wonders!!
So why switch? Most shampoos you buy and put on your hair have crappy chemicals and bad stuff (yes, the science is out there to define "bad stuff" but you'll just have to trust me or read it for yourself.) Also, like the face wash we previously visited, strip your hair of it's natural oils. Pure-Castille soap is pure vegetable based and has no synthetic foaming agents (which is why we add the milk) or preservatives.
As for conditioner?
So what did I think???
The first day I did the wash, my hair felt tangly and just weird in the shower. Then came the rinse. After I got use to the vinegar smell it felt much better. The smell went away after it dried by the way.
The second day, I didn't rinse with the vinegar and oh my goodness, my hair was so greasy!! It went in a ponytail before I even left the house. I messaged Cruncy Betty herself and asked her if this was normal. She told me to make I sure was using the vinegar rinse.
Day three and going foward... I feel like my hair is still getting use to the new routine. My hair seems more thick, but not as soft as usual, and my scalp seem dry and a bit itchy. The hair always ends up in a ponytail by the day is over.
I'm going to stick with it for a while. I've read that it takes some weeks for your hair and scalp to get use to everything. I've also read about people washing with baking soda and water (and following up with the vinegar rinse,) so I might give that a try too. Everyone that does this, praises it. There are lady's that haven't shampooed in like years and swear by it.
What do you think??? Does this sound like something you would try? What else have you heard of to wash your hair?
I forget to tell ya that the soap/milk mixture is suppose to be stored in the refrigerator so that the milk doesn't sour. I will say that there has been times that I've left it out overnight and it's been fine, but I would leave it out constantly.