Today is day 7 without shampoo. Remember, under normal circumstances I shampoo religiously every 23.5 hours. This was hard for me.
Sunday I shampooed and conditioned as usual before church. My hair was soft and silky, and I ran my fingers through it to detangle. It took a sweet and admiring husband to teach me to appreciate my very straight, very uncurly-not-a-hint-of-waves hair. Now I love it.
Monday I just rinsed it thoroughly in the shower. I couldn’t run my fingers through soft, silky hair but it was alright. I didn’t expect to.
Tuesday I used baking soda & apple cider vinegar. The cider vinegar seemed to feel more like conditioner than plain white vinegar had when I tried this last. My hair was feeling a bit oily, but still OK. This wasn’t as bad as I expected.
Wednesday I was still feeling strong. I just rinsed my hair again rather than doing the baking soda/vinegar thing every day. From what I gather, a big part of the process is just getting your scalp to adjust to less washing overall, no matter what you use. I thought I might do it every other day, but…
Since we had a party to go to on Friday, I decided to skip Thursday as well. I rinsed it thoroughly in the shower and tried not to touch my hair once it dried. This was, I hoped, as bad as it was going to get. I wanted my hair clean for Friday.
On Friday, I washed with soda and vinegar. My hair felt almost sticky. Couldn’t run my fingers through it and could hardly brush it. And dandruff! Eww! My willpower was suffering seriously. Ick, ick, ick. We had a party to attend with people I had never met. I couldn’t very well laugh it off as a crazy new experiment. I very nearly jumped back in the shower at the last minute, but one of my daughters came up with a pretty headband for me. I pulled my hair up into a bun and used the headband to cover my hairline, and decided to go through with it.
Today, Saturday, is day 7. I used baking soda and vinegar again today, but used more and worked harder to get my scalp cleaner. I scrubbed so much my scalp was tingling. I’m pretty sure I took off all the dead skin, and maybe some live skin too. I’m OK with that. My hair feels better than it has in several days. I finished up with some conditioner, but it just doesn’t seem to work right now. My hair looks and feels clean, but not smooth and silky like it normally does. Oh well. Good enough.
I had nearly resigned to shampoo on Sunday morning simply so I could be presentable for worship, but I think I can do without for this week.
- How long does it take to get as bad as it’s going to get?
- Do you use conditioner?
- When will it feel better?
- Does your hair feel soft and silky again once you’ve adjusted? Or does “natural” hair just not feel that way?
- Would it hurt to shampoo once or twice/week? Isn’t this more about adjusting to less frequent washing, than about adjusting to no shampoo? Am I torturing myself needlessly?
Speak up, friends. I need to hear from those who have gone before me.