I can’t believe it’s been 5 weeks since I quit using shampoo! To recap, I used to shampoo religiously every 23.5 hours. My hair was so oily that even after 24 hours it was looking bad. I also had dandruff that was only barely kept at bay by ever more frequent shampoo.
The first 2 weeks without shampoo were definitely the worst. I used baking soda and vinegar every 2 or 3 days at first, then every day. By the middle of the second week my dandruff was gone but my hair was so oily it looked damp all the way to the ends. After 3 weeks it began to seem not quite so incredibly oily, and last week I was pretty sure it was getting better.
Now, amazingly, my hair feels very nearly normal. I don’t quite understand how this can be, but it’s true. I spent the day grocery shopping, yard saling and at a party – all with my hair down, not hidden in a clip. I flipped it, swirled it, ran my fingers through it. I wasn’t trying to show off. It was more like running your tongue over your teeth after a cleaning at the dentist, when your teeth suddenly feel so smooth. After 5 long weeks, I have my hair back almost overnight, but I’m no longer tied to daily shampoo.
In the shower, my hair feels different. If I try to use conditioner, I can feel the natural oils “blocking” it from my hair. It doesn’t penetrate, and it rinses right off. When my hair is damp, it feels a little “off.” But ince it’s dry, it’s sleek and shiny, not a bit greasy, with lots of body and movement. The only difference I notice is that it has more body than usual and is a little more…obedient? The short little bits of new growth seem much easier to train. They don’t stubbornly stand straight up if I try to smooth them down.
I’m pleasantly surprised that this only took 5 weeks. I really didn’t expect to see such a change, and certainly not so soon after the way the first 2 weeks went! At this point, I plan to keep using baking soda and vinegar every 2 or 3 days and an egg/lemon juice mixture every 7-10 days, unless my hair continues to change.
Among my daughters who have followed me in this experiment, we have several hair types:
The one with fine, straight hair says her hair feels very silky and smooth, not a bit greasy after a short minor adjustment period. She loves her hair this way.
The one with very thick straight hair says her hair still feels a bit oily, though not extremely so. It did look rather oily for the first 2 weeks or so, but not nearly so much as mine – only a couple of inches near her scalp. Now hers, like mine, feels more trainable but otherwise very much like it did before she gave up shampoo.
The 2 curly girls are alternating between baking & vinegar, and occasionally washing with conditioner only. Their hair used to be very dry and prone to tangle, but is now extremely soft and luscious. I see the greatest difference in appearance with those two. They had no oily adjustment period since their hair was so dry by nature.
Thanks for all your encouragement along the way! For those of you who have watched and wondered how it would turn out, are you ready to take the plunge yet?
What other new thing did you try in the month of March? Did it work for you? What will you try in April?