No Shampoo, week 8 1/2: Let the mockery begin

After my little pity party in the last update, it’s only fair to let you know that things are going better now – except where the part about mockery comes in, but no fair reading ahead.  All mockery in due time.

Last time I posted about my no-shampoo adventure, I was feeling discouraged.  After weeks of steady improvement and a decrease in the amount of oil produced by my scalp, I felt like I was regressing.  My hair was suddenly more oily instead of less.  My dandruff seemed to be coming back.  I thought I was almost done adjusting and then it seemed like I might be back in the early stages again.  I was whiny.

I asked for encouragement, and I received it.  Thank you.

Now my hair is also encouraging me.  This week, I feel like I’m back on track.  My hair is feeling and looking better than it has in weeks or months, with less washing.  I used an egg on it this morning just to get ready for our trip to Oklahoma City, but I can’t remember the last time I egged it, and it really wasn’t too oily yet.

Which brings me to the bit about mockery.

A sweet and encouraging reader suggested this:

…Then try an egg mixed with lemon juice, 1/4 cup water and BS pour it on bit by bit and really massage it in well to the scalp and through the hair. Followed by a cold CV rinse…

I love you Sophie, but I got the impression that you said to mix the egg, lemon juice, water and baking soda all together before using it on your hair, right?

So I did it.  Was this a practical joke, Sophie?  Are you sitting in front of your computer giggling right now?

You all have my permission to start laughing now, because I’m probably the only one who didn’t see this coming.  I found myself holding an impromptu science experiment in the palm of my hand.  My “shampoo” turned into an overflowing glass of yolk-colored fizz and foam.  I yelped and stammered in surprise, trying to decide whether I was closer to the bathroom sink or the kitchen sink, while all the kids came running to see what their ever-calm-and-collected mother was so excited about.

When the reaction had slowed, I went on with what I doing.  My hair is nice and clean now, and I expect it to stay that way through the weekend, maybe with the help of a baking soda/vinegar treatment in a few days.

Oh, and you can stop laughing now.  It’s not that funny.


  1. Hi, I just discovered this blog today, and I’m fascinated by this whole no-shampoo thing! I have fine, straightish hair with a “bend” to it that tends to be staticky, and if I want to wear it down, it has to be washed that day, otherwise I wash it every 2 days and wear it up on the second day.

    Could someone please tell me the exact formula that you use to do this, by the day? Can you still blowdry and use a curling iron, or is the need for that eliminated? My hair doesn’t do ANYTHING unless it is blown out straight with a round brush and touched up with a curling iron. If I don’t, it just goes flat, and bends in weird directions at the ends.

    Lol, i didn’t mean to share my hair’s life story, I am just so attracted to the idea of liberating myself from spending so much time on my hair!

    • Aleassa,
      Thanks for stopping in. Did you read all my no-shampoo posts? I’ll be doing another one very soon. I think I’ve finally figured out what works for my hair!
      The formula seems to vary a lot from one person to the next. I think it depends upon your hair texture and type, and probably your own personality. I’m finding that I can wash every 2 or 3 days now with baking soda and vinegar. My hair has more body, and if I were one to use a curling iron I have a feeling it would hold a curl far better than it did when I shampooed daily.
      Just give it a try and see how it works for you. If you don’t have very oily hair, you might love it right away. If you do, you might have an unpleasant adjustment period.

  2. LOL @Katie that is funny. : P

    @Mrs.C I posted on what I do for my hair care…. if you care. : )


  3. I thought that by “BS” Sophie meant something other than baking soda, and therein lay the joke for me until I read further! 🙂

  4. That’s good stuff. For some reason, I’ve always been under the impression that the fizz is what “does stuff” …but I’m still not clear as to what it is that it does [smile]. But they say that you should pour baking soda and vinegar down your drain to help keep them clear, so I’m still sticking with my fizz “does stuff” idea.


  5. When are you going to Okalahoma?

  6. I’m so happy to hear things are going better because of my vested interest in your experience. I’m starting week 4 (need to get my week 3 update posted) and this has been the toughest week yet.

    After having lovely curls, this week they have drooped. I’m heading to the library in a while to find a copy of “Curly Girl”. I need help.


  7. LOL. Yes, it was funny.
    An egg-volcano? Glad it didn’t erupt or anything.

    Glad you are back on track!

  8. LOL – I am not laughing at you but the way you put this into words. 🙂 I am glad everything is getting back to normal (or should I say abnormal since your hair is less oily?) and the egg mix helped. I just use two raw eggs with some white vinegar on my hair. Makes my curls bounce. 🙂 I don’t have a problem with oily hair in the least so I couldn’t tell you what would help – glad you found a solution (thanks to Sophie!)

    Blessings Mrs. C 🙂

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