Friday, May 13, 2011
I've given up on shampoo and conditioner. It's called the "No 'Poo" movement, but I've determined that "Shan'tpoo" is more clever.
This is pre-Shan'tpoo hair, but it is exactly how I've been wearing my hair for the past two weeks, along with a headband because my bangs are rebelling.
"No 'Poo" involves a week-long phase of baking soda and apple cider vinegar washes (which I totally skipped), and then a multi-week detox phase of water-only rinsing. After weathering weeks of hair texture funkiness, you only have to wash with diluted baking soda and ACV once a week or so...for the rest of eternity! You can read about some of the politics here: sulfates are skin irritants, your hair can take care of itself, saves money/time/environment, etc. The process that I'm following can be found on The Hairpin.
I'm not sure I believe all the claims (there's a lot of anecdotal evidence, especially for curly hair), but summer seems a perfect time for some empirical research. I can't tell you how awesome this should be for traveling in Thailand and backpacking in Yosemite this summer, if it works. Hopefully this whole process will end in softer, less greasy hair.
Current Status: Day 14. Somewhere between soft and somewhat noticeably greasy.