I haven’t washed my hair with shampoo in over a year. And my hair has never felt better.
See, many shampoos are actually really damaging for hair and scalp. One of the reasons for this is Sodium Layrul sulfate, which I already mentioned when talking about toothpaste. SLS dries out your hair and scalp something terrible, but can still be found in almost all shampoos on the market.
Two other culprits might be silicones and proteins. They both cause build-up in the hair. But this varies greatly from person to person, some hair types love protein/silicones while to some they are a complete nightmare.
Okay, so no more bad shampoo! Then what? There are millions of methods of cleaning your hair that doesn’t include shampooing, from using only water to making your own advanced mixtures. Personally I’ve been using a few different methods among other things the so called Conditioner only (CO) method, and washing with rhassoul clay.
STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Even though my hair feels a lot better after cutting out the SLS and proteins, I still haven’t found the one method that suits me perfectly. That is why I decided to do a test. For the following four months, I will go through some different ways of washing the hair to see which one suits me and my hair type best. I will try each one for two weeks, and then provide you with a report of how it worked on me, and my boyfriend whom I also convinced into becoming a lab rat. I’ll avoid any kind of hair product, to give as exact an image of the method as possible, nor I will use any extra ingredients such as essential oils or herbs, that I otherwise would have used.
MY HAIR AND ME
Since my hair type is quite classical, I think me testing the washing methods can provide quite a general idea of how they work. I have normal hair, but more towards the greasy edge than dry. I don’t need to wash that often, 2-3 times a week max. My hair is straight with a slight wave, shoulder length, medium thick hair and hair strands. A corkscrew, dry hair type will most likely not like the same washing method as I will, but I hope that this test still will provide everybody with an overall look of these ways of washing the hair.
Now here is a list of all the methods that L and I are going to go through. These are just some methods that I have liked or am interested in trying, and there are heaps of other ways to go about it as well. If you have some method or other that you love, or that you would love to know if works, let me know and I can add it to the list! Also I’m looking for tips on eco shampoo/condish and shampoo bar brands.
- no ‘poo results here
- CO results here
- Rhassoul clay results: here
- Ecological shampoo+conditioner (Condition-wash-Condition) results here
- Shampoo bar results here
- Soap nuts results here
- Rhassoul + conditioner results here
- Egg shampoo results here
- Indian herbs results here
So, we’re starting out with the shampoo free, or the no ‘poo method, tonight. I have never tried it before but I’m really looking forward to it. Check back in two weeks to see how it went.
Remember to vote on the hair washing poll to your right.
Ready, set – go!