Yes you did read that right I didn’t wash my hair with shampoo for 7 months! I was on a no poo adventure and unfortunately it has now come to an end. It just couldn’t get it to work for me; not for want of trying though, I just couldn’t get it to work for my hair.
It got to the point where I was just wearing my hair up all the time because it never looked quite right down.
It just looked a bit limp and a little bit too greasy. It also wouldn’t curl properly. I really, really wanted it too work and I stuck with it for 7 months hoping that it would eventually get better but it never did. The only positive to it was that my hair grew a lot quicker.
What I Used
To start with I was using a combination of bicarbonate and water to wash my hair and then I used a cider vinegar rinse afterwards. I then dropped the bicarbonate and just I opted for an egg wash with a cider rinse. The first time I washed my hair with just the egg it was amazing afterwards. Really fluffy, clean and even curly, however after the initial wash the next one didn’t have the same effect. My hair was limp, heavy and greasy.
I found the bicarbonate made my head itchy and stripped all of the dye off my hair. The only thing that seemed to work was the cider vinegar.
I even tried using white henna or Cassia Obovata whatever you want to call it. This was interesting! It was very hard to apply but afterwards my hair did look quite healthy. It’s just not a viable option for frequent hair washing. I also thought that it may lighten my hair too as I had stopped dying it with my normal chemical filled dye. It didn’t!
Timeline of My No Poo Adventure
I have put together a timeline of photos for you to show the different stages of my ‘no poo’ adventure.
So I caved and I washed it with toxin filled, nasty shampoo and it smelt heavenly!
Immediately after the first was it felt and smelt better than it had done in months. It also had more volume and curled really well. I don’t want to discourage others from giving it a go though as they have been many other people that have gone ‘no poo’ and it has really worked for them. I just couldn’t get it to work with my hair type. This is not to say that I won’t give it another go at some point in the future though.
Check out this great book, packed with information on going no poo by the lovely Lucy AitkenRead from the blog Lulastic and the Hippyshake. Unlike my experience, Lucy’s was much more positive and she has managed to achieve No Poo.