The first step – starting from the top!

The first thing we’ve decided to do is ditch the shampoo and conditioner. 


My hair is extremely fine and flyaway, and no matter what I do, it never holds a style. My scalp shows through unless it’s teased to within an inch of its life. Over the years I’ve coloured and treated it a lot, in an effort to be less self-conscious about it, but it hasn’t improved – in fact, when I look at photos of myself from years ago, it’s evident that things used to be fuller-looking! 


I heard about the “no poo” method a couple of months ago, and the more I read about it, the more intrigued I was. It was this page which finally pushed me over the edge. 


Shampoos and conditioners contain many chemicals and some of the ingredients they usually use, particularly sulfates, will still strip away the oils from your hair, ironically causing your scalp to overproduce oils. After I washed and conditioned my hair, it would feel clean, but totally weightless (not a good thing when your hair is already in danger of leaving your scalp altogether); within less than a day, it would be lank and limp. 


I last used commercial shampoo about three weeks ago. For two weeks, I only rinsed my hair with water, and brushed and brushed it to get the oils moving through the hair from the scalp. Immediately, my hair felt better – thicker and more glossy, since I was leaving everything in the hair. It wasn’t at all apparent that I’d ditched conventional shampoo, even on the smell test, but this may be different for different people. I just tied my hair up as usual. 


Then, I used the baking soda “shampoo” and apple cider vinegar “conditioner” (both mixed 50/50 with water, as suggested in the Hairpin’s blog above). 


Well – what a revelation. Firstly it was really easy to use, and secondly – just look at the shine. No tangles – not one – and no smell of salad dressing. I was really pleased. 

I will wash my hair with this once, maybe twice a week, but the rest of the time just use plain water. I am really excited to see what happens over the next few months!


My husband decided to join me. As mentioned in my first post, his seborrhoeic dermatitis particularly affects his scalp. He has been using Head & Shoulders shampoo for years as it’s been the only product which has kept it under control, so he was understandably very nervous of ditching it. The last few times he didn’t wash his hair his scalp got unbearably itchy. He is also very active and sweats a lot, so again something which he was worried about. 


Nonetheless he started (or stopped!) a few days ago and has made sure that he rinses his hair thoroughly with plain water every day (which he didn’t do in the past, if he skipped a hair wash he just left it dry), and is brushing the oils through with his fingers. It’s early days, but he has experienced no itching or increased flakiness at all. His hair also feels softer and his scalp far less tingly. He said that one of the effects of the shampoo was to make his scalp tingle, which now we know is actually the stripping of all the natural oils! 


I will keep you updated! 

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