So I’ve been procrastinating in writing this post for months now because of the reaction I would get from people. I know there will be people who think I’ve completely gone mad to do this, but I have my reasons! And before you think I’m totally disgusting for ditching shampoo, let me show you my hair to assure you I haven’t gone complete weirdo cavewoman on you and that I still look pretty much exactly the same…Just with healthier hair. Ryan took this photo of me today. 🙂 Today marks 3 months since the last time I used shampoo!
Sooo…I haven’t shampooed my hair in months. When I first heard about the “no-poo” (no-shampoo) movement, I actually thought it was really weird and too extreme for me and knew it was something I would never do. Hahaa. I guess I changed my mind. I was switching everything else out in my bathroom cabinet so I couldn’t just leave out shampoo without trying it first!
Why give up shampoo?
So the first question people ask when I tell them I quit commercial shampoo is “Why?” “What’s wrong with using regular shampoo?” So I’ll go into that a little bit. Shampoos, conditioners, and every other commercial beauty product contains a long list of ingredients that are very obscure. Just pick up your shampoo bottle and count how many ingredients are in that bottle. How many of those ingredients do you actually recognize? Probably just the water.. Shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals like artificial fragrances, foaming agents, silicones, phthalates, parabens, and the list goes on. Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, developmental problems, diseases, infertility, and cause hormonal problems. Yuck! (I’m not a scientist to really be able to explain all this, but I’ll leave this link here that explains only a fraction of these chemicals and the what’s been linked to them.) But, the more of these chemicals you can avoid, the better. Also…shampoo strips our hair of its natural oil called sebum. God designed our bodies to take care of themselves (for the most part!) without us needing to do a whole lot of extra junk to supplement it. Sebum is the best conditioner/anti frizz serum for our hair, and its free! My hair used to be terrible. Dry, frizzy, brittle, course, and damaged. It still is some of these things, but as I continue this natural hair care journey and continue to trim my damaged ends, I know those things will eventually all go away! My hair has already come a long way from how it was when I was shampooing daily. If we let our scalp and body do what it was designed to do, our hair can become healthy again. When we use shampoo daily, its strips our hair and scalp of its natural sebum, drying out our hair and scalp. So by shampooing often, it sends our scalp into overdrive oil-production to combat the dryness, which makes us feel like we need to keep washing our hair to get rid of all the extra oil. Its a nasty horrible cycle that is extremely hard to break out of. Because shampoo is so drying, we also have to use conditioner…Conditioner coats our hair in silicone to make it look healthy and shiny and soft. The key is “make it look“. This doesn’t mean our hair is actually healthy, its just coated in plastic to hide all the damage from using shampoo. One last reason to give up shampoo…I’m saving a ton of money. Non salon brand shampoos seem to be around $5/bottle, plus $5 for the bottle of conditioner. I used to spend about this much every other week on shampoo and conditioner when I was washing my hair everyday. Even more if you buy fancier shampoo! I am not a math person so I’m not going to do the math of how much money I’m saving, but its a LOT. And I’m a huge fan of saving money! 🙂
When did we become so dependent on products like shampoo?
This brings me to my next point…Women haven’t been shampooing their hair for that long. Commercial shampoo has only been around 80 years. What did people do before that? Its interesting to think about! I did some research about this and found out a few things that are pretty fascinating. To me at least. 🙂 On May 10, 1908 the New York Times published this article that told women that it was okay to shampoo their hair every two weeks, which was frequent, considering the norm was about once a month or every 6 weeks during this time period! Also, keep in mind that when they say “shampoo” they weren’t using shampoo as we think of it, as it had not yet been invented yet. People used to wash their hair with regular soap which is very drying because the pH is not compatible with that of our scalp, so washing this way once a month worked for them. In the 1930’s the first synthetic liquid shampoo was invented, and that’s where it all began! People still washed their hair less often up until the 70’s-80’s when companies started telling consumers they should most definitely be shampooing everyday if they wanted to have beautiful hair. Which in turn brought in more cash for them with women purchasing more and more of the stuff. The fact is…people have not been shampooing their hair way longer than people have been shampooing their hair, and they were doing just fine before commercially available shampoo became a thing. So why does everyone use shampoo, and use it so often? The media tells us to and its just become a normal part of our culture. Also, now we need it. Once we enter into the cycle of stripping the sebum from our hair every day or every other day we’re trapped! Okay, not really, but if you want to quit shampoo its just a really extremely hard and frustrating process while your scalp adjusts and starts to realize it doesn’t need to produce so much oil!
Well, that’s it for today! I have way too much information and stuff to say about this to fit it all into one blog post so I thought I would spread it out a bit. If this sounds interesting to you at all, stay tuned or subscribe to get updates! If you now officially think I’m a freak-weirdo, you can just ignore the next few hair related posts, no worries. Haha… I’ll get around to posting more recipes soon! 🙂
My next no-poo post will be about how I transitioned my hair and scalp over from shampooing every single day to now not using it at all. I’ll also do a post about different natural “wash” methods I’ve tried so far, and what I’ve found to work best for my hair type and water type!
Thanks for reading! I know I’m crazy for doing this, and I don’t expect anyone to jump on the bandwagon with me, but if you have any curious questions feel free to ask. I might to a little Q+A post! 🙂
Read Part 2 Here!