Heard that shampoo is ‘addictive’. Decided to try and kick the habit!
Hi, my hair is long. I haven’t used shampoo for over a year. Once every 3-4 weeks I make a cleansing mask for my hair. Recipe: half a avocado (or banana), 1 egg, a bit of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil. My hair feels realy clean and soft after this!
Other times When I shower I use a showercap or sometimes I just wash my hair with water.
But I have to warn you: first couple of weeks are hard (and greasy) so you may consider starting this on your holiday. And also, my hair is a brown and bit curly, I don’t know if it works for everyone.
So during the first few weeks you don’t wash your hair at all, or just with water? I’m guessing baking soda would only be for super dirty situations, since it works same as shampoo and would kind of defeat the purpose.
Another question before I commit to this – does not washing your hair make it lose the shininess? Anyone has any experience with this?Toggle replies
Great video! I stopped using shampoo about 2 years ago as well. I remember my Croatian boss saying that he never used to use shampoo as a kid in the old country, and now he has to use it everyday or his hair is too greasy.
It took some time for my hair to adjust, but now it is fine.I wash it daily with cold water.
I noticed that sometimes I get some dandruff, but if I work up a good sweat exercising, that seems to resolve itself.
Looking forward to seeing you other stories!
I stopped using shampoo 19 days ago thanks to Dave’s video! For the first 12 days I didn’t use anything and let my hair get really greasy (luckily I wear a hat as part of my work uniform 🙂 ). Then on the 12th day I washed with baking soda. I have long-ish hair. I noticed the baking soda made my hair a little dry. However it has been one week since then and my hair is not nearly as greasy as it was after the first stretch without washing!
To combat the low pH of the baking soda which can apparently damage it and make it dry, I have read that an apple cider vinegar rinse is really great as a conditioner. I used this recipe:
1 part raw, organic ACV
8 parts water
I made 900mL in total and put it in a spray bottle, and added about 25 drops of citrus essential oils just to make it smell nicer. But this is optional, and apparently after it dries you don’t smell like vinegar at all!
I am trying the baking soda / ACV combo tonight. I hope to do this not too often, once my hair gets used to going without it. Maybe every 2-3 weeks?
I will let you know my results!
Am about 7 years into no shampoo & no haircuts, though I started with very short hair, so had no problems with an existing mass of hair that got out of control when use of shampoo was stopped. Rinsing with water and regular, careful combing do the business…though I’m bad at combing & do throw away tangled clumps of hair periodically.
I think good combs were highly prized items in the centuries before treatments such as commercially available shampoo and daily bathing became the norm (which I believe was only about 100 years ago).
Made me wonder about what is a reasonably optimal state of hair and what other must-have modern consumables we’ve too easily accepted as a part of life that are more-or-less just needless consumption that adds load to the environment & economy.Toggle replies
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