No Shampoo

Last week on Facebook and message boards, I spent some time talking about my need for a new hair style. My hair was seriously driving me nuts. There was one spot, in particular, that came dangerously close to being dealt with in a drastic manner. I’m so glad it didn’t have to come to that. The emergency trip to the hairdresser afterward would have been so embarrassing.

“Yes, I realize I’m not a hairdresser and have no business with scissors anywhere near the vicinity of my head. And yes, I know I shouldn’t cut my own hair, especially right smack on the side of my head where it’s hard to hide a butchering. But you have to understand: I couldn’t control myself!”

Yeah – glad that scenario didn’t have to play itself out.

And this week, I’m singing a whole different tune. You see, I’ve found my panacea. And it’s in the form of a surprising new beauty routine.

For a while now, a few friends have been talking about how they discontinued using shampoo. I didn’t pay them a whole lot of attention because, well, no shampoo just sounded pretty darn gross to me. It wasn’t until Julie chimed in that she’d been shampoo-free for some weeks that I decided to start asking questions.

It turns out, I’ve got some knowledgeable friends (who knew??). First, Marisa schooled me in all things silicone in the hair product world. Here’s a direct quote from my wise mentor of all things beauty:

The reason you would want to eliminate silicones is because they are very drying. Silicones give hair a sleek, frizz-free look. They make your hair appear healthy. But appearances are deceiving. While the silicone coats the hair, giving it a glass-like finish, underneath it is drying the hair shaft. If you don’t use the ‘cone based product, your hair is even worse than before. The more you use, the more you need.

That made so much sense to me. I liken it to sugar in foods. The more you eat, the more you crave and destroy your body in the process. If you stop eating it, you don’t crave it and your body can start to heal. But, you have to stop eating it in order to get off the vicious merry-go-round.

So, I was on board with the no silicones and decided to go for broke and try the no shampoo thing, too. Even though there’s no shampoo being used, you still “wash” your hair with (silicone-free) conditioner – using it just like shampoo. Here’s what Marisa says about no shampoo:

In a nutshell, the shampoo is needed to remove the buildup of silicones and proteins. These are primary ingredients in styling products, anti-frizz serums and most conditioners. When you eliminate those ingredients, you no longer need such harsh shampoo.

Today was day 4 of no shampoo and I can barely express how thrilled I am with the results. That piece of hair that refused to behave before? Lies down perfectly in place where I want it and stays there all day. No more flipping out, or fly-aways!

Marisa recommends using Suave Naturals line of conditioners since they are silicone-free. I’ve been using the Tropical Coconut, but have a couple other scents on hand to use, as well.

As a point of reference, my hair is naturally a bit wavy, sometimes almost curly (depends on the humidity in the air), thick, and extremely oily. Since it’s oily, I was afraid of the conditioner-only routine, but I haven’t had any issue with my hair feeling or looking greasy sooner than it did when I was using shampoo.

I also want to give my hair a “detox” to clean out any remaining buildup from previous silicones. Here’s Marisa’s recipe to remove buildup in the hair:

Mix a couple Tablespoons of baking soda with water to make a paste, massage that into the scalp. Rinse well then rinse with about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3/4 cup of water.

I’m going give this a try this weekend. I’ll also try to remember to take pictures of my glorious hair that I’m in love with all over again. I’m also so grateful I finally started listening to my smart friends. Maybe I should do that more often.

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9 Responses to “No Shampoo”

  1. Jules says:

    Looking forward to the pictures, and for Laura’s sake I’m glad you didn’t say the “NO POO” method. HAHA!

    I started doing it after reading about hair color fade. On this particular forum the girls were saying stop using shampoo. Like you I thought, “no way how gross!”

    I am VERY happy with the results also, and glad I listened to them. I’ve yet to try the “hair detox” though.

  2. Marisa says:

    I can’t wait to see pictures!

  3. Bellesouth says:

    I have long, curly hair and have been going the mostly shampoo-free route for quite some time. As your hair gets longer, the oils in your scalp need to condition your long tresses, and it results in nasty dry-scalp or dandruff.

    While I was shampooing every two days, I now shampoo every three days and use a conditioner every time I shower.

    I typically use Redken conditioners just because they don’t add a lot of buildup.

    Also, I condition the scalp heavily and just lightly shampoo the ends when I do shampoo. no scrubbing!!!

    My hair has never looked better. It is healthier than its’ ever been, it’s shiny and curly and the only product I use is just a slight palm full of gel just to keep the frizzies down.

    But yes, indeedy – conditioning all the way!

  4. Amy says:

    Interesting, Belle… so you’re saying that you need to shampoo because of dry scalp or dandruff? You can’t use the no-shampoo method?

  5. Bellesouth says:

    nonononono. I’m saying I shampoo only every three days because of dry scalp or dandruff. I do find if I don’t shampoo every few days, my hair does get weighed-down and lifeless.

    so my regimen is: condition every day, shampoo every three days, condition heavily on the scalp, shampoo lightly on the ends.

  6. bobbie says:

    I’ll have to try this, Amy. My hair is so thick, that it usually requires washing, even though I don’t use anything on it to style it. I’ve always had the best luck with Nexus.

  7. Donna says:

    Every so often, I mix baking soda and water and massage it into Steph’s hair to give her a good clean. I don’t use the vinegar afterwards though.

    It removes her buildup INSTANTLY and since she doesn’t use hair products, other than shampoo and conditioner, I think it has a lot to do with her hormones and oil secretion on her own.

    She now uses some Aussie shampoo that says good for oily scalp and dry ends…no conditioner and we haven’t had to baking soda in a while.

  8. Amy says:

    Donna – the build up is most likely from the silicones in the products you were using before.

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