Embracing my inner hippie
I’ve got a secret for you guys.
But you have to promise that what I’m about to say won’t make you dislike me.
Or think I’m gross.
Because I’m totally not!
Y’all, I’ve embraced my inner hippie. Sure, I already have hippie-like tenancies but I’ve kicked it up a notch.
I haven’t shampooed my hair in over 4 weeks. Seriously. On top of that, I haven’t used any hair product or conditioner, either.
Stop judging! I’m not gross!
See, I had been having flat, frizzy hair that was lacking major body. Sure, it may have to do with the fact that I haven’t had it professionally serviced since I was 4 months pregnant with Maelie. (Professionally serviced. That sounds so much more naughty than I intended.) But I fully believe that my hair was just plain pissed off at me. I mean, think about it. Every few days (that’s how often I used to shampoo) I’d strip it of all it’s natural oils and leave it weak and sad. (Again, there could be another naughty joke here. When you’re on, you’re on.)
I remembered Carly telling me once about a mutual friend of ours from high school who had stopped shampooing her hair. And I clearly remember thinking immediately after hearing this that she, indeed, had fantastic hair.
So I messaged her and she told me how wonderful it is and how her hair has never been better. And all she did was nothing? Sounded too good to be true.
I did some research and found a shampoo and conditioner substitute consisting of water mixed with baking soda and diluted apple cider vinegar. According to the many other blogs I read about this, I was supposed to wash my hair with my makeshift shampoo and conditioner every few days, with just plain water rinses in between. I was also told that I’d go through a ‘rebellion’ phase where my hair is a greasy, nasty mess because my body was trying to find it’s natural oil need.
To get all scientific on y’all, when you shampoo, you strip the oil from your hair. So, in return, your body makes more oil than one would naturally need – thus the need to shampoo as often as most do. When you stop shampooing, your body says WTF? and continues to pump out the oil in anticipation thinking you’re toying with it’s emotions.
Toy not, hair. I’m really not hurting you any longer!
So, naturally there are questions.
1. Am I gross now?
No. I shower and everything.
2. Does my hair smell?
No. In fact according to my husband and kids, my hair smells like nothing.
3. But you use apple cider vinegar! Vinegar smells gross.
Yes it does. But my hair, in fact does not. Once it’s dry, the smell is gone.
4. Is your hair better or worse?
I’ve noticed a huge difference. It feels heavier – in that, it doesn’t feel flimsy and frizzy. Also – it’s not frizzy anymore. Plus, I don’t need hair product. And for someone with curly hair, that’s saying a lot.
5. Will you ever use shampoo again?
Not unless someone held a gun to my head and forced me to. I’m loving the minimalness of it all.
6. Did you go through a gross, greasy phase?
It wasn’t as bad as I expected, to be honest.
7. Has this been life changing?
It’s hair. It’s not life.
So there you have it. I don’t shampoo my hair anymore. I’d recommend it, if you’ve been thinking about it but haven’t tried. Honestly, if you can get through the transition phase and really stick with it, it’s worth it.
I’m not saying I have the world’s greatest hair, because, let’s get real. I let my hair air dry and I’m not even sure if my blow dryer even works anymore. Plus I typically keep my hair pulled back because Maelie enjoys yanking my hair out whilst shrieking. Apparently it’s hilarious!
But – even having your hair pulled back still needs to look good, right?
So…what hippie like thing do y’all do? Be honest!