So much is being said about going shampoo-free. It is “healthier” and money-saving, they say. But there seems to be a bit of skepticism about the end-results also. Among the skeptical: me!
First of all, just like me, some people think this method is kinda “gross” and won’t consider cleaning their hair with anything other shampoo. Others consider the possibility of “harmful” detergents like shampoos to be just fables. And finally, there’s a whole group that challenges all of the above, highlighting reasons such as “scientific proof” that it is safer and less expensive.
More economical? Definitely. Healthier? Maybe. But my deal is that “poo-free” is not an option for a lot of us. It’s not that I doubt apple cider, vinegar and baking soda will clean my hair; it’s that I know for fact that my hair will turn into something never seen before, something like a ball of hay trying to escape my head.
Example of a ball of hay trying to escape
I don’t even want to imagine how much struggle I’d be going through every day trying to manage my hair if I take shampoo out of the basket. My mom used to wash my hair with some kind of “natural” soap when I was little — soap! — and, though it was clean, it really didn’t go too well with my hair. There was no moisture, so my hair grew bigger and bigger if let out.
Even now when I rinse out the conditioner completely and let it air-dry, my hair takes new heights, literally. Hey, I wouldn’t mind the look now (I actually like it!) if it wasn’t for it getting so tangled up that I then require another hour just to detangle it, which usually leads to massive breakage and brittle hair.
For my hair to behave in a way that would actually make me want to style it, I have to use a high-moisture shampoo and conditioner, preferably a leave-in conditioner. Otherwise, it is dry and stubborn. After a few days the oils may set in, but by that time my hair is dirty and ready for the next wash. So, no can do.
I believe people with fine to medium hair would benefit more from eliminating shampoo. Their hair already barely require any styling products at all. Maybe an option to check out?
Here’s a cool article that talks about it: What to Expect if You Kick Shampoo to The Curb
To better hair days!