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I decided to go shampoo free, also known as “poo-free.” Before you think, “That’s gross,” know that I work in healthcare and am obsessed with clean. We have bleach, Lysol, and soap all over our house. This is more of a commercial shampoo alternative.
I was distraught the last few times I’ve gone to get my hair cut and I’ve been accused of using hair wax and a flat iron daily on my hair. I don’t use any heat products at all on my hair. I don’t use hairspray, I don’t use any gels or wax of any kind. This has been an extremely frustrating battle and every time I go back after trying some new “organic” shampoo, it’s worse. My hair type is extremely fine, naturally oily, and medium thick. My individual strands of hair are extremely prone to breakage. I’ve tried essentially every commercial and “organic” product on the market. All of them contain harmful chemicals of some sort. No hairdresser has had the answer, and I’ve went to a lot searching, because they all blame it on things that don’t even exist in my hair regimen. What is the answer then? I searched online and found the “poo-free” method and decided it was cheap enough and I was desperate enough to try. If it works, $15-20 could last for a year of shampoo and conditioning supplies. Better for my hair and overall health and better on my wallet? Uh, yes please. All those chemicals are frying my hair and being absorbed into my skin. Next to my brain. My scalp itches all the time which is a problem I had with the rest of my skin before Aveeno soap and weekly Allergy shots. I don’t believe we’d need all these commercial remedies for health problems if we didn’t put the things on and in our body that cause them.
There are a couple alternatives to commercial shampoo:
1. Making your own shampoo with Castile soap as a base an loading it with stewed herbs and natural oils, like sage, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree oil, grapeseed oil, ect. One of the most popular Castile bases is Dr. Bronner’s. WARNING: His soap contains Ethanol. I think it is meant more for cleaning inanimate objects than hair.
2. Baking Soda and Distilled water as a cleanser and Apple Cider Vinegar and Distilled Water as a conditioner. This is the method I am using. I’m not going to release a ratio or anything until I find what works, and it’s different for everyone.
Upon reading, I fully expect results will be bad for a short period of time while the hair adjusts. Our bodies overcompensate in oil production after being stripped o the good oils by shampoos and conditioners. What is left behind is excess oil, wax (and lots of it), and frizzy, dead, and split ends.
BAD Shampoo/conditioner ingredients:
Parabens (wax), Sufates (SLS), certain Alcohols
If you’ve ever read the ingredients on your mositurizing shampoo and conditioner, you’ve likely seen one of the follo.wing:Lauryl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Behenyl alcohol.These types of alcohol are actually benefical to your hair; They will actually help draw moisture to the hair preventing hydration loss. Some of these alcohol’s are also used as a product thickener; since they are ‘fatty’ or more oil based, they work great to thicken formulas.
Benzyl alcohol is most often used as preservative. It doesn’t have any impact on the way your hair looks or feels.Propylene Glycol This alcohol type is often used as humectants in products. They have the ability to attract water and retain it as they are hydrophilic.
(I hate to call them bad becuase they do serve a specific purpose, but these are the alcohol types that have the most drying aspects to them)
Short Chain Alcohol the most common off.enders will be: SD Alcohol 40, Ethanol, SD Alcohol, Propyl, Porpanol, Isopropyl. These are the alcohol types mostly found in styling and finishing aids. They help the product evaporate quickly. They can most of the time be associated with dry and frizzy. hair.”
My hair doesn’t feel greasy, but I definitely notice that there’s some natural oil there. My hair is still a little damp in the picture also.
Products I’m starting with:
Baking Soda, Distilled water, Grapeseed Oil, Distilled Apple Cider Vinegar, Empty Shampoo Bottle, Industrial Spray Bottle
Check out DAY 2 ! https://skatardrummer.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/day-2-poo-free/