I haven’t washed my hair with conventional shampoo and conditioner for almost one full month — and this will be my last week reporting on it. Why? Did I give up? Am I switching back to the (unnatural) way things used to be?
Of course not! It’s just the opposite.
Two days after I switched from washing with honey to using castile soap and avocado, I had a really good hair day. And I haven’t stopped since. I’ve come to a place where I’m getting a handle on how often I should wash my hair, how much castile soap I should use, where I should apply the avocado oil, etc. And I’m loving it. It’s at the point where people have even asked me if I started using shampoo again. They can’t believe I’m still not using shampoo because my hair just looks so good — and let me tell you, when you haven’t actually used shampoo in a month, that’s basically the highest compliment you can receive.
I’m signing off on this after today because I’ve found a method that works for me, I’m sticking with it, and I don’t anticipate any notable changes in my hair in the near future. But if I do have any updates, I can assure you I will be back with more documentation!
I want to give a humongous thanks to all of you for following along and offering all of your support and advice. I know I keep saying this, but it couldn’t be truer: There is absolutely no way I would have done this without you all. I mean that. So thank you!
My 3 natural haircare products.
Before I go, I want to leave you with 3 bits of knowledge that I’m coming away from this experience with. If you’re thinking about ditching conventional hair products and switching to more natural options… read on!
1. Do not give up. You can make the switch in one minute flat, but your hair isn’t going to be as quick to realize what’s going on. The transition takes time. Every time you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you started this to begin with — and remember that the transition period will not last forever. Stick with it, and once you figure it out, you’ll never be happier.
2. Listen to your body. Thank you to those of you who said this to me. Yes, things take time, but if your hair is telling you that it’s really unhappy, it just might be. What works for someone else might not be the best route for you. Experiment with different methods, different products, and different amounts, until you find what’s right for you. Just make sure you give a little time for your body to adjust every time you change something up — if you switch your method every day, your body probably won’t have a chance to adjust and you may never know what actually works for you.
3. Arrowroot flour, arrowroot flour, arrowroot flour. Even if you’re not ready to make the jump to natural hair washing, I still recommend using arrowroot flour to soak up extra oil on days that you skip a wash (best for light hair). It has seriously been my saving grace in this whole process for me, and I love it. You only have to use a tiny amount, and it works wonders. Plus, you can scent it with a bit of essential oil if you like!
Thank you all so very much for all of your help during this hair experiment of mine. As always, if you have any advice you’d like to share, please leave a comment! It’s so great to hear all of your experiences. :)
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