In a few days I’ll hit the 2-week mark since I began this no-commercial-shampoo, honey-washing journey. I must say, it has been quite the adventure thus far. I’ve never before wanted to reach for a bottle of shampoo so badly, but I’m sticking this out! Once again, I want to thank you all so so so much for all of your advice and support. I’ve been going over every one of your comments, and there is no way I’d be able to do this without you!
Without further ado, here’s a look at my second week of honey washing.
Day 6: I took a break from washing my hair today, to let the oil build up and hopefully speed up the transition period. Just threw my hair in a bun on top of my head and went about my day!
Day 7: After washing with honey today, I did an apple cider vinegar rinse. My hair had gotten pretty greasy over the past few days, so I figured this would help clear some of it away. Wrong. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but it seems like the grease just keeps coming! I was feeling pretty gross… and then I remembered that one of you had commented about using a homemade dry shampoo — we actually have a couple recipes for that here! I did some further research for fun and found that you can also use arrowroot flour (best for light hair), so that’s just what I did. It WORKED. I’m so excited. Sorry for the selfie.
Day 8: The arrowroot flour worked so well that I decided to go another day without washing. You wouldn’t even be able to tell, right?! So happy.
Day 9: A few of you had left comments about washing with clay, so I figured I’d give that a try! I mixed some bentonite clay powder with a little warm water, honey, and a couple drops of jasmine essential oil. It was really fun mixing it all together, and an interesting experience applying it in the shower, but… after drying my hair, I realize I really don’t like how it feels! It definitely sucked out a lot of oil — which is certainly welcome — but it feels so, so dry. It has kind of a gritty consistency. I almost feel like maybe some of the clay is still on my hair, although I tried my best to get it all out! Any thoughts, here? Let me know. :)
Day 10: I woke up with my hair still feeling incredibly dry and gritty. It doesn’t look dry, but it surely feels that way. Definitely not washing today — I don’t even need to use arrowroot flour. I’m still not liking this consistency. Hopefully this will dissipate as my head produces some oil!
Day 11: I went back to the normal honey/water shampoo today, and then added a little tea tree oil to my scalp and hair for some added moisture. My hair certainly feels less dry and gritty today. Maybe a bit oily on top, but I can only blame myself for that after using tea tree oil, haha!
Now, I have a question for you seasoned experts. I’ve been heat styling my hair almost every day. I know this is quite a damaging thing to do. Is there any natural way of protecting my hair from heat damage? Please share your secrets! :)
See my diary from week 1.
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