I’m going on 3 weeks of washing my hair with natural substances (no commercial shampoo or conditioner!). I’ve used mainly honey with a couple tries of clay and apple cider vinegar… and this week I started something else.
Again, thank you all SO much for all of your help with this hair experiment. Your support has kept me going, and your advice has helped to steer me in the right direction. Here’s a look at the past week in my no-commercial-shampoo adventure.
Day 12: I took a break from washing today — it was a snowy snowy day and I just didn’t feel the urge. Instead, I threw my hair in a low bun, popped a beanie on my head, and called it a day! I think it’s good to have days like this in order to move the transition period along. (PS. Sorry for the tattoos… I was working on this blog post, haha!)
Day 13: I did the normal honey wash this morning. Maybe the break I took yesterday was not such a good idea. My hair feels as greasy as ever… gross. My week 2 blog post went up today, and after reading some of your comments, I think I’m going to make a change. A few of you have told me that I’m not listening to what my body is telling me, and that I need to do just that. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve recently taken on that mindset — ever since I got involved with Ayurveda (see my Ayurveda journal) — and you’re so right in that I should apply that same thinking when it comes to natural beauty. If it feels like the honey isn’t cleaning my hair, it probably isn’t. I need to switch to something that will do a better job. After work I went and acquired my new haircare products. As per many of your suggestions, I’m setting the honey aside in favor for Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and some avocado oil (mixed with vitamin E) for my “shampoo” and “conditioner,” respectively.
Day 14: Today I washed my hair with a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s, rinsed, and then worked some avocado oil into my strands, focusing on the tips. I definitely feel like my hair got somewhat of a cleaning, which is something I haven’t felt in quite some time (woohoo!), but after drying, it still seems quite oily. This could absolutely be due to the avocado oil. I’ll be sure to use less next time. I used some arrowroot flour to soak up some of the excess oil — this stuff has been such a savior in this experience.
Day 15: I washed again today with the castile soap, and then applied just a little bit of avocado oil to my ends after I got out of the shower. Definitely less greasy than yesterday, but still somewhat greasy. I also feel like the soap is drying out my hair a bit (although nowhere near what the clay did to it last week). Has this happened to anyone else? I feel like my hair is a little dry and a little greasy at the same time. It’s hard to explain!
Day 16: I took a break from washing today — just used some arrowroot flour! It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 days since I’ve used a non-natural product to wash my hair. It feels good knowing this, and definitely makes me want to continue!
Day 17: I washed with castile soap, and then used a bit of coconut oil on my ends in the shower to condition them. After I got out, I put a little avocado oil in the ends to help protect my hair when I heat styled. I’m definitely liking this castile-soap/avocado-oil method better than the honey. While my hair doesn’t look or feel 100% how I’d like it to… I think it’s getting there. :)
As always, any tips are more than welcome! Do you think I should continue with castile soap and avocado oil? Should I switch to some of the Lush products you have mentioned, or stay with this method for a while? I’m open to anything!
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