Last year I became inspired to try an alternative method of shampooing/conditioning my hair (had to get all the various links out of the way right off the bat). Unfortunately, right about the time I was inspired to try this, I had recently stocked up on shampoo and conditioner, and wanted to wait until I had used it all up (so as not to be wasteful), but then it seemed to last us right up to the end of our time in LT, and when we got back to the States, we were far too busy to be experimenting with new hair product ideas (plus, who wants to have potentially dirty-looking hair when it is 100 degrees out? Not this girl. Also, if I remember right, shampoo/conditioner was on sale or something. Anyway, just recently, I finally ran out of that shampoo/conditioner, and (even though I did restock that) I finally decided it was time to try this other way.
So a little over a week ago, I began washing my hair with a mixture of baking soda and water, and conditioning it with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and some spices steeped in water (parsley, sage, and rosemary. Don't worry, Simon and Garfunkel. I eat plenty of thyme on mashed potatoes and quiche). My reasons are mostly experimental. Sure I will save money with this, because baking soda costs next to nothing, and a little bit of apple cider vinegar goes a long way, but honestly in 2010, I easily spent less than 20 dollars on shampoo and conditioner (not really breaking the bank, but I guess every little bit counts). The timing helps too. It can take your hair/scalp a little while to get used to the new method, and there is potential for it to look like you're not really washing it. Me, having a bit of a break before school starts back up, and it being the winter season (great excuse to wear a hat whenever you need to), and also, working at a coffee shop (pony-tail all the time), it just seemed like the right time to risk having hair that looked a bit unkempt. Unkempt. Maybe that would be a better word for the title of this post. Ah well. That's all the way up there, and we're already all the way down here.
Now, anyway. Here I am, just an inch over a week into this experiment (I can't really remember for sure which day I started this...probably about a week or so ago?). Here is what I have to report so far:
- I'm not really 100% sure that I'm applying the mixtures correctly. I went to the dollar section of a store that I regret going into every time I go there, and got some spray bottles, so it would make it easier for me to not spill or waste my new shampoo/conditioner. I have been mostly spraying my scalp and hairline and then trying to massage it in.
|Pink for Poo, Blue for....Binegar.|
- So far my head doesn't really itch at all, but everything (look, smell, texture, etc) about my hair reminds me of how my hair is after about 36 hours without washing it (which isn't necessarily bad...nearly 100% of the compliments I've ever gotten on my hair have been when either:
- a, someone else has done it
- b, my hair hasn't been washed in a while)
- It seems to take even longer to dry, if at all.
- Ironically though, it has been more static-y than usual.
- I haven't been doing the conditioner every time, at the recommendation of one of the sites...and that has been ok I guess.
- My curls are more pronounced.
- Here's the thing I can't really describe: The texture of my hair. I think, for the most part it doesn't look that dirty (I've seen it look worse)....but it seems like I could easily turn my hair into some gross, curly dreadlocks. And, I didn't know it was possible....but my hair seems BIGGER. Matted, maybe? Why did I think nappy was the best word?
|A view from the back after having been washed in the morning and in a pony or under a hat for most of the day. Pony being an abbreviation for pony tail, not the actual animal. That's why I abbreviate, so I don't have to type as much.|
|No product in this hair.|
|Side view. My head's in there somewhere. I've never wanted to have dreadlocks, and I still don't. But this hair almost lends itself to it.|