Good hair days, part 2

Remember when I wrote about my new “not quite no ‘poo” routine? It’s been almost a year, and I’m proud to say I haven’t touched a drop of traditional shampoo or conditioner since I started this experiment.

Not much has changed since last year. For a few weeks I switched to peppermint Castile soap because I’d run out of J.R. Liggett’s and wanted to see if the liquid soap was an acceptable substitute, but it left my hair dry. I’ve noticed a significant improvement since going back to the shampoo bar. I can go longer between washes without my scalp feeling “icky” and my hair doesn’t get that crunchy feeling at the ends. Lesson learned! It’s definitely worth using the shampoo bar.

Curly Q!I’ve also started using a teaspoon of melted coconut oil after each shampoo, mixed with a drop of essential oil (peppermint, lavender, or tangerine), because I missed having that freshly washed smell. Despite what people say about apple cider vinegar not leaving a smell, Tim (a hypersensitive olfactory type) insists he can smell the ACV. The coconut oil keeps the frizz away without looking greasy, and if I don’t brush it, the curl really comes out.

My hair hasn’t been this long since college, and I’m enjoying the ability to put it in a ponytail or wrap it in a bun when I want it out of my face. I’d always hated having long hair because it ended up frizzy and wild, but this routine seems to have tamed the locks. I’m due for a haircut to remove the damaged ends, but I’m waiting ’til it’s a smidge longer.

And yeah, it’s still ridiculously soft. And I can’t stop playing with it. I’m calling this experiment a rousing success!

Good hair days

Flippy happy hair
Flippy happy hair
Confession: I haven’t washed my hair in a month.

Fair warning: Now I’m going to blog about it.

I’ve tried this before without success. For a while I was on a strict three-days-between-washes schedule, and there was that one week where I only used water (that was a good week to work from home, eugh) but I always had the same issue — my hair would be overly dry and frizzy on the wash day, feel OK on the second, and gross by the third.

Rinse and repeat, if you’ll pardon the pun.

But this time it’s going to stick, and that’s because I’ve cut out all traditional hair products. I’m not going full-on no ‘poo, but I’ve stopped using anything with ingredients I can’t pronounce.

After the first week of “detox”, I started to notice two major improvements: My scalp no longer feels itchy (psoriasis is a bitch) and I don’t get that greasy, thick, “Ugh, my hair hasn’t been washed in two days” feeling in between washes.

Instead, it feels…soft. Really soft, all the time. I can’t stop running my fingers through it, and my husband is tired of hearing, “Oh my god, my hair is so soft right now — no, really, feel it! Feel it!

And here’s why:

I use the shampoo bar once every 2-3 days, and rinse with a diluted ACV solution, and brush as usual. I apply the coconut oil every couple weeks, or when it starts to feel dry. And…that’s it. It’s almost too simple, when you consider how many different hair products I’ve tried over the years.

It’s not perfect; it still gets frizzy, and the texture remains a strange hybrid of curly/wavy/flippy that defies all logic and drives me crazy, but I can’t see myself going back to regular shampoo after this level of hair euphoria.

No, really, it’s that awesome. So soft! Feel it! No, really, you should feel it! Hey, where are you going…?