If you've read my Nature's Fare post, you know that I gave up conventional hair products last Saturday. I've read multiple blog posts and articles stating that the typical haircare regimen is a vicious cycle that strips the hair of oils only to replace them with synthetic oils in conditioner. This process is said to be not only damaging but unnecessary. I was a little skeptical of the posts I've been reading, since my current shampoo and conditioner were making my hair feel healthy and soft. Could it really be that damaging? I figured the only way to the truth was to experiment for myself, and almost a week later I'm beginning to question the whole process... I want this adjustment phase to end, but it's only just begun. I'm starting to doubt that the end results will be as miraculous as I've read others to be, but while I'm tempted to reach for my shampoo bottle, I'm determined to wait this out. Five weeks; that's what I've told myself. I'll give it five weeks before making my judgment.
The typical "no 'poo" routine is made up of a baking soda paste as shampoo and an apple cider vinegar paste as conditioner. Personally, I decided not to try this one because I've heard that baking soda can cause damage to the hair. Whether this is true or not is beyond me, but I'm feeling like taking that risk. Instead, I decided to try the honey wash method. To make the wash I mix 1 tbsp of raw honey with 1/2 cup of warm water, before each wash. I use a measuring cup to pour it over my head in the shower, then I massage it into my scalp. I mostly leave the ends of my hair be. I wouldn't say I love washing my hair like this, but I'll try to enjoy the process and see where it takes me..
Progession pictures of my hair...This whole week it's been greasy and staticy. Let's just say buns and braids have been my saviors. :)
The last two pictures were taken today, and my hair looks considerably better. However it still feels staticy and a bit dry, and a little greasy at the top. I realize this experiment probably sounds really disgusting, and I apologize, but I thought I'd share my experience so far. Also, I mentioned the arrowroot powder as a dry shampoo in a previous post. This would only work on people with light coloured hair! Huge mistake on my part, the white was quite noticable in my hair. Disappointed about that, but I can just use the powder in the kitchen instead :).
I'll update you again next Thursday, hopefully my results will improve! I'm eager for this to work, but if not, it'll be worth the try :)