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Day 32 of the “No-Poo” Method

Hooray!

I have officially stopped using shampoo and (according to the instructions that I’ve followed) my natural oils of my hair and scalp should now be reaching their appropriate balance.

Today I washed my hair again with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar after two weeks of washing with just water.  My hair is fluffy and soft and does not feel oily at all really.  I should only have to wash my hair about once a week now with the Soda and Vinegar, but apparently this varies for all different types of hair, so your experience may vary.

I’m posting a final picture here so you can see, its not as curly as it had been in the past two weeks of just water washing, but instead its more fluffy and wavy now.  I’m sure the curl will come and go depending how often I choose to wash it with the Soda and Vinegar.

Thanks for reading!!

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Day 29 of The “No-Poo” Method

So here we are at Day 29 and this means that I have only two days left of washing my hair with just water.

My hair is definitely more oily than it used to be when I was stripping it with chemicals every day.  But It also used to look disgusting and greasy after a mere two days of not washing it.  It would get stringy and would be obviously unclean and that is very different from what I am experiencing now.  My natural curliness is coming out now in a way that I have NEVER seen it without having to use product and scrunching repeatedly all day long.  I think it looks quite nice now and I don’t think that anyone can tell that I haven’t technically washed my hair in two weeks!

I have still been brushing my hair every day, especially while I’m rinsing in the shower, but have not had any problems with tangles at all, which is great.  I’m enclosing a picture here for today and will write again after I’ve washed with baking soda and apple cider vinegar again on friday.

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Day 24 of The “No-Poo” Method

Well, I have now been washing with just water for the past seven days already and I am neither disgusting nor am I dead.

My hair is definitely more curly than it used to be when I would wash it every day with shampoo and it is also more oily, but I’m really not dissatisfied at all, and I don’t think anyone who I meet even suspects that I have given up shampoo.  I am brushing it every day and also still brushing it in the shower after I scrub my scalp vigorously with my fingertips, but I have not had any issues with tangles or matting thus far.

And to be honest, when it comes to the increased oil in my hair, it actually isn’t so bad and is starting to feel a lot more normal to me.  Its as if I’m realizing that my hair is supposed to feel like a living extension of myself, rather than like the silky / stringy barbie doll hair that I got so used to playing with as a child.

I also must say that I am really excited at how quickly my hair is growing, both in thickness and in length!  This is probably mostly due to how much more attention i am putting into brushing and massaging the scalp on a daily basis, but it probably is only helped by the fact that i gave up those nasty chemicals!

You can see for yourself with this photo, but I’d say that I’m in pretty good shape as of now.  (Still one more week of washing with JUST WATER though, so we’ll see if my attitude adjusts at all over the next few days.)

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Day 19 The “No-Poo” Method

So, today is day 19 which technically means that I should have been using ONLY WATER to wash my hair for the past five days.  Unfortunately I had to extend the first portion of this little experiment for an extra few days because I had an interview and could not risk looking greasy…

It has now been two days since my last Baking Soda / Cider Vinegar washing and I have been washing with just water since then.  So far, not so bad.  My hair is more oily, but it’s also just got more of its natural curl going for it now, which i happen to like a lot.  I definitely do not LOOK greasy, but my hair is a bit more oily to the touch than I am used to, for sure.  But so far, definitely not unbearable at all.

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Day 11 – The “No- Poo” Method

So I have skipped a few days here because pretty much nothing at all has changed.  My hair is still responding in the same way and I am still brushing and washing in the same way pretty much every day.  Some days I have actually skipped washing it with the mixtures, instead just massaged the scalp with water, because it was hardly even oily.

One thing I will say though is that I recently went to visit my dad who lives off of well water which is very soft compared to our city water where I live.  And thank god I was only there long enough to need to wash it once because it was extremely painful!  Not only did it take longer to actually rinse the baking soda and then the vinegar out of my hair, but the brushing portion while dealing with this ultra-soft water was really tough.  My hair just did not want to comb  through and it reminded me a lot of having my hair pulled by the comb when i was a kid!

So if you have soft water where you live, I regret to say this will probably be more challenging for you, unless I am just a tender-headed wimp.  You tell me.

Here’s a pic from today, as you can see things are looking pretty much the same so far… but we’ll see what happens when, six days from now, i have to switch to “washing” with JUST WATER for two weeks straight.  Thank god its so cold out, in case i have to wear a hat every day!

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