It has been two months now since I stopped using shampoo and conditioner on my hair. You can read more about it here.
There was a few times mid September when I thought of tossing the towel in on the whole thing. Why was I doing this anyways? Maybe people were staring at my hair everywhere I went thinking "seriously woman? Wash your hair!?" Then maybe again they're not. My friends are yet to hold an intervention.
But I did think maybe there was a middle ground. Shampoos out there that are sulfate free. What I have found, is that there aren't. If they don't have sodium laurel sulfate, then they have sodium coco sulfate. Coco being derived from coconuts. That seemed like a good alternative. Coconuts are natural after all. But the more reading I did, the more I decided that it wasn't really an alternative at all. Here's one article that talks about the differences between the two.
Deciding I was going to continue with my baking soda and apple cider vinegar routine, I also had to be ok with for me, that means using that treatment about every 4/5 days. I've read some people end up going an entire month. I just can't do that. Maybe it's the oils in my hair, or the running I do, but that seems like the balance I need to not look scary!
Here's the regime I am using:
I take about 1 tbsp of baking soda, and mix in about 2 tbsp of water. I pour that on my scalp and scrub it in and let it sit.
I rinse with water, then apply the apple cider vinegar solution. I use about 1 tbsp to 1 cup of water.
I rinse with water, then while still in the shower, comb my hair, and rinse with water again.
So simple, and noyone has yet complained about how I smell either ;)
Negatives to this, is I really hoped it would improve my skin as I struggle with eczema. I've noticed no real difference. What keeps me going on this is I used to have incredibly frustrating fly away hair. That is no longer an issue, and I have more body in my hair as well. It no longer feels flat and limp.
The next test will be what my hairstylist thinks when I get a hair cut next!