After 3 Years WITHOUT Using Shampoo Here's What I Learned.
To be honest, I've only recently converted to "natural" hair.
Before, like everyone else, I was disgusted by this simple idea.
Don't use shampoo to wash my hair ?! Never !
But that was before.
One fine day, 3 years ago, I decided to stop torturing my hair - and my health - with a bunch of chemicals.
And I do not regret! Now, this is how I do it:
How to do
I first let a not very pleasant 5-6 day phase go by without washing my hair at all.
Why ? This is so that the natural sebum of the hair can best nourish the roots.
Then, instead of using my usual store-bought shampoo, I do the following:
1. I run my hair under lukewarm water.
2. I dilute baking soda in water, then knead my hair with this mixture for about 2 min.
3. I then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, focusing on the scalp.
4. I mix apple cider vinegar with water and then massage my hair with it.
5. After soaking the entire length of my hair, I rinse it off with cold water.
These gestures, I repeat them once every 5-6 days, with a wash in clean lukewarm water in the meantime. And of course, a balanced diet ...
And There you go ! My hair is now shiny, healthy, and naturally!
To convince you to adopt this natural hair washing method, here are the 7 lessons I learned after 3 years without using shampoo :
1. My hair looks so much better now
After these long months without shampoo, my hair is much smoother and more supple than before. I no longer use any product.
I'm just drying with a hair dryer that has a diffuser (like this one).
The beautiful waves in my hair stay throughout the day. And I can tell you that when you know that you have beautiful hair, it's like a magical power that gives you self-confidence and erases other worries you may have about your appearance.
Another more unexpected effect: the color of my hair has more shades, which makes it even brighter. For my part, my light brown now has beautiful shades of blonde, so much so that people ask me if I'm blonde.
The reality is, it was the use of shampoo for dozens of years that darkened my natural blonde. The chemical molecules in the shampoo caused the sebaceous glands to overproduce.
This overproduction of sebum then "suffocated" my scalp. The result was years of dull hair, while the blonde I experienced as a child wasn't that far away!
2. Shampoo is bad for my hair: science says so
Dig into your distant memories of chemistry class: do you remember what pH is? Let me help you a little: the pH scale goes from 0 to 14.
The so-called "neutral" pH is at level 7. Also, anything below this threshold is "acidic" and what is above is said to be "basic" or "alkaline".
Human skin, on the other hand, needs to be slightly acidic to prevent fungi and bacteria from growing.
So when I use baking soda to wash my hair (basic pH), then apple cider vinegar (acidic pH), my scalp's pH remains stable.
The production of sebum then remains low and bacteria and fungi of all kinds avoid multiplying.
This is quite simply why my hair stays clean longer!
This is also the reason why you should not use white vinegar: it is too acidic. Prefer apple cider vinegar.
Industrial shampoos, on the other hand, are made to be slightly acidic. It is also often marked on the bottle "pH balanced".
But some of the ingredients used, especially sulfates, dry out your hair, causing overproduction of sebum despite this slightly acidic pH.
I always had good grades in chemistry at school. Unfortunately, we never had a course dedicated to the care of hair products :-)
3. Easy to prepare (and economical)
To wash my hair naturally, it’s very quick and easy!
I first put the equivalent of 6 tablespoons of baking soda in a 1.5 liter plastic bottle.
Then I fill it with water. This mixture constitutes the "1st bath" of my hair.
For the "2nd bath," I fill another bottle halfway with apple cider vinegar, and half with water.
Once these 2 preparations are finished, I leave the 2 bottles in my shower. I just shake them a bit before each use. And that's all !
4. The part of your hair that does not touch your head does not get very dirty
The roots of the hair: this is where the emphasis should be.
Of course, it's not about forgetting the lengths of your hair when washing. But, where it all happens, is right next to your scalp.
The roots of the hair are the first to be affected by excess sebum since they are as close as possible to the sebaceous glands.
So when I wash my baking soda and then apple cider vinegar washes, I always emphasize the areas near my scalp rather than my lengths.
Sometimes it is also good to let your hair be “nourished” by the natural sebum of the scalp.
In this case, you can do like me: wear a wide headband, a pretty scarf or a hat to hide the slightly oily roots. When washed well, they will be shiny, silky and fortified.
5. The more you sweat, the more you have to wash your hair
It is always good to know.
If you have a physical job, work outdoors in the heat, or live in a hot, humid place, you will likely have to wash your hair more than once a week.
Either way, be aware that it is not good to wash your hair, naturally or with regular shampoo, more than twice a week.
6. Beautiful hair thanks to your nails.
Like baking soda and apple cider vinegar, your nails have a big role to play in shaping your hair.
The nails are indeed used to effectively wash your scalp with the 2 bicarbonate / vinegar preparations and allow you to clean the roots that are a little too oily when you simply wash your hair with clean water.
For my part, I pour my baking soda mixture on a small part of my scalp, then I scrape gently with my nails in a circular motion.
Little by little, my whole head is then covered with the preparation. Ditto then for the cider vinegar wash.
And you don't need to have long claws. My fingernails are very short, but strong, so they do the job well.
7. My hair handily wins the test of smell!
Whether or not you like the smell of other people's hair, I think I got everyone's agreement. The opinions around me are unanimous: the smell of my hair is very pleasant!
Of course, I am asked what my shampoo is. That's when I answer: "Well let me tell you my little secret ...". People are always surprised.
Some take my word for it, but I'm always willing to let someone touch my hair and smell it a second time so they can see for themselves that my hair doesn't smell of vinegar.
Obviously, they don't smell like "Orange peel under the southern sun" or "Pomegranate water with Pacific pearl extract".
Their smell is just pleasant, neutral, that of clean hair.
Silky, fortified hair, naturally and at a very low cost.
Seriously: how can I do without it today ?!
And you, now that you know what I learned from 3 years without shampoo, would you be willing to stop shampooing yourself? Give me your opinion in comments :-)
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