No ShamPOO {Update} && my Routine

no shampoo update

It’s officially been 16 days since I washed my hair with {chemical-filled} shampoo. If you missed my last post, I talked about how I have decided to go with the whole “no poo method” – which really means {no shampoo}. I’ll refer to it as no shampoo, because I just don’t like saying ‘no poo’ out loud. Not to mention, when I tell people about it, they almost grimace. Let’s not think about poo, when referring to our hair. Deal?
Anyways; this is going to be a little bit of an update post {pictures included}. Oh && seeing how I’ve only been doing this thing for 16 days, I’m no expert.  I am only talking about my own experience here. Everyone will be different.
The pictures below are from today, literally five minutes ago. It’s 11:00 PM at night. I washed my hair on Monday (two days ago). It was also up, on top of  my head right before this picture… 🙂
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First things first; Am I going through some sort of crazy period? Absolutely. I’ve actually considered giving up some days. It’s been very up and down. I have some really great highs; where I absolutely love my hair – and then vise versa. My hair feels waxy. After tons of research, this can be due to two things. 1. I’m just going to through my adapting phase or 2. my water is just too hard. I actually think it might be a combination of the two. I’m assuming my water is hard, but I’m hoping to overcome that with Apple Cider Vinegar rinses. I’m also hoping my hair adjusts better.
Although my hair feels waxy, it’s doesn’t look waxy. Actually, it just looks a bit textured. Which I kind of like. I hate dull, boring hair. I have actually always added products to make my hair textured (sea salt sprays, waxes, etc). Maybe, that’s why the waxiness I am dealing with, isn’t an end all for me. I’m willing to wait it out, and see if it diminishes or possibly live with it. Only time will tell.
Heat; Let’s talk about heat… I may get completely yelled at for this, but YES I use heat on my hair. Look, I like my hair curled. My natural curls are a mess, and I want my hair to look good. Do I use it everyday? No. I use it maybe 3-4 days a week. More on this in my weekly routine {below}. I’m not using any products. I’m considering grabbing an all natural heat protectant, but my hair is doing okay right now.
tangles, tangles, and MORE TANGLES…. Get yourself some kind of tangle brush. I use the Tangle Teaser brush, and it works miracles for me. Most people doing this method use boar bristle brushes, I haven’t purchased one yet. I don’t find it necessary – that could change. Since I’m not using an actual conditioner, my hair is really tangled after the shower. I use my tangle teaser to get all the tangles out then switch to my regular paddle brush. If I didn’t use the tangle teaser, it would be HELL!
My {current} weekly routine:
please hear me when I say current. This could change. I’m still figuring stuff out.
It’s very simple really. Monday and Friday are wash days. I wash my hair with my shampoo bar, and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. After that, I blow dry my hair and straighten it. This is usually done Monday after-noon towards night. My Mondays are pretty lazy. Tuesday, I curl my hair. Wednesday and Thursday – I work with what I’ve got. Friday I wash, and start all over. I shower everyday {unless I’m being very lazy}. I use a shower cap to ensure my hair stays dry. I sleep with my hair on the top of my head. I recommend using a soft hair tie, it keeps the kinks out.
My curls tend to last between washes. If my hair starts to look greasy; a pony-tail becomes my best friend. This usually only happens the last day. Again, I’ve only been doing this for two weeks.
What I use:
Shampoo Bar || Currently Coconut Milk and Citrus from Apple Valley Natural Soap.
ACV Rinse || I put it in a spray bottle. I’m trying a 1tbs to 1 cup water ratio.
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I have also ordered five sample shampoo bars from Apple Valley, I want to try some other ones. I’ll do a haul when I receive them.
I’ll try to keep you updated as I go! 🙂
No Shampooers, please feel free leave tips and tricks!
Ask me questions, && talk to me!
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