In case you don't know, there are a large number of people on the internet giving up shampoo. They claim that shampoo is the problem, stripping your hair of oils and then adding them back in. If you just give up shampoo, your hair will regulate itself, just like the hair on all other animals.
I decided to give it a try, mainly to get rid of one more small thing in my travel bag.
My hair revolted from the beginning. At first it just looked a little bit oily, but soon it became stiff. I could shape it in any way and it would stay there. It was tangled enough that I couldn't run my hands through it.
A week or two in, it was looking less oily, but still stiff. No one noticed or said anything, so I figured that even if it was a little bit weird, it was still working.
Then, over the next few weeks, it returned back to normal. It's been two or three months since I've used shampoo, and I don't think anyone would be able to detect anything being different. I do wash my hair, of course, just with water. I massage my scalp and agitate my hair with my fingertips like they do in salons.
One interesting data point is when I visited the island and didn't shower for a week. Usually my hair gets really unmanageable when I do that, but this time it was pretty much fine. Even without washing with water, my hair was okay.
If you're a traveler, I think this is worth trying. Great hair, one less 3.4oz bottle, plus a little flexibility if your itinerary causes you to skip a shower or two.
Photo is a cool path in Horta, Azores
Great post! When I read it, I had been washing my hair for about 3 years now with baking soda and rinsing with vinegar, and really liked it. However, it was getting pretty dry. My daughter has been washing hers with just water now for about that same amount of time. I had never tried "nothing" so after you post I decided to take the plunge. It has now been just about 1 month, and my hair has regulated itself. It kind of revolted like yours did in the beginning, but patience being what it is, I really like it now. I don't notice that there is an odor, and I can wash it every day without my hair getting dry. I do try to use the hottest water, and that seems to really help. Once in a while I will rinse with vinegar, but I've pretty much quit that as well.
Almost a month without shampoo for me. Total success, with (almost) daily head massage / warm water rinse. Long coarse hair is no longer dry and unmanageable. Far less hair breaking off in the shower, landing in the drain trap. I've kicked addiction to anti-dandruff shampoo. Complexion improved too. Finding out, once again, about the body's wisdom -- from head to (barefoot) toe.
Could also eliminate soap, if looking to save weight. One of the original instigators of the "No 'poo" mantra was Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal, who write an article back in 2009.
In 2013, he wrote a follow-up article: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/06/no-soap-on-my-skin-no-shampoo-in-my-hair-over-4-years.html
I've tried it myself and I've convinced a few other friends. We've seen astounding results.
No additional odor, ease of traveling, quicker showers, soft skin.
I did that for a while. The first few months were good. But at some point, my head started itching uncontrollably and I could not keep from scratching it. I think it was triggered by the seasons-- like an allergy-- or maybe some pollution in the atmosphere. But I had to go back to using shampoo. Shampoo solved the problem; my head stopped itching. For me, I'll probably need to be on a cycle; some times of no shampoo, and some times with it.
I'm habituated to Head and Shoulders to treat dandruff. If I go a few days without it, dandruff returns. Any one know if giving up shampoo will fix this? Thanks.
Dandruff shampoos are specifically formulated to make you keep coming back for more. It might take you a while to notice a difference, but you may want to do a google search for natural treatments for dandruff and give them a try for a while, then go the no shampoo route. Trust me, it will take a while, but you can overcome it without H&S! Besides, have you read the ingredient list on that stuff?
That's an interesting idea. I wonder how well it works if you are often working in dirty environments: construction, concrete, etc?
I think this is a really interesting post. While this sounds space and money saving, I am pretty sure that after a while, my hair would get smelly (just by knowing myself). I know the other reason to stop shampoo is because people are balding, but perhaps there is an organic "shampoo-alternative" that keeps hair healthy and smelling good (which would be a turn on for girls too)? Can someone out there please chime in if you have an alternative?
I've been doing this for about five years now (no shampoo, just rinsing twice a day with water). It's great, and I will never go back. Does take about a month to get used to/get the balance.
i've been going without washing my hair for about seven years...
It's never smelly and always behaves. Great way to go about it. Seawater and chlorine disturbs the "balance" but it comes back to normal efter a day or two.
Washing is almost the same by now, a few days of sweaty and dull, then back to normal
I take long showers, or at least I used to before I lived in an RV. I always put the water a little too hot, then get in and face away from the shower because the water is too hot for my chest. Fifteen minutes later I realize that I've been staring into space while enjoying my vertical hot tub, and then finally start taking a shower.
Yeah, it's not ecofriendly, but I'm making up for it now that all of my power comes from the sun.
Anyway, back when I had a house I realized two things:
Go into any department store or supermarket and you quickly appreciate the overwhelming number and variety of products available to keep you looking young and beautiful and smelling attractive. Much of the advertising in magazines, on billboards and television market these products - we are bombarded daily, all with the same message: you need this product to be healthy and/or attractive with the subtext: you are not enough as you are.
Even though we know that people on television usually wear a thick layer of make-up, and that air-brushing and photo-shop routinely hides every blemish in photos in magazines or on the internet, we still allow our perception and expectation of beauty to become ever more unattainable. The beauty ideal is to remove almost all hair from our bodies, except for our head of hair which should be thick and shiny and coloured. Eyelashes for some bizarre reason should look thick, dark, long and curled. Our teeth have to be straight and bleached whiter than nature ever intended. Frown lines are frozen, lips plumped up and a layer of perfectly applied make-up is needed. Even the 'natural' or 'nude' make-up look requires at least 10 types of product to achieve. Nail polish is now nail art.
Despite being more media-savvy than ever, we remain susceptible to the clever billion-dollar marketing campaigns promising us the next perfect fix to solve the problem we never knew we had. And yet we let ourselves fall for it over and over again because more than ever we are judged on how we look, not on who we are. The more occupied we are with our appearance, the less time, energy and resources we have to spend on less superficial, more worthwhile pursuits.
As a result, look into most bathrooms and you'll find many of the following, most of which are completely unnecessary.