Hair Care Questions

by HereWeGoAJen on June 15, 2010

Well, we had enough questions on yesterday’s post that I thought we could have a Questions Post.  Also, disclaimer, I don’t really know what I am doing.  Thanks.

Question 1-   How gross might this transition period be?

Well, personally, I didn’t have one.  I have always gone as long as possible between hair washings (as I am lazy and dislike washing my hair and it takes a full 24 hours to dry, so if I washed it every day I would always have a wet head).  So my hair was already fairly balanced.  I think that is why it reacted so badly to being washed.  But the other people who wrote stuff about this whole no shampoo thing said it wasn’t a big deal.

If you are particularly worried about it, I’d try to step down gradually.  Like if you normally wash your hair every day, go to every other day at first.  And then every third day.  Let your hair adjust slowly.  Then, start skipping the shampoo and go back to washing every day with just water.  Or start with baking soda and vinegar and transition down from there.  Or something else that makes sense.

Question 2- In your studies, was the baking soda/vinegar OK for every day use?

Hah, you make it sound like I researched this properly instead of just reading a few random blogs!  Anyway, yes, I believe people use baking soda and vinegar every day.

Question 3- Did you ever update on how the oil cleansing was going for your face?

No, I didn’t.  That is because it was going moderately well, then we moved and I had to dump the oil down the drain and haven’t refilled by bottle since then.  Also, I have hormonal acne, which is notoriously stubborn, and I get breakouts from stress.  Add these two factors together and I have been looking terrible since we got here.  Matt kept asking me what was wrong.  So I went to the chemicals to get things under control.  When my face clears up again, I am going to start experimenting again and see if I can get back to oil cleansing.

Question 4- I think this wouldn’t at all work for people with super curly hair, such as myself. I don’t think the water would get out all the mousse I have to put in my hair to make it curl.

Technically, this isn’t a question.  But, I did find that I didn’t have to use hair products anymore, so it might be a moot point.  And I am pretty sure that I could let my hair dry naturally and it would look moderately good with the supposed to be there waves.  I can’t comment on actual curly hair though.  Except that this works really well on Elizabeth’s hair.

Question 5-  All the people who said they think their hair is too oily for this.

I don’t actually know if it would work for you personally, but I believe the point is to have your head stop producing so much oil by not stripping away the oil.  And seriously, the baking soda and vinegar got my head as de-oily as shampoo ever has.

Question 6- But, wait, do you put other products in your hair? If so, how do you get them out? If not, when do you stop the cycle of washing them out?

I always had to use gel to hold down the curly bits that would spring out all over my head.  But as soon as I started not using shampoo, my hair started behaving itself and I gave my gel to my mom.  But when I did use gel a time or two, it came out with just water.

Question 7- There is no question seven.  But I already wrote that there and felt like leaving it.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Life of a Doctor's Wife June 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Since I work from home, I have become, shall we say, lax about the every-day bathing routine. I mean, I’m not really DOING anything, so I don’t smell or anything. And I don’t get out much, so it’s not like people can smell me if I do smell. But enough about my crazy hermit tendencies. What I’m getting at is that I too stopped washing my hair every day, and it DOES look and feel a lot better! For YEARS, decades even, I would wash, dry, and curl my hair every single day. Now, it is so much healthier. It doesn’t really get oily unless I go, like, five days without washing it.

So I have a couple of follow up questions about the vinegar. Does it make your hair smell like vinegar? You said it makes your hair soft – does that mean it doesn’t get all tangly? And how long is your hair? (Mine is really long… the thought of skipping the conditioner makes me very nervous.) Do you really not lose a lot of hair? (I feel like my hair loss is WAY worse now that I’m not washing it daily. It comes out in big clumps everywhere.)

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Rebecca June 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I have question 7!! I meant to put it on yesterday’s post but I was too late. I am fascinated by this idea; my hair is as you describe yours (wavy but disorganised — lovely turn of phrase by the way). My mom used to wash her hair every four days and do a vinegar rinse and it was always beautiful. Also, I did not wash my hair yesterday and today it looks fabulous.

But here is my question: I work out almost every day and because I am gross, ahem, exert myself so hard, I sweat *a lot*. Like, hair wet and sweaty, feels totally disgusting until I shampoo it. (Yesterday I did not exercise, hence I was able to try this experiment.) Should I go ahead and try the baking soda trick anyway or am I beyond help? I never use product, but the sweat thing is kind of an issue for me.

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Renae June 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

For some awesome natural skin treatments I’d highly recommend the book Beauty Secrets of the Bible by Ginger Garrett. I heard her speak last year at a retreat and have since used some of her recommendations (face cleanser is powdered goats milk and oats, toner is honey, moisturizer is olive oil). My skin looks and feels SO much better than it ever has!

My SIL uses just water on her hair and it works great – mine, not so much. I’m a wash every day kind of gal out of necessity.

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peg June 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

It sounds like my hair may be fairly similar to yours (wavy, but not nice organized waves), so I was always fighting it (when I was in my teens, before hair straighteners, I used to get my Mom to iron my hair if I was doing something special). Several years ago I gradually started cutting back how frequently I wash my hair – now I wash it roughly every 5 days, but can often go longer. I also now usually just braid my hair, so I don’t bother with blow drying. My hair is sooo much healthier, but I hadn’t thought to try dropping shampoo all together – I will be trying that while on my holidays this summer! :)
Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Danifred June 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

This is all very interesting. I will be trying this next week when I have nothing to do. Wow, that felt good to say.

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