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Showers, Soap and Shampoo, Part 3

Posted in Just Sayin' by Allie on September 21, 2012


Sunday, I washed my hair with castile soap, partly on a whim, and was amazed with the results. Many of you have been asking about it, so here you go.


Let’s put this above photo in perspective. This is Day 2 of castile soap on air-dryed hair. No styling products. If I had known my hair would look this good, I would’ve tried this a long time ago.

Remember the fiasco where I tried to go a month without shampoo and felt (and looked) dirty and gross, so I celebrated at the end of 4 weeks by washing my hair? Compare said fiasco to this picture: day 4 of castile soap and my hair is still looking awesome.

Castile soap you are one sexy bitch.


See the thing is, I really, really want to simplify my life and not rely on shampoo. I’ve been using Kiss My Face, which is SLS-free, for over two years now and it’s great. I can usually go around a week without washing, if I use it in conjunction with a dry shampoo in problem areas. However, before I cut my hair, the ends were dry and needed conditioner and that weighs down my hair. I could usually go a bit longer without spraying if I used BIG from Lush, but all that salty goodness was for sure just drying things out.

Enter Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap into my life. We’ve been using it on everything. Our bathroom, our dishes, our children, and so I started hunting for a homemade shampoo recipe. And after reading this, and after finding that be-dreaded folks use it as a residue-free shampoo, I just gave it a try last Sunday in the shower. I used the tiniest amount–maybe the size of a nickel.

My. Hair. Feels. Glorious.

You know that squeaky feeling when you wash with shampoo, which I guess we’re supposed to covet, but it just makes hair tangled and unmanageable? None of that. Just soft, full-bodied hair. It actually feels a bit weird because if I weren’t looking at it in a mirror I’d say it’s greasy, but it must be just hair as nature intended–all natural oils still intact.

Before you run out and try this yourself, I’ll say this: I’m still using the dry spray (only once on my bangs), but I suspect things may even out with time and I can put it away. This is an experiment in simplifiying my life. If I can have one product in my house instead of a dozen, great. Perhaps I’ll try a bit of baking soda next time, or follow some of the advice out there for going no poo. But really, this is already a win for me. Second, my hair is used to not using shampoo. Your hair may need an adjustment period, or it may just not work for you.

But if your heart is set on this, I challenge you–4 weeks with no shampoo. Your hair may just surprise you.

Shampoo, Showers and Soap: Part 2

Posted in Just Sayin' by Allie on February 12, 2011

Last Sunday marked 4 weeks of no shampoo, and to celebrate–I washed my hair.

And it. Was. Glorious.


(Above: The before: my hair after 4 weeks of no shampoo.)

The only thing I could say for my hair after this experiment was that it looked pretty good…for not having washed it in 4 weeks. And really, if I need that kind of qualifier, I think we have a problem.


(Above: Still before. The ends are fine, but note the yucky greasy top.)

It’s true, no one pulled me aside and spoke to me about hygiene issues (except my mom, but that’s what moms are for, right?!), but also no one exclaimed, "My god! Your hair! It’s a miracle! How DO you do it?!"

And no, I didn’t jump right back into the evil sudsy, detergenty shampoo. I went back to (the rather expensive) No Poo, which we had open at home.  After washing my hair Sunday I was able to rinse it Wednesday (after swimming) with just water and a bit of conditioner and it felt fine. it was fine for a day, but I had to wash it again on Friday evening. Today it’s a bit fluffy for my taste. If I were a shower-every-day kind of person, I’d be off to the races using conditioner for everyday cleansing and No Poo once a week or so, but if you’ll remember, my ultimate goal with this experiment is to be able to shower less and so my hair needs to look good for longer.


(After: Bangs! No greasiness!)

And truthfully, the difference is minimal. You may look at the before photos and think my hair looks fine, but I felt gross. And not because I’ve been indoctrinated into loving that freshly shampooed feeling. I am craving the weight of the no shampoo hair, but without shampoo I couldn’t wear my bangs down, and the back of my head was just outright greasy.

So I’m going to keep experimenting with the formula. If I could just figure out a way to cleanse the hair close to my scalp with something completely natural like aloe or mint or whatever, I’d be a happy-no-shampoo camper. But my hair needs something.

The proof is in the shampoo.


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Confessional: Showers, Shampoo and Soap

Posted in Just Sayin' by Allie on January 25, 2011


I don’t shower every day. There–I’ve said it. I sometimes don’t even shower ever other day. There–I’ve said it again! See, I have dry, sensitive skin and I’ve finally learned to heed the advice of my dermatologist–water (especially hot like I like it) is bad news for my skin. And while I’m in this confessional mood: I also don’t use soap. I rarely use deodorant. My problem?

My hair loves shampoo. Drinks it all in and looks fabulous when I’m using it, and gets all emo on me and plasters itself to my forehead the very next day.  See the thing is shampoo and hair products strip all the natural oils from your scalp which then causes your scalp to over produce oils which then causes you to want to wash your hair or don a hat.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

A few years ago I switched to the Deva Care line to combat this problem. Deva Care doesn’t use the lathering agents that dehydrate your hair, so it was good for a while. I started out with Low Poo (which uses naturally derived lathering agents), and worked my way up to No Poo (no lathering agents). I could never use just the conditioner to wash my hair like Hubby does (which is what Deva recommends), but I was able to go a few days without washing my hair, so I was happy.

Then I got pregnant. My hair was a mess. Thick and luxurious, but greasy. After struggling with it for a few weeks, I gave in and went straight for the shampoo. Unfortunately the only shampoo we had in the house was the evil laureth sulfate laden kind. It actually worked out okay for me. Samson was born, and I couldn’t shower so often anyway, and surprisingly I could go a few days without showering and my hair did not look awful. We had moved an inconvenient distance from the only place that stocks Deva Care in Toronto and I didn’t really enjoy spending that much money on shampoo anyway, so I stuck with it. That is, until all the hotel size samples got used up and I actually had to buy a bottle of shampoo. I went with a cheap, easy to find laureth sulfate free brand that Shoppers Drug Mart stopped carrying just as my hair started loving it. I could go almost a whole week without showering when I was using it. Finally, I got the bright idea to try the natural aisle at my local grocery store, and switched to Kiss My Face and my hair has been happy.

But then I read this. And I decided to challenge myself not to use ANY product in my hair. It makes sense, right? Why would our body need shampoo?! And I have proof–we have never used shampoo on Samson and he doesn’t need it.

So I’m two weeks into this experiment and I’ll be honest–I feel awful. This is the first time in a long time I actually feel dirty, which makes me want to shower more often, which defeats the original purpose. The ends of my hair are great, but the back, near the scalp constantly feels wet and oily. My bangs are limp. I can’t even remember why I started this project! I mean, do I even know who this Sean Bonner is? Why am I listening to a man who probably has short hair? Of COURSE he can go without shampoo!! Why am I doing this to myself?! I LOVE DELICIOUS YUMMY SMELLING FROTHY SHAMPOOOOOOOO!

But I haven’t given in just yet.

‘Cause I figure I can make all the grossness go away easily after just two more weeks (he says it takes about 4 weeks to adjust). And ultimately I am intrigued because my hair feels thicker and it’s easier to style. And I have NO tangles or mats even without conditioner, which is usually a big problem.

So there may be some method to this madness after all. But for now, if you happen to invite me to your house, please don’t be offended if I don’t take off my hat.

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