I did something rad this morning – I washed my hair without shampoo. That’s right, I was ‘poo-less’. I read that a solution of bicarbonate of soda (1 tablespoon in 1 cup of water) would work well and be kinder to the hair and even though it sounds dodgy, I reasoned that we do know that sodium bicarbonate has a reputation for dissolving grease and grime and neutralising odours. So, purely in the interests of science, I gave it a go.
I wet my hair then gently rubbed the solution into my scalp (because that’s the bit that gets the most dirty – well, obviously)! There is, of course no lather so I was a bit skeptical. (Here’s an interesting, but relevant aside: Did you know that manufacturers actually put a bubble-making agent into washing-up liquid? It’s pretty much unnecessary but market research has shown that we consumers didn’t trust the liquid to work without those bubbles. Humans …such simple creatures).
Anyhoo, I left the bicarb solution in my hair for a few minutes whilst I got on with washing my bod and then I rinsed my hair. I was genuinely surprised at how much styling gunk came out – impressive. I finished by conditioning the ends with a solution of 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Leave for a minute, then rinse.
All very New Age. All very Hippy Dippy Mother Earth and importantly, good for the body and good for the environment. No sodium lauryl sulphate [SLS] – which makes those highly desired bubbles. (Whether or not you believe the links between SLS and cancer, this substance does seem to commonly cause scalp irritation so may actually be causing or contributing to your dandruff, if you have it).
So what’s the verdict on today’s experiment?
Surprisingly, my hair doesn’t look half bad. It appears pretty clean and is less fly-away than usual. I’m not converted yet however because the poo gives a nice smell and there is, of course, no perfume in this simple bicarb mix. BUT, maybe I can remedy that with a herbal rinse – rosemary water is good for red/brunette hair.
As my hair is less fly-away, this suggests that some oil still remains. In all fairness that makes for a healthier scalp, but will it mean that my hair needs washing more often than the every 2-3 days it gets now? If that’s the case, I’d be using the curling tongs more often – bad news for luscious locks and more time-consuming in the styling department. (Make no mistake, styling my hair is a given if I want to avoid looking like I’ve just been connected up to the electrical supply).
So there we are – an interesting experiment. We’ll see how it pans out over the next few days.
Anyone had any experience with this poo-less life? How did you get on?
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