My 3 yr old daughter took this pic of me

Friday, November 4, 2011

No shampoo & decluttering pics

So I promised you guys some pics of my hair since I have stopped using shampoo and I've been soooooo busy that I haven't had time to blog much. I've been decluttering my house like CRAZY and I have those pics here for you today, too! (Not pics of the house yet, but of what's come out of it)

I haven't washed my hair with shampoo for 3 weeks and 6 days now! (I'm using water and sometimes baking soda and apple cider vinegar) So far so good. I've had some questions, so I'll try to answer those and if you have any more questions, please feel free to comment below and I'll get back to you!

Q: Why not use shampoo?
A: Because shampoo dries out your scalp and hair, stripping it of it's natural oils. Your scalp then goes into overdrive to produce MORE oil and you end up going back and forth between oily and dry. Not healthy.

Q: Why use baking soda and how much?
A: Baking soda removes the buildup from your hair. I use about 2-3 tsp mixed into a cup of warm water.   Pour it on my wet hair and massage my scalp, then rinse.

Q: Vinegar? Can I use regular vinegar or does it have to be apple cider vinegar? Will I smell like vinegar when I get out of the shower?
A: Vinegar acts as kind of a freshener/conditioner for your hair. You don't have to use apple cider vinegar, but it doesn't smell quite as strong as regular vinegar. You will not smell the vinegar when you get out of the shower. I use about 2 tsp mixed with 1 cup of warm water and pour it over my wet hair and then rinse. I use it after the baking soda treatment.

I also use a dry shampoo that I bought in the states called "batiste dry shampoo". It's like a talcum powder aerosol can and you just shake, spray it on your roots, work it in, and that's it. I use it maybe once a week.

Q: Was there a hat only stage?
A: I think there would have been if I didn't curl my hair or use dry shampoo. Both of those things really helped. You can make your own dry shampoo by grinding oats into a powder (add cocoa powder to it if you have dark hair) and then work it into your roots and shake out/brush out vigorously over the tub. Sounds weird, but works. It took about 2 and a half - 3 weeks for my hair to feel great.

Q: Is your head itchy?
A: The first week it was, but not at all since then.

Ok, so here's all the pics I promised! First hair pics and then all the junk I've gotten rid of this week! (except for the 6 garbage bags of stuff I got rid of at the beginning of the week)

I took these pics 10 minutes ago, so they are RECENT lol 3 weeks + 6 days with no shampoo!

 the back of my suburban loaded (there's a dresser under there!)

 midsection of my vehicle :)

 There's the dresser and some chairs

front seat, too :)

I can't wait to take the next load away! It really feels great!


  1. Another reason not to use shampoo: It's full of chemicals, some of which are suspected carcinogens--even in good ol' Johnson & Johnson's Baby shampoo & bath products! o_O Quaternium-15 = "Formaldehyde Releaser". Uh...where is it releasing formaldehyde from? And why?! Oh, and, I tried the baking soda & vinegar rinses today, my hair feels AMAZINGLY clean & soft. :D Just as if I had shampooed & conditioned. No--better!!

  2. fascinating! I always wondered what happened to people before commercial shampoo was invented. I suppose we're so used to shampooing everyday... we don't think anything of it. My mom told me she grew up having one bath a week. Saturday night (to look good for church). I've always found that sooooooooo unbelieveable. I always imagined her hair must have been horrendous. But funny part is that I remember my mom telling me that my grandma used baking soda as shampoo.

  3. btw, I could only post that last comment if I said I was anonymous. You can imagine I'm definitely NOT a person that cares about being anonymous.... ha ha! I'm also not up at this ridiculous time in the morning usually. It's a bad case of insomnia I got tonight. At least I get caught up on the things I've been wanting to get caught up on (computer-wise) Also, I'm pretty sure Barb used to tell me that your mom reminded her of our grandma. Does your mom use shampoo?
    ~Christy (Barb's sister)

  4. That's awesome! That is so much stuff to purge out of your must feel lighter and the house must feel bigger already!