If you didn't catch what the title of my post referenced, it's the Soup nazi episode from Seinfeld. "No soup for you!
Yesterday was Saturday and I had every intention of washing my hair, but then Keith and I decided to go see The Hobbit and washing my hair just didn't seem like it was that important. So today I decided I was definitely going to wash my hair, but then I ran into a problem: I couldn't find my shampoo or conditioner. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I was already in the shower when I realized it, and getting out and looking for it seemed like WAY too much work, so the only other option was to just rinse my hair because according the the internet, your hair produces natural oils or something that clean and condition it. I'm not sure about all of the details but if you just google "no poo hair washing method" or "is using shampoo and conditioner really necessary" you'll be able to figure out the answers for yourself. Probably.
After rinsing my hair I put BioSilk Silk Therapy (get it at TJ Maxx for cheap) serum on the ends as I do every time I wash my hair and I blew it dry. Then I used some Not Your Mother's dry shampoo and blew it dry some more and made sure to rub it in, and the texture was weird but if you were just looking at my hair you couldn't tell that it hadn't seen shampoo in about a week and a half. I'm disgusting, I know.
Basically, for the last week or so I've been seriously considering the "no 'poo" method of hair washing. What you do is wash your hair with a baking soda/water mixture, and condition it with apple cider vinegar. The idea is that those ingredients are natural and your hair produces enough oils in it to keep it healthy, shiny, bouncy, and whatever other adjectives are desired for hair. I think a large reason people do this is to only use natural products on hair, and I think another reason they do it is to save money.
My reason is curiosity. I'm curious what these products will do to my hair. I read that the major reason people hate this method or quit doing it is because of the dreaded "transition period." It's the 2-8 week period that it takes your hair to adjust to not washing it with products containing sulfate. Apparently during that period your hair just goes crazy and gets really greasy and disgusting. My hope is that since I don't shampoo my hair very often now, the transition period either won't apply to me or won't last very long.
I'm unclear about some things though. Like, does it really count if i use dry shampoo or baby powder? What about if I use other products, like my silk therapy serum? Are my reasons for this stupid? Since I'm still planning on using heat and hairspray, will this whole "no 'poo" thing really actually make a difference?
I don't know. But I'm going to do it.
So, today I'm going to no 'poo my hair for the first time and we'll see how it goes. The ratio for baking soda to water and apple cider vinegar to water is 1 tablespoon to 1 cup for each. The only thing I'm cutting out is shampoo and conditioner. I'm still going to use my silk therapy after each wash (because it's amazing) and I'll use my dry shampoo as needed. I'm in a wedding on Saturday so I'm a little nervous about my hair being gross for that, but hopefully it will be fine. I'm just a bridesmaid so nobody will be looking at me anyway. Except Keith.
I'll try to take pictures every few days to keep track of what my hair looks like, but sometimes I'm forgetful so I'm not making any promises. But this is what my hair looks like after nine days of no shampoo, on the day I rinsed it and used dry shampoo.
Now, I really want to hear your opinions. Have you heard of the no 'poo method? Have you ever done it? How often do you wash your hair? What other hair products do you use? Do you think I'm totally disgusting? (It's okay if you do.)