Want to have clean, shiny, silky, good-smelling hair without having to use detergent-based shampoo??
So do I.
I have tried, really I have! But so far, no luck. I hit rock bottom the other week when my boyfriend said “You know, your hair really doesn’t look very good.” Which means it must have been really obviously greasy for him to even notice it!
The rest of my beauty detox is going pretty well. I’m loving making bath treats (like bath bombs, body scrub and herbal bath bags), infused oils and lovely scented creams. I’m even dealing with my homemade toothpaste and experimenting with face cleansers. But my hair has been much less successful.
In internet land, there is a cult of “No ‘Poo” converts who preach wonderfully manageable hair by stopping shampoo completely. I read a great summary of how to go shampoo free with lots of positive comments. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked for me. Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
1) Baking Soda – Following these instructions, I washed my hair with baking soda dissolved in water, then rinsed well. While rinsing, I could barely get my fingers through my hair it was so stuck together – not a pleasant feeling! When dry, I liked a bit of the texture it gave my hair (lots of natural curls and no flyaways) but it definitely looked greasy, and not shiny. I tried this for a couple of weeks, and it didn’t seem to improve!
2) Homemade herbal shampoo – I got this recipe from my Rosemary Gladstar book – it’s a combination of castille soap and a herbal infusion (rosemary and sage for my brunette hair). Smells good. Foams very little. Slightly more clean feeling hair than with the baking soda, but still not very good! Still left my roots looking greasy.
I read somewhere online that if you have very hard water (which we do in London), you should rinse with distilled (or boiled then cooled) water. I will try this when I get up the courage to test the baking soda again!
I’m a bit frustrated at the moment. I love the idea of having low-maintenance hair, and being able to travel without numerous hair products … so I really want this to work! But so far it has just been a greasy disaster.
Have any of you successfully gone shampoo-free? How did you do it? Please send any tips & tricks my way.
For the moment, I’m going to start testing organic/natural shampoos from the health food store… stay tuned!