Wednesday, April 4, 2012

a very hairy guest post by Rachael {imaginegnats}

Hiya! i'm rachael and i blog over at imagine gnats... i'm very excited to be guest posting today for Lena. she is one of the sweetest and most helpful bloggers i know (but you already knew that!) and i'm really happy to have gotten to know her better over the last few months.

when Lena posted about day two hair last week, i just knew that i had to write the post about hair, washing, and not washing that i've been meaning to get out of my head for a while now. and what better place to do it than right here? so today i'm going to share with you my little story about the six months that i didn't use shampoo or conditioner AT ALL!

i don't remember how exactly it started, but it had something to do with not wanting to be exposed to all of the chemicals and such that you usually find in beauty products. after all, we make our own laundry and dishwashing detergents (you can find the recipes we use here), and most of our other household cleaning products. when i read my friend Renee's post, Rethinking Beauty: Shampoo and Conditioner, i decided to give this whole no-shampoo thing a go.

for the first two months, i didn't put anything in my hair at all. when i took a shower, i would just rinse it well. i'll be the first to say that i didn't really love how that worked out, and i wore my hair up in a messy bun all the time. it really wasn't fit for anything else. the top part was actually not too bad, but the back of my head was greasy and then the bottom of my hair was pretty dry. for obvious reasons, i have no photos of my hair during this time ;)

i didn't want to give up on this no-shampoo crusade, so i decided to find another alternative. after searching the interwebs and talking to Renee about what she was doing, i decided to start "washing" my hair with baking powder. i put some baking powder in a plastic container (like one you would see for ketchup at a picnic... funny), added enough water so that it was a pretty thin mix, and i kept this in the shower. before getting my hair wet i would put some on my scalp, rub it in, and then rinse it out. this worked fairly well, except that the ends of my hair were still dry.

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i read a bit about using vinegar to solve this problem, but i really really couldn't stand the idea of my head smelling like vinegar. so i tried olive oil, which i would apply just to the ends of my hair after the baking soda and then rinse out. not surprisingly, this took things in the other direction and we were back to greasy... even when i tried rinsing it out using it before the baking soda, it was still hair up all the time around here (but at least better than it was when i was using nothing at all).

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after deciding that perhaps the olive oil was just TOO oily, i settled on a compromise and starting using Burt's Bees baby oil in its place. this was a much better solution, but could still be tricky at times.

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after about six months of this experimentation, i sort of lost interest in the whole thing. plus, my wedding was approaching and i think we all have a right to be a little vain about special days of that significance ;) so i did some research about what it is in hair care products that really causes build-up, and it seemed that silicone (or silicone derivatives) were mostly to blame. i'm no scientist, of course... this just seemed the reasonable interpretation of what the googles told me.

i found some great hair-care products by Giovanni at my local Whole Foods (i should note here that i am not sponsored in any way by any of these companies, these are just the products i like) that i started using, the 50:50 balanced shampoo and the direct leave-in conditioner.

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i still use these, and i wash my hair usually once a week. in between, i just rinse it in the shower. i've found that this works really well, my hair is super healthy, and i don't have any of that heavy build-up like i used to when i was using other products and washing it every other day.

so there you have it, my journey through natural hair-care. thanks for reading :) and a big thanks to Lena for having me here today!


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Thank you Rachael!
You look great, and thank you so much for posting about this here today!
I SOOOOO want to NOT have to wash my hair every day... I think I'm up to the challenge!
There is a long weekend coming up! ;)


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65 comments

  1. I try to hard no to wash my hair everyday... but my hair looks AWFUL!! Plus being that it's short it shows right away that I haven't washed it! I will look into the products Rachael recommended!!


    Have a great day Lena!! xoxo

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  2. glad to be here!! a long weekend seems to perfect time to give your hair a little break :)

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  3. What a neat post! I have used baking soda in my hair, but not baking powder. Do you know what difference would be?
    I have started washing my hair only about 2x a week versus about 4x a week- washing it too much was drying it out!

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  4. I wash mine usually twice a week. If it gets oily, I use dry shampoo in it. The texture is awesome. I can do so much more with my fine hair after a day or two of no shampoo. I'm going to try using baking soda as dry shampoo tomorrow. I'll let you know how that goes....

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  5. i haven't tried the baking powder... i know that it is basically the same as baking soda, but also includes a "drying agent". who knows how that translates from cooking to haircare, but it seems like sticking with the baking soda is probably the best bet ;)

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  6. um, also... oops! all of those spots should have said baking soda (not powder). good prrofreading, me!

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