I first stumbled across the no poo thing over at the Crunchy Chicken. It wasn’t going well for her and my only real thought was, “Well, duh…” Now, I know there are environmental concerns for just about every chemical on the market. Even deodorant! I’m never sure how to take all that. I mean, I also know that as much as we think about the “olden days” as “golden days,” we used to do a lot of nasty things to our waterways and natural habitats.
Then there are those who worry not so much about what all those chemicals are doing once they go down the drain, but what they’re doing on their very own heads. Some people just don’t like spending that much money on their hair.
Mix in a few people who actually like the way it made their hair look and, well, curious me was curious. My curiosity likely would have ended there. After all, I wasn’t that curious. I sort of like my hair, most of the time. Thick and bouncy and right after it’s washed it’s even all soft and snuggly. The next day . . . eee, not so much. It becomes sort of unmanageable, with a will of its own. Funny thing is, I like it again the day after that. And the day after that is OK, except that it starts to look like maybe I gelled it and I can’t stand that look. And things go down hill from there.
So yeah. [shhh!] I’ve never really done the daily shampoo thing. I fit in much better in Europe than here in the US, but so long as you don’t, like, actually talk about it, no one really notices. Or they’re all just too polite to say anything.
Anyway, after all that curiosity, we moved. One of the first things that needed to be done after sorting out the plumbing was replace the bath tub and shower. We’ve gotten to replacing the bathtub. . .with a nice deep air jet tub with a motor that doesn’t work. But we don’t have tiles on the walls, so showers aren’t such a good idea just yet.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to wash your hair in a bathtub, but it doesn’t work very well. Everyone talks about build up and such from using various products, but wash your hair in a tub once or twice and you can feel it. It gets all sticky underneath and feels worse than before you washed it. Of course, there’s always washing over the sink, but that is tedious, especially for extended periods.
And the baking soda/apple cider vinegar thing came back to me.
And we tried it.
And I wouldn’t say it is working wonders, or anything. I’m not walking around town thinking my hair looks better than it ever did, or getting inquiries from stylists about what I use. But my hair feels a lot cleaner than it did washing it in a bathtub. The stickiness is gone. I can get a brush through it again.
It feels sort of like it used to that third day after not washing it. I don’t get that super soft bouncy just washed feeling. But I like it just fine. And it beats trying to stick my head in the sink.