The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a new habit I had started.
I decided to give up using shampoo.
So now it’s about fifteen weeks since I started this habit.
I thought it would be good to do an update.
Taking selfies of your own hair is pretty tricky.
But here’s the highlights! ( comedy) I thought I should just comment about all the things I’ve noticed so far.
1. According to the local chef, my hair smells better now than it did before.
2. It feels different. Maybe waxy covers it when it’s a little less good but overall it feels good different rather than bad.
3. It takes longer to dry. I always wash it and let it dry naturally as I ‘gave up’ hair dryers years ago. That was another environmental initiative. It does seem to take more time but it’s not negative.
4. It’s not static ever.
5. No one has really noticed.
5. My hairdresser has cut it normally without any comment. She wet cuts it with a spritz of water so I didn’t need to refuse any shampoo.
6. It styles better. I used to struggle with the sticky out ends and with it kind of having a weird wave in it. Now it combs into shape easily even when it’s grown out of shape a bit more.
7. It’s fine. Even if I go swimming I just rinse it in the shower with water. And it’s okay.
8. It feels good. A friend touched my hair recently and said it was greasy but that was at the end of a long week. It rarely feels like that.
9. If it feels weird I have used a homemade dry shampoo of cornflower and cocoa powder to balance if but only about four times in four months.
10. I like it. I feel like it’s a liberation from one more product that we are told we need when in fact our bodies can balance their own oils and cells to be correct without chemicals removing and upsetting that balance.
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