Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cast Off Your Shackles!

Myth #1: People who don't shampoo their hair on a regular basis are dirty and gross.

Myth #2: Shampooing is a good and healthy thing to do for your hair.

Myth #3: You should shampoo every time you shower.

Fooey! Look at me; I'm going on 8 months without shampooing my hair. Notice how lovely my hair looks:

Hair care is maybe a little astray from my blog mission statement, but none of my current projects are ready for publishing, and I'm just chomping at the bit to write something. So here I am, spreading the gospel of hair care au natural.

My hair has never been healthier! No dandruff, no split ends. Instead of dull and dry, it's shiny and lustrous. This is starting to sound like a commercial. But you know what you need to buy? Flippin' nothing!
Last spring I went to a fancy salon for a haircut from a very rude hairdresser who was completely appalled by how dry my hair was and what awful split ends I had. She told me that by no means should I wash my hair more than twice a week. But who can keep track of that? I can never remember when the last time I washed my hair was, so I started just waiting until the grease buildup got unbearably unattractive, and then I'd wash it. Before I knew it, days between washings turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and soon, months will turn into years. 

Now, there will be an initial withdrawl. You might want to wash your hair, but if you put it in a braid or wear a hat on those days you can hasten yourself over that hump.

I recommend combing your hair with a wide tooth comb every time you shower. It helps to carry the natural oils your scalp produces down to the ends of your hair as well as providing some good, old-fashioned scalp stimulation. Another good tool for evenly distributing your God-given oils is a boar-bristle brush:

This one has intermittent plastic bristles to increase its detangling power.

Just don't use it on tangled hair; it isn't good at detangling and it will probably just cause breakage. And no one wants that.

Unfortunately, if you use hair products like gel or hairspray and just can't give them up, you have trapped yourself in a freaky circle of consumerism and hair pain. And to you, I can only hope that someday you can find the strength to win back your hair from the corporate machine.



Cast off your shackles, my friends. Be free from the tyranny of shampoo!



1 comment:

  1. Hi all, this is Melody's mom here :-) The photo Melody has posted is for real and recent, incase you have any doubts. Her hair is BEAUTIFUL!!! Now, you may have heard some (hopefully many) parents say that the best teachers in their lives have been their children. Well, this is so true. I also had (note had) the same hair issue as Melody…very dry hair and lots of split ends. I was even using a hair oil! Duh, my body can produce the oil my hair needs all on it's own. So, I too gave up shampoo. It's been almost 2 months now and it's never looked better. I did the tsp. of baking soda in 10oz of water trick to get through the rough beginnings. I'm now phasing it out (I also use baking soda as a facial scrub once a week…it great!) So, give your hair a break and let your hair live FREE!!!