Monday, June 17, 2013

To Poo or No Poo?

That is the question. I have been noticing my hair is becoming more lackluster and not all that it can be. And trust me I know I have put my hair through the ringer. I've bleached it, fried it, dyed it, all kinda thangs to it. That Baz Luhrmann song comes to mind - "Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time it's 40, it will look 85." I never understood it until now. ::sigh:: Last year when I hit 25 my whole body changed up on me and my hair the worst. Everything I did and didn't do to it caught up to me. I never really understood how to take care of myself other than shower, shave, wash and condition hair. The bare basics. My mom never taught me about skin/hair types and products. I just used whatever she bought and that was that. Even when I moved out, I didn't give it much thought. I used cheap products, or maybe tried a few things my friends talked about, but didn't keep up with it. Only in the last 2 years or so did I start to learn about my hair and take the time to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. But I'm still learning, and its a process.

Throughout my research, I have come across the "no poo" method several times. I've never given it much thought and skipped over those articles and blog posts. I thought I had it figured out. Stop at home dying and make peace with the fact that I will never be a blonde bombshell or have those caramel locks, no matter how hard I tried (and some of you know, I tried HARD!) I started deep conditioning with a whole range of products from the drug stores and beauty stores. Stopped using heat on my hair, locked up that flat iron. I got into the oils for my hair instead of store bought products. And for awhile I thought I had it down, but then my hair said 'sike! I'm not ready to behave.' So now I am back to square one and looking at "no poo" methods.

But there isn't just one, there are several. My head hurts just thinking about it. Condition only method, Honey only method, ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), baking soda.... The list goes on. I'm sure that's not even all of them. I will admit I am willing to give these all a try in the name of finding the best method for me and my hair. It's dry, frizzy, damaged, and tangles easily. I used to have wavy hair that didn't need product to maintain its shine or create those waves. It just air dried perfectly. Now I struggle to make it look decent when it air dries, its neither straight nor wavy, just puffy.

I mean look at that hair!
I am scared of the transition period, but I'm also afraid of all the chemicals in my shampoos and conditioners. I mean at some point it's almost like everything you use will end up killing you. But that doesn't mean I want to go before my time - if I can help it. So it's a toss up. Can I really wean myself off my chemical filled shampoos and conditioners in lieu of all natural ingredients from my kitchen? I mean they smell so good! Why couldn't I have just been a hippie? I'm going to join the commune in Montana...

Do you use the "no poo" method? Any tips for the transition period? 

- L

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