I know – I shouldn’t speak too soon or start celebrating out of turn (so let me turn off the music, put down the
champagne and fire these clowns). After all, I may not be out of the woods yet. My hair can oil itself right back up quick as a wink, and don’t think I don’t know it. But, for the time being, pardon me while I enjoy this.
MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY! MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY!! MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY!!!
Ok, that’s done. (If you read yesterday’s post, you must know I needed that).
Yesterday, my hair and I hit rock bottom. We had it out. I had a meltdown. We didn’t speak for most of the day (very unusual for us). I could barely look in the mirror without wanting to cry. Talk about your bad hair day (more like bad hair week for me!).
Needless to say, I came home a downtrodden and wearied mess. My hair was gray with powder and still dirty underneath; I had come to a crossroads, and I was facing a quandary. I knew I had to do something. My parents (quite readily) pounced on this point of view and ran with it. They urged me to consider a more gradual transition, a one-time get-out-of-jail-free card to use shampoo, or even possibly admitting defeat.
Not ready to give up on all-natural just yet but fearing that my family might try to catch me and shampoo me in the night, I turned back to the internet for more research – this time on emergency grease remedies. I found vinegar, lemon juice and tea.
Wednesday night I went for vinegar. In a recycled water bottle, I mixed one part vinegar (I used 2oz.) with four parts warm water (I used 8oz.), leaning just a little bit heavy on the vinegar. Aside from the smell, vinegar is a pleasant shampoo (although it WILL sting your eyes – so be aware!). Of course it doesn’t lather, but I found that it was much easier to massage into my hair and scalp than BS. It makes your hair feel a little slippery, almost like you’re using a conventional conditioner. Applying the golden rule of vinegar hair treatments, I rinsed doubly well to be sure no scent lingered.
As soon as I got out of the shower, I could tell my hair was not as dry as it had been when I got in. And there was movement to it! All this was very exciting to me (I realize it’s like I’m on Planet of the Apes).
At about midnight last night, I was boiling about two mugs’ worth of peppermint tea to use on my hair in the morning. I let the tea steep all night, so by morning-time, it was talking. But I was ready for it – the stronger the better for my wayward head. I probably got a good 32oz. of tea on my hair this morning, and it was worth it.
Here’s the exciting part: My hair wasn’t quite as greasy as it has been!
I still needed to put some sort of dry shampoo at the roots, though, but I only added the tiniest bit. I learned through some research that I’ve been applying my dry shampoo all wrong! Most importantly, I’ve been putting on way too much (how did I miss that? I looked like George Washington).
Here’s the next exciting part: This crazy combination of methods worked!
In fact, my mother saw me before I left for work, and looking skeptically at my hair, she asked,
“Did you use shampoo?” Point – Mother Nature.
And so it remained all day. My hair is still not 100%, but it’s 100% improved from the past two weeks.
Tonight I washed with lemon juice. I used the same formula: One part lemon (2oz.) to four parts warm water (8oz.). Lemon smells better than vinegar, obviously, and is quite refreshing (but it will sting any open cuts you have – so be aware!). My hair isn’t dry, but it still seems to have movement, so that’s a good sign!
So, there you have it – finally a happy post about No ‘Poo. It was bound to happen one day.
MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY!! MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY!! MY HAIR WAS CLEAN TODAY!!
Oops – where did that come from?