Prepare yourself for something dreadful.
I caved today. I have been defeated by the No ‘Poo forces. After my terrible struggle with coconut oil, I broke down and used some chemicals. As glorious as I thought it would be squeezing that shampoo onto my hand and then lathering it up on my head (and, believe me, I had dreams about it), it was a surprisingly painful experience. I stood stock still in the shower with the bottle in my hand, the water dripping sorrowfully off my eyelashes like tears, for about 15 minutes (at which point my father pounded on the bathroom door, demanding that I get out or prepare my shoveling muscles to dig a new well).
So I finally did it. I squeezed, mixed and lathered. And lathered, and lathered, and lathered. Boy, did I miss lathering – it just feels clean. I threw caution to the wind and scrubbed my scalp, not worrying if it might reactivate my oil glands. Then I rinsed – I rinsed without a thought to powdery residue or lingering vinegar scent left behind. Just between you and me – as painful as it was to be defeated by the hair gods, shampooing felt great!
But, ok, let’s be realistic. So I went back a step, but how much of a setback was this? I have two points here.
First, reading the label on the bottle that I used, it actually wasn’t shampoo. It’s KMS Daily Fixx Clarifying Treatment – the second step in a 2-step cleanse. And guess what the first step is? That’s right – shampoo! The Clarifying Treatment I used does, of course, have chemicals in it, but it actually lacks many of the harmful chemicals that should be avoided, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (which supposedly contribute to cancer) and Propylene Glycol (which is found in anti-freeze!).
Second, this was a code-red emergency. This coconut oil had me on the ropes like Muhammad Ali. One more weave and I would have had to bob…my hair that is.
While we’re on the subject of admitting things, I should also let out that I used conditioner last night. After spending all day in the bathroom and still having hair that looked like I just pulled it out of an oil drum (if you think I’m kidding, then you must not have seen it), I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to go back to conditioner just this once. In fact, I had read online that conditioner would be more effective at removing my waxy tropical build-up even better than harsh shampoo. I washed with it twice, and noted a marked improvement (of course, at that point, improvement had become a highly relative word). I can’t say that my coco hair was cured until I used the Clarifying Treatment.I must say that my hair is incredibly soft now, so – for better or for worse – the treatment worked in some approximation. However, I don’t think I’ll be using coconut oil on my hair again for a very, very, very long, long, long, long, long, long time (but it IS going in my toothpaste this week – tune in for details tomorrow!). Tomorrow, I’ll return to my vinegar and tea rinses and hope that the chemicals haven’t confused my hair to the point that I’ll have to start the recalibration period all over again (seriously – I was almost over the hump!).
I’ve never noticed that all the bathrooms in this house have an odd number of fixtures. There’s also a loose tile in the right-hand corner of the smaller bathroom behind the toilet. Oh – and the master bathroom gets the best water pressure in the bathtub, and the sink on the left is just a bit slow-to-drain (then again, that might be my fault). Overall, a very fun weekend.