As of last Thursday morning, my hair has been flawless – soft, bouncy, shiny and incredibly clean. Have I found peace with Sham or No ‘Poo? Absolutely not. I’m back on chemicals. Say it ain’t so.
When we had Easter at our house this year, my Aunt Susan came over with a clever little gift for Mother Nature’s Maid. It was an emergency kit with Arm & Hammer natural deodorant and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo. At the time, my hair was on a Dr. Bronner’s upswing, and I had grand visions of this emergency kit growing dusty in a corner of my room, untouched for six months. I was mistaken. My aunt’s kit turned out to be a lifesaver when I had Meltdown Day #17 (a meltdown that I had promised myself would never happen).
Since last weekend’s grease-up, my hair has been a constant struggle. Once again, I found myself worrying 24/7 and losing sleep at night wondering what awaited me on my head in the morning. I even went back to dry shampoo for a few days – possibly the most depressing thing I’ve done in my entire life.
I should have expected it. History has shown it to be true in every hair pickle I’ve been in yet. Eventually a Meltdown Day comes. The only question: When? This week’s answer: Thursday, April 19 at 7:15 a.m.
As usual on Meltdown Day, I woke up for work to find hair oiled within an inch of its life. As usual on Meltdown Day, I gave it the good old college try – dry shampoo, enthusiastic brushing, a variety of grease-concealing styles. As usual on Meltdown Day, I met with disappointing defeat. And as usual on Meltdown Day, I ended up shampooing in a last-minute frenzy and made false promises to myself that this would be the last Meltdown Day ever.
Since Meltdown Day #17, I actually did give up on my homemade shampoo for some time, and it’s been a lovely vacation! Hello Hydration is a beautiful shade of metallic blue, and it has a list of chemicals longer than a line at Disney. It leaves my hair impeccably clean and beautiful and makes me wonder why I ever gave this stuff up.
As a matter of fact, I have vowed to give up my homemade shampoo experiment for some time and come back to it after I’ve had some time to cool down and reevaluate the situation. The important thing to take away from all this is that I am not giving up but restructuring my life so it can support No ‘Poo. I definitely want to try again, but I need to figure out under what terms (or in what universe, perhaps?) that would be possible. I simply can’t handle the “living shampoo-to-shampoo” lifestyle anymore – it’s exhausting. And who can blame me, at this point? Look at the kind of money I’ve put out for greasy hair this past month.
- Baking Soda: $0.54
- Apple Cider Vinegar: $3.49
- Lemon: $1.99
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap: $9.00
- Coconut Milk: $3.99
- Organic Coconut Milk: $1.99
- Aloe Vera Gel: $3.97
- Aloe Vera Juice: $4.59
- Chamomile Tea: $3.00
- Grapeseed Oil: $4.99
- Lemon Extract: $4.19
- Honey: $5.24
- Vegetable Oil: $3.92
If you have no calculator handy, that’s a grand total of $50.90 that I could have spent on homemade shampoo in one month. I say “could have” because there are a few things we must consider with this number. First, I stole some of these ingredients from my mother’s pantry. Second, remember that $50 didn’t buy just one bottle of shampoo. Most of those ingredients I bought in large enough quantities to make numerous bottles of shampoo. Now if only that shampoo were effective, I would be set for life.