You see, I’ve been on this quest to live a more simple life. There are a lot of driving forces behind this, and the crappy economy is definitely a huge factor. Ultimately, I am craving a life that is full and rich and devoid of all things superficial and artificial.
I subscribe to a blog called “Simple Mom” that gives moms tips on how to live a simple and fulfilling life. I was perusing the site a while ago and came across this article. It gives step-by-step instructions on how to go shampoo free.
The short version of the story is that you “wash” your hair with a mixture of baking soda and water and then “rinse” it in a mixture of apple cidrer vinegar and water. The theory behind this idea is that shampoo is basically a detergent that strips hair of all its natural oils, which damages it beyond repair.
The writer described how her hair, once returned to its natural state, became more lustrous and manageable. Shiny and manageable hair? A natural substitute for shampoo that would restore my hair to its original condition? All while being easy on the budget and the environment? I was sold!
The author also discussed a possible “transition period” while your hair acclimates to the new non-shampoo regime. She warned that your hair might actually start producing more oil before it adjusts to being shampoo-free. She estimated that it would take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months before your hair would resume its normal oil production.
Well, let me just say that my hair did more than go through a little rejection phase. This was worse than my own teenage rebellion (that means it was awful and pretty much intolerable). My locks were literally screaming, “Put some shampoo up here before we really raise hell! In fact, I think we’ll all just might jump ship. How about that!” Or something along those lines.
My hair was dirty. Disgusting. Unbelievable greasy. I kind of resembled the gross boy with bad personal hygiene who sits in the back corner of every seventh grade classroom. Like, so NOT pretty.
So, I caved in and started shampooing my hair again. And let me tell you- it felt GOOD. It was unbelievable how great it felt. It was practically orgasmic. What was I thinking?
I may not have joined the shampoo-free movement, but I think I walked away having learned some important things:
1. I like using shampoo.
2. I like the way shampoo smells.
3. I like the way shampoo makes my hair feel.
4. Finally, I like being able to run a comb through my freshly washed hair.
See? It really is all about the simple things in life.
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