The perks of pregnancy are supposed to include long, strong nails and thick, flowing, glossy hair. The nails part I have down. Check out my natural claws here. It's getting ridiculous. I keep saying to myself, "One more week, then I'll cut them." Nails this long are incredibly annoying, but I just keep growing them BECAUSE I CAN! We'll see how long I can stand 'em.
But my hair remains frizzy, dry, and puffy. I have been diligently taking my prenatal vitamins and waiting for my luscious, Rapunzelesque locks to start coming in any day now, but it's just not happening. The THICK part I have down. (Poor vacuum cleaner.) But glossy and smooth are nowhere in sight.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Esperanzita alerted me to this article about a woman who gave up shampoo entirely. The idea appealed to me immediately--I've been having a hard time finding shampoos without toxic ingredients anyway--but I was still skeptical at first. Frankly, the girl pictured in the article (photo at the top of this post) looks like a greaseball. Cute, sure, but a little slippery for my taste. But it looks like she has fine, straight hair, whereas mine is thick and wavy and perpetually on the dry side. I decided to give a 'poo-free lifestyle a shot.
Here I am after EIGHT DAYS without shampoo:
My hair is not greasy. On the contrary, it is STILL a bit frizzy and dry, though it feels softer than before, and my scalp seems less flaky. I have been rinsing my hair with water when I shower and using conditioner (sometimes leave-in conditioner too), just skipping the whole shampooing step. At no point has my hair started to smell funky. Around day 6, my bangs started to look a little lank, so I rinsed my bangs and scalp with lemon juice, and that freshened up my roots.
So... my conclusion so far is that shampoo is an entirely unnecessary purchase for a woman with my hair type. (That is, unless I fall victim to an oil spill or an Italian food fight or some such disaster. Then I would bust out the suds.) What peace of mind, though... one fewer thing to buy, one fewer step to take in the shower, and one fewer toxic product to slather on myself. If I don't have to buy shampoo, I suppose I can splurge on the yummy and natural Aveda conditioners more often. It's a win-win-win situation for me.
So, is there anyone else out there who will admit to going 'poo-less? Has it worked for you?
UPDATE: I ended up going three weeks before I broke down and shampooed, when I started to get a little greasy at the roots. Then I indulged in Aveda organic shampoo and conditioner. It was divine. My final conclusion is that, unless something nasty gets in my hair, there is no need for me to use shampoo any more than twice a month. This has been a very interesting and worthwhile experiment! Now I can just buy the good stuff when I go to the salon... Adios, cheap shampoos with your toxic, chintzy fragrances. All I need to do is lather, rinse, and repeat in two weeks!