A Hair Dilemma

You guys probably already know that I spend way too much energy thinking about my hair– haircuts, hairstyles, shampooing, conditioning, drying, accessories, products, blah blah blah… But this week I’m doing it again. And the irony of it all is that it’s in the name of simplifying my hair routine.

The dilemma today: preemptively explain why my hair looks like crap, or just hope no one notices? I went with a preemptive tweet. But the fact is that my hair is an oil slick (barely covered with a wide, hot pink headband that may actually attract more attention to my hair than less) and it’s not going to get better for another few days.

Why? I’m trying the no ‘poo experiment. The basic idea is that sulfides in shampoo strip your scalp of the stuff that’s supposed to be there, and then your scalp over-produces oil, leaving you feeling gross 24 hours after your last shampoo, and thus compelling you to buy yet more shampoo and further damage your scalp. The theory is that if you stop the cycle, your scalp– and by proxy your hair– gets healthier and you don’t need a traditional shampoo.

I have to tell you, though, if you’re going to try this, get ready for some grease– and not in that fun summer-lovin-had-me-a-blast way.

I hide my face in SHAAAAAME.

  • Beth Caudill

    I will change my shampoo/conditioner every three to four months to get rid of build up.  Although, I have dry hair so I use moisturizing shampoo.  But while I went my hair every morning, I only wash it every two to three days.  If I wash it more often, then yes it gets really greasy.

  • Robena Grant

    I read an article on using Dial Antibacterial bodywash as shampoo. It works beautifully for me. My hair is short and I work out almost every day. I used to have to shampoo every day because of sweating. Now I can go three days. So much better. It even seems shinier. : )

  • If that doesn’t work out, you could always switch to a hippie (or in my case, Green-washed – ILY Burt’s Bees!) shampoo. The one I use doesn’t have “sulf-” anywhere in the list of ingredients.

  • Laura Browning

    Tried this since I tend to have dry hair and a dry scalp anyway…Lasted a couple of weeks…then decided while my hair was long that shampoo had to be employed, not everyday but certainly more often than recommended by the no ‘poo contingent…good luck

  • Thea

    Check out the new no-sulfide shampoos and conditioners. Olay has one.

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