We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Soap

I didn’t really mean to, but in the past few weeks, I’ve given up face-wash/soap and shampoo & conditioner. That probably gives you a mental image of a be-zitted greasy-haired hippie chick, and that added in with my Project 333 may make you think I look like a homeless person, but I promise I don’t.

I’m working toward a minimalist lifestyle, and trying to get rid of the things I don’t really need. I don’t really need a crammed-full closet (hence Project 333). And, as it turns out, I don’t need expensive shampoos or face washes, either. My skin and hair are happier without.

Why I Don’t Need Face Wash

I started using the Oil Cleansing Method. I won’t go into a whole bunch of detail here since you can Google it and find out anything you want to know. I will say, however, that my face immediately loved this and I didn’t have a weird, awkward transition period like some of the posts talked about. The zits I had dried up without that weird flakiness that happens with benzyl peroxide or whatever else you can put on them, and my pores look slightly smaller to me (although I admit that might be just wishful thinking).

I haven’t had a problem putting the washcloths through my regular laundry cycle either. I just rinse them really well when I’m done with them. I also use a cotton ball to wipe off my waterproof mascara before I do the steam washcloth because I don’t want to get gross eye makeup all over my washcloths. Everything else is by the book, though.

Why I Don’t Use Shampoo

This one was harder, and there was definitely a weird, gross transition stage. However, I am proud to report that it is Day 6 of the No ‘Poo experiment and my hair is soft, touchable, and shiny. (It has never been both soft and shiny at the same time before.) I’m using the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method.

My last shampoo was Tuesday, and, I have to tell you, my hair was pretty nasty from like Thursday through Sunday. But this morning after doing a baking soda wash and apple cider rinse, it looks awesome. Like best hair day ever awesome– without shampoo, without conditioner, and without any pomade product or anything. I didn’t have trouble with my hair dryer either like some people reported. (They said their hair only looked good air dried.)

And, because I know you want it, here is proof that I am not looking like a be-zitted, greasy-haired homeless person.

Would you ever give up shampoo or face wash? What are your weird beauty/fashion secrets? Spill– I’ve proven I’m willing to try anything. Heh.