Hair Update – Week 3.

This Sunday marked three weeks of no shampoo. This week also marks the week that I changed up a lot of things I was doing and started doing “new” things… because I almost gave in this week. In fact, I had the bottle of baby shampoo in my hands and had squeezed out a dollop of it to sud up, but I used it on my body instead of my hair. I was that close, My People.

On Tuesday the “leave in” conditioner feel, or a damp feel, was all the way to the ends of my hair. It was definitely the “oily” feel that women have reported and it almost sent me reeling back into consumer usage of shampoo. But instead, I decided to see what happened that night when I showered, that maybe something would change and I wanted to research something I’d read somewhere about using egg and lemon juice as an emulsifier. So my hair lived in a clip on Tuesday.

I showered after swimming on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning when I got up, my hair was still oily. So down to the fridge I went, grabbed an egg and whipped it up. I had one lemon in my fruit basket, so I juiced it and added it to the egg with some water, and ran upstairs and used that concoction on my hair in the shower. I made sure to use cool water and rinse thoroughly, but even at that I had egg bits in my hair. Argh. Easy enough to comb out, but still… ick.

The thing about that was, it emulsified the oil out of my hair (hooray!) leaving it the right texture, but it smelled like egg. I hate the smell of raw eggs. By 10:30 that morning, it was making me feel a little nauseated. So up in the clip it went. The next day, Thursday, was better and my hair felt normal. I could still smell a light scent of the egg, but I made my work friend smell my hair and she said it smelled perfumed, like flowers. *blink* I have no idea. Could be the lotion I use on my body or maybe she just has good smelling nose hairs. But she said it definitely did not smell like eggs.

Friday morning I used a small bit of my baking soda rinse (since I didn’t swim Thursday night, I didn’t use club soda) and then I used a lemon water rinse as the conditioner. Except I didn’t strain the pulp out of the lemon juice, so I had pulpy hair. (sigh, reminding myself that this is a learning process) However, all day Friday it felt fine and I love the smell of lemons in my hair.

But after swimming and showering on Saturday morning, there was that the oil again, except it was only on the lower part of my hair.

This puzzled me… why only the lower part? The oils come from the scalp, right? Then I realized — it might be the coconut oil that i pre-treat my hair with before I swim. This is something I’ve done for so long, I didn’t even realize I was doing it anymore. So before Sunday’s swim, I pre-treated by rinsing my hair with water only. After my swim, I cleaned it with my baking soda rinse, then club soda and then lemon juice rinse. My hair has just finished drying and it feels normal. We’ll see over the next couple of days if that solves the problem.

So, to recap, here’s what I’ve done this week: Continued no shampoo. Continued club soda after swimming. Stopped using sulfate free conditioner. Stopped using Scalpicin. Stopped using hair serum. Stopped pre-swim treatment of hair with coconut oil. Used one treatment of egg/lemon/water to emulsify oils. Started pre-swim treatment of water only rinse. Started using a baking soda/water rinse. Started using lemon/water rinse.

I’m proud of myself that I didn’t give up this week. I’m realizing that there’s a lot of “natural” things out there that I can do, I just need to learn what these things actually can do! Also, I remind myself that this is a daily journey. What my hair needs one day, it may not need the next. Since my hormones change on a daily basis, so does the oil my body produces. One thing I learned that I found to be a huge encouragement is that there are women who have successfully transitioned to using no hair products at all and are able to wash their hair with water only. Wow — I have to admit, that intrigues me.

I’m also pleased with how healthy my hair feels when it’s wet — that right there is probably the one thing that keeps me going with this. Three weeks ago after I showered, my hair felt as if it would shatter in my hands and I hurried to get the hair serum in it so I could detangle it. I really, really hated what shampoo did to my hair. Now, I lose (maybe) one hair when I shower, most times none at all — that one hair looks like a lot because it’s so long, but one single hair, max? That’s not bad. I lose some when I brush or comb, but a whole lot less than I used to. I think that’s a pretty good testament to how healthy it is right now. My scalp also feels really good, so good in fact, that I’ve been able to stop using Scalpicin entirely. If there’s an itchy spot, it’s usually because I missed it when I was rubbing in the baking soda rinse.

Now I’m almost ready to ditch all the shampoo I have left in my house. Imagine the storage I can free up! Isn’t that something — in one week, to go from almost giving in and going back to shampoo, to being ready to discard all the shampoo bottles I still have?

This coming week I’m anticipating that I’ll have to address my hair color, as the natural color is becoming a bit more obvious to me, what with all the lemon juice and such, so, yeah, that’ll have to be addressed this week. I have some ideas, which I’m going to try… I’ll let you know how it pans out next week!

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9 responses to “Hair Update – Week 3.

  1. You are really running the gauntlet of natural solutions for your hair. I don’t think I would have that much patience.

  2. For some reason I would want to add the lemon to the club soda. Or maybe that’s something I just want to drink. We have very hard water here so I’m thinking about adding baking soda as an after shampoo rinse. And I also love the smell of lemons. I have lemon body lotion and lemon body spray. Yum.

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    We have really hard water here, too. Or so the test strips for my fish tanks say. I make my baking soda rinse by boiling a quart of water, adding 1/2 cup baking soda, stepping back to watch the fizzing science experiment and then cool. Then I pour it into a squeeze bottle and keep it in the shower. Since the water is so hard, if I don’t do it that way, it just makes a nasty mess of things…

    Lemon in the club soda for hair treatment? Google, here I come… hehehe

    ~Jammie J.

  3. What an amazing journey you are on, my dear…It sounds like you really are on to something important…
    I am interested to know if you have considered not coloring your hair at all and see how that yurns out….I didn’t know you DID color your hair….So this too is a very interesting “hair cross-roads”, isn’t it?

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    I love the experimental part of this whole thing and since it doesn’t seem to be harming my hair or scalp, I just shrug and keep going with it. God bless hair clips! 🙂
    I hate my natural hair color, so I decided when I started coloring it in 2004 that I would never go back until I went gray. So, that’s that. 🙂

    ~Jammie J.

  4. You have tenacity in spades! I am doing good just to remember to BUY shampoo!! Glad your hair/scalp is feeling better though.

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    Tenacity, oh yes, that I have. Not only in spades, but in buckets! hehe
    I can’t believe the difference it’s made on my scalp. It’s really amazing.

    ~Jammie J.

  5. grrrace

    holy cow… i would’ve given up. hehehe.

    i’m so proud of you, though! 😀

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    I was so close to giving up… so close.
    But I’m glad I stuck it out, now. Hopefully I continue to be happy with that choice.

    ~Jammie J.

  6. tony

    silly sweetie and her hair, I always find your hair everywhere in my car, in my shirts, in my jackets, I mean everywhere, sweetie is marking her territory….HEHEHEH
    love you XXXOXOXOXO

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    Not so many lately, right?
    xoxo
    ~Jammie J.

  7. Am I a bad guy if I say you totally cracked me up? I know taking care of your hair is a serious thing, but it’s just so damn cute the way you go about finding a natural remedy for your hair.

    Glad you appear to have figured it out.

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    Not a bad guy at all. Believe me, I know this is bordering on the ridiculous side of things. Half the time I think Tony keeps me around for the amusement factor… like what will I come up with to obsess about next? HA!

    ~Jammie J.

  8. noonie

    my head hurts just trying to follow this regime on screen, I wonder how my frizzy hair would fair on this regime???

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    Frizzy hair? Are you a curly head? I’ve read that people who have frizzy hair or curly hair do really, really well with this and actually have less of an adjustment than us with fine, straight hair. Try it, what do you have to lose?

    ~Jammie J.

  9. Beth

    Oh my goodness that sounds like too much work! A couple of days ago, I paid someone a disgusting amount of money to chop off all my hair, so maybe now’s a good time to try this regime?

    Your results are definitely very encouraging! I’m so glad you’re keeping track.

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    Here’s the weird thing, it sounds like a lot more work than it really is. And it’d be less work for you, because you don’t have the chlorine damage to contend with. The hardest part of it all, I think, is figuring out the amounts that work best for your hair.
    ~Jammie J.