28 April 2011


When I started 30 for 30 I was a little nervous. What if I ran out of new outfits by the end? What if I forgot to include something that I REALLY needed to wear? 

Well kids, today I started a new project and the level of dedication required is going to make 30x30 look like a cake walk. It'll be like going on a cake walk after being lost in a forest for two weeks and having only grass and ants for dinner. 

I'm giving up shampoo. (cue the thunder and lightening sound effects)

Day 3

I've been reading about no shampoo regimins (this and this explain it better than I do), but the basic premise is that we put harsh chemicals into our hair which strip it of its natural oils, then our bodies compensate by producing even more oils, so our hair gets greasier, so we wash it more and it turns into a big greasy cycle that leaves your hair and scalp in a less than optimal state. There are supposedly harmful chemicals in shampoo which are bad for our health and the environment, but I'm doing this out of pure vanity.

So, baking soda and apple cider vinegar are my new shampoo and conditioner. From what I can gather, I'll be a greaseball for two weeks, things will start to balance out around week five, and I'll be looking like Gisele Bundchen after three months. (or at least my hair will)

Wish me luck. And please be kind in future comments - any wet dog comparisons won't be appreciated.


  1. Yes! Exciting! I can't wait to see the results, my little guinea pig (cuter than a wet dog, no?)

  2. Grrrrrrrrrrl. Try Lush products. They are paraben free (which I have been for over 3 years now) and the best goop on the planet. Once you can't take the greasies no more, try this stuff. I personally use big hair and retread on a twice weekly regimen, and I love my coif.

    Good Luck. I will be watching from a far and promise not to sideeye your life away. mmmmk.




  3. Aw snap! I can offer moral support, and sympathy. I barely ever use shampoo now. Though, the baking soda and vinegar option was a bit too harsh for my hair - it totally revolted and went from dry to greasy to insanity.

    I actually "shampoo" with conditioner every day (using one that's fairly natural), and love the way my hair feels. I don't use ANY product in my hair, and it's so much more luscious than it used to be. It's less manageable, but it requires less managing, if you get what I mean.

    Oh, and old habits are hard to break. I stopped using shampoo almost a year ago, and I still think that's the solution when my hair is feeling a bit gunky. This morning, I used some, and my hair felt SO NAKED! I had to compensate with deep conditioner, but I suspect it'll be all flyaway and ridic until things go back to balanced.

    ...and that was basically a blog post. Carry on.

  4. Wow, that's a great thing to try out :) I believe my grandmother did the same, and I never understood how it worked or why really, but I thought it was cool! Good luck with it! :)

  5. I've read and thought a lot about this, too! I didn't dare yet to take the leap, but going organic in my hair care (ok, I only ever use shampoo) has taken me from washing my hair daily to washing it every other day. Huge success :-) So I'm naturally excited what your experiment will bring :-)

    Relatable Style

  6. my hair is so incredibly fine that i could NOT get away with this. the super greasy portion of the transition i could just never get away with, unless bonnnaroo was extended from a three day festival to a three week festival! however! i am excited for you and i cant wait to see the results!

  7. I'm so excited you're trying this! I've been thinking about it, but I'm pretty close with my hairdresser and she would be horrified if I tried this. I'm scared of the face she'll make, haha.

    I can't wait to see how it goes! If you have success I just might have to give this a go.

  8. I wish you great success! Can't wait to see the results.


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