"No 'Poo"

Mar. 18th, 2009 08:47 pm
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In art school I read a biography of the director Preston Sturges. One of the colorful stories about him was that he didn't wash his hair. He rinsed his hair but didn't wash. I figured that was not really a huge problem in the age of brilliantine. However, my hair gets oily quickly so I figured I'd never do such a thing.  But I read the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=36992">Chron's recent blog bit</a> on the "No 'Poo" movement and since I had already missed one of my daily shampooings and I hardly see anyone anymore, it would be easier to participate in the experiment and see how it goes.

I have very fine hair and less and less of it as the years go by (the baldness gene is on the X chromosome which is why women don't go bald as often as men do. Lucky me, my mom's family has a history of female baldness....). I normally wash my hair every day. If I don't, you can soon see the greasiness that reaches about the first inch of hair off the scalp and it gets worse as the days go on. On the other hand, my hair holds a style better and has more body if it's not freshly clean. So "bed hair" can actually look good on me!

I'm on Day 4 without shampooing right now. All but the last 2.5 inches of my hair is greasy. I rinse it when I take a bath and scrub well to keep the scalp clean, but I haven't shampooed. I look forward to what is supposed to happen after a week or so. There's a point where your body quits producing so much hair oil and just chills out. I felt like I got a preview of that last night after my bath. My hair felt clean but different.  Anyway, it's an entertaining experiment. And any excuse to cut another grocery item off my bill is good.  Of course, if I have to take any pictures for the album cover soon, I'm kinda screwed.

Date: 2009-03-19 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zmayhem.livejournal.com
I usually go one or two weeks between shampoos--get it wet in the shower, rinse in water and sometimes use conditioner, but hardly ever soap it up. There's definitely an adjustment period for your hair, but once you've been doing it for a couple of months it's all good.

I started because I was coloring my hair--it'll take the color better if it's not freshly washed, and the color will last much longer if you don't shampoo more than once a week--and I was kind of shocked at how easy it was to get by without it.

Date: 2009-03-20 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spidra.livejournal.com
Thanks, J. I'm on my 6th day (I theenk) and it's very difficult to resist the urge to shampoo. I've given my scalp a good scrubbing every day in the hot bath and I've brushed much more than usual but it still feels weird. And looks a bit weird. It doesn't help that I've got a grown out hairstyle. If I'd just had it cut, this would probably be fantastic for it. Having oil in my hair gives it much more body.

I've resisted the urge to shampoo because everyone says the 1 week point is the worst and that it gets better from here.


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