"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.
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