Since the beginning of my simple chemical-free living journey, I’ve experimented tremendously with my hair care. I think at this point I can say that I have literally tried EVERYTHING in regards to no ‘poo hair care. “No ‘poo” means not using traditional shampoo in your hair care regimen.
I’ve co-washed (conditioner washing), used clay washes, herbal washes, hair rinses, apple cider vinegar rinses with food based deep conditioners, and most recently experimented with almost two years of predominately water only hair washing. I’ve been asked why I stopped water only hair washing after raving about it for almost two years. My answer is simple.
After so much experimenting, I’d like a simple hair regimen that provides consistent results.
Last year I did some major detoxing emotionally and physically which I shared here. When detoxing just like when you are sick, it shows in the appearance and the behavior of your skin and hair. When you are using a regimen as simple as water only hair washing, you become very in tune with your body. During my detox both my skin and hair kind of went insane as my body continued to heal itself. It’s not something you would notice in pictures, but I was aware of it all.
I’ve been writing Minimalist Beauty since 2009, and have been trying different things within my hair care regimen ever since. At this point I’m tired of experimenting. Most people don’t even try new things for 6 months or even a year. I’ve definitely learned a lot about my hair during this process.
I am now trying to solidify a simple hair regimen that incorporates all that I have learned while coinciding as I transition to a zero waste lifestyle.
With that said, I am not sure exactly when I will be sharing all of the details of my latest hair regimen since I’m still working through the kinks. Chemical-free hair care is trial and error. There is no one right way to go about it for anyone. There are also lots of amazing no ‘poo hair care practices from other cultures such as using rhassoul clay as shampoo (Moroccan), yucca root as shampoo (Native American), or using shikakai, aritha, and other Ayruvedic herbs for hair (Indian) to keep you inspired along your natural hair journey. Also feel free to read more about my no ‘poo journey while you’re at it. (FYI–My hair in the picture above is an old braid out that’s been in a bun all week.)
Update ~ My Zero Waste Curly Hair Regimen
(Image by Dawn Michelle)