Naturally Curly Hair Reality #79: Unfortunately, hay hair has never been in style.
Here is why I haven’t shampooed my hair in a year and a half.
I know what you are thinking – “What?!” “That’s disgusting!” – I thought the same thing when I first heard of this “curly girl” trend, but one day while staring at the pine straw that was pretending to be my hair, I decided – what the heck, can it really get any worse?
Naturally curly hair is not a one size fits all kind of hair – it literally takes years to find the right formula that works with your curls and even when you think you’ve found it, throw in a good Georgia heat wave and boom! Back to square one!
My discovery of this method came out of a desperate search for help – my hair was dry and even though it had been freshly cut, it looked so damaged and frizzy – my only solution for days was to tie it back in the ever familiar “bad hair day bun”. I had had enough of that bun and the headaches that it caused.
Social media has been the bridge to many amazing things and this particular day I ran across the Facebook page, NaturallyCurly.com where the forum was about shampooing, or better said, not shampooing. I was amazed at the number of curly girls that have ditched the shampoo and were actually happy with the results.
The misunderstanding that I and you may have is that without the familiar frothy bubbles of the shampoo, the hair is not getting cleaned. As I read, I discovered that the secret to not only cleansing the hair, but also adding and locking in the much needed moisture lies in the conditioner.
Choosing the right conditioner is key – it doesn’t have to be the most expensive or even purchased from a salon. The most important thing is that it is sulfate and paraben free – these ingredients tend to really dry out most curly hair. Typically, I go to any drug store or chain store and head straight to the textured hair aisle where there are brands in every price range represented. Honestly, I have probably used them all at least once and I just pretty much purchase what is on sale at the time.
Once you have purchased your product, it’s time to get your mind right – really. I remember the first week I used conditioner only – it was just weird. Because I wasn’t shampooing, there was an entire step left out of my routine – that was enough to cause me to get all out of sorts and it literally took weeks for me to get used to it. I began with conditioner and I ended with conditioner and that just did not feel right. I was committed to the experiment though and just pushed my apprehension aside and kept going.
After about a week of cleansing with conditioner only I began to notice a real change in not only how my hair looked, but how it felt – it was shiny, my curls were more defined and it was softer in look and feel – what once looked and felt like a straw hat on my head began to look more like all those pictures I see in magazines. I was thrilled!
It was over two summers ago that I made the change to no-poo and other than a handful of times of being at the salon, shampoo has not touched my hair. I wish I could also say that I haven’t had to wear a bad hair day bun since then either, but that would just be a lie. God has quite the sense of humor and He chose to give me a visual reminder daily. This hair of mine that I affectionately call “The Beast” has its good days and its bad days, but I am thrilled to say that I have one more tool in my belt to help keep it tame.