I wrote about my decision to stop using shampoo and conditioner, or other detergents, to clean my hair here. I am currently on Day 4 of water only (WO), but it has actually been 6 days since I have washed my hair with shampoo. My plan is to update my progress on this blog twice a week, more if I’m having a noteworthy experience.
I have never gone 6 days without washing my hair in my life. I have gone 3 days before, and my hair after 3 days was super gross. This is interesting to me because I would have expected day 6 to be much worse based on that experience. My thoughts are that I’ve washed out, through water and scalp massage, a lot of the daily dust, dead skin and junk that lands in my hair. Also, I’ve been faithfully using my boar bristle brush (BBB) to brush the oils, or sebum, through my hair as nature intends. We fight nature constantly in our efforts to care for our bodies. The oils produced by are scalp are there to benefit our hair. As we wash our hair with detergents we strip our hair and cause our scalp to over-produce sebum. Because we don’t know what to do with that oil, in this case brushing it through our hair, it clumps at our scalp and produces gummy, overly-oily hair.
I’m committed to riding this out. It’s challenging me in a few ways that I didn’t consider before starting.
My husband loves my hair. He loves to play with it and now he thinks I’m doing something kind of gross. My husband is not naturally minded so he just thinks this is weird. He thinks a lot of my crunchy stuff is weird. That said, He didn’t even know I was doing this until I told him I didn’t want to go to church on Sunday because of my hair. I know… but I’m self conscious about my hair.
I am a little concerned about my pillows. My husband is bald and his pillows collect all of the oils from his head. I’m hoping the difference will ultimately be that my hair won’t always over-produce like his scalp is. He uses harsh body soap on his head so his scalp is likely always in over-production mode. I want to make myself a few pretty satin pillowcases, but I’m riding one set of pillowcases during this process just in case they get any oily residue on them.
My hair is gets static electricity like never before when I brush with my BBB. I brush and brush and brush my hair all day long. I’m doing my best to work those oils through my hair. The result is, for reasons I don’t know, that my hair gets bad static while I’m brushing. It’s annoying but it settles down quickly.
I did my best to take accurate pictures this morning.
It looks the worst today, but not nearly as bad as I would expect it to look after 6 days of no shampoo. This is day 4 of water only washing.
The worst of it is by my scalp, as expected. I’m going to wear a bun today because we are going to a memorial this afternoon.
My hair doesn’t feel great. It feels kind of oily. I can feel that the oils are pretty well distributed about halfway down my hair shafts. My hair is nice and shiny, even down to the ends. It’s hard to selfie pictures that show that sheen, but it’s definitely there. And, it’s good shiny, not grease-slick shiny.
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