No Poo Experiment, Part 3

So, after two weeks of not washing my hair at all, I broke down and decided to clean it with Borax. My hair turned out soft and manageable,  but not as shiny as if I had used shampoo.

Also, the next day and all the days following my hair felt rough and didn’t look nice, I had to keep it tied up because it was too fuzzy.

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A week later, I cleaned my hair with Aloe Vera gel. I was not very happy with the results. My hair didn’t look nice and felt rough and not clean.

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I tried again and it still didn’t look nice, so I ended up using shampoo.

 

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So far, I would say that Borax yields decent results, but I will keep experimenting. My hair is always a bit fuzzy, but it has more shine with shampoo (I used a less toxic organic brand). I think I might try going at least a week without cleaning my hair and then doing Borax followed by an apple cider rinse and blow drying. More on that in an upcoming post.

 


No Poo Experiment, Part 2

It’s been over a week without washing my hair (I used to shampoo twice a week or so) and I really want to wash my hair right now! It looks very oily and unattractive, but I will just have to keep wearing buns for the experiment’s sake. Apparently, this should last for 2 to 6 weeks at the very most.

I had heard of No Pooing before, like I mentioned in the introduction to this experiment, but I really didn’t know much about it. One thing that I discovered is that most people, although they do not use shampoo, do wash their hair; usually using baking soda in place of shampoo and apple cider vinegar in place of conditioner. My experiment here is different, I am going a whole month without any kind of washing at all. Then, I will test one of the many no poo washing options. In the list I read, women would use Borax or egg yolks. One very informative blog I was reading strongly recommended to not skip the rinse (using a conditioning agent). Or, apparently some options are 2 in 1, like eggs, aloe vera juice or gel.

There are a fair amount of complaints about using baking soda as a shampoo on the Internet and I don’t think I will be trying it. I found an herbal recipe which involves mixing equal parts of yucca root powder and water for the cleanser. You apply it in the shower and let it sit for 5 minutes, then you rinse and apply an mixture of Amla Berry powder (gooseberry) and fenugreek seed powder. Sounds promising, I think I might try that.

As far as Borax goes, it sounded pretty scary to me at first until I learned it is perfectly safe and people mix 1Tbs of it in 1 cup of water. The reason this option seems harsh at first is that we think Borax, we think boric acid. However, Borax needs to react to an acid like sulfuric or hydrochloric acid to become boric acid. I think I might give Borax a try, as I found only positive comments about it.


No poo experiment, Part 1

One way to decrease toxin exposure is to avoid commercial cosmetics or at least limit their use as much as possible. Commercial shampoos and soaps contain some know carcinogens and endocrine disrupters.

The idea for this particular experiment came to me after reading a fun description of the differences between now and one hundred years ago:

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I have thought about the problems with shampoo before, even the better ones, but going without shampoo forever seemed like too much of a sacrifice. My hair feels soft and shiny after shampooing. When I go without shampoo for a few days, it looks oily and heavy. However, when I read about how women would wash their hair once a month, I thought: I can do that! I don’t know about using Borax or egg yolks though, I will have to look into it further.

For now, here is my before picture. My hair was washed about 12 hours ago. It has been brushed and that is when it starts looking a bit frizzy from dying my hair so often over the years.

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