To shampoo or not to shampoo?
i'm deleting my question since i saw the curly Hair Help thread.
I had great success throwing out my shampoo after going raw. My hair held up fine until I fell back to a low raw diet. At this point however, I have no need for shampoo for more than just being raw! :-D
I've gone five days without shampoo but every day I feel yucky AND everyday I'm rinsing w/ vinegar water, lemon juice or baking soday. So, I'm still washing everyday, just no chemicals. I feel like a greaseball buy my hair is happier I can tell.
marion-here's what works for me and I think it might work for you to.
I brush out my dry hair really well and then mix a couple tablespoons of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water(I eyeball it). I work that mixture into my dry hair really well and then brush it out again. The entire head should be wet. Then I pop in the shower and do what I gotta do and then rinse my hair out really well.
I only have to do this about every four days or so. I get greasy hair too:) I hope this helps.
Thanks, I'll try that. I was just thinking about a 2 in 1 thing. I'll try that for the scalp and then try something for the ends. Coconut oil?
I recently watched 12 Steps to Raw by Victoria Boutenko. She commented that she uses a recipes of equal amounts of flax and water; blend well in blender on her hair for a raw shampoo.
Going no'poo....lets see its been about 4 days out of sheer laziness, but I am now convinced and making the commitment! Only water and saltwater from now on!
i myself used dr bronners when i first went vegan, and thought it was the best thing in the world.
then i got dreadlocks. in feb i will have had dreads for a year, and honestly, now all i do is rinse in the shower, and run a little RAW coconut oil through my scalp after its towel-dried (somehow i got lucky, and my hair doesn't attract lint from towels! :)
occasionally i will rinse with apple cider vinegar, or sprinkle a little rose water in my hair. very occasionally, though.
in fact, i don't even use lotion anymore (except for a few i have to get rid of, so i'm going to freecycle or use up for my hands), but the RAW coconut works WONDERs for my skin... keeps my skin moisturized all day long...even in winter!
(i wear wigs occasionally-- hence, the profile pic ;)
Wow! washed my hair with only water and its the best thing ever! I put some coconut oil on it afterward (my hair's naturally on the drier side) as sort of a repair, so its currently a little greasy, but I cant wait to see what it looks like after the next wash! If everyone in the world went no'poo imagine the enviromental impact! Plus, we'd all eventually get prettier hair, too!
About day 7 no'poo.Just washed my hair--it's a tad frizzy.
VABeach I was wondering about your pic...I would love to see your locs
See I heard you after a time of being raw you don't have to use deoderant. But I've been raw for 7 months and I still need deoderant! What am I doing wrong?
I have rarely if ever shampooed my hair. I think in the last 15 years you could count on one hand how many times I've put shampoo in my hair. It always seemed to make my hair poofy and dry and I didn't really like the way it felt.
rawrealgreen: you should try Bikram yoga, after I did bikram yoga for a few months I noticed that even though I would sweat profusely in class I didn't have any body odor anymore. Maybe I was sweating out toxins during class and afterwords I wouldn't have any left.
In the past year, I have only used shampoo & conditioner on one occasion.
Otherwise, I just wash my hair with plain water under the shower once a week, or whenever I remember.
It does not look any different from when I was washing it twice a week with shampoo.
Since going raw I have developed more grey hairs – not sure if the two occurrences are connected or not. Doesn’t particularly bother me though.
I still use deodorant but I have progressed from aluminium free roll-on to fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice works well.
I don’t sweat much or smell, since starting to eat mainly raw.
Having said that, very occasionally I do still eat cooked chicken or cooked fish and I do get a whiff of BO after this.
Yes, eating a high raw diet does eliminate alot of odor (you still may need a little alcohol once in a while). But I noticed fatty foods (avo, olives and nuts) cause a odor and possibly onion.
I use Crystal Body Deodorant http://www.thecrystal.com/
I also wrote an article for my paper and posted it on my blog about natural deodorants http://itveganatgenesis.blogspot.com/2010/01/should-you-repress-...
You all need to buy some soap nuts. You boil them in water and you have a totally natural, non toxic, hypoallergenic soap and shampoo. It doesn't smell good (you can add essential oils) but your hair and skin come out really soft and clean. Soap nuts also make an amazing laundry detergent. They are very economical and I found that all soap nuts are not the same. Some work amazing and some are crappy. I found the best soap nuts at the lowest price at http://www.greenvirginproducts.com. They also sell a non toxic mineral salts deodorant stone. I will never go back to toxic products again.