Another supporter, another reason to try it:
Perhaps the best part of all is telling people you haven’t used shampoo in your hair for almost a year. You can practically see the thoughts streaming on overdrive through their mind: “Are you insane? That’s disgusting! Get away from me.” As a girl with extremely thick, wavy hair, who regularly required an ungodly amount of shampoo to get through the mane (as my friends call it), the looks you get are that much better. The truth though, is that ever since getting rid of the shampoo, so is my hair. Hitting nearly a year of shampoo free, I could never go back. It’s just too great.
The decision to try it came innocently enough. Last summer, I started following blogs quite religiously, especially those on health and wellness and clean living. One continuous entry that popped up fairly often was the idea of going without shampoo: it was cheaper, better for the environment, and as everyone seemed to claim, better for your hair. I had always struggled with shampoo and my hair. I had never found one that could eliminate the frizziness that inevitably resulted, and I also always felt that shampoo left my hair flat and dry looking. With nothing to lose, I dove in and adopted the baking soda and vinegar technique. At first, I wasn’t necessarily committed, planning to give it a try a couple times, and then jump back on the shampoo bandwagon. I did this, and then jumped right back off again. You don’t realize the difference it makes or how amazing it is until you compare shampoo and non-shampoo hair, and then hear yourself saying, “how did I not do this sooner?”
Almost a year later and my hair is much easier to style, maintains its natural wave far more effectively, doesn’t seem as dried out and let’s just say that baking soda and vinegar is way cheaper than shampoo and conditioner. As a student, this is a welcome bonus! Now as I pack up to go traveling next month, I’m working on how to transport cider and soda, not shampoo and conditioner. At the very least I don’t have to worry about people stealing my shampoo in the hostel showers!