This blog is about 2 years over due and it’s also probably the most narcissistic blog post I will ever write. I’m ashamed to admit that I have been thinking about the status of my hair almost daily ever since I gave up sulphates. (You know sulphates those evil things that also clean the inside of cars? They over-strip your hair to within an inch of its life?) I first wrote about the dreaded sulphates over on Nadine Jolie even before this Natural Beautee blog’s inception. That was back in 2009. So yes it’s been along time coming!
Ever since I saw Alexandra Sput's beautiful locks on No More Dirty Looks I've been toying with this idea of quitting shampoo entirely. (Did you know she hasn't used shampoo in years?) The theory goes like this: apparently our scalps are over producing sebum like crazy because we're over-stripping them like crazy with harsh sulphate laden synthetic shampoos. Therefore (so the theory continues) we can retrain our pores to produce less sebum overtime by removing the offending shampoo. Now this theory requires a little faith that mother nature does actually program our pores to produce the correct amount of sebum. We've certainly been socially programed to believe the opposite. Seems we're always trying to fight against her.
So two years ago I set out to quit shampoo for 1 whole month. However there always seemed some good not reason to go the whole month poo-less. I mean I HAD to get my hair done in a salon for the company Christmas party. Then I HAD to get my hair cut while I was in Italy. The ladies at Le Due Gemelli in Bratto are the only ones who consistently cut my wavy locks into the perfect shape. Plus trying to explain to them in Italian why I had brought my own sulphate-free shampoo with me to the salon instead of using their own products just seemed like too much work. So all in all I completely failed what I set out to do. I never made it a whole month poo-free and I’ve been stewing over it ever since.
Have you ever tried quitting shampoo? How have you found making the switch to sulphate free products? Are you still using silicones? Help I’m having a natural beauty hair meltdown!