We’re all familiar with the 1958 musical, South Pacific. Female lead, Mitzi Gaynor expresses her repudiation for a man who is no good with this upbeat ditty:
While Mitzi was an “It’s all about show biz, kid” kind of gal, her harmonious voice is still carries through to this day. The lyrics speak of a man who she needs to shut the door on once and for all and with a clever jingle she purges herself of him through a simple hair wash. Of course, the man I believe you should wash right out of your hair is L’Oreal, Clairol, Pantene, Garnier,…the list could continue.
The countless hair care commercials that illustrate flowing, shiny, healthy locks are supposed to make you feel you’re worth it, but end up for my hair personally feeling like limp noodles and needing an investment in a fantastic hat collection.
My hair type: thick, long, wavy, dry at the ends. It’s considered to fall into the “healthy” classification by salon standards, but for my standard it falls just below mediocre. Why do you ask?
Well, for years I had been pre-conditioned to believe that a go to shampoo like Pantene was right for me all because of these words: For thick hair. I had a hair epiphany when I broke it off with my old hairstylist (necessary) and tried a new lock loving enthusiast. For the first time in my life, here was someone who didn’t sugarcoat.
She said your hair is damaged– not from the product or styling tools used- but simply your shampoo. She then schooled me in a chemical known as Lauryl Sulfate– which you may or may not know strips the hair of color and its own natural oils.
My cautionary thinking lead me to believe this was just another sales pitch for a new product she’d make commission off of. She gave me a cut, sent me on my way and that was that. I began reading up on all of the chemicals involving hair care and wasn’t pleased.
Recently, I read a revealing Mother Nature Network article regarding the non-use of shampoo. There exists an entire enclave of individuals who don’t vow to get sudsy in the shower. One woman claims she went completely cold turkey and only washes her hair with cold water and her hair looks better than the hair commercials. Get out!
I don’t know if I could ever actually initiate a “no shampoo” regimen, due to my sweaty gym days and grease lightning hair. However, I can offer up natural solutions. (which I have tried and experience favorable results with)
*TIP: Make sure you do not have a beach vacation planned, otherwise you’ll end up with lightened locks
Thick, oily hair (year round): 1/2-1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar/Distilled Vinegar and cold water (depending on hair’s length and thickness)
*TIP: Can be used as a deep treatment conditioner on ends only as well
I tend to notice results within about 3-4 days with the shampoo, 1-2 days for the other treatments. Keep in mind, the shampoo will not create suds action on your head- but I promise it will still feel clarifying afterwards!
Peace, love, and luscious locks!