Weeks 11 & 12 have definitely been my favourites so far. I appear to be through the worst of it now, and I'm starting to enjoy the benefits of my decision to go shampoo-free. Shinier, happier, softer and fuller hair!
In week 11 I did one egg wash and one water-only wash. In week 12 I tried something new, but more on that in a minute.
The photo above was taken at the start of week 11, and I was loving the fullness of my hair. That was a fantastic hair day for me. What I wasn't loving, however, was the lack of shaping my hair had since it's been growing out from an asymmetrical bob over the past 7 months.
And now that I was officially through the no-shampoo muck, I wanted to spoil my hair with a fresh cut to go along with my happy locks. And I also wanted bangs. So this happened…
MY NEW LOOK!
Now my hair is completely evened out, I have bangs, and I have a cut that honours my natural hair/wave flow thanks to the DevaCurl method. My hair was cut dry and each curl was cut individually. The stylist did do a lot of work on my hair with the DevaCurl product line (all water-soluble and the wash was even poo-free!) in order to get my hair looking this groovy, but I don't plan to replicate this lovely look simply because I prefer my natural bigger waves over the more defined curls I can get from DevaCurl.
WEEK 12 UPDATE
I didn't get any intentional hair pics during week 12 since the holidays hit and you know how it goes, but I took this photo of Chloe and I on Christmas Eve. My freshly DevaCurled hair remained in tact for a few days, although I kept it up in a ponytail the whole time except during Christmas dinner.
I water-washed as usual about 3 or 4 days later, but like most of my water-washes, they weren't actually working very well. My hair kept getting oily shortly after. So I messaged Lucy, the author of Happy Hair: The Definitive Guide To Giving Up Shampoo directly, to see if this is normal since constant oiliness wasn't mentioned in the book. I got a super quick response!
"It sounds like your water supply has a ph level that really effectively closes your hair's shingles so it is so smooth it looks greasy. I think you should give some of these alternatives a good crack before utilising water only. 12 weeks still so early! Don't give up!"
Admittedly I was hell-bent on using water-only from the start. If that was going to be the end result eventually anyways, then I wanted to skip all the middle steps and go straight for the gold even if it took a little longer. But I also wanted to be free of the oiliness that came with my water-only washes (not my egg ones - they're great but you can't overdo them), so I went back to her book and picked a new method to work with.
I chose baking soda (1 tsp) + water (1 cup) for the wash, and lemon juice (1/2 squeezed lemon) + water (1 cup) for the conditioner, and I put each in a squeeze bottle so that I wouldn't lose any while distributing the liquids in my hair. Well they worked like a charm and I've enjoyed 3 days so far with normal, oil-free hair. Pure magic!
I'm not sure yet how often my hair will require washing, but I figure if I rotate an egg wash with this new wash, every few days or even every week, that would be good. I'll figure it out as I go along and keep you posted along the way!
P.S. Explore my other Shampoo-Free posts here.
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