As of today it has been one full year without shampoo. It certainly doesn't feel like it but it sure does looks like it. My hair is healthy, soft, strong, full of shine, and free of dead/split ends. It's also continuing to grow super fast (see the progression below).
The last time I cut my hair was in December of last year - remember my DevaCurl cut? It has been that long because unlike my hair life before no shampoo, my hair remains in tip top shape without effort. Pre-no shampoo I'd often need to get inches cut off with each visit just to remove the dry, brittle, split end parts. It was a perpetual cycle of growth and then the removal of that growth, just to keep my hair happy and healthy. Not anymore. My hair has never been better.
The only reason I'll return to a hairdresser in the future is to shape or change styles, which I can't see happening anytime soon because so far the cut I got way back when is still working for me each step of the way. I imagine when it gets really long I'll want to add more layers though, so at that point I will get my second DevaCurl cut.
Before we get into the pictures from my journey though, I'll give a current update since it's been about 3 months since my last shampoo-free post.
ONE YEAR UPDATE
After a full year without a satisfying and soapy wash (save for the one I got with my DevaCurl cut using their poo-free line), I can truly say that I don't LOVE being shampoo-free. It's simply a choice I made because it's easy and suited my lifestyle, and it's beneficial for my hair. Bonus that it's hella cheap and environmentally friendly but those were not motivating factors for me.
I have to admit that I absolutely miss the lovely smell of freshly washed hair with store-bought products, especially given that I've been using either egg as wash as well as a conditioner, or baking soda as a wash and apple cider vinegar as the conditioner. This means that on the first day that I wash/condition each week (yep, just once a week - sometimes longer), my hair still smells of either egg or apple cider vinegar. I used to not mind. Now I can't stand it. They tell you your hair won't smell of acv after the fact but they're lying. That being said, the smell is gone within a day.
If I ever do leave shampoo-free behind me, it will be because of the day one smell. I'm so close to being maxed out. Yes, I can try alternatives and I will if need be (there are plenty out there), but since I have found what works for my hair I can't be bothered to switch it up right now. I will when I've suffered enough.
Since I am at home 95% of the time and I sport a ponytail each day or wear a helmet when I'm out, the only times my hair is down is when I go out with friends or am taking a selfie. I imagine this has made the shampoo-free process and transition much easier for me than for someone who goes to work outside of the home each day. I barely see my hair down. I don't care what it looks or feels like as long as it's healthy, so on the special occasions when I do get to see it in all it's glory, I'm always happy to see how well it's doing. That's what's made this whole journey worth it.
My goal, as mentioned in a previous post, is still to grow my hair pretty long before cutting it short again. I'm 1/3 of the way there. This is currently the longest my hair has been since I was in grade 2, and it's just the start. As long as I can stand it, I'm gonna keep going so that I can have long hair at least once as an adult. I think I'd look fab in a cute side braid at the beach.
For all the perks of being shampoo-free, I wouldn't actually recommend it to most people unless they really, really want the healthiest hair ever. I guess because I never look forward to washing my hair - like at all - because there is nothing satisfying about it (except the result over time). AND THAT DAMN SMELL! Ugh. The worst.
But it's my choice. And my hair looks and feels amazing. And because of my decision to go shampoo-free I actually have the chance to have long hair since I don't need to keep cutting everything that grows. Once I reach my goal though, don't be surprised if I shave my head and swim in a tub of store-bought shampoo even though that would make absolutely no sense since I'd be bald. But whatever. I can do what I want.
Here's to year 2! Eww. Yay!
Explore all my Shampoo-Free posts here.
MY SHAMPOO-FREE JOURNEY
FYI: My hair is not dyed in any of these photos. Lighting and filters can really make a difference as we all know. Brunette all the way, baby!
Yesterday I stocked up on baking soda aka shampoo / face and body scrub / bath softener and this should last me at least another year. The highlight of my shampoo-free journey was discovering so many uses for this product. I can't stand apple cider vinegar but I sure as hell love baking soda! ALL THE BAKING SODA! OR AT LEAST 2 KG OF IT!
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