So far, months 5 and 6 of being shampoo-free have been my favourite because my hair now looks and feels much like it did before I made the switch and it appears to be growing fairly quickly. I think it also helps that I got my first Deva Curl cut in December because my hair is fuller and my waves are happier than they've ever been. When your hair is cut according to your texture and natural flow, great things can happen!
Here are a few more photos that show my hair in its natural state over the past two months. Keep in mind they were taken to show off my outfit but you can see the fullness that's been going on lately.
MY CURRENT HAIR ROUTINE
I've changed my routine a lot since I began this journey because experimentation is the key. Nothing works for everyone so it's up to us to find what makes our hair the happiest through trial and error.
For the past month I've been washing once a week and rotate what I use. So week one I use baking soda and water to cleanse and then apple cider vinegar and water to condition. Week two I use an egg to wash and either apple cider vinegar or raw honey and fresh lemon juice and water to condition although an egg serves great as both a cleanser and conditioner. Side note: I don't have particular measurements anymore and just eye things for the mixes.
Also, for a while I brought store-bought conditioner back into the scene because I read that conditioning is extremely important for waves and curls and I wanted to up my conditioning game. I used Live Clean which is 98% plant derived and it was the brand I used before going shampoo-free, but what ended up happening is that I couldn't handle the strong smell of it, whereas before I used to love the smell. I suppose my nose has grown too accustomed to my homemade recipes that any hair products with a fragrance have now become too much. I can't use it happily anymore. Womp womp.
That being said, I actually do miss using store bought shampoo and conditioner. Not because it made my hair better than it is now (it didn't), but because it's nice to have something pre-made and ready to go. Currently I have to collect and/or mix my goodies each week, which is hardly worth complaining about but also reminds me that I could actually just get a bigger vessel than I've been using so that I have enough of what I need for the month. Great idea, Mandy!
MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE
The week I went shampoo-free I also decided to ditch my store-bought face cleanser, exfoliant and face cream. So for the past 6 months I have been using raw honey to cleanse, baking soda to exfoliate and both olive oil and coconut oil to moisturize. My skin was in great shape before I switched and I don't notice a difference from using all-natural products but it just feels good to use things around my home as opposed to buying extra items when I'm out shopping. I'm also saving some sweet cash!
P.S. In case you missed my Month 4 Shampoo-Free Update, I included a Homemade Deep Conditioner that I used which looked a lot like guacamole but also made a fabulous face mask while my hair basked in its awesomeness.
See you in month 7!
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