2 Years Dedicated – Natural Hair Has Been A Trip

I decided to go on a journey to finding my natural hair. Mind you, the process is still on-going. It never seems to end. I was very passionate about making more changes to my life after living a summer in Utah and being exposed to all the naturalites out there, I wanted to make a change on a personal level. Ya know, save the planet thing. I was convinced I could do good in my own home and be healthier for it.

I researched for months about using a natural shampoo or bandwagoning onto the “No-Poo” movement. It was all very compelling and I was one hundred percent on board. I was getting excited to start this adventure of grease and filth to get the best results that many had raved about in these reviews, blogs, etc. I’m caucasian, so my hair is stringy and thin, not a ton of volume, just blah. When I would use regular shampoo’s, my hair would get greasy and weigh down within 24 hours. So this natural aspect was very appealing to me. At the very least, it was just hair, it grows back, it’s the easiest thing to experiment with on your body.

The results you are supposed to experience after detoxing include:

  • Less grease
  • Fewer washes per week
  • Shinier hair
  • Stronger hair
  • Hair growth

The list goes on and on. I still believe this is all achievable. But I’m thinking it only goes to a certain extent. Detoxing is the period of time it takes your body to release all the chemicals built up in your scalp over time from the conventional shampoos. Guys…..this takes FOREVER!!! At least in my experience. It took a good year and now in year two, approaching year 3, I still think my scalp is going through a detox. Like holy shit!

Detoxing can have many stages but the one that everyone is familiar with is the grease that is produced from discharging all those chemicals and dirt.

When I chose the time to start this, I waited until my Head & Shoulders was all done or I might have given it to my boyfriend, don’t remember. But I waited it out so nothing would be wasted, again being more planet conscience here. I thought it would be better if I just stopped using shampoo altogether and use just water. Because ya know, all the information I had read explained that apple cider vinegar or just water was the “best” option. So silly me was like “Phfff, well yeah then water sounds like it’ll work”.

[Insert large embarrassingly laughing face here]

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So after I tried that I had noticed my hair had just turned into a wintery grease swampland with dandruff. It was safe to say that was a catastrophe. I tried to wear headbands to cover it up and I had never looked so sad in my life. It was a sight, let me tell you. It was DISGUSTING! Ah! I can’t believe to this day I did that. Trial and error I guess.

Nevertheless, I fought through that phase of using only water for like two weeks. Then I bought the Morrocco Method Shampoo.MorroccoMethod

Picture by https://www.cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com/product-review-morrocco-method-hair-care/

I bought their 5 test trial shampoos since you are supposed to rotate their products to give your hair and scalp the most nutrient and balanced routine. I did this for about a year and a half. This was a much better option than just washing straight with water. I was able to see my hair change in a more manageable way. It took some time to get used to this shampoo since it does not bubble or suds up. But it smelled pretty good to my nose and again, I was determined.

Let’s fast forward to this year, many greasy days later. My hair still gets greasy and I have no idea why my scalp can’t get it’s act together. I started to have issues with dandruff about a year ago to the point that it wouldn’t go away and started to produce aggressively. This is my #1 issue today. It drives me insane! All this work that I’ve put into my hair, buying a boar bristle brush to keep the oils brushed evenly through my hair, massaging my scalp to break up any oil buildup, and now I’ve gotten to the point where I only wash my hair with shampoo about once a month and every other wash I only use water. I only wash my hair once a week, roughly every 5 days, but there are some times when I’ll add an additional wash if I feel extra gross. But after all that work, dandruff just keeps coming full force. I’ve gotten so frustrated to the point that I almost used regular shampoo again, but I was able to talk myself off that bridge because I would have hated myself later for giving up after all my efforts.

I’ve been playing with the idea of finding a hydrating scalp oil to help hydrate my scalp but in this time and age, who knows what’s actually going to work. Obviously, I thought to quit cold turkey and switch to just water was a grand plan.

With all that aside, I do feel I have accomplished something I thought I would never be able to. I have decreased the time in which I spend washing, my hair IS shinier, the money I use to buy hair products has decreased as well. So there are small goals that I can check off, it’s just that damn dandruff! I feel like Frosty the Snowman! Or I’m Monica’s father Jack from ‘Friends’ when Chandler says ” Woh! Snowing out there?” and Jack replies, “No.”

I’ll get there eventually. If you are thinking or are on the verge of removing conventional shampoo from your routine, I would still encourage the decision. Overall, I am happy that I am not adding extra chemical compounds onto my head and my hair is the healthiest it has ever looked in retrospect. Just do your research, ask questions, look at multiple products, go slow, and don’t have expectations of immediate results. This is a journey as I’ve said before and nothing becomes a swan overnight, even though, come on, it really should because we are all beautiful.

Slainte!

 

Title Photo credit: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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