No poo? Eh!

So I’d like to say that I initially stopped using shampoo on my hair as I didnt want to use chemical products on my body, but it actually started because I am a total minger!

We have a great solar shower that is fantastic in the summer months but come winter, you’re just standing naked under a flow of freezing water outside and its really not too much fun! So we resorted to bucket washing (which actually gets you surprisingly clean, for you sceptics out there). But washing hair in a bucket, in a yurt was actually more hassle than it was worth and so I just started rinsing my hair with water. It seemed to do the job.

I started looking into not using shampoo online and it turns out there’s a whole bloody movement of people who dont use shampoo! Who knew? Not I!! You can rinse it with water only, use apple cider vinegar, baking soda and many other options but I stuck to plain old water (to avoid the whole rinsing in a bucket mess)!

Ten months poo-free!
Ten months poo-free!

I have been doing this now for nearly ten months and I am a total convert. Yes the transition period was a little oily, but it really didnt last that long. I got myself a boar bristle brush and did all the usual no-poo things to make the transition easier, I use a few drops of lavendar oil in a water spritzer to make my hair smell nicer and once my hair is dry after a wash, it looks great. In fact, its the healthiest its been in years! The curl has returned to my hair and its fabulous….as long as you dont touch it when wet! Do. not. touch. it!

I’ve hit a stumbling block though. And its a very girly stumbling block! We are getting married later this year and there is literally nothing that can be done with my hair. When its wet, its like straw and I cant even think of running my fingers through it….well, I just cant, its impossible!

Attempting 'wedding hair' Total fail!
Attempting ‘wedding hair’ Total fail!

This little straw-like scene doesnt really fit in with what I want my hair to be doing on my wedding day (not that Im massively bothered), but I really dont want to put shampoo in my hair. I have spent nearly a year without it and I dont want to go back. So Ive been looking at alternatives and I think I have found a possible solution.  I found a recipe online here for aloe and honey hair wash….well we have an abundance of aloe and we do like honey, so thats what Im testing out today! Will the aloe and honey mix actually make my hair more manageable?…..we will have to see!

And if all else fails, I’ll stick a hat on my head!

Although it started by complete accident (this no-poo thing) it actually has so many benefits. I dont get a flakey dry scalp any more, my hair is totally balanced oil/grease-wise and I only need to ‘wash’ my hair once a week.  The curl has come back into my hair and the skin on my face is less dry. It also has the added benefit of being much quicker to shower, and I dont have to stress about chemicals going onto our land and olive trees from the shower as our greywater is released onto the land. Fingers crossed my hair will be a little easier to manage with an aloe/honey wash. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted.