Sounds a little unhygienic, right? But let’s start at the beginning. It was just another pandemic weekend, and I was binge watching YouTube videos as one does, when I found this video by Devin Lytle former part of the Buzzfeed Ladylike crew. The video detailed Devin’s recent* decision to stop washing her hair and become part of the No Poo (as in shampoo) moment. The movement asserts that modern washing practices are damaging to our hair and scalp and can lead to dandruff, hair breakage, and hair loss, and that we can have stronger, fuller, healthier hair if we just take it easy and let our hair, for the most part, do its thing.
Now this is not the first time I have heard this idea, but in the past, the women singing the praises of the concept had hair situations that were dramatically different from my own. They had thick un-dyed long hair, and a lot of their “tips and tricks” seemed to hinge on the ability to pull their hair back in a number of styles that could camouflage or utilize the natural oils produced. With short fine color-treated hair, that was a big no go for me. Now back to the day I watched Devin’s video. Devin and I have very similar hair, and I knew from watching her videos in the past that we dealt with many of the same issues when it came to care and maintenance. So when she decided to take washing her hair off of her daily routine, I for the first time thought, “wait, this might be something I can do too!”
I am still telecommuting, and I only leave the house once or twice a week, so I figured there couldn’t be a better time for me to give this a shot. I tried to take a picture every day or so to track my progress:
And I’ll be damned if it didn’t work. Now before you get excited and start throwing away all of your hair products, I do want to say that my new routine isn’t just me and my hair; I had to utilize a couple of things to keep my hair looking the way I wanted. The first, and most important, item was dry shampoo. My scalp produces a fair amount of oil naturally, and my baby fine hair just can’t stand up to it. I used the dry shampoo whenever I felt things were looking a little rough. A couple of sprays and a quick brush, and I was good to go. However, a person can not care for their hair with dry shampoo alone – there have been cases where people use too much, too often; their scalp ends up caked with powder, and their hair starts to fall out. To avoid this, I rinsed my hair with warm water once a week and scrubbed my scalp with my nails. Since my hair is purple, I would apply my purple Overtone to my hair the day of my weekly hair rinse and let it sit for 25 minutes before rinsing it out. I also was able to do my monthly root bleach and dye without an issues (I manage my own color maintenance at home).
All of that to say, this really worked, guys. Like REALLY worked. My hair looks better than it ever has, and with the exception of Andy teasing me that I am now one step closer to being a “dirty hippy” there hasn’t been a downside. I am going to look for a “better” dry shampoo. I’ve been using the Garnier Invisible Dry Sampoo in Mint Mojito, but I am using a lot of it and I’d like to find something that I could use less of for longer. But here I am, more than a month since my last real “hair wash”, and it is still the best choice I have ever made for my hair. I don’t know that I’ll ever go back.