There are several reasons to consider making this change:
- The first is that we don't want to be putting icky chemicals onto our scalp and hair. And if you've ever looked at the ingredient list on most shampoos and conditioners - icky would be putting it mildly.
- The overall health of your hair. Having the natural oils from your scalp lube your hair is the way it has been for all of mankind previous to shampoo or soap. Constantly stripping out these oils and 'replacing' them with waxy paraben substances really can't be that good.
- Cost. Potentially you could save a boat load by ditching hair care products all together.
- Time savings. Think how much shorter your shower would be if you didn't use shampoo followed by conditioner. Now add up that time savings for 365 showers a year. Substantial.
The fist two weeks were the 'messiest', and from my reading, I knew they would be. Your hair and scalp are used to having their oils stripped out everyday. When you instantly stop the stripping, you're left with an overproduction for a short period. So greasy it was. It didn't bother me too much. Yeah, I looked more like a greaseball, no other way to put it, but I pushed on. For the first month I didn't use anything in the shower for my hair except water. And I gave up soap by the way too. I only used it to wash my bottom. Basically I was just rinsing my whole body with water and then drying off. In and out.
After one month's time I came to two conclusions. First, not using shampoo left my hair greasier than before. No big surprise here. The initial greasefest of the first two weeks tapered off, but it was still greasier than normal. Second, there was actually a benefit to having a bit of extra oil in my hair - it was easier to manage. In the winter I have to wear a hat on my commute to work (it can be a wee bit cold up here) and it usually leaves my hair messed up by the time I get there. Well, with some natural oil on it, I could manage my hair better after taking off my hat.
Now, easier to manage notwithstanding, I personally don't think my hair looks better when it's greasier. That's just me. So, following some of the tips I had previously read, I started to use a rinse with baking soda added to some water. This effectively removes some of the oil from your hair. I only used it maybe 5 or 6 times for the next two months, but I could tell a difference after I did. As in my hair looked better. Nevertheless, I continued until the end of February whereupon I began using shampoo again. I actually don't use conditioner ... never have. I'm very glad I gave this experiment a try, but in the end, this wasn't something for me to implement into my lifestyle long term (although I did ditch the soap permanently).