So here it is, my 45th day without shampoo. I'll start with my verdict, because this experiment is hands down the greatest thing I've ever done for my hair. Is that enough hyperbole for you? No? Well hold onto your hats, I'm sure there will be more before I get to the end of this post.
I'm still using my bicarb shampoo and apple cider conditioner every four days, and wash my hair with water everyday. Yes, my hair looks a bit greasy by day three, but nowhere near the bottom of a bag of chips look I used to rock if I missed a few days of regular shampooing. Using a hardy natural fibre brush has made a big difference, and after a spot of vigorous brushing my mildly greasy locks look fresh. I now understand why women in the days of yore would brush their hair with a hundred strokes everyday - it works. My hair looks brighter, thicker, and has a nice gentle wave running through it, where before it was dead straight and, to be frank, a bit lank. I look back on all those hours I spent with a curling iron held precariously close to my scalp and I think, I have wasted my life.
But before I get carried away, it's not all fun and games. That natural fibre brush? I have to use it a lot. My hair gets knottier quicker, and takes longer to untangle since I gave up shampoo and conditioner, and with an energetic toddler at home I'm sure many of you understand that I just don't have the luxury of brushing my hair for hours on end. My hair also feels different, it's hard to explain but now that the natural oils in my hair have begun to re-balance my hair has a different texture. I won't lie, it's taken a bit of getting used to.
It is, I think, a small price to pay. I'm loving my new hair and the extra pennies in my purse since I turned my back on shampoo. The results you get are guided by the sort of hair you have, and I know I've been really lucky. If you're feeling brave, or feel like giving yourself a challenge, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. It might just be the best thing you've ever done (for your hair).