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post #1 of 14 Old 05-16-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone tried the no'poo challenge?

As in not using shampoo in your hair?

I'm considering it. Shampoo wasn't invented and used until recently. My favorite photos of women from the 20's and 30's and into the 40's, they have the most beautiful hair and didn't use shampoo.

Has anyone tried this? Basically you use a mixture of baking soda and soft water on your scalp and diluted acv on the ends 3 time a week.

I want to try it but am tentative to do it until after this summer, since it takes between 3 and 6 weeks for your scalp to readjust to not being stripped of it's protective oils every day. And well, my wedding is in 4 weeks and the reception in 8 and I don't really want to look like a grease-ball for those occassions!

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So, it makes your hair greasy for 3 to 6 weeks? I don't think I could stand that. You'd have to hide your hair in a pony tail or something.

My hair is almost down to my hips, so I can't go without shampoo and conditioner.

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Interesting! Let us know how that works out if you do it!
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OOhhhh, a photo journal would be good to document the progression.
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Shampoo itself may not have been marketed as shampoo until recently, but the use of soap has been practiced for thousands of years...which would include on one's hair.
I think I'll stick with my store bought shampoo. Good luck!

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Your history's a little off there, OP.

Modern
shampoo as we know it was introduced in the early 1930s, but people have been using hair cleaning products for many centuries. So all those women with 'beautiful' hair from the 1930s and 1940s most definitely did use shampoo.
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My husband might not like that i'm sharing this on the forum, but what he doesnt know wont kil him! He NEVER washes his hair. Or.. I guess.. hardly ever washes his hair. He has very thick curly hair and I would hazard to guess that he washed it twice in 2011 (we got married that year). Now, he takes a shower everyday and it does get rinsed with water everyday, but no shampoo. I'm sure when he washes his face, it might get some soap up there, but not on purpose.. haha So, in my experience, it gets a little funky about 2 weeks after it's washed, by about 4 weeks there is no smell, not greasy and looks awesome. I'm not sure if I could pull it off, his hair type might have something to do with it.

So, here's some photos taken last year just to show how not gross it looks lol.





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It's best not to shampoo curly or dry frizzy hair. I only shampoo mine once a week. I also use this stuff called Moroccan oil three times a week to keep it soft.

I think diet played a HUGE role back then and using natural fiber brushes an large toothed combs. I haven't brushed my hair in over 10 years. I just run my fingers through it when I condition, and only buy sulfate free shampoo/conditioner.

Curious how this works! Def try it, subbing to see!
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IMO it all comes down to your hair type. Some have naturally greasier hair than others..
Still, it's a very interesting thought. I also like the idea of a photo-journal!

But maybe it would be a good idea to experiment with this after your wedding ;) lol, just taking precautions.

By the way, congrats on the big event!
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Your history's a little off there, OP.

Modern
shampoo as we know it was introduced in the early 1930s, but people have been using hair cleaning products for many centuries. So all those women with 'beautiful' hair from the 1930s and 1940s most definitely did use shampoo.
Yes, modern shampoo that uses SLS and other chemicals that not only harm scalps, but also increase the demand on water treatment facilities.
I should have been clearer, Speed Racer, because yes, "soaps" of one type or another are as ancient as humans are. I remember going to a victorian house/museum in 3rd grade or so and learning about how they used pure lard in their hair.

All I want to do is try to be more conscious in my living, and this is one thing to try! For now I am (and have been for about 5 weeks) using Dr Bronners castille Soap. Still considered a bit harsh by some of the "pure crunchies" it has much less impact on the environment (it can be used when backpacking) and when only used a few times per week it doesn't strip the beneficial oils.


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