I don’t wash my hair with shampoo or conditioner. I have been washing my hair with only water for about a year now.
My hair is not oily, nor is it dry. My scalp is not itchy. My hair is not knotty. It’s in “good condition”.
My hair is certainly a lot softer since we’ve been living at a place plumbed with spring water. I think the chlorine in town water was making it a bit dry. I’ll definitely use a shower filter if we ever return to a house plumbed with scheme water. It’s something I’d always thought I’d like to do anyway, just knowing that what we put on our skin is absorbed, and knowing how damaging chlorine & fluoride are, but after having showered regularly in water not contaminated with chlorine & fluoride I’d certainly use a filter for scheme water.
I originally stopped using shampoo because I was getting dermatitis on my scalp. At the same time I stopped using soap on my body because I was getting the same dermatitis under my arms. It was painful & wouldn’t go away no matter how I altered my personal hygeine routine (washing more, washing less, applying creams, not applying creams etc.). I hadn’t recently changed my shampoo, conditioner or soap so I couldn’t work out if anything topical was causing the dermatitis. I decided to remove all potential irritants & see how my skin reacted. The dermatitis healed quickly & my skin normalised. I found it very confronting to be not using shampoo, soap, or deodorant(!) after it being so ingrained in me that only the great unwashed don’t have an arsenal of personal care products but the proof was in the pudding. I wasn’t itchy & sore anymore, and since finding (& slightly tweaking*) this recipe for a homemade deodorant I’ve had few problems with body odour (I got a bit stinky after 3 days with no shower when our gas ran out recently!), even less so than when I washed with soap.
I now wash my body with a few drops of essential oil/s on a washcloth, and I wash my hair with just water. I sometimes add a couple of drops of essential oil/s to my hair brush & I sometimes make a herbal tea brew to rinse my hair with, but most often I just use plain water.
We don’t use soap on the sproggets either, it’s not been necessary, they wash with washcloths too. We do use conditioner (Margaret River Savi brand) to wash their hair because they both have fine, curly hair & it knots very easily without it. Perhaps when they’re older & their hair thickens they’ll have no use for conditioner either, or perhaps they’ll choose to begin using shampoo as well, whatever they want to do is fine. They may not have the same level of skin sensitivity I do, they’ll work out what works for them, just like I did.
We all still use soap to wash our hands (my sister makes beautiful soap) & we use a herbal hand sanitiser also between washes because the reality is we still have a dog who licks, I’m still changing nappies several times a day & the sproggets are young kids who get their hands into grubby things so we’re not going to stop using soap to wash our hands.
*The tweaking was to use less bicarb, because I find it irritating & to change the essential oil from the Bergamot that is suggested to a blend of rose, lemon & ylang ylang. For my next batch I’ll use a different essential oil blend. Probably something with lime or grapefruit oil because the citrus plus coconut smell works well.
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