Beginning of the end… of shampoo?

Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

I am definitely a newbie when it comes to the No ‘Poo Method, but I have been lurking and thinking about joining the masses for a very long time. Let me give you a little background about myself. I have long, thick, light brown hair. And, now, when I say thick, I mean thick. I don’t even know if it’s possible to get any type of product down into my scalp because of the endless mess of hair on my head. Length-wise, my hair is a little over halfway down my back and it has been since early summer that my ends have been trimmed. Homegirl doesn’t like going to the salon, okay? Well, I don’t really like going anywhere. I’m a homebody and would rather be on the couch with my books or my video games any day of the week.

My No ‘Poo journey starts today and I am determined to stick with it even though I already feel like a grease monkey and want to run to the shower and scrub the life out of my head with ole’ trusty dusty shampoo mixed in. I researched quite a bit and decided that staying somewhat close to the Curly Girl Method would probably be the best for my type of hair. It isn’t curly by any means of the word, but is is suuuper thick much like my curly-headed friends. I have also recently been dealing with itchy, dry scalp and it is driving me bonkers. I’m to the point of wanting to shave my head, treat my scalp with some sort of natural oil concoction, and be done with it, but my boyfriend would probably run for the hills as he loves my long hair so much. So, to the Curly Girl Method I go with the “cleansing conditioners.”

The boyfriend and I both being big fans of Reddit, he found Skinchanted and their line of 100% natural conditioning shampoo alternatives. After looking through the different scents and formulas, I settled on the very feminine Moonlight. I chose the Dharma – Neem / itchy, dry scalp formula and the fragrances of citrus, dewberry, cassis, musk, sandalwood, and vanilla. First impressions after “washing” my hair earlier today with it are very good… ish. I love the smell. It may or may not be the sandalwood in it, but I am obsessed with how my hair smells. It smells natural and of the earth and citrus-y and just all together nice. I have always been a big fan of those kinds of smells, so the fact that it kind of overpowered my nostrils when I was showering was a nice surprise. I did the whole squeezing the mixture on my head method as when I tried to just put it in my hands and get it into my scalp was not working. Again, thickest forest of hair over here, so I am not really sure if I got it all the way into my scalp to really clean the scalp of the oils that had built up since my last wash about 4 days ago. I have been washing my hair only twice or three times a week for a few years now so I figure my transition won’t be too bad, but I am already starting to feel like I poured cooking grease on my head. I am really fighting the urge to use cornstarch as a dry shampoo, but the struggle is real, y’all.

I am really hoping that the transition period will not be on the longer side, but there is really no way of knowing what I am going to go through during that time. All I know is that I am probably going to be best friends with several different hats if I decide to venture out into the wilds. I will definitely keep everyone updated on what I go through as time progresses. Please feel free to leave me any tips you have for getting through it like a trooper.

Thank you for reading and hopefully you will want to go through this journey with me.