I want to close the loop on my No ‘Poo adventure once and for all. And forever. I like words like forever. And always. And never. Basically, all words that end in “ways” or “ever” are awesome and I wanted to share that with you before we got too deep. My teachers always told me never to use them, which made (and makes) them all the more rad. If you get nothing else out if this blog, at least you’ll know me that much better. But anyways, let’s get back to it.
For someone whom the No ‘Poo movement was never going to work, I hung in for a very respectable amount of time. I dared it to work for me. But evidently it was too chicken. So whatever. I’m using shampoo again. Sue me.
If you haven’t already had the pleasure, you can read all about my personal No Poo journey in these blogs:
So, now I’m back on shampoo. I am, however, trying to be very careful about the shampoos I buy now. I’m always looking for shampoos with only a few ingredients, no colors or parabasticalsorbatphospheridelauthzodes, just natural and simple. That’s dang hard to do. Right now I’m using Millcreek Botanicals Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s not perfect. There are still some chemical-ly ingredients, but there are also some great oils. I only use it 2-3 times a week so I think this is a fair compromise. I’ve also tried Nature’s Gate Shampoos and Conditioners. If you have other suggestions, comment below. Please. I beg you.
The problem with shampoos and conditioners which are short on parabasticalsorbatphospheridelauthzodes is they kind of always suck a little. At least, so far. They’re like that employee or student that “meets expectations” every time, but never really goes above and beyond. What I’m trying to say is, my hair gets clean, but it doesn’t really glow… It’s not in a giant clump of impossible knots after a shower, but it’s not fully conditioned either. The products don’t do anything wrong, but they don’t often surprise me with sheer awesomeness either.
Luckily for all of us, I strive to exceed expectations in all that I do. Hooray! Unfortunately, the expectation I generally exceed the most is not a level of success, but of failure. I fail, greatly. Often.
I’ll give you an example that fits right into this bumbling ramble. I made a very-close-to-natural shampoo once. And I used said shampoo. Once. Within 30 seconds of rubbing it in my head basically felt like it was made of molten lava. I thought my scalp had actually spontaneously combusted. I greatly failed. This was actually the very moment of the end of the No Poo movement for me. I was forced to use good old fashioned carcinogenic shampoo to rinse out the hellfire. Come to think of it, I’m probably lucky I didn’t blind myself.
But these failures, these “mistakes” just force me to correct the blunder. And sometimes the concoction I make to correct the horrible effects of the concoction that was a disaster is absolutely brilliant.
When I was a month or so into No Poo I started concocting all sorts of remedies for effects of No Poo’s blatant refusal to work for me. I used egg whites, egg yolks, beer, lemons, all sorts of things and one thing in particular is working now to help me out with these “crunchy” shampoo and conditioner’s lack of glitz: Coconut oil.
I can handle any amount of just “meeting expectations” now that I use this particular concoction weekly. It totally fancies up the lack-luster performance of my crunchy conditioner, by leaving my hair shiny, soft, moisturized and conditioned. It’s so simple.
You’ll need 2 cups coconut oil, 2 Tbs. Castor oil, and 2 Tbs. Jojoba oil (wax). All of these oils are fantastic for hair, skin and scalp. OH! I also let my friend who’s name rhymes with Harry talk me into adding Rosemary essential oil. I’ve had this conversation with some of you before, but I HATE rosemary. Hate. But it’s supposed to be spectacular for hair and the coconut oil masks the scent, so I’m willing to make the sacrafice.
Melt the coconut oil. I did this by sticking my jar in a large, glass measuring bowl of hot water.
My house is pretty cold in the winter, so the coconut oil sometimes starts to solidify or never has a chance to fully melt. If I notice this happening I’ll blast it with a hairdryer for a minute or so to keep it nice and oily. When I’m tired of it being on my head, usually 45 minutes to an hour, I stand under water as hot as I can handle and squeegee out the oils with my fingers. Then, I shampoo and condition as usual.
I love my hair so much after doing this it’s hard for me to keep my hands out of it. And as an added bonus all of the oils used in the mix are great for skin. When I’m finished my skin is super soft and moisturized. Win, win.