My sister Bevin stopped washing her hair. So did my sister Colleen.
Sometimes one or two of us will get on a weird kick of one kind or another. We'll become vegans or stop using certain products because of what they are made of or what they might do to us. We will exercise a certain way or learn how to do burlesque dancing.
I was intrigued by the hair thing. But not enough to give up my lovely expensive shampoo, not yet. So I watched for three months or so to see how it went.
It went really well.
I ran out of my shampoo and instead of going to get more, I went to the store. I got a bottle of apple cider vinegar and an industrial sized box of baking soda.
I took a deep breath the first day and dove right in.
It's been a couple of weeks. Bevin and Colleen can't say enough good about it, but my hair is different from either of theirs. And my results are mixed.
To begin with, it makes my hair so cute and so curly and manageable in an unmanageable way (it doesn't need managing anymore, it takes care of itself). My hair isn't greasy. The baking soda strips away sweat and oil from summer heat. The vinegar makes it as soft as any conditioner ever could. And I have to admit, using things I can EAT as beauty products is always a goal of mine. I don't mean that sarcastically. It is a goal.
My hair of course smells like vinegar when I get out of the shower, but when it dries it's ok. Unless I wind up sweating outside in the garden, in which case I smell like a cucumber and onion salad. It isn't pleasant. Bevin has suggested lavender oil. But I would need to have time to find this item and that will have to wait a few more days.
I'm going to give it until the first day of school. I like how my scalp feels alive, and the curl is wonderful and I don't look like my hair is fried anymore (sometimes it would look overtaxed). But can I teach in a middle school and smell like vinegar? No. So I need to find some lavender. I'm afraid it's only going to make it smell like a snooty infused vinegar...but I can't beat these curls. Or the price. So I strive on.