Twelve years ago when I was traveling around India I spent a few weeks with a group of travellers in this really beautiful, remote place. We were living in caves or tents in the middle of nowhere. For food, a couple of us would hike a few hours down to the nearest village and bring back supplies on the back of a donkey.
At that time, I’d just started becoming more aware of what goes into the products I’d been using on my body for years, such at the sodium lauryl sulfate and other nasty chemicals that you find in so many soaps, shampoos and toothpastes … and was wondering how many of those products were really necessary for maintaining physical cleanliness and hygiene. Also, anything you put on your skin gets absorbed straight into your system, right? So why was I using products which had chemicals in them that I didn’t want to have in my body? And what were all those chemicals doing to the environment once they’d washed down the plug hole?
Being in the middle of nowhere felt like the perfect opportunity to begin moving away from toxic products, starting with shampoo. If you don’t use shampoo for some time your hair eventually regains its natural oils, (those which have been stripped from it by shampoo) and you’ll no longer need to use shampoo to maintain your hairs’ cleanliness or conditioner to make it soft.
Despite my good intentions I didn’t manage to endure the phase of having really greasy hair, (which apparently passes after about four or five weeks pf not using products on your hair), but I have, however, moved to using bicarb and apple cider vinegar recently and am in the process of weaning myself off the shampoo that I last bought from our local organic health shop.
Clearly it can be a bit of a mission to help your hair find its natural balance once you’ve embarked on the road of using hair products. So when Joshi was born I was interested to see what happens to hair when shampoo isn’t used on it from the start. So far Joshi’s had his head shampooed once since he was born. That’s a total of once over almost 16 months … It happened at this lovely eco-friendly resort in Bali where they make their own super gentle shampoo and I thought it would be fun. It was.
I have to say, I’m really impressed with the way his hair always looks really clean and lovely despite only using water on it… and it never gets greasy. Of course it doesn’t smell of roses or lavender or anything like that, but it smells natural and nice. I’m wondering how long it will be before we need to use something, if ever. And if we do, I’ll definitely go straight for the baking soda and water. Who knows, maybe you never need to use products on your hair to keep it clean if you’ve not interfered with your hair’s natural self-cleaning mechanism.
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