Last month, despite fears of becoming a repulsive grease-ball, I skeptically started on a no-shampoo experiment. Now, I’m more than half-way through (I’m free to use shampoo again when I wash the glitter out of my hair after New Year’s Eve), and planning how I’m going to re-incorporate some form of cleanser other than baking soda into my regimen–not because I haven’t loved the effects of going shampoo-free, but because I kind of miss the feeling of really, really scrubbed-clear hair. But I’m going to be a lot choosier about which one I use, mostly because I know which ingredients I don’t want to put on my hair.
Aside from being cheap and somewhat lazy (guilty as charged) about my hair, I also decided to initially start this experiment because the more I read about what’s actually in the stuff, the more I thought it may not be such an awesome idea to slather it on my head every (okay, every other) day. Going without shampoo has been an awesome way to give my hair a break, but it’s also meant I have to shower and wash more often (my hair gets greasy pretty quickly), and means I don’t get to smell like a lovely floral garden, which is something I weirdly miss.
I’ve weighed the options–I can make my own ultra-natural, wonderful-smelling “shampoo” out of baking soda, essential oils, jojoba oil (recommended by a reader), and a few other things available at the natural food store…or I can buy a shampoo that has limited ingredients and that I know is good for me. Because, remember, I’m lazy, and the idea of making my own shampoo each week sounds like sort of a lot of work. What seems more reasonable is doing a bit of research and finding shampoo that doesn’t contain the harsh, potentially dangerous chemicals that drive most no-shampoo-ers away from the stuff. Here are the big three that I’ll be steering clear of: