It’s the summer and when it gets hot, long hair can be a bind. Yes, we can always put it up, and we can also braid it. I decided to go for a full head of small braids for a number of reasons; it’s the summer, it’s something I always fancied doing and it fits with my plans to go ‘no poo’.
Have you heard of this? It means ditching the shampoo and conditioner. Hair is self-regulating, and if you stop using product on it and get through the horrible manky, greasy stage, it starts to look and feel absolutely gorgeous, your best ever hair, and then stays that way. Forever! Two of my friends have done this, one a hairdresser, she did it twice, the first time she went years and then had a nasty accident with a paint pot, so she did it all over again. My other friend is 7 years in and counting.
They don’t use anything but water to wash their hair. Some people use natural products, like apple cider vinegar, baking soda and the like, there are a number of home-made recipes. But I’m going for the water only method.
I’m estimating it’s going to take me about six weeks to get to glorious hair, but I’m not sure, could be less, I hope not more. I braided my hair thirteen days ago and washed it for the first time with water a week after it was done. The only bit of my hair that’s going to look greasy is my fringe (bangs), the bit that wasn’t braided. When I washed it with no product, it came out looking as good as with shampoo, I was surprised (photo above shows seven days without shampoo, one wash with water, not bad).
Funny thing, I was watching a TV programme a few days ago, it was Ben Fogle ‘In The Wild’. He was visiting a couple living wild in the Bulgarian forests. The woman taught him how to wash his hair with his own urine, which he had to pour over his head and sit there with it dripping for 20 minutes before washing it off in the stream. I don’t think I’m going to try that. She had lovely, shiny hair though.
So far, one of my braids fell out, I caught it in time and retied it. Apart from that, they’re beginning to go kinky and curly but I’ve got a fix for that, I hang laundry pegs on the ends after wetting them and it weights them so they straighten.
I’m not sure how long these braids will last or if they’ll get me there, two weeks down now, but if they come out, I’ll just have to wear a hat until the process is over, that is, if I don’t cave in. I’ll keep you posted.