For the couple years I’ve been seriously reducing on the amount of personal care products I purchase and also, how I use such.
The first step I took was to stop washing my hair all together. The way I figured it was people 100 years ago only washed their hair once a month (with egg whites I believe) and that’s just because women’s magazines promoted washing ones hair. Prior to the Victorian Era hair wasn’t washed at all as best as I can figure. Certainly correct me if I’m wrong here. But a major problem came in the form of dandruff. After about two weeks my head started to flake and itch but I soldiered on. At four weeks I couldn’t take it and washed my hair. I was so happy to have a “clean” feeling head again.
It was at that point I decided I would wash my hair once a week with store bought products. Sunday is the day. Still though, I really don’t want to be using expensive shampoos and conditioners on my hair which doesn’t really get all that dirty to be honest. But by Sunday my head is itchy and starting to flake and I *can’t* wait to wash it. I have a mini panic attack about it each week because I really don’t want to be putting petroleum on my head — which, btw, is what shampoos and conditioners are made out of. Sometimes I think it’ll just be cheaper to go to the gas station buy a gallon of gas and wash my head with it. — but I don’t know what else to do. I tried the egg thing and I couldn’t get a brush through my hair so that’s out.
As my bottles of shampoo and conditioner came to the end last month I decided I wasn’t going to buy anymore. But then my head got itchy and flaky so I bought two travel sized bottles of each until I make a decision as to how to wash my hair. The two bottles are almost out so when I went shopping with Wolf yesterday I stopped in the organic aisle to look at Burt’s Bees and other “natural” products. I checked the ingredients but couldn’t identify 75% of the ingredients. And at almost $8 for a small bottle there was no way I was buying Jason or Burt’s Bees. The inability to decipher the ingredients and the cost were just too prohibitive.
Allie, I believe, may have given me the solution to this shampoo and conditioner problem. A couple weeks back she reviewed The Green Beauty Guide which she loved so much she held a contest and guess who won the copy she’s giving away? Yep, me!
Allie said she’d be sending the book out and not too soon as far as I’m concerned. I was really beginning to wonder how I’m to handle my hair (which is getting pretty long. It’s past my bra strap now.) without chemicals.
I’ll keep you all posted!