No, I haven't started a Kramer tradition from Seinfeld, saving time by preparing salad while showering. I'm back to the no 'poo experiment, which I tried unsuccessfully two years ago. Despite its unfortunate name, it's an interesting method of ridding shampoo from your shower routine and scalp. Let's take a look at the method below:
When I shower, I pour a solution of 1 cup water +1 tbsp baking soda over my hair and let it sit for at least a minute. Then I rinse it out and pour a mixture of 1 cup water + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar over my hair and let that sit for a minute. I keep these solutions in two squeeze bottles in the shower. It's like my very own salad bar, since there is also an olive oil mixture in the bottle on the far left (more on that later in the post).
Back to the drawing board. I wanted to revisit this method again, not because I'm against the harshness of shampoo, but I felt my hair was looking dull and I was tired of washing it every other day because it was greasy. I liked how it looked when I tried the method years ago, and thought that I could muddle through the first few weeks to get that soft, silky hair I once had.
Here's my head, 10 days into the treatment. I'm pleased with the results (despite the bad iPhone photo).
My hair gets extra curly and the roots are no longer greasy, though I think that I still need to work some of the oiliness out of the rest of my hair. Using a boar bristle brush helps.
In addition to the no 'poo method, I thought I'd give the oil cleansing method a try. You can find a lot of info via an online search. I think I may have come across this at some point on Pinterest. Essentially you use oil to clean and soften the skin on your face.
I use a blend of olive and castor oil, but I must say the results have been much less pleasing than the no 'poo experiment. My combination skin did not like this, despite trying it for 10 days. It broke out, and just never felt great. It might be that I need to experiment with the blend of oils.
One other issue I had was that I think it was allowing me to get sunburned. We've had some nice days here, and despite using SPF on my face, or only being outdoors without a hat or sunscreen for 20 minutes I was still getting red. I wonder if it was acting like a baby oil suntan method (yikes!).
Hence I've given up on the oil cleansing method and am back to my usual baking soda wash, which has been good for my face (you can see my cheese sprinkler of baking soda in the shower rack in the photo above). I still don't use soap on it, and usually just wash my face with water before bed.
So that's my shower salad, which is more than you've probably wanted to know about my showering habits. Have you ever tried these methods? How did they turn out for you?