Hair Diaries: No-Poo Failure?

Lion Mane

Hair detox failure? ‘No Poo’ (as in no shampoo) failure? Or not enough time to adjust?

I’m a Leo. I identify greatly with the male lions majestic mane of hair. It’s kind of his thing. He’s got great hair! That’s always been me too.

Until recently.

My hair and it’s health have always been a priority of mine. I try to achieve healthy hair by nourishing my body with healthy foods, which affect the health of my hair. I get regular trims so I never have split ends. I’ve never permed my hair. I rarely, maybe once a month, use heat to dry or style my hair. I’ve always had really healthy shiny soft hair.

My hair has gotten dry, frizzy, and was falling out in clumps. I started taking biotin and more Vitamin D. I stopped washing it every day, which actually did help and I recommend this. I changed products many times over. I bought new brushes. I had my hormones and thyroid tested, all were within normal limits. I went to a dermatologist who told me to just not shower. Seriously. In hindsight a woman who is losing her hair should never ever see a middle aged balding male dermatologist. They just don’t understand.

My hair got even worse after I ran a Tough Mudder race in October of 2013. The race went through the blackest muddiest mud I’ve ever encountered. We’re still finding traces of that mud around the house. So I chopped off several inches of hair, in a vain attempt to regain some of the former health of my hair. It didn’t help. My husband, being ever helpful, agreed that I could get the best wig money could buy if it came down to it.

Having had great success with eliminating chemicals from my deodorant, I decided to try the same with my hair. Taking my cues from the Skintervention Guide, numerous blog posts about hair detoxes, chemical free ‘no-poo’ methods, and research into Morrocco Method products I decided to give it a try to heal my hair. After one week though, I’m afraid I may not be able to make it through the detox period. My hair resembles that of a hormonal teenager who has not washed their hair in a month. It looks wet and greasy. Which means lots of up-dos and buns the past week.

There have been some positives though. My hair is easier to comb through and I’m hardly shedding any hair. My scalp feels amazing and non-itchy. I’ve been using Morrocco Method products, I purchased the sample conditioner and shampoo kits. I’ve even tried a vinegar rinse hoping it would make my hair less greasy. Yesterday, I caved. I washed my hair with my regular old shampoo and conditioner. I couldn’t stand the grease any more. I know my scalp is going through a detox wondering what I’m doing to it, so it’s producing more oil as it tries to adjust. I’m cognizant a hair detox takes longer than one week. But I have to leave the house to do this work thing and I just couldn’t stand it any longer.

Am I going to give up? No. What I will do, is move my old shampoo and conditioner out of the shower so I’m not tempted. I’m going to reserve the Morrocco Method products for later in favor of just using baking soda to shampoo, vinegar rinses, and coconut oil to condition as needed. I’m going to stock up on hair ties as well, as I will probably need them. And I’m going to give it some time. I’ll just pretend I have wet beachy waves of hair in the meantime.

And now for the disclaimer: The products above and linked to in this post are ones I’ve used or suggest. I did not receive any financial compensation or product for recommending any brand or product in this post. These are my personal recommendations or items I purchase for myself or my family. Nourish to Fuel does not receive any compensation for recommending products in this post. In other words, my opinion was not bought. It’s my own from personal experience.

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5 thoughts on “Hair Diaries: No-Poo Failure?”

  1. You can do it. I had the best hair ever it took me 2 weeks and I have about 1/3 of the hair you do.

    You are in it for the long hall Mrs. Leo. It will be worth it!

    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement! I’ve been sticking with it and little by little it is getting better. I will have an update post at some point in the near future. I’m very thankful for hair ties at the moment though! 🙂

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