Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Nisus

Shampoo, yes?

I mostly stray from the tenants proposed by the curly girl method but it makes sense, just soooo much sense, not to use harsh shampoos on our delicate coils.  I heard this waaaay back in 2003 and tried it then but instantly noticed that my curls were more prone to frizz without the shampoo.  I went back to shampoo.  Then newfangled "shampoos" came out, with better ingredients, less sudsy.  I went for those wholeheartedly and stuck to co-washing as much as possible.  Except for the rare occurrence, such as a 3 week long protective style or a particularly horrible product experience that warranted shampoo, I've been mostly off it for the past 3 years.

I always keep on hand a bottle of Trader Joes Tea tree tingle, or Giovanni's %50/50 balancing shampoo (or similar) for the aforementioned reasons. Most recently I shampooed my hair after wearing it pressed for a little over a week, and contrary to what would be expected after a press, my curls returned yet TIGHTER than they had been.  I thought it may have been the shampoo, but shrugged it off.

So like last week, I again shampooed my hair because I had mixed my flaxseed gel with some horrible product and got a head FULL of flakes.  This time my hair was light and fluffy and blowing in the wind when it dried. I felt it had been similarly light before that, but I blamed the products.  It was curly but light, floofy.

So then yesterday, lol, I decided to shampoo again, because I had not wet my hair in more days than I care to mention, and I was not feeling put off by the shampoo bottle (now sitting comfy IN the shower). Afterward it felt really nice! I diffused, pineappled and went to bed. The product I used will be another post- light hold- I like it and it's not my flaxseed gel- I forgot to refrigerate the rest of the last batch :-(
This morning, my hair is again super tightly coiled, even in the front. It's light and blows in the wind and shiny.

Humph.... Now I feel again like I did way back in 2003! WHY do I keep getting lured back into the co-wash low-poo/no-poo movement when my hair so clearly tells me it's FINE with regular shampooing?!  Mind you it's a milder shampoo than your traditional off the shelf types. But its real shampoo. Not a cream, not a low sudsing stuff. 

Bentonite clay would probably yield a very similar result and adhere to the curly girl way of life, but sometimes.... SOME times you just want to get in the shower and grab something off the shelf.  Shampoo is cheap.  and just there. and non-messy.

I do admit, my hair is squarely on the fine side of the spectrum so the coating/residue I experience may manifest quite differently on courser hair. So NO, I don't condone shampooing as a general rule lol.  BUT my hair is telling me something, and I am going to try harder to listen. And remember.

Shine!

 My bang/front hair, which is normally MUCH looser than the rest. 
Slightly looser, but resolutely coiled today.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your hair looks nice! I use Kinky Curly Knot Today & Curling Custard. I've noticed that when I try to co-wash after I've used those products, I experience soft hair full of white residue. This has made me give up on the co-washing, but now I'm using the Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo and it's leaving white residue in my hair. Each time I've shampooed or co-wash has been 2-3 days after I applied the product, as a result, I just use shampoo.

Nicole

Lori said...

“WHY do I keep getting lured back into the co-wash low-poo/no-poo movement when my hair so clearly tells me it's FINE with regular shampooing?!” and “BUT my hair is telling me something, and I am going to try harder to listen. And remember.”

Those quotes are absolutely spot on. After spending nearly 2.5 years natural, I’ve realized I need to listen to my own hair and stop feeling guilty for going against the “traditional” natural hair path.

I am a WNGoer 99% of the time. I use a combination of sulfate-free and traditional sulfate shampoos. I do try to steer clear of –cones, but the H20 soluble ones are okay. I diffuse…daily. I don’t do protective styling…at all. And yet I have a head of healthy, growing hair. I basically had a fade 2.5 years ago and now I’m just below BSL at the longest point (layers). I don’t have a head full of split ends, no heat damage, etc.

Soooo, going against the grain has worked for me and I don’t feel guilty anymore for using shampoo and diffusing and not protective styling my hair, etc. But it took a long time for me to get to that point and stop jumping back and forth between strict CG and what works for MY hair.

Thanks for this post. It validates my own feelings and concerns. :~)

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