After you’ve been going without shampoo for a while – several weeks, at least – you should see a real difference in your hair. The natural oils and luster should have returned. It will feel fuller, bouncier, stronger – and be soft and shiny. But your results may differ, depending on your hair type and your water quality.
What if your hair becomes fly-away, like you just licked an outlet, or rubbed a balloon up against your scalp? You have two options.
1. get a small spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup tap water, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Shake the bottle well before each use! After washing your hair and towel drying, spritz some of the olive oil and water on your damp hair and brush it through. This works great for me!
2. if you still have hair conditioner left from your old shampooing days, you can delute a teaspoon of the conditioner in 1/2 cup of water and follow the steps the same as above.
I found I only needed to use the olive oil and water combo during the winter months, when my house is dry and I’m pulling a hat on and off all the time. I may need to use it later, once the swimming pool warms up, but I’ll let you know!
Then, once in a while, you may want to do a hot oil treatment. This is not necessary for shiny hair, but is recommended for dry, itchy scalp.
You can use any type of vegetable oil, but olive oil is the one most recommended. Heat 1/2 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of rosemary leaves (use a microwave, or heat in a bowl over water on the stove). Don’t get it too hot! It’s going on your scalp!
Next, strain the rosemary leaves. Wrap a towel around your shoulders, and apply the warm oil to your scalp, massaging gently. Next, wrap your head in a plastic bag or wrap, and cover with a heated towel (warm it in your microwave, or wet it with hot tap water and wring out). Wait fifteen minutes, then shampoo out the excess oil.
The first time I tried this, I had to shampoo several times to get out the oil. Another blogger suggested that I used too much oil, or left it on too long. I haven’t re-oiled my hair, as I haven’t needed it for anything. But I will try again, just so I can report the efforts here.
If you want more information on making your own hot-oil treatments, here is a darling how-to video.
Here’s to no more bad hair days!
Top: photo by Gezelle Rivera