Here’s the Kick Off.

Many of you have asked how my no ‘poo experiment is going (that is, the discontinuation of shampoo as a method of cleaning my hair).  I haven’t started it.  Until today.

See, for the past year, I have gradually been working my hair from mega-blonde to its natural colour, which is a mousy sort of brown.  The idea of never needing a root touch up is liberating to me—think of it!  I can go on vacation without needing my hair done first, and still take fine pictures!  It could, potentially, be another six months, or even six years before I ever pay money to have my hair done.  What an idea!

Anyway, the last time I got my hair coloured, the stylist still put a few foils of blonde in to add visual interest, or maybe just to jack up the price of my new ‘do.  I wasn’t crazy about the look from the beginning, and I knew the next time I went in, I’d be ready to take the plunge to ALL ONE COLOUR.  This is a big deal for me.

The real point is that I didn’t want to start the no ‘poo experiment before getting the blonde out of my hair; it would be worthless to work at achieving chemical-free hair, just to go to a salon a few weeks later.  And I’m nothing if not efficient (ha!), so it seemed smart to get it coloured first.

So, I woke up this morning with hair like this:

Outgrown Roots2Still a touch of fakeness blonde, see?

Outgrown Roots

Outgrown Roots 4

Outgrown Roots5You can see how the roots were really showing—February was the last time I got my hair done.  I’m pretty lousy at following up on my roots, which is why going au naturale is so smart of me.

And as I go to bed tonight, my hair looks like this:

Finished Brunette Hair2

Hair Gone Brunette1

Finished Brunette Hair3

It’s a wee bit darker than my natural colour, but it should fade within a few weeks and be just perfect.  Poor Kyle thinks I sort of look like a goth chick, but that’s nothing that a little sun on my face can’t cure.  Seriously, I’m paler than most Canadians, and I’m from Arizona—you’d think I’d have a tan or something that resembles one.  It’s not that I think I should go lay out in the sun and become a walking skin tumor, but I could use a little pigment.  I’m starting to look like a vampire (though not in the Twilight sense of ultimate beauty and perfection—more in the “lord of the underworld who only comes out at night to feed on bats and reptiles” sense).

And you know what this new hair colour means?  It means that tomorrow, when I have a shower, I will use nothing but water to clean my hair.  Day 1 of the no ‘poo experiment has begun.

{I like to think of myself as a revolutionary of sorts.}

About Camille

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23 Responses to Here’s the Kick Off.

  1. Jenn says:

    I love the new color! Can’t wait to hear how your hair feels this morning.

  2. kat says:

    No Shampoo! Wow! I’ve never heard of this! I’ve done it before for a few days out of need (I’ve forgotten shampoo or something on a trip) but wow, I hated my hair! How long are you going to do it?

  3. Holly Decker says:

    you are brave AND beautiful.
    you go girl.

  4. Kelly says:

    The no highlighting is very liberating! I stopped after 10 years of coloring. It has taken about a year, but now I am back to my “poop” brown. Good luck with the no poo!

  5. Katie says:

    I’m so excited about this! I totally want to do it – that is, after you do it first and show me that I won’t look like a grease ball. I’m using you, really.

  6. Geneva says:

    Freakin HOTNESS! You look awesome! And totally skinny too.

    So your experiment inspired me. I went without shampoo for little over a week. Then I caved. So I’m trying to just wean my hair off shampoo. Maybe try just once a week. We’ll see how it goes. Good luck and keep posting on it!

  7. DeAnna says:

    I tried your little experiment, not entirely out of my own free will. We just couldn’t use the shower for a few days so I went a week without using shampoo. And you know my hair actually did feel better. I am still trying to figure out how to stop the itchies that came from not using it though. Good luck to you!!!

  8. Chloe says:

    I love the new color!! You look gorgeous!
    Good luck with the no poo experiment!!

  9. stefanie says:

    you are so cute and so skinny and i truly i love your hair! one day can i be just like you please?

  10. Alex says:

    and voila! welcome back to the dark side my friend. you look gorgeous!! and so skinny!! i envy you. and btw i heard “pale” is in….thats what hollywoods saying anyway. haha
    love ya!

  11. raygon says:

    love that dark hair! it looks great!

  12. I like the color.
    You’re a babe.
    Good luck!

  13. Christal says:

    your hair looks great after that shampooing to the max yesterday it should feel good for awhile !! Good luck! you are so pretty and so freakin skinny lucky girl!!

  14. Deemarie says:

    The color looks fabulous!!
    I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week… but I’m not sure I could go with just water.
    I’m very curious to hear how it goes!!

  15. ann marie says:

    I think your cute blonde and dark.. :)
    The only times I have done this, is when I had to for girls camp or something..
    You go girl!
    I just don’t want to live without my shampoo. :)

  16. Geneva’s right: the hair looks good and you look super skinny! I’m SO intrigued by this ‘no ‘poo’ project… can’t wait to see the results.

  17. malia says:

    Oh my stars I think it’s fantastic that you are trying the no shampoo thing. My mom is a cosmotologist and we always talk about how shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate (salt) as a lathering agent and it dries out your hair. As a result your hair gets more dry just from washing, even “conditioning” shampoos because they contain this agent.

    I have thick polynesian hair so I only wash it maybe once or twice every seven days, but it lasts much longer between washes because I don’t strip the natural oils.

    Okay, this is the most boring blog comment ever. I’m just excited to know someone who is attempting this.

  18. Lindsay says:

    wow camille, first of all, you have lost even more weight since the last time i’ve seen you! you’re doing soooo good!!! my sister bought me the ‘cook yourself thin’ book and i’m so excited to try it and share the recipes with the other CB’s.

    and as for the hair, i absolutely ADORE it! Remember when I had ridiculous blonde highlights in high school? i havent missed them at all – i love my hair black! And you look lovely with your hair all one color! you’re one of those annoying girls who can pull off both spectrums of the hair color world.

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  21. you are my hero. and, you look really great with dark hair (as if you needed yet another person to tell you that).

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