No ‘Poo Update—MONTH 2

***Background: I’m not using shampoo or conditioner in my hair anymore.  It’s called the No ‘Poo Movement.  You can read the beginnings of my experiment (deep breath…) here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Someday I’ll create a page just for those links alone.***

I have not shampooed or conditioned my hair in over two months.

Two months.

No 'Poo Month 2This is easily one of the worst No ‘Poo photos I have ever taken.  I look mad.  Don’t I look mad?  I’m glaring at the camera like it just gave me a lousy pickup line and I’m only seconds away from reaching for my pepper spray.  I’m so suspicious of people.

A lot of people have been asking me how it’s going.  They assume that, since I haven’t written about it in a while, I must’ve fallen off the wagon.  Well, my friends, they assume WRONG.  I am proud to say I have not fallen of the No ‘Poo wagon; rather, it has been going so well, there’s really nothing new for me to report.  I hate to be a broken record player saying the same stuff over and over and over again—I’d never manage to keep my readers.

Nevertheless, the people want a report, so a report I shall give:

No 'Poo Month 2 (2)This is my new outfit I bought in honour of Poor Kyle’s fashionable sister.  Do you like it?  Every time I wear it, I feel a little bit trendy.  Too bad I just have the one outfit—the other days of the week are relegated back to T-shirts and cutoff sweats.

METHOD: I still have not touched shampoo or conditioner in over two months.  About once a week (or a little longer, like eight or nine days), my hair feels overwhelmingly greasy, and I scrub it, in the shower, with a baking soda paste.  I have also tried sprinkling baking soda in its powder form on my hair before showering, and rinsing it out in the shower.  Same results.

No 'Poo Month 2 (3)This was one of the greasier days.  It’s obvious.

One caveat to note is that my hair only feels overwhelmingly greasy when I don’t shower EVERY DAY.  What I mean is, sometimes I skip a day between showering (cringe if you must—but it’s my least favourite chore in my life {I’d do 10 loads of laundry every day if it meant I never had to shower again}), and that’s when my hair feels at its worst.  If I showered every day, I probably wouldn’t need to use baking soda more than once a month.

No 'Poo Month 2 (4)Want to know a secret?  Sometimes I only get dressed from the waist up, so I can take a No ‘Poo photo and then go back to bed. These silky green pajamas were a gift from Santa a few years ago, and I practically live in them.  There’s an enormous hole in the crotch, but see if I care.

WHIFF FACTOR: Poor Kyle still swears it doesn’t smell bad, and to prove he is an honest judge, I will share this detail:  He even told me one day, after coming home from work and giving me a hug, that my hair smelled bad.  (I had been working in the yard and hadn’t showered off the stank.)  I was mortified, and straightaway announced I would shower with the Pantene™, but he stopped me.  “Don’t blow all your hard work on this, ” he encouraged, “That would be such a waste.  Just try the baking soda.”  I did try the baking soda, and that seemed to fix the problem.

THE VERDICT: After two months of this, I am feeling fabulous.  Sure, there have been a few weak moments where I wanted nothing more than to work up a good lather on my head; but I’ve stood strong, and I feel empowered by it.  I’M DOING IT.  For once in my life, I’m sticking with the program.  It’s rare, and it makes me feel a little bit like Supergirl.  “Supergirl—Unsung Hero of Hair Follicles Nationwide.”  Catchy, eh?  {No, not at all.  It makes me sound like a deranged cosmetology instructor on some sort of half-baked crusade.}

Anyway, there’s also this: My showers have gotten quicker.  I feel like I am making a difference in the world—however miniscule.  My heart gives a little jolt every time I open the hall closet and see my stash of shampoos and conditioners, just as I left them two months ago, completely untouched.  Normally, I would go through a bottle of each about once a month.  That’s a lot of chemicals I’m keeping out of the sewage system, you know?  I can easily shower in five minutes now, even after a good head scrub.  The shorter my showers, the less water I use, and the more I counteract the freaking ocean and a half that my husband, Poor Kyle, uses to get himself clean every day (the man takes the second longest showers in the world—second only to my own father).

So, do I recommend the No ‘Poo Movement?  Why yes, as a matter of fact.  I do.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

p.s. My sister talked me into buying these sunglasses when I misplaced my other pair:

No 'Poo Month 2 + New Sunglasses (2)

These new ones are twice as big as my normal insecurities allow, and every time I wear them, I feel like someone will see me and point, screaming, “FRAUD!  You can’t wear sunglasses that big!  They’re too big for your head; take them off, skank!” {Hi, I’m Camille, and I live in fear of dressing outside my socioeconomic boundaries.}

Someone please tell me if I’m allowed to wear these or if they belong in the garbage.

No 'Poo Month 2 + New Sunglasses(And while you’re at it, could you also help me stop pursing my lips for the camera?  It doesn’t make me look sexy—it makes me look like I’m getting ready to spit a giant loogie.)

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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33 Responses to No ‘Poo Update—MONTH 2

  1. Sarah says:

    Even though you hate me and will never read my blog again I guess I can still be the kind one and leave a comment. :) Good job on the no poo movement. I’m glad it’s working for you. As much as I was curious about it and thought I might do it too if it worked… I don’t know if I can abandon shampoo… Dang.

  2. Katie says:

    I am so freaking impressed! WOW! Your hair looks fabulous! And I love the color!

    P.S. I hate showering, too. Its such a hassle and I hate getting wet and then having to get dry. Ugh!

  3. Bert says:

    Hmmmm i think i should try the no poo movement. i hate shampoo in the first place. but i love showering. you must tell me more about this

  4. Jenn says:

    Oh my goodness. I was just wondering how it was going. Good for you. I am afraid to try.

  5. lindsay says:

    i love the sunglasses! your sister did a good thing talking you into buying them.
    as for dressing outside socioeconomic boundaries – i STILL remember the day i got made fun of in Government & Economics class by Mike Russell for wearing a Fubu tshirt..apparently white girls cant wear that brand.

  6. I hate showering…but alas. I think I hate it so much because my hair is curly, and that means a 45 minute chore of taming that beast. Ugh!

    I don’t know if I could ever part with my shampoo. Do you use a lot of product in your hair? I do, so I can’t really see the no shampoo working for me…

  7. Cristin says:

    Okay, I am thinking seriously of trying this now, but I dye my hair every few months at a salon. Does that mean that I have to stop dying if I’m going to go “no ‘poo”? It probably does, huh?

  8. Kimberly says:

    I too was curious if you were still on the “no-poo movement” and I got to admit, I’m super impressed! Your hair looks great! And so does that cute new outfit, and yes I’m digging the new sunglasses as well :-) AND the lipstick color. Ok, I’m done now.

  9. Chloe says:

    hahaha! Great post!
    1) Congrats on your No ‘Poo Experiment! You’re my heroine!
    2) Love your sunglasses!! You have my permission to wear those sunglasses! You look so chic and cool!!

  10. Niqi says:

    Does this work for all hair types? just curious – don’t think I’m ready to try it. Although when we lived near the ocean it was much easier to just take a dip instead of using any shampoo. slat water adds nice waves to hair.

  11. Camberley says:

    I practically peed my pants at the {Hi, I’m Camille, and I live in fear of dressing outside my socioeconomic boundaries.} comment HILARIOUS!

    Also, some people pay big bucks to have big ol’ lips like that. Rock em!

  12. Kristen says:

    Keep the sunglasses! They look great on you!

  13. ann marie says:

    I feel the same way in my sunglasses! he-he
    Really though.. the style looks good on you. No lie.

    I am proud of you for making it so long.. I love my shampoo and conditioner.. and don’t plan on parting from either one.. but this has been so good for me to read for an “in case” I ever have to scenerio.

  14. Molly says:

    way to go! I am not so strong, not to mention that I will go much longer than one day showering, and would go nuts if my hair got oily so fast :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    A. You pull off the Amy look beautifully. You and Amy are both beautiful, and it looks great on you.

    B. I don’t think your hair smells good. Sorry to tell you. I took a few hearty whiffs when I was in Canada, and I was not impressed. However, it doesn’t necessarily smell bad. It just smells… different. Unadulterated, maybe? Perhaps I’m just so used to hair products that I don’t know what natural hair smells like. I wouldn’t say it stinks. It just doesn’t smell good. I must admit, though, that it’s much better than I thought it would be after not having washed it for 2 years.

    C. I told you when you first bought them, and I’ll tell you again. The sunglasses look great on you. For heaven’s sakes! You never listen to me…

  16. Crissie says:

    Gosh, I just had a thought/question… since you are sans conditioner, is combing your hair out after a shower a chore? My hair tends to get oily and the only reason I use conditioner is to get that comb through my thick hair.

  17. Rachel says:

    Well, I believe that I would drown in a puddle of grease if I didn’t use the “poo” (although I will be trying the baking soda thing anyway), but it really appears to be working for you. Or you’ve just had more good hair days lately than you realize!

  18. RatalieNose says:

    That outfit is freaking cute.

  19. Rachel says:

    Woohoo! I’m so glad that it has all worked out. Keep the sunglasses too – they look great!

  20. Dutch girl says:

    I’m now five weeks without ‘poo :-) I like it, though my hear still feels a bit weird. I guess it needs more time to adjust. But overall it’s good. I’ve recommended it to a couple of my friends, but nobody wants to join. Cowards!

  21. Mike says:

    Dear Camille,
    I enjoy reading your blog and will be recommending the no ‘poo movement to my wife. The less chemicals down the drain and less water used sound very, well… responsible. and neat.

    Also I think you’re very clever and love that you used the phrase “socioeconomic boundaries.”

    -Mike

  22. Alicia says:

    Way to go, sticking with the No ‘Poo movement. Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to do it. Maybe not.

    And I absolutely LOVE the sunglasses. They really don’t look too big for your face (or socioeconomic boundaries). Keep them and wear them. :)

  23. kat says:

    So glad to hear this! The last two photos are most lovely!!!

  24. Christal says:

    you make me laugh good for you for staying strong your hair always looks great! Every sunday! and I love the sunglasses they look awesome!!You are so trendy~!

  25. niki says:

    one. i’ve been wondering how the experiement has been going and i see it’s going great. which makes me happy.

    two. you’re right, that first picture of you isn’t the greatest. the only reason being that you decided not to show off the girls. ps. is all this ‘girl’ talk annoying by now? probably, huh?…

    three. love the new outfit!

    four. you can definitely pull off the shades. i actually love that first picture with them. you look stunning.

  26. Jordan says:

    So I found your blog from Marriage Confessions, read this entry, and right then and there decided I’m totally doing it! I’m on day 2. But I have a few questions: I am doing a triathlon soon so will be swimming a lot, how do you think chlorine will affect this no poo thing, and also do you ever exercise and get realllly sweaty? I’m interested to see what happens to my hair after a run and I don’t shampoo it. hmmm.

  27. Jethro says:

    ooow, another no poo. i heartily endorse this concept, readers, didn’t fully understand it until Camille researched it, i quit hair gel, and all it’s isopropyl’s, my hair is much happier.

    And, umm, exercise boy, rinse your hair after a run, in warm water. It will be healthier for it. Bit like it was when we got warm running waterfalls. Had to be there.

  28. Geneva says:

    I love the sunglasses! They are super fun, and I think they actually do their job better when they are bigger. Good job sis!

  29. Irene says:

    I feel proud of you! unfortunately I wasn’t that strong and finally the beach forced me to get back to shampoo :(
    btw, you look great with that new outfit. I love the glasses!!!

  30. malia says:

    the shades look great :)

    and so does the hair!

  31. Anonymous says:

    So what is after the ‘No Poo’ movement? Why stop there? Why not go completely granola and stop shaving your arm pits and legs?

  32. Michelle says:

    over the summer i only shampoo’d 2x a week and my hair felt better and grew faster, once i started daily again it has been dry. i want to try the no-shampoo once i finish up my products- my hair is naturally wavy and i know those hair types benefit most from this method. i actually skipped the shampoo during a wash last week and my hair felt the softest it ever has in my life [though i let it naturally dry]. as for the skeptics, washing hair is still washing hair no matter if you use a labeled bottle or natures gifts.

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