OK, I realize that many of you started following my blog just yesterday, and here I am writing about shampoo. Please bear with me!
On Sunday morning, after being inspired by a comment thread on TP under About Tomorrow, I decided to challenge myself to stop using shampoo. The first couple of days were not bad of course, I just rinsed with water and brushed it out. But by yesterday, I was pretty greasy and kept my hood up all day (people in my office kept asking, “what are you, cold?” haha). So this morning, I used one tablespoon of aluminum-free baking soda mixed with one cup of warm water, poured it over my head in the shower, massaged it in a bit and rinsed. For a conditioner, I mixed up one egg white, juice of one orange, and a teaspoon of cocoa and rinsed that through my hair.
Honestly, I can’t remember my hair ever feeling better than it does right now. It’s so light, smooth and tangle-free, and feels like the build-up of products has been stripped away. I used to use a dandruff shampoo ($15.99), a regular shampoo ($10.99), conditioner ($10.99), mousse ($5.99), and blow-dry lotion ($4.99), all of which are filled with toxic shit. Now I feel like I can confidently throw it all in the garbage!
This is my new approach: I won’t put anything on my body, that I wouldn’t put in my body. Anyone who’s ever got shampoo in their eyes or mouth knows it stings and tastes disgusting. I had always willfully ignored the fact that skin is porous and absorbs everything that is applied to it to some degree. If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth or eyes, why would you put it on your skin?
Freeing myself from the tyranny of Unilever and Proctor and Gamble is of course one tiny step in becoming a better European. I know there are many others much further along the road than I am, but I feel that at least I am moving in the right direction, and making progress each day. Not to mention I smell delicious 😉