First of all, I can’t thank you enough for your kind words about Dana. It is such a strange thing to figure out how to process, and I just knew her from an online group. I can not begin to imagine what her friends and family are going through.
I hope that all of the stories pouring out from everyone that knew her can help those who are missing her by knowing what an impact she had,and what a legacy she is leaving behind.
It’s times like this I wish I was religious. I envy the comfort that faith can bring.
Now I am going to switch gears dramatically and talk about superficial nonsense. Because sometimes that’s all you can do.
I washed my hair. It was just too much, I couldn’t deal with it. I felt gross, my pillows felt gross, I was spending eight hours a day staring in the mirror and examining my scalp while sighing deeply.
I think I made it to just over three weeks, and I am utterly convinced that using absolutely nothing to wash your hair simply can not work. (cue the chorus of “I told you so!”s)
Although I admit the worst was day 3-4, and it got better from there, it eventually reached a sort of plateau of greasiness and was nowhere close to feeling clean.
I love weird eco-friendly stuff as much as the next person, and I am usually OK with it taking a little more time or effort to do, but the trade off is that it has to WORK. There is no point martyring yourself for the cause.
All of the weird shit that I do, I do because it works just as well as what I was using before (if not better), but with the added bonus that I can make it myself, it’s non-toxic, it’s simple, and earth-friendly too.
This simply did not work for me. My hair was lank and waxy-feeling, and weirdly linty, like I had become Pigpen and airborne crap was coming in contact with my hair and just…sticking to it. UGH.
I have never been so excited to mix my shampoo and conditioner in my life. I can’t stop touching my hair. It feels sublime.
In conclusion: You’re welcome. I tried it, and now you don’t have to.
(But if you haven’t tried making your own shampoo and conditioner, definitely try that!)