For decades, I was a shampoo-every-day woman. I didn’t feel “clean” unless I scrubbed my head every morning. As I have very fine, curly hair, it’s no surprise I finished with a dry fuzzy look many days. My natural curls did not take any attractive shape. I often just pulled my hair back in a messy bun.
|Undefined curls and lots of frizz (and no makeup – bravery!)
About five years ago I stumbled upon an article about the no-shampoo method for curly hair. Yuck! was my first response. It sounded as gross as forgoing soap or toothpaste. But I slowly eased myself into a less-sudsy routine, starting with a shampoo every other day. Then a switch to non-sulfate shampoo.
I fell in with the Naturally Curly crowd, who have a devoted following at their website, and I studied their bible, Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. I experimented with plopping (I am not making this up), scrunching, and pineappling.
I am now down to two washes a week, one with conditioner only and one with a mix of conditioner and a non-sulfate shampoo. My curls are much healthier and some days they take on a very fetching shape (not every day – we do still have the scrape-into-a-bun days).
|A couple of years later, much better-defined curls (and a bit of makeup, ahhhh)
You know I am not a prescriber of styles or routines, but if you’re struggling with unruly curls I do recommend the Naturally Curly site and Massey’s book. Do an little experiment, and see if your curls respond to less shampoo. I’m still learning new tricks, Not Dead Yet!
Have a spectacular Saturday, and don’t forget, Monday, September 17th is Visible Monday! Everyone is welcome to participate!