To ‘poo or not to ‘poo…

A little over six months ago I happened upon a blog entry by Laura over on Not So Urban Hennery. (You can see the post here: )

Her topic that day was shampoo, or the choice to not shampoo, or alternatives to the generally accepted methods to shampoo. Yep, the stuff you wash your hair with. If you read Melinda at One Green Generation at all, then you may be familiar with her “no ‘poo” approach.

Why, on earth, you may wonder, would one avoid just running down the road to the store and picking up a bottle of shampoo? Well…. There are reason. Lots of reasons. Here are some of mine:

  1. I’m allergic to SO MUCH! Fragrances, dyes, additives, etc.
  2. I’m concerned about sodium laurel sulfate – there’s a big family history of skin cancer, and well, I want to be nice to my skin!
  3. My hair is VERY straight and VERY fine. Making it very difficult to comb, brush, style, pretty much anything. So I’ve been using some very expensive (salon and organic) hair products – and of course if there’s any hope of getting a comb through my hair – it’s not just shampoo, conditioner is a must, too! That’s NOT cheap! I’m tired of not cheap.
  4. I just keep wondering – what did they do 100 years ago?

So, when I saw Laura’s post about the J.R. Liggett’s Old Fashioned Shampoo bar shampoo she was trying out, I thought, “You know, I think I should try that out!” In fact, John and I got on and looked it up. We found it – found a good deal on a variety pack, and ordered.

I bought three varieties. The Original formula, the Tea Tree & Hemp Oil formula, and the Damaged Hair formula (’cause I’ve got wimpy hair!). I started out with the damaged hair formula.

Okay – so I alluded to this a little earlier on – but I have VERY straight hair. In fact, I have VERY fine hair. Like baby fine. It’s maddening. It’s very difficult to deal with, and if it’s got any length at all – it’s one big huge mass of knots by the end of the day. (When John and I met my hair was very long – like past my butt! I have nightmarish memories of brushing that mess out!) One of my earliest memories is crying as my Mom tried to work the knots out of my hair with a bottle of “No more Tears” at hand!

In the past, I’ve shampooed daily – and honestly, I can admit it, I don’t see that ever changing. I’m a serious pansy if my hair isn’t clean. Shampooing has meant shampooing and rinsing, of course, but then copious amounts of conditioner applied and allowed to soak in so that there’s some hope of being able to comb and style my hair once I’m out of the shower!

Since my order of J.R. Liggett’s arrived my hair care routine has changed dramatically. Shampooing – rather than with a dollop of liquid to be massaged into your hair – is with a moisted bar of shampoo that you run over your wetted hair just a couple of passes – and then you massage – it has great suds. Seriously – it takes almost no product! (Bars of shampoo last at least a couple of months around here – and there are three of us using them!) Then, equally amazingly – rather than taking a good five minutes to be able to feel like the product has rinsed out of my hair – this stuff rinses out nearly immediately. I love that!

But – get this! – no more conditioner. I am so serious – I haven’t used it since the order arrived in January. My hair stylist has remarked how healthy my hair is since the change, as well. Not only that – I can comb my hair, brush my hair, style my hair – with ease.

How wild is that?

I’m completely serious when I say I love this shampoo. I will not change back – ever!