I made it! 2 weeks in and I'm a believer! Honestly, I thought I would have given in and shampood my hair by now. But, I haven't! Woohoo!
A few things I've learned/noticed so far:
- I do not enjoy getting my hair wet and not using the baking soda wash. Before I started this challenge, I never got my hair wet without shampooing it. Well, I did that inbetween washes this past week and it was awful. I felt that it made my hair even greasier than before! I was talking to BHW about it and he said that when he rinses his hair it does the same thing, good to know I'm not the only one. But I will not do that again!
- The process only works if you do each of the steps correctly every time. After the first wash, I started trying to squeak out of steps to make the process shorter and easier. Nope, it doesn't work like that. If you want clean hair you have to take your time with the baking soda wash, always remember the tea tree oil, and never forget to do the apple cider vinegar rinse! I learned all of these things from experience.. unfortunately.
- My hair doesn't look or feel any different than anyone else's.
- People don't even notice unless I've told them beforehand. I have very honest friends and family members and they would tell me if my hair looked back. The only bad experience I've had so far with family members was with my lil sis, SRD. She was straightening the back of my hair and started complaining about how gross my hair felt! I was a little discouraged but then I realized a big step I forget.. the apple cider vinegar rinse. I used that as my excuse as to why my hair felt so gross but secretly I was doubting the whole process. I got home and when I was due for another wash, I made sure I did all the steps and *Ta-da!* my hair was super clean again!
I don't have a picture for you today, sorry! But, to be honest, my hair doesn't look any different! I'll be doing my first 5K Mud-run tomorrow and I'm a tad nervous.. I sure hope this baking soda mix can get out clumps of mud! We'll see!
This weekend I went to a few major parties for family; my nephew's 1st birthday, a bridal shower, and a graduation party for my best friend. Each party I was surrounded by wonderful people whom I loved so much.. that also used shampoo in their hair. Was I nervous? Yes! I was scared someone was going to say something about my hair or noticed that it smelled (which it doesn't) or something crazy. Did any of that happen? Nope! I actually got quite a few compliments on my hair!
I used baking soda on Saturday morning but realized I forgot my apple cider vinegar rinse! It didn't make too big of a difference but I still wish that I would have been able to do the full routine right without any mistakes. Oh well, there's always next time!
It's currently Tuesday evening, I haven't cleansed since Saturday, and this is how my head feels: ITCHY. I realized that every time I make new baking soda wash.. I keep forgetting to add the tea tree oil. Tomorrow I will (hopefully) remember to add the oil to stop this itching!
Something that has been surprising me as more and more people find out what I'm doing.. or not doing to my hair is that; people are actually really interested! Before I started I figured that everyone would just think I was weird and write me off.. but people are curious! For example, each time I see my sis-in-law she always compliments my hair and asks questions about how the whole process works. I personally figured she would have been grossed out! I love informing people about what is actually in shampoo and how it's harmful to you and your hair. I don't push people to stop using shampoo.. just answer their questions!
Although, one thing that I am nervous about is taking my engagement pictures! I want my hair to be in the best condition and with all the mistakes I've been making during this whole thing.. I'm not so sure it's gonna look so great! I guess I just need to buck