This week I did something that may qualify me as a 'cheater' of the No-Poo challenge. I bought soap and used it in my hair. No, it isn't shampoo, no it doesn't have any harsh chemicals, but it is soap.. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap to be exact! Why did I purchase this soap for my hair? Well.. let me explain,
The baking soda and apple cider vinegar did not work. I tried and tried to give it a chance but my hair was not cooperating one bit. *angry face* I changed the formula to better suit my hair but I can't say it worked. I tried boiling the water to make it less 'hard' on my hair but that didn't work either. I hate writing this but I just had to tell you all the truth. Maybe I was doing something wrong, I don't know. What I do know is that I have a friend doing the No-Poo challenge also and her hair looks amazing! How frustrating! Then I looked back at all the blogs I've read and pondered about what's different about my friend's hair and mine and I think I figured it out.. thickness! My hair is basically a horse tail compared to hers as well as the other blogs I've looked into. Now, I have no idea why that has an affect but it seems to be the only explaination I can think of.
So, magic soap huh? I don't know why it's called magic.. maybe because is supposedly has 18 uses. All I know is that at this very moment.. it works for me. I put one capful into a 4 oz. squirt bottle and gently shake (dont want to cause a lot of foam/bubbles). I do the same process as the baking soda.. apply directly to my scalp in small amounts and work it in! Guess what.. it lathers!! For some reason this made me feel like I was actually washing my hair. With the baking soda, my hair never got that soapy, sudsy feeling. I also like that it lathers because I can use less soap for more hair.. just move all the bubbles to a new chunk of hair! Peppermint was my 'flavor' of choice for the soap. I cannot stress to you enough how awesome the smell/feeling is! My entire head was all tingly feeling! Probably not the best idea to wash my hair at night now since the smell perked me right up! I still rinse with the apple cider vinegar but I also purchased something else.. Dr. Bronners hair conditioner and style cream. It's all organic.. just like the soap. With the soap, it leaves hair feeling tangly. That's what the baking soda did too, my hair felt tangly and dry but also greasy at the same time. Ick! After I wash, then rinse with the cider, I put in a pea size amount of this stuff to the tips of my hair not the roots. The roots are brand new healthy hair.. the tips are what needs the most attention when applying things like this.
I washed my hair on Tuesday and I only plan to wash it once a week, just like I said in my last blog. With all that being said.. what's your opinion on me switching to Dr. Bronners? Am I cheating? Am I still playing by the rules? Did I just give in and give up? I have my own opinion about if I cheated or not and I'd love to hear yours before I tell you mine. :)