"Why are you wearing your hair all the way up today?" "It was being weird, and I couldn't fix it. So I just put it up."
True, but not the whole truth. I put it up because it looked kind of greasy. Maybe it didn't really, but it did to me. I've wanted to excuse it because there are reasons. I'm not just gross and unclean, but the reasons don't really make that point.
My hair isn't gross! This is just a phase because I stopped using shampoo. It'll eventually adjust and my scalp will produce appropriate amounts of oil. See, I'm not gross.
What? Not using shampoo is gross? But I have a reason, I had to stop using shampoo because my hair starts to look pretty greasy by the end of the second day if I skip a shower. I'm not gross, I'm just not using shampoo because I'm trying to shower less!
Whoops, guess I am gross.
I've had an overly complicated, demanding and thorough shower process. That I can describe it as a process shows that. It takes too long, and it's probably not actually good for me.
I wouldn't make the change to showering less because I didn't want to deal with feeling like a grease ball. Then I kept hearing about I scrub my scalp with a baking soda paste and rinse thoroughly with water. Then I use diluted vinegar on the ends of my hair, let it sit for awhile and rinse that out too. Since this is working for me, I'm going to go ahead and buy apple cider vinegar which is supposed to work best. Also, maybe it will smell nice, but the vinegar smell hasn't been lingering. . I didn't stop washing my hair, just shampooing. I've got really fine hair, and for some time now I've been trying different shampoos and products. I won't claim they made things worse, but they didn't help long-term either. Cleaning my hair without stripping all the oils and protection off to replace them with stuff from conditioners is working out pretty well so far. It feels fuller and healthier with some substance rather than just baby fine. Right now I'm feeling a bit like my greasiness is noticeable, but that's from weaning myself off of the every other day cleaning.
I'd really like to get down to washing my hair about once a week. Then it can legitimately be an excuse for turning down invitations. I can just shower when I feel like I need it or start to smell or just think it would be nice. I'd like to do it sensibly rather than be part of this pretty common feeling that I have to take a shower or be gross. I'm not gross. My body's not gross. It just needs to be left alone so it can adjust back to doing its own thing.
Most people that stop using shampoo do it for two main reasons. Either they're super eco-friendly, or they're scared of chemicals. I'm just sick of this pointless obligation. It isn't required or natural to shower (let alone scrub and shampoo) every day or even every other day. I'm not doing it. I'm not even going to pretend I'm doing it to save plastic or keep chemicals out of the environment or off of my body.I also refuse to take part in using the term "no-poo" or describing this as a lifestyle. Do you have a shampoo lifestyle? And "no-poo" sounds like constipation.
This isn't to say that daily showers or shampoo are horrible. But, I've got nothing else going on, seemed like the next thing to try.
I could create some false overly complicated idea of how regular shampooing and daily showering are blindly accepted norms in our culture that I'm rejecting. Alternatively it could be me struggling for more control in my life. But that's not what's going on. It just made sense, and I finally bothered to do something about it despite greasy hair for now.