"I'm thinking of going 'No Poo'," I announced from behind the shower curtain.
"No POO. I think I'm going to give up shampoo."
Nathan stuck his head into the shower, "You know, I hardly ever use shampoo..."
Oh. This reminded me of the time I asked my brother what he used to wash his face. I was probably in my late teens at the time, with an arsenal of facial masks, scrubs and cleansers cluttering up the bathroom. My skin's never been all that great, but he always had the nicest complexion. "C'mon, aren't you going to share your secret?"
He paused a moment, "I don't wash my face."
Not washing my face didn't work, but then again, neither did washing it. At the moment, I'm finishing up a monstrous bottle of Cetaphil facial cleanser I bought at Costco well over a year ago. It hasn't worked any miracles and I'm only using it because I feel obligated not to waste it.
Part of my personal Zero Waste initiative, is to focus more on the Reducing part of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The seond two are second nature and pretty easy, but the first part trips me up. It's hard to stem the tide, not because I know there isn't another way, but because the other ways require time. I've grated castille soap into homemade laundry detergeant and it's not a ten minute job! Some things I know I can replace, but I need stuff like...shampoo and sun-screen, in their blasted little plastic containers. Or do I?
Apparently not. Using shampoo sets us up for a cycle wherein our scalp produces an excess of oil. If I could just push through through the adjustment phase, I'd never have to buy an expensive bottle of paraben-free lather again! And my hair will probably look and feel better than it ever has!
I'm thinking it's the perfect time for me to attempt No Poo. I'm almost out of shampoo. I'm wearing hats all the time anyway, because I'm growing out my hair and it looks pretty awful most of the time. I have plenty of baking soda, and apple cider vinegar and essential oils* already on hand for my grand experiment.
So, I guess this is Day 1 of No Poo. Or maybe Day 2 or 3. I'm not particularly obsessed with bathing as it is, nor do I have the time, and I do have a lovely array of hats.
*You didn't think it just meant completely ignoring the old head, did you?