Are you one of the many Homies who read "why I decided to stop shampooing my hair" and though "holy shit! I want to do that, but don't know how to start"? Well, get ready to start… How-to Hair Girl has created a DIY hair care kit based on the ShamPHree (or no-poo) method, and now it's for sale!
This is Offbeat Home's archive of hair posts.
Since the wedding, we have purchased a house and adopted a couple of cats. My son is going into second grade. I'm currently pursuing Redken color certification and a cosmetology instructor's license. Nick left the university he used to work for and is currently working for a marketing firm. We are going into our third year as Old Marrieds, but we've been together for seven years total.
We've had some interesting discussion on all the attention tattoos can attract, and it reminded me of an ongoing issue I chew over with myself in terms of style and personal expression which is this: if I dress in a way that I know attracts a certain kind of attention, is it fair for me to get impatient when someone is curious about it?
I love experimenting with hair. From my teens I've generally had colour in it — starting with gentle rinses, up to bleached-bright shades, mohawks and shaven headed designs. With a helper, hair supplies, and an evening (it took us about four hours, including development time) you can become your own colour wheel.
My hair is, and always has been, curly. Unruly, wild curls. Frizzy, big curls. Messy. My hair didn't grow down, my hair grew out. Nothing cascaded down my back except sweat in the summer. My hair wouldn't hold a barrette and it had an aversion to combs. It wasn't as beautiful as an afro or tight enough to control. It was just crazy. Somewhere around college and after, I stopped fighting my hair. I got tired of hating it. Correction: I didn't have enough time to hate it. And my entire opinion on my hair changed.
When I was a kid, I had a DIY hair-ruining experience that traumatized me. My hair melted off and it was my own fault for not reading the warning on the perm bottle. Over processing happens to many of us at some point. But it left me feeling very self-conscious about the way I looked. At the age of nine, I had officially became the perfect target market for Big Beauty ad campaigns. It took me 20 years to look back and understand the origin of my unwavering belief in the words printed on plastic bottles. As a hairdresser, I had been hearing about the no-poo method for years. No-poo-ing means using Baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice to cleanse and condition the hair. My first thought was 1. Gross for not shampooing your hair, and 2. Double gross for using the word "poo" associated with hair.