Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Coat

Another boring hair-related post, as much as anything because that’s what’s in (as well as on!) my head just now. It’s now been two whole weeks since I last used shampoo on my hair, and I’m seriously struggling with the ongoing process of giving it up cold turkey. I knew when I first decided to start this experiment of water-only hair washing that it would not be easy to stick with.

I knew it would take an extended period of transition (apparently anything up to two months – eek!) for my scalp to rebalance its natural production of sebum to a manageable level, and that during that transitional period my hair will inevitably look and feel horribly (and excessively) greasy until everything settles down. I also suspected I’d find it emotionally as well as physically difficult to deal with (and I am!) but so far I’ve persevered. Two weeks down, about six more to go… sigh!

It’s never nice living with greasy hair, even temporarily, and especially deliberately. I find it always feels ‘dirty’ even though I know it is technically clean, just over-oily. But it feels even harder to live with when there is absolutely no guarantee that at the end of it all (a) I will eventually succeed, in that my over-active oil-producing scalp will indeed rebalance itself, and (b) I’ll actually like the final effect.

I’ve been reading up on it all so I can keep a realistic perspective on what to expect (forewarned is forearmed!) and it seems that although I can’t wait for my hair to return to normal, I no longer truly know what ‘normal’ means. Even once my hair stops looking so ridiculously greasy, even once this transitional period is over, it seems I’ll still have a coat of protective oil covering each strand, making it feel more like silky fur than what I might recognise to date as hair…

Hmmm… not so sure about that… 😦

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Coat 


13 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Coat

  1. Relax... January 7, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of anyone else trying it, but it might indeed just work!

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  2. Margarita January 8, 2017 / 1:42 am

    Persevere! What’s two months as a percentage of your life? You can do this, Ruth! 😉 xoM

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    • Ruth January 8, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Thank you so much for the encouragement – much appreciated! 🙂

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  3. ellenbest24 January 8, 2017 / 2:13 am

    As a hairdresser in a once longago life I know It will work if you stick to it. Fab response to the coat! P.s. research what to clean it with once you are done… I would once a week in hot weather and fortnightly if cold, give a long warm rinse and cider vinegar massage to finish. ‘Jus sayin’😇

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    • Ruth January 8, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thank you for the advice – I only hope I can see it through, I’m finding it so much harder than I thought…

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  4. jamivee January 8, 2017 / 4:22 am

    I just read an article on what happens to your body when you don’t shower for a month…after a while, you develop these microbes that keep your skin soft and get rid of odor. I’ll have to take their word for it, though….

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    • Ruth January 8, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Hmmm… not sure I’d take it that far, although my skin seems much happier not to be getting shampooed daily, even if my hair is still not so keen on it! 🙂

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  5. Judy E Martin January 8, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Well done Ruth. I admire you for continuing with it, even though it is making you feel down at the moment. Keep at it though, you have come this far xx

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