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… 😦