Ok, technically I can't say "don't do it" because maybe for you, it will work. But, basically, no. No, it will not work.
Sure, my hair was clean and I didn't wash as often and it was nice to not be killing the wetlands with shampoo and chemicals. But then, the breakage started. I was using Coconut Oil as conditioner and it was AMAZING. I loved it. Until it started getting harder and harder to brush. Earlier today was when I finally said no. I am DONE.
I was twirling a piece of hair between my fingers that had come loose from my head when I noticed it was breaking. I have ALWAYS wrapped loose hairs around my fingers and played with them, and they have NEVER broken. I had gorgeous, strong hair. So, when I felt my hair snapping between my fingers my stomach sank.
I had read the horror stories and seen all the questions, but I just wanted to believe this would work. I wanted to be frugal and use less chemicals. I wanted to not kill the earth. And, it seemed to work at first.
So, I just decided all those women asking about breakage were doing something wrong, like using too much baking soda (I know I'm not because when I do no-poo with less than a tablespoon per cup of water, my hair isn't totally clean.) I am SO mad that my hair is breaking! Like SOOOOOO mad. You cannot understand.
I'm not sure how you feel about your hair, but to me, my hair is my baby. I was so upset that it was breaking I couldn't focus on my work until I eventually made myself forget. My hair is at my lower back and that's how I like it. Gorgeous, red, fluffy, and long. If I have to cut it off because of this I will cry. Yes, I will cry if I cut off my hair. I love it that much! (I may idolize my hair which may be a problem...yeah.) I had JUST gotten it long enough to where I was happy with the length after a woman a few years back cut WAY too many inches off on accident. I am trying to get an emergency trim as soon as I can and I am going to buy a gentle shampoo and conditioner until I can find a better, earth-friendly and hair-friendly option.
As it turns out, the PH of baking soda is just not right for hair. It is WAY too alkaline. There are MANY other options out there for natural hair care, I just need to get my hair healthy again before I go researching anything else.
PLEASE do NOT do the no-poo method!!!
I'm sad to go back to chemicals that hurt the earth, but I seriously can't kill my hair. Um, no!
Leave a comment with a time you tried to go more natural and it just.didn't.work! I need to hear that I'm not the only crazy one.