One of the reasons why I chopped all my hair off five years ago was: the frizz. It was fuzzy enough as its natural, wavy self. When I started colouring it regularly in my early 30's, it turned into a hopeless shrubbery. So, now that I'm growing it long again, I'm determined not to go down the same road. I have no desire for my head to look like the business end of a toilet brush.
For starters, I'm not colouring my hair anymore. I have decided to embrace the grey streak in my bangs. My sister even told me that it suits me, and I didn't pay her to say that, so I feel pretty good about it.
My stylist advised me to wash my hair less frequently. He said "I know some people who never wash their hair." Ew, gross. Well, maybe it works for people who were freakishly born with no sweat or oil glands on their scalp, but it's not for me. One of my least favourite smells in the world is the reek of rancid hair oil. Dis-gusting. That must be avoided at all costs.
I started shampooing less frequently. If it wasn't a shampoo day, it was a conditioner day. I would rinse my hair and then condition it, to counteract any potential stinkyness. I thought that I was simply moisturizing my hair. In fact, I was unwittingly building up layers of silicone. Because I use cheap conditioner. Oops. So, that didn't work out very well. My head didn't smell bad, but it felt caked in buildup. Yucko.
I wised up and decided to do some research. There's a lot of material online dedicated to "going 'poo-free". Honestly, I'm glad that Google is a smart search engine, because it never would have occurred to me to include "no poo" in my search string. That seems much more likely to bring up results involving prunes and Ex-Lax. Live and learn.
I followed the advice in this article which describes how to make your own "shampoo" and "conditioner" using only baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and water. I didn't have high expectations. But huzzah - it worked! I am amazed! As suggested, I am doing the natural wash thing twice per week. The process leaves my hair a little frizzy, so I jumped on another natural health bandwagon and bought a jar of coconut oil at the supermarket. Just a tiny rub of the stuff is all it takes to smooth me right down. And I don't smell like a piña colada either.
So far so good. I think I have a winner hair system happening now. More time will tell. And if worst comes to worst, I can just chop it all off again.