Sunday, June 24, 2007
Yuck! Day 3 of Conditioner Only!
I admit, I've been keeping a secret from Lady Beautiful readers. Today was my third day not shampooing my hair! That's right! For the past three days I've been using conditioner only, AKA, "CO". The friend who introduced me to CO was my friend, Mrs. U. Mrs. U told me about a web forum for long hair, The Long Hair Community.
Before consulting this site, I took it upon my self to test CO. The first day wasn't so bad, the second day, yesterday, my hair looked nice and silky, then today......today my hair looked more oily as the day wore on. A girl at church even admitted, "Yeah, it looks like it hasn't been washed." Hey, she was being honest! So....I was about to give up until Mrs. U gave me the link the the Long Hair Community. They have such great advice. Here's what I learned from some of the members:
-Find a cheap conditioner like Suave, VO5, white rain, or something similar.
-Wet the hair down in the shower and apply *generous* amounts of conditioner to the scalp and length. You should have enough that your hair actually feels slimy with it and every strand is covered. Then you can use the pads of your fingers to massage your scalp. Do other showering before rinsing. Rinse in the coolest water you can stand. Rinse for at least 2 minutes.
-If it's still greasy after washing with conditioner, you might want to use *more* conditioner on your scalp, and leave it on longer, and then rinse for an extra minute. OR if it's that your hair doesn't stay clean long enough, it may be that your scalp hasn't adjusted yet. A lot of times people who CO have to "transition" for a few weeks as their scalps adjust to the lack of shampoo.
-CO is much gentler but your scalp has to "learn" not to keep producing so much oil. It'll happen!
We'll see what happens the rest of the week....in the mean time, If it works...TRY IT!