After reading a post from fellow blogger, The Domestic Diva, about how she recently embraced her “curly girl side”, I was curious to see what that was all about. She wrote about how another blogger had gone back to the “no-pooing” way of washing her hair. Ok, that doesn’t sound good, right? Wrong! Apparently, the term “no-pooing” means not using shampoo. As it turns out, most shampoos have some form of sulfate as a main ingredient and these sulfates are typically found in dish washing detergent. These sulfates are lathering ingredients that break down oils. Yes, our scalpe naturally releases oils and too much build up of these oils lead to hair looking and feeling greasy and totally gross, but a small amount of these oils is needed to help protect and nourish hair.
Here’s where I was really intregued: curly hair needs more of these natural oils than straight hair! And if you have curly hair and you’re washing your hair normally with shampoo, you’re stripping your hair of these oils which in turn causes frizzy, unmanageable hair. Also, most people who think that just have wavy hair can actually have beautiful curls and never even know it – CASE IN POINT, ME!
I never even knew my hairs true potential until after I read this post! I always thought my hair was just wavy and unruly and that the frizz was caused by the over abundance of humity in my area of the region. In realizy, my hair is not wavy at all! According to Lorraine Massey, creator and co-owner of Devachan Salon in New York City and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, my hair would be classified as “Botticelli Curls” – yes, as in like the hair in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus! I’m thrilled that I found out about this. All this time I’ve been dealing with the worst hair, always having to tie it back because there was simply nothing I could do with it if I didn’t flat iron it or attack it was a curling iron. All this time all that I needed was to stop using, well detergent, basically, on my hair and allow those oh so beautiful natural oils do their thing.
For the past week, I’ve gone to the “no-pooing” method, stopped using a towel, even for a second, to dry my hair and have purchased the proper silicon free products to style my hair. Rather than towel drying my hair, I’ve turned to using a cotton t-shirt and plopping (yes, that is a technical term and I’ve attached a link if you want to know more about it) my hair to help speed up the drying time. As a result, here’s what my hair looks like now…
For more tips, check out Curly Girl Method WikiHow.