I literally only own 2 bras, total, in my life. I got them both almost five years ago. They are bedraggled.
I don't get it, how many bras are people buying out there?? HOW MANY AM I SUPPOSED TO HAVE
@aspen Are you sure you weren't just doing it too much? My mom tried to switch and had the same experience, but then I discovered she was doing baking soda and vinegar every single day. I think that definitely would fry your hair. I don't do the vinegar at all and I only do the bs once a month or so. my hair is healthy and not frizzy and it hasn't changed color and it's been YEARS
@dracula's ghost Also I tried the oil face cleansing thing and it wasn't good.
Generally I agree with the grouchy poster below who says if you really want to go natural you should just use water. I only use water on my face (except to get sunscreen off). I use Dr. Bronner's for my pits. I clean my house with baking soda or vinegar. I feel like I can't go FULLY without products (Bronners, vinegar, etc.) but my vibe is pretty low-impact for a semi-middle-class American. So anyway I want to reiterate that I almost never actually clean my hair with baking soda. The vast majority of the time I just rinse it with water. I'll give it a baking soda scrub once a month or so if it starts looking grimy.
I think the baking soda is ideally just to help you through your hair's adjustment period, and after that you phase it mostly out. At least that's been my experience.
It is SO LIBERATING to devote so little time to thinking about my hair. I used to have to think about my hair so much. Dealing with it, coaxing it, packing certain products if I went on a trip, etc. Now not only is everything easier but my hair ALSO LOOKS BETTER.
@dracula's ghost When I used to do vinegar, I'd just dump a capfull straight onto my hair and rub it in. It's fine! You could also do half and half with water in a bottle if you'd rather squirt it all over (my hair is short so just the capful on top of my head seemed to do the trick).
I do bathe daily as I am not a monster! Ha ha but seriously, yes, I shower every day (all I use on my body is Dr. Bronners, in case you were wondering, and hippie soap for my face only when I need to get sunscreen off it), and just rinse my hair in hot water. Scrape your scalp with your fingernails real good and rinse your hair as you do so and you're fine. If I have to go to work, then I blow dry it because I have crazy cowlicks. If I don't have to go to work I just let it air dry. Either way, in terms of shine, texture, and body, it looks great! Looks like I put cool styling mud in it or whatever. But my secret is it's just my scalp's weird oils!
I am happy to answer any and all questions related to my personal hygiene regimen
@dracula's ghost when I first quit shampooing, I used baking soda and vinegar every day. Then slowly tapered it off over the course of maybe a month: every other day, every three days, etc.
I realized after awhile that the vinegar didn't do anything for me, so I cut it out completely. Haven't done the vinegar in maybe 3 years.
And then with the baking soda, at some point a few months in, I realized my hair was just basically never getting oily/lank/gross, so I stopped using the baking soda too. Now I'd say I do the baking soda maybe once or twice a month.
It's just really important to understand that shampooing every day makes your head produce MORE oil than it normally would. So the way your hair is gross and lank after 3 days of no shampoo is NOT necessarily representative of how your hair is "naturally" if you don't wash it. You have to help it through that adjustment period and let its oil-production go down to normal, and then you can see what your hair is REALLY like!
I use WomanLog and it's boring but fine. I think it would be less boring if I took advantage of all the other features, like charting your body temperature or whatever. I use it to chart my period, sex, and my PMS symptoms so I can see if they get better from month to month as I try various remedies.
I really don't like the name WOMAN LOG
Also I just want to say that this is a process. I do think our hair is all different and that different routines will work for different dudes. I see up-thread someone mentions that they never wash their hair but they always condition it, and I tried that briefly, and it made my hair a limp mess. But it may work for you! Other people do the baking soda/vinegar once a week and that does the trick, whereas for me that's too much and my hair gets kind of brittle and weird. All the vinegar is is a softener, and my hair is soft and fine as-is.
So if you're intrigued by this, just know that it might take you a few weeks or months to figure out what's going on with your particular hair and what exactly's gonna work for it. If after one week you feel gross and weird, don't freak out, stay the course!
I haven't washed my hair in nearly 4 years, and I never do the vinegar at all, ever. I do baking soda maybe once a month. My hair looks and feels awesome. I don't have to use product anymore, because it just looks like it's got product in it all the time. I LOVE NOT SHAMPOOING.
I had this epiphany when I was looking at a hairstyles book from the 70s and it was like, everyone's hair looks SO GOOD, thick and shiny like a horse's tail, what's the deal?? And the deal is, they didn't WASH it that much, and they didn't put any product in it. They brushed it all the time, to distribute the oils, they washed it once a week (with shampoo I have to assume was mellower than ours) and that was that.
@MaryMaryBoBerry Hey! Fellow short, fine, hair-owner here and I just want to tell you that our hair is actually IDEAL for this regiment (or lack thereof!). My whole life I struggled with this fine dumb hair that just lays there and you have to put a million pounds of product into it to give it volume and texture and shape. But guess what? When I stopped washing my hair, it started looking textured and volumized ALL THE TIME, without need of product. Our hair is naturally thicker and oilier than shampoo makes it, so you forget that what you're doing when you're adding product, a lot of the time, is just simulating oiliness and the rough/driness of hair that's a bit dirty. You should try it! I haven't washed my hair in over 3 years--and I almost never do the baking soda either, maybe once a month, and I NEVER do the vinegar, not for years. And my short, fine hair has NEVER looked better and it's so great to just have it look that way naturally!!!
Also what this country needs is a GUILLOTINE