Today I have not been using shampoo for a whole month. This is the beginning of the story.
I think my hair was at its greasiest about 2-3 weeks after I stopped shampoo, just like I read on most websites. I have now got used to using soda bicarbonate with water to wash my hair followed by lemony water for conditioning. The first two times I didn't get it quite right, so my hair didn't feel very clean, but the third time round I added a tiny bit more bicarbonate in the water, and I massaged my scalp better, and I was very happy with the result. After a good rinse I poured the lemony water onto my head, combed my hair and rinsed it well with water; it really is a great conditioner! My hair after that was the cleanest it had been since I had stopped shampoo, almost like with shampoo. I guess it hasn't been as extremely smooth and shining (yet) as it used to get, but as the days pass it is getting better and better.
So far, then, I've been rinsing and massaging my scalp with water everyday, and I've been washing it with soda bicarbonate & lemon water every 4-6 days. I also comb my hair everyday with a clean comb. Over time it does seem like my hair greases less quickly. Today I've not used the bicarbonate for 4 days and it still feels pretty clean.
I've also noticed that my hair feels better than it used to be under just water. Before, if one day I just rinsed it with water, like when the weather is too hot and I need to refresh my head, my hair felt quite "sticky" and tangled while I rinsed it - a bit like when I used soap. Now my hair feels softer and more pleasant to touch.
I am extremely happy with this new experience and I definitely want to keep it up. I don't know if the transition phase is over, but so far it has been a lot less difficult than I thought it would be. It's great to be able to tie my hair up, and India is definitely a great place to do the "poo-free" experience, since Indian people's hair always look greasy with oil anyway so no-one has noticed anything, but then it's not even that bad!
I wonder how my hair will be in the days and months to come - will I really, like my friends, only need to clean my hair once in a while, and will water otherwise be enough to keep it clean? We shall see...
More informative (and convincing!) pages:
Beyond no poo only with water
“No Poo Shampoo” Story: Shampoo Free from Now On! - with photos!
Extra thoughts on going "no-poo"
A note on my three blogs
A note on my blogs
(1) vio; in love with india - this one is the main blog about my Indian adventures, which started in 2005. I don't write much on this blog these days because I prefer to write privately in the confidential blog. But check out the categories and the index to figure out your way. I have kept some older posts not about India but which I still find interesting or relevant in Old words. Also check out my new, fun category Only in India in which I post photos of funny, unique, Indian situations...
(2) vio; sounds of india - this is my blog of sounds, because India wouldn't be as incredible if it was not so vibrant and just so full of incredible sounds!
(3) vio; confidential - this an extension of my main blog in which I post entries I do not want to reveal to the entire webspace for privacy or sensitivity reasons. You must receive an invitation from me and then accept the invitation to be able to read it. You may email me if you are interested in receiving an invitation.