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.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

No shampoo for 6 months & update on going poo-free

It's already half a year since I've stopped shampoo, and I am still really happy with it! I have learnt a lot about my new hair and routine, and so an update is in order...

I have mostly been using reetha since I found out about it. At first though it was not always satisfying and I had to learn a fair bit about how to use it properly. The first time I used it it was amazing, but after I used it the following few times my hair was still a bit greasy - in a new kind of way - they didn't fall very nicely. It didn't really look dirty but it felt greasy, and it was - hard to say - a bit like paper in a way that paper doesn't flow very well; or should I say a bit like straw but not really, and after 2-3 days I had to wash it again. So for a while I stopped reetha and went back to soda bicarbonate followed by lemony water or apple cider vinegar mixed with water for conditioning.

Another thing I noticed was that - obviously I guess! - hot water works a lot better that cold water to clean hair!!! I hadn't noticed this because obviously up until October-November the weather was still hot enough to shower with cold water!! When Indian winter turned up though I started showering with hot water, and wow, my hair was cleaner for quite a lot longer. I still used the bicarbonate of soda every week, but my hair still felt very clean after 5 days of just rinsing. And the odd smell of the end of my hair which I used to get just after baking soda after 2-3 months of stopping shampoo completely left me.

After a while I decided to give another go at reetha because I had bought a lot and I didn't want to waste it. Besides I kept remembering my first convincing time so I thought I should persevere with it! Since you have to soak reetha overnight before using the water-gone-soapy, the soapy water is cold by the time you have to apply it on your hair, so I tried washing my hair by tilting my head forward. It turned to be a good idea because it makes it easier to avoid putting reetha in your eyes, which really hurts. For a few times reetha still didn't wash my hair very well, but then I realised (1) that you really have to pop the nuts open before soaking them overnight because the soapyness comes from inside the nuts, and (2) that I had to be careful not to pour too much water on the nuts otherwise the "soapyness" gets too diluted and it doesn't wash the hair well. I also decided to use lemony water or vinegar/water after reetha as well because it made my hair even nicer and softer.

Another thing I noticed - my hair falls as much when I wash it, but less in between washes.

So now: I (1) cut the nuts open before they soak overnight, (2) I use more nuts (8-10) and I pour just about a glass of water on it, (3) after having applied reetha I tie my hair up while I shower to let it rest and (4) I condition my hair with lemony water or vinegar/water. I reuse the nuts just once for the next wash. If it's inconvenient to soak nuts overnight I just use soda bicarbonate instead. Since then reetha has been great every time I've used it, my hair has been really clean and soft, and I have also noticed that it feels kind of lighter, somehow...

Finally I also experimented with less rinsing inbetween washes. The weather has been very cold this last month and without heating in houses it's more difficult to keep warm, so I haven't wanting to rinse my hair with water every single day. I have just done so every two days. Still I can wash my hair every 6 days only. And most recently I tried the experiment of not rinsing my hair with water at all until I had to wash it again. It lasted 5 days.

So yes, I am very very happy with my new hair routine. It's as easy as shampoo, my hair feels beautiful and soft and it greases far less quickly, it falls a bit less, and I use a lot less packaging too - no more shampoo bottles to throw into India's nature... My hair hasn't changed that much because it had always been very soft and silky, but I absolutely love going more natural and not being a good friend with the cosmetic industry, and my new routine feels right.

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