My Natural Hair: I Don't Smell Like BBQ Sauce Anymore

I don't wash my hair with baking soda and vinegar anymore.

For those saying "What the hell is she talking about?", read this.

Go on. I'll wait.

Back? Okay... Yes, I've gone poo again. As in SHAMpoo. Shampoo, conditioner, styling product -- the whole package. I started on the Saturday just before Christmas, so it's been over a month.

I'm so bummed about this because I had such wonderful results on the no-poo. And I truly tried to continue it. Through the increasing static, the frustrating flatness, the undeniable stringy-ness, the appearance of a few too many flakes -- all of which started pretty much as soon as the mercury dropped below 0C -- I tried! For the love of FSM, I TRIED!

But no matter my efforts to hang on, I just couldn't stand looking like this anymore... Yikes! ...Because in this city, winter is just too dry, and I'm just too Filipino.  

Curse you, cruel fate!

To be born on a beautiful tropical island only to be dumped in the middle of the frigid, dry, mosquito-infested Canadian Prairies! Oh, for pete's sake, I need humidity 24/7/365 or else I shrivel up. And end up looking like that. Ugh, I look like I haven't bathed in a month! I just washed it that morning!

Anyway, after the first shampoo and conditioning, I looked like (brace yourselves) this... Holy Big Hair, Batman! Okay, it's not as big as my 80s picture. And the picture makes it look worse than it really was. It's just really wavy. Like I'd braided my hair just after showering and went to sleep on it.

But you know, what really rocked my world were the scents! OMG, my hair smelled so PRETTY! I'd forgotten.

So, I used -- of course -- natural haircare products:  

Then, blowdry. Scrunching. Remember "scrunching"?

Okay, fast forward 4 weeks. Now, my hair looks like this... Sorry 'bout the faraway shot. I was sitting at my laptop at the diningroom table writing this post. Too lazy to get up.

So, my hair doesn't feel as light and fluffy anymore, as it did during the baking-soda/vinegar days, but the lack of static, the moisture, the bounce, and the pretty flowery scent make up for it.  

For now.

Hair guinea pig, out!

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