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#1 Heretic

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

Don't ask me why I read this, I just did.

http://www.ndoherty.com/no-shampoo/

I like this statement:

"I believe this whole experiment is a great example of why it’s important to test our assumptions. We grow up doing things a certain way (like washing our hair with shampoo) and believing that’s just how it’s supposed to be done. But it’s important to stop and ask why every now and then."

Also reminds me of the legend of Henry Ford on hiring a new executive, he would take him out to lunch. When the food came along, Ford would watch his prospective closely. If he salted his food before tasting it, Ford wouldn't hire him.

http://www.snopes.co...nius/salted.asp

In other words, do you shampoo your hair because that's what you have always done?

Anyone want to try not shampooing?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

I buzz dome to save on shampoo.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

I also buzz dome. Just use face wash over entire head.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:02 PM

I have had the same bottle of shampoo in the shower for years now, I use it about 4-6 times a year, usually if I get something stuck in my hair, like car grease.
I don't used conditioner, deoderant, anti-perspirant, fabric softener or name brand flouride toothpaste.
my body soap is made by hippies on Salt Spring.
I wear natural fabric and my feet don't smell if I avoid buying shoes with that aweful "man-made " fabric inside. (man that stuff reeks and leather shoes are hard to find)
I too avoid the corporate monster which is difficult as I drive for a living and it also makes being a hockey fan somewhat ironic.
Still trying to figure out how to avoid dish and laundry soap .

I also had some fun trying the 100 mile diet a couple of years ago.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:14 PM

I use wax/clay every now and then so I need to use it. Unless I want to spend ages in the shower getting it out.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

when i eat out i never salt my food unless absolutely necessary. I espescially never salt it before trying some, that's just stupid. as for no shampoo or soap, i'm not buying it... or rather, I AM buying it, i'm not buying the idea that i'll be ok with just water only showers.

Edited by avelanch, 16 November 2012 - 01:29 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

I also buzz dome. Just use face wash over entire head.


Face wash is not meant for your scalp.

You can and will dry out you scalp.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

yeah.. i don't want to stink, so i use soap and shampoo

ill try it when im like old and don't care for my personal hygiene

Edited by machete, 16 November 2012 - 01:30 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

yeah.. i don't want to stink, so i use soap and shampoo

ill try it when im like old and don't care for my personal hygiene


You sound like you definitely read the article.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:39 PM

I use Mane N' Tail in order to keep my hair silky and shiny so I don't know if I could give it up

Edited by :D, 16 November 2012 - 01:39 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

Boycott shampoo....demand real poo!!
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

not gonna lie
i shampoo once or twice a weak and havent used soap in 10 years
only used deodorant when im wearing one layer unless its black
i get complimented on how thick my hair is all the time
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:30 PM

not gonna lie
i shampoo once or twice a weak and havent used soap in 10 years
only used deodorant when im wearing one layer unless its black
i get complimented on how thick my hair is all the time

they were talking about viscosity, not volume. you were misinterpreting their passive aggressive insults.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

I have curly hair so if I don't use something it's baaad
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

not gonna lie
i shampoo once or twice a weak and havent used soap in 10 years
only used deodorant when im wearing one layer unless its black
i get complimented on how thick my hair is all the time


I use shampoo and soap with a shower once a day, I've never used deodorant in my life, the ladies haven't complained yet...

Edited by Gumballthechewy, 16 November 2012 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:44 PM

Interesting. Gonna try this out
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

I use it every 2-3 days. Gotta stick to the same type because the others tend to dry my hair out.

Not using shampoo & conditioner would be disgusting. Washing your hair with just water (for females w/ long hair) leads to a weird smell. Kinda smells like your clothes after being out in the rain.

I hate soap and definitely wouldnt want soap scum on my body or scalp.

I can see why it wouldnt be much of a problem for guys to go without shampoo. It wouldnt work out for a female if she wanted her hair to smell nice.

Edited by I♥Wellwood, 16 November 2012 - 11:35 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

Yeah I only shampoo every 2 or so days... I know doing it too much can result in your hair going into grease overdrive to compensate for all the grease you would be constantly shampooing away.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:21 AM

I can't imagine not using soap/shampoo on a regular basis. I have long, thick unruly hair and no amount of just rinsing can convince me that my hair is clean. Plus my job is pretty dirty, I'm outside in the rain and mud often, and I handle live and dead animals, so if I just hosed myself off after that would be pretty gross.

I use less shampoo than I used to, I don't "repeat" unless I got eau de skunk or something on me. But I don't think I can be convinced to give it up entirely. Not while I have this job at least, maybe if I worked in an office or something.

Edited by That's What She Said, 17 November 2012 - 12:23 AM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:59 AM

Couldn't bear to read much of the miss natural fibers blog, but I get the idea. It's all what works best for the individual.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:19 AM

Well I use hair wax on a regular basis so I need to use shampoo pretty much daily.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:31 AM

I have had the same bottle of shampoo in the shower for years now, I use it about 4-6 times a year, usually if I get something stuck in my hair, like car grease.
I don't used conditioner, deoderant, anti-perspirant, fabric softener or name brand flouride toothpaste.
my body soap is made by hippies on Salt Spring.
I wear natural fabric and my feet don't smell if I avoid buying shoes with that aweful "man-made " fabric inside. (man that stuff reeks and leather shoes are hard to find)
I too avoid the corporate monster which is difficult as I drive for a living and it also makes being a hockey fan somewhat ironic.
Still trying to figure out how to avoid dish and laundry soap .

I also had some fun trying the 100 mile diet a couple of years ago.


I wonder how your hair smells like shampooing only 4 times/year with only water. :sick:

Edited by Pouria, 17 November 2012 - 01:32 AM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:42 AM

when i eat out i never salt my food unless absolutely necessary. I espescially never salt it before trying some, that's just stupid. as for no shampoo or soap, i'm not buying it... or rather, I AM buying it, i'm not buying the idea that i'll be ok with just water only showers.


You don't have to use water only if you stop using shampoo.

You could use soap.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:55 AM

Didn't read the article but I use soap and shampoo almost every time I shower, unless its really late and I just want to sleep, then I don't use shampoo... It just makes me feel gross and weird if I don't do it every time I shower
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:12 AM

Well I use hair wax on a regular basis so I need to use shampoo pretty much daily.


This. Rocking the product means a good wash with shampoo every day.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:36 AM


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

You don't have to use water only if you stop using shampoo.

You could use soap.

article sais no cleaning products at all during a shower, only soap to wash hands.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:30 AM

I use it every 2-3 days. Gotta stick to the same type because the others tend to dry my hair out.

Not using shampoo & conditioner would be disgusting. Washing your hair with just water (for females w/ long hair) leads to a weird smell. Kinda smells like your clothes after being out in the rain.

I hate soap and definitely wouldnt want soap scum on my body or scalp.

I can see why it wouldnt be much of a problem for guys to go without shampoo. It wouldnt work out for a female if she wanted her hair to smell nice.


Mine does that too and it's pretty short.

As for deodorant/antiperspirant, how can you guys not use it? ^ Do you not sweat?

Edited by Scottish⑦Canuck, 17 November 2012 - 09:31 AM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

It's usually referenced as "NoPoo" regimen.
Reddit has some helpful posts on there -- http://www.reddit.com/r/NoPoo/

Anyways, I've been experimenting it for around a month now. Overall, I've seen a vast improvement in my hair, but there were some transitional periods.

First and foremost though, you can still use conditioners, although it can be advisable to 'make your own.' One example would be apple cider vinegar diluted in water -- for the most part, your head won't smell like vinegar, but rather neutral afterwards. Alternatively, you can use a few drops of something like lemon oil to add a scent.

You -can- still use shampoo every few days, whatever is comfortable for you, but you 'really' don't have to do it everyday. Also, with your lessened dependency on shampoo, you may want to consider investing in a more natural shampoo (which may be more expensive, but you still win out financially in the end).

In terms of general smell, you'll usually be similar to your pillowcase after a few days of use -- no, I don't mean like the detergent you used to wash it.

If anyone considers giving it a try, it's almost general consensus that it sucks at first while you get used to it. Have to stick it out
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

If I didn't use shampoo/body wash I would reek of chlorine all the time.
Plus the itching would be unbearable.
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