It’s so hard for me to believe that two years have passed since I started on this gray hair adventure. I can really remember this time last year so clearly because I was about to tell my hairdresser that I was about to stop coloring my hair. In fact, I’m sitting in a cafe right now about a block away from that place.
I remember before I walked into the hairdresser I was excited about what I was going to do. I had no idea that it was going to be something that pushed buttons, that actually scared people. Ahhh, I was so innocent.
I didn’t think much about the adventure other than it was a new beauty thing – like discovering waxing for the first time. I had no idea that I would be spending two years talking about it in videos or meeting wonderful women from all walks of life who were interested and especially that I would write a book about it.
It’s been a huge gift in many ways – a gift in patience (waiting for my hair to grow has been like watching paint dry) and being willing to be okay with NOT knowing the outcome. Just these couple presents alone have translated to many ways for me right now. Case in point, I’ve been without internet for the past two days -“system outage impacting 100 residences” – lucky me! Considering 75% of my work is online right now – especially at a time where I have so much to do with my new book – I could easily be freaking out. In fact I think a couple years ago I would’ve been. But I think, I’m kinda mellow about it all. I know aside from finding a place to hunker down and hoping the wifi is fast enough, there’s nothing much I can do today other than be patient and be okay with NOT knowing if I will be able to post this today. I know it will eventually be okay and I just have to ride a very unusual situation out.
In the vlog I talk about my discovery of a new way to wash my hair – WITHOUT shampoo – or as the cool kids call it “No-poo”. What a revelation that’s been! I do a version called the Curly Girl Method or “Co-poo” method, which substitutes a conditioner for the shampoo. Some people are very strict with the “no-poo” method and I might be committing a cardinal sin using conditioner but what can I say, following the Curly Girl Method has done wonders for my hair. That said, it’s been a little trial and error. Like I say in the video, you leave the conditioner in after a brief rinse and you have to find your personal sweet spot of what amount left in works for you. I also find that some conditioners – even without the silicone and sulphate -are better than others but overall, this way of washing my hair – and I’ve had 5 months of testing it out- has completely kicked butt over any shampoo habit I’ve had for many, many years.
This video shows how it’s done:
Have you tried no-poo or co-poo? Let me know if this inspires you to give it a whirl!