Bye-Bye, Shampoo

Two things happened to me recently that I’ve never had happen before in my life.  First, DH, who usually doesn’t even notice when I get a haircut  (even if it’s a drastic change in style), told me that my hair looked great and asked what I’d done to it.  I had NOT gotten it cut or changed the style.

Second, when I did go in for a haircut this week, the hair stylist told me what wonderful hair I have.  (Me???)  I was so surprised, I actually looked around to see who she was talking to, then realized I was the only one in the room besides her!  In fact, she kept repeating it over and over, and finally asked me what I use on my hair.

As I said, has never happened to me before.  So what changed?

I switched from shampoo to soap.  Soap?  Did I say soap?   Yep, that’s what I said: soap.

After reading an article Ivory wrote on Little House in the Suburbs on using soap for hair, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.    Most of our soap contains glycerin, which is supposed to be a no-no for hair, but I happened to have one bar of goat milk soap so I used that.  I really didn’t expect to see much of a difference, especially since the shampoo I’ve been using is one of the more *natural* ones.  Was I in for a surprise!

I’ve been using the goat milk soap for about a month now, and I don’t plan on ever switching back to shampoo.  My hair looks much fuller and shinier now, and it feels better.

Ivory suggests a vinegar rinse, but my skin didn’t take too kindly to that.  I only used about a tablespoon in 2 C of water, and I rinsed it out, but my scalp and neck itched for hours afterward.  So I just use a very little bit of my regular conditioner.

Thank you, Ivory!

Now I just need to make friends with someone who raises goats and likes to make soap.  😀


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