posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 11:20 AM
I haven't signed into ATS for months and months, but thought that this topic was worthy enough for me to say something...
I went without shampoo for 6 months last year and was surprised by the results. My hair felt better than when I washed it, had more body, and even a
healthier look to it. When I did wash (and condition) my hair after the 6 months, it knotted, tangled, felt and looked awful. Since then (a full year
almost to the day), neither shampoo or conditioner have touched my hair, and both me and my hair have been much happier. My hair is long, down below
my shoulders now, and hasn't been cut in 2+ years. I shower every couple of days and use just water to wash my hair, and get in there good with my
finger tips to get things moving. I have recently moved to a place with water from a well that I suspect is relatively hard, and the shower head
doesn't have much pressure so I'm not as happy as I was (my hair is knotty and doesn't feel as nice at all). To me that just means that I will have
to explore other natural options (i.e. lemon, diluted vinegar, baking soda...?), or just go down the road to use a different shower for 2 washings and
things go back to normal.
I also stopped using conventional deodorant over a year ago (I occasionally use some deodorant crystal, but really don't notice a difference). I
asked my work colleagues (I worked in an office with several people in a small and confined space) and friends to let me know if I stank, and the only
times anyone said anything was in the car ride home after a weekend camping. I noticed that synthetic clothing really made me stink though.
But I've used soap this whole time. Most of the time I used natural soap, but since I've become poorer, Lever 2000 is a regular buy for me. I want
to move away from this soon (actually, soap is something I want start making and stop buying). This thread has given me a little more confidence to
move in that direction!
But I don't think that it's as black and white as my case makes it out to be. I think your diet is as important as a factor to scent/cleanliness as
how you clean yourself. If your main intake of food is McDonald's, ketchup chips, Coca-Cola, cheese whiz, or some other chemically foods, then likely
chemical cleaners are needed. But that doesn't make them necessary if you change your diet to something healthier and more natural. Also, some
natural foods might not react well with your body (i.e. gluten?) and have adverse affects such as body odor. A naturopath might help, if that was the
case. This, of course, if just my theory/opinion
I would encourage everyone to give it a shot (I actually wanted to do a write-up on this and call it 'social experimenting' as that was the stance I
took when I started... no one can blame you for doing/trying an experiment!). Honestly, in the long scheme of things, who cares if you stink for a
couple of weeks, or if your hair looks greasy for a few days. In 10 years, no one is going to remember the few weeks you weren't as presentable as
the social standard (once out of high school, I swear no one really cares what you look like), but in the 10 years, you might save hundreds of dollars
(and many skin follicles) and live just that much more healthily.