Do you need shampoo? Results from cavelab week 6

12 jun

Western women spend 25.000 euro on hairproducts in their lives. The last 43 days all I used was cold water to rinse my hair every now and then. What’s the result?

19 Responses to “Do you need shampoo? Results from cavelab week 6”

  1. Lisa juni 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Your hair looks gorgeous! Did it get greasy at first or not at all? Cold showers are also supposed to be good for your hair. I think I’ll have to try again, too!

    • Marianne juni 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Yes it got greasy first, for about 2 weeks. After that it was fine.

  2. Guy juni 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Looking great :) I agree that it’s probably working for you now because of diet. I’ve been poo-less for over 2 years now and I can’t ever imagine going back

  3. hans schultz juni 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm #


    • Pim juni 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      You’ve just proven the uselessness of shampoo.
      Looking great! (and your hair as well ;-) )
      Good luck with your quest!

  4. moniiq juni 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Gorgeous indeed! So what do you do exactly, do you wash it with the baking soda solution and rinse it with the vinegar afterwards? and then rinse again with water?

    • Marianne juni 13, 2013 at 2:18 am #

      No I really only rinse it with cold water. And since that is quite a freezing business, I dont do that very often either, twice a week I think.

      • Moniiq juni 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

        Ouch, i’m not sure i’m up to that, not with our winters and the low temperatures even inside my (old and drafty) house at those times :-) Might give it a try though when it gets a bit warmer, and if it does for my hair what it seems to do for yours, maybe i dare face the ice age ;)

  5. Andries Wijma juni 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Great to hear that you are satisfied with the results.

    I haven’t used shampoo or anything for my hair since late 2009. I just rinse it daily with cold or luke-warm water.

    Most shampoos, even many that are promoted as being natural, contain SLS of ALS. This cleans your hair the hard way.
    But hair needs to be a little greasy. What shampoo really does is stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
    While most people think they need shampoo to prevent their hair from getting too greasy, it actually is counterproductive.

    So why does it work (to be pooless) for you this time around? Rinsing with cold in stead of warm water can be a key factor. Cold water is much more beneficial for your hair and doesn’t impact the natural sebum equilibrium of your hair that much.

    Good luck and be proud of (the natural condition) of your hair!

  6. Joe D juni 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Whenever I’ve tried this, I ended up looking like a meth addict. I have fine, shoulder length, slightly wavy hair and oily skin… a bad combination.

    • Marianne juni 14, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      Have you tried washing with cold water only? and what’s you diet like? Cuz with me that’s what did the trick, I looked horrible earlier too.

  7. Siobh juni 25, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Your hair really does look fabulous. One question: do you live in a hard or soft water area? I’m guessing soft. My city has extremely hard water and I always look like I’ve been dragged through a bush. I’ve never been able to do anything with my hair – and on top of that it gets greasy really quickly.

    But a few weeks ago I was visiting a city that has very soft water and I couldn’t believe the difference. After one shower my hair was smooth, shiny, full of body, held its curls and felt amazingly soft. It lasted the whole time I was travelling. Then I got back to my home city and it’s back to its natural state. >_<

    If I owned my own apartment I'd install a water softener, but failing that I'm going to try a cider vinegar rinse. That seems to be the best advice for combating hard water.

    • Marianne juni 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks! I just checked it and live in an ‘average hard water’ area, so not hard, not soft. Let me know how you get on with the vinegar rinse!

      • Siobh juni 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

        Well I tried it today, and I like the effect! I used about one part vinegar to two parts distilled water (the kind you get in the household products section of the supermarket). I used about 200ml, and just poured it gradually over my head. My hair is definitely smoother and shinier than usual, but doesn’t feel greasy at all.

        However, my flatmate did tell me it still smelled of vinegar a couple of hours later. I think that could be because it wasn’t 100 per cent dry, but I might dilute the vinegar more next time.

        • Marianne juni 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

          Great, I´m happy for you. When I used apple cider vinegar I was scared that it would smell too, but it never did as soon as it was compeltely dry. But yeah, dilute it, that might help too. Happy washing!

          • Joël februari 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

            I like washing my hair with diluted vinegar. It’s clean, soft and easy to comb.
            With the vinegar solution it’s like I’ve used a very good conditioner for my long hair
            I haven’t tried with just cold water, so that is still to come.
            That I haven’t tried it is mainly because I have long hair and it gets awfully tangled when I wash it with only warm water, what makes me think it’s the same with cold water. (is it?)

            And the diluted vinegar solution works great, so maybe it will be; cold water and vinegar solution ;)

  8. Geertje juli 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I used my holiday to experiment with using no shampoo. After a week now my hair is somewhat greasier than normal, but not much. I was afraid my scalp would itch, but it doesn’t. So I decided to give it at least another week, so far so good.

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