Readers, something MONUMENTAL has happened! The four yearly urge to chop all my hair off surprised me in the dead of the night a few weeks ago and two days later my locks were nothing but a memory.
I have worn my hair like this – long, copper and quiffed- for the longest time I have ever had any hairstyle so the Big Chop felt like a Big Deal this time. It was also the longest it has ever been, almost to the small of my back. But I was used to my crop by lunchtime and now feel positively LIBERATED
Before and after! So typical that on the day of the cut I woke up to gloriously lovely hair. GAH!
As you know, I gave up shampoo 18 months ago as a kind of lifelong experiment in thrift and chemical avoidance. It works swell, really, like a dream but it does take a bit of work. You have to spend time brushing it, massaging your scalp and mixing up potions to condition it. Once Juno was born I just simply couldn’t be arsed. I was also imagining doing that whilst tripping round Europe in our campervan and I felt it’d be a bit of a nightmare.
And now, with this 1 cm long crop? Well. I haven’t washed it with anything but water for almost a month: LIVING THE DREAM.
I even had to ask the hairdresser not to use shampoo, therefore ‘fessing up to my no ‘poo ways. It was really fascinating though because as she cut it into this urchin style she kept saying things like “Gosh, your hair is so thick, I really have to thin it out with these thinning scissors.” Seriously, my whole life hairdressers have been saying “Yout hair! My! It is so thin and lank I have to add all these layers to thicken it up!” When I said this, and described just how voluminous my hair is since giving up shampoo, she responded nonchalantly with “Yep, that’ll be because shampoo just strips it.” Incredible huh? To have word from the industry that ‘no poo works a treat. Beaut.
It is really hard to get by with short hair without some kind of styling product- I did for a week but just kept looking like a fluffy ginger troll. But of course it is ridiculous to be no ‘poo to try and get toxins out of your life and then go and stick hair stuff in. So. I have been playing around with some homemade natural styling products. My favourite is one with Linseeds and Coconut Oil. This makes a couple of spoonfuls, and lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge. I really like the effect- like a subtle, soft wax.
Linseed and Coconut Oil Hair Gel
A tablespoon of Linseeds (super cheap from health shops)
3 x table spoons of water
Boil them together for 7ish minutes, until the water turns thick and slimey, siv the linseeds out and pop the gel in a container.
Melt a bit of coconut oil until runny and add half a teaspoon to the mixture. Mix it really well. Add more oil if you want it more waxy/ soft, and less if you want it to remain crisper!
I am also playing around with adding rhassoul clay to make it more matt and hardcore but I haven’t quite got round the grittiness of the clay yet. Any suggestions are welcome! I’ll hopefully have another recipe soon.
Have an amazing weekend! x