I can only speak for my own hair. Slightly thinning on top, a few grey strands poking through as a badge of parenting honour. But it does seem to be true that if you stop shampooing your hair then after a few weeks it will be self-regulating and you no longer need to put loads of ‘product’ on it.
I’d read about not washing your hair in the moneyless manifesto and thought I’d give it a try, partly out of curiosity, partly to save money and partly because the cosmetics industry operates on abhorrent grounds – even when it seems to be doing a good thing, it isn’t really. So something worth not participating in.
After the first two weeks of just using water I did get an attack of head- itch, so I used a tiny bit of shampoo. But after that it was fine – no more itching. Five months later, still no problems. I just wash my hair in water, no shampoo, no conditioner, and I don’t need styling products because the hair hasn’t been stripped by the shampoo. I’m told my hair smells a bit ‘scalpy’ – I didn’t take this as a bad thing, but if you’re seeking a perfumed head then there are lots of other options out there besides Unilever’s chemicals.
Is not washing your hair the modern equivalent of not cutting your hair?
I wasn’t around in the 1960’s but I guess hippies and other long-haired counter-culturalists probably didn’t wash their hair either. Personally I find long hair a pain, so I’m going to continue with the home haircuts. But I like the non-conformity and non-participation of not washing my hair. It’s a small, scalpy up-yours to ‘the man’ and the small number of multinational corporations who dominate the cosmetic industry.