The Saga Continues: First Cut

I swear, you must, by now, think this is nothing but a 'hair blog'. All I talk about is my hair... and smutty erotica... and hot actor dudes who remind me of my husband... oh, and my menstrual cycle.

I'll try to talk more about other stuff. I promise. Except today. Today, we'll talk more about my hair. Stop laughing.

The last time I saw Jane, my awesome stylist, was September 2007, just before my 20 year high school reunion. What she gave me that time was a little shorter than my regular cut, so instead of waiting the usual 9 months before the next chop, I was able to wait 13 months.

Doing the no-shampoo thing since June has certainly helped. See? I owe this awesome hair to washing with a baking soda solution (2 tablespoons in 2 cups of water) and rinsing with an apple cider vinegar solution (also 2 tablespoons in 2 cups of water) once a week. No evil vinegar smell remains. The hubby thinks my head just smells like me.

I really could've waited a little longer for a cut. It didn't look bad. It wasn't unruly. It was just heavy, thick -- just too much hair.

candy_80sEven at the peak of my new wave band days, I didn't have that much hair. Even for a hot bassist. See? Okay, now stop laughing.

Ahem, okay, back to the present. So, I went in to see Jane on Tuesday for my first cut since no-shampoo.

That was the first time shampoo had touched my head in 4 months! Oh, cripes, it felt so wrong! And the smell was so fake and un-me. If the scalp massage hadn't felt so good, I think I would've screamed for her to stop and rinse out that Concoction of Evil.

Now, you might be asking "Why did you go for the shampoo, Nenette? You could've said 'no'!" Well, one reason was that I wanted to go in looking like I normally did everyday to give Jane an idea of what I do with my hair now. I mean, it's been over a year, right? And secondly, I was more than a little curious to know what effect shampoo would have. Now I know.

The cut was fine. Here it is. Still long. Thinned out. It's the usual.

Then she styled it... with styling product. Oh, lordy. Since going no-shampoo, I haven't needed product. Now, my hair felt heavy and coated. It didn't have that clean bounce.

And suddenly, on my way home, my scalp started to itch. Jeepers. I started driving a little faster.
Imagine if I got stopped for speeding? "Yes, officer, I know I was going 10 klicks over the speed limit, but my scalp itches so I have to hurry home and pour baking soda and vinegar on my head." Um, okay, crazy lady, get off the road now.

So, yeah, I'm okay today. I don't think the shampoo really caused any significant damage.

Roomie isn't convinced I've even had a haircut -- he'll know when the credit card bill comes in. The kids haven't said anything -- which is a good sign. My head feels lighter, but it'll take another month to get it to the ideal state where it'll stay until the next cut. I can't wait. I miss my hair already.


  1. Usually my dad will say "You're hair is getting long" and I will have just gotten it cut. Men just never notice the little changes it seems ;-)

  2. Ahh, to have the problem of too much hair. I wish.

    Your hair looks lovely, but I think you're doing it backwards... shouldn't you be getting it trimmed before summer and letting it get all heavy and thick for the cold winter?

    Oh, and I get my hair shampooed when at the hairdresser too. I just don't know her well enough to explain....

  3. What explain? "don't wash my hair" I do it for the kids' hair cuts (because of cheapness and it takes long enough to orchestrate three kids hair cuts). What? are you going to offend her? I'm sure they have plenty of clients who use something extra special, etc. Wouldn't even blip in their day. Except save time...

    Note that I tastefully didn't even go into the fact that I think you're all whacked... :-P

    ... and your haircut looks lovely Nen. Although it's a little difficult to tell from just a picture. What of that sushi?

  4. I was going to comment that baking soda was an ingredient in shampoos before there were store-bought shampoos but I can't find a reference to back me up. Baking soda, the compound of progress... wash your hair, brush your teeth, make your pancakes, make lime to make plaster to make your pyramids smooth (is that Aztec or Toltec? Or other?), use it in your cement mixer so your concrete bridges hold up, etc.

    But I did find this cool list of home made shampoo recipes.

    Apple cider vinegar is great. I love the smell of it simmering on the stove, because that means Daddy's making his hot barbecue sauce, and that means... ribs! Mmmm, home-made hot sauce... (no baking soda in the hot sauce). And ribs makes me think of Nenette's Thanksgiving ham, which is just weird. But what do you expect from a girl who washes her hair with hot sauce ingredients?

    I mean, it's your head, you can put whatever you want on it. We'll always be here to cheer you on. And mock you. Maybe there's a difference between "cheering you on" and "egging you on", but I'm not clear on subtlety.

    It's late, I'm incoherent, time to go.

  5. I think it looks good. Not as short as I had anticipated from your Twitter tweet yesterday.

  6. That is a great hair story! As you might know, I am a "no-poo" gal myself and can still remember that itch from harsh shampoo products and build up.

    Your picture looks fabulous and so does your new haircut. Yeah!