“The Sebum Experiement”
Do any of you remember the cartoon “Pepper Ann“? I would casually watch it as a kid whenever it was on. (Too young to really understand shows like that.) One scene that I recall is when Pepper Ann became very lazy for whatever reason, and stopped bathing. She came into school one day and one of her friends said that she had enough grease on her hair to grease up a pizza.
Similar to that scene was a moment in the book “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”. One of the characters befriends a young girl, who either suffered from a terminal illness or a cancer of some sort. The young girl later passed, and the one character became very depressed. She stayed in her room for days and days, never leaving. She mentioned how her hair became very oily from lack of washing, and then the oiliness when away and her hair was normal again. (Mentioned in my Water Only Hair Washing article as your hair finding its “equilibrium”.)
(Note: I do not recommend the cartoon nor the book for entertainment purposes!)
Well, trust me, I am not depressed, nor am I lazy…
I just decided to let my hair go for a week.
I wanted to go one whole week without washing, and spend the time instead BBBrushing my hair, massaging, and scritching and see how my hair would react.. The picture above shows my hair at about 5 or so days. My hair was now clumping together, and if you lifted a section it was definitely thick under it.
This was my hair after brushing with my BBB. Very slick. Not much dandruff! I had made sure to scritch well, brush in all directions on each layer of hair, and washed the brush before and afterward to ensure that the brush would do its job.
Each night I made sure to put my hair into a braid. It’s more protective, allows the hair to stay close, which enables it to absorb oils better. (The best protective do to wear when deep conditioning your hair.) My hair almost looks like it does when I deep condition with coconut oil!
The next day I washed my hair. I couldn’t effectively wear it up without it looking blatantly dirty, and my scalp was beginning to itch. I didn’t get a picture after washing, but my hair was totally fine! When I washed I paid more attention to each step, because I really didn’t want to have to wash my hair twice. My hair was no greasier than normal after a washing, and it felt stronger, softer, and very manageable. Looked pretty good, if I do say so myself!
“Changing Hair Parts”
Normally I only ever have my hair parted down the middle, and I normally clip my bangs back. I like to wear my hair down, and this is the easiest method for my to get my hair out of my face. But I would like to wear my hair down and not depend on hair accessories if I need to.
(Yes, I am a little envious of the natural beauties who can just wear their hair down, with their natural part, not having to worry about it, and look perfectly fine.)
One day, as I was getting my hair ready before bed, after I unclipped my bangs, I noticed that it was laying pretty nice. It was a side part, but different from the way I had ever done them.
My Grandma has always said that a side part fits my face more so than a middle part. But I never liked how it looked on me. But that night I discovered the reason why!
When I would part my hair to the side, I would make it a straight line. One side of my head would be thicker, and the other would be thin. I didn’t like the imbalance, and thought it made me look weird. The way my hair was laying in the picture above, it was all even! My bangs were parted heavily to the left, then the back of my hair more towards the right.
I liked it! I haven’t really worn it in this fashion, but I hope to do so more often.
I remembered a video that a fellow curly posted on YouTube once regarding hair parts. She instructs how you can part your hair as a curly and not mess up your curls. WO’s, you can easily convert this to your own hair routine!
“Please Don’t Pity Me as a Water Only Hair Washer”
My transitional stages when I was started the No ‘Poo method was ugly. Flat out awful. I felt like a prepubescent kid again. No matter how bad it was, though, I was determined. I WAS going to do this! I was a new Crunchy, full of passion and goals. They WOULD be met and I WOULD show everyone the results of not using cancer-causing chemicals, and give them a chance to be liberated from the grip of money-grabbing companies!!! 😉
I did survive and eventually got over my transitional period. No one really noticed anything different with my hair compared to those who used shampoo, so I never really got a chance to share the great news. 😉
But during that time, I remember people telling me that it looked bad (thanks, I wasn’t aware), I had bad dandruff (10+ years and going strong), and that being clean wasn’t a bad thing (because I desire to be a dirty neanderthal).
Snark aside, I did feel discouraged during that period. I wished I got more encouragement from people. My Dad didn’t really mind me experimenting, which was helpful. And it wasn’t everyone I knew making these comments. (Although, facial expressions is a form of communication, and well, some people’s faces told the opposite of what they said when they saw/found out.) But I knew that wasn’t what I should base my actions off of. As a Christian, we’ll get that. Anytime you go against the crowd you get it. In the end, I was so happy to have done what I did, and was thankful for all the learning along the way.
I would later embrace a new perspective and view on Education, Health, and a Christian lifestyle in general. Naturally, I am not a contrary person. I like pleasing and helping people. My nature is a very shy nature. But the shell has been more than chipped, and has made me a better person for it. But what keeps me going with what I do?
This was on a day where I felt like my hair was doing fantastic. If I hadn’t been such a genius (sarcasm) and wore a brighter shirt so you could see better, than you would be able to properly see all of my nice ringlets!
My hair wasn’t very frizzy that day. Wasn’t dry. Felt clean. Mangeable. Had bounce. A good amount of volume to it. All the perks!
No weird flat spots, all even. (My hair length is about BSL-Mid Back when dry and Midback-Waist when wet.) My hair may appear to me a little frizzy, but part of that is the lighting. And I actually prefer a little frizz to my hair.
Towards the end of my hair, you can see that my hair had finished in great ringlets at the end of my length. (And you can also see that my hair was clipped back in my famous, day to day fashion I mentioned earlier.)
This is not uncommon for me to experience. I rarely suffer from bad hair days anymore. My ringlets do not break very easily. They have become resilient. While on No ‘Poo, I had to be careful not to touch them or there would be immediate frizz and the clumps would break apart.
I do suffer from dandruff, but I figure that’s just allows me that much more room for improvement!
No turning back as far as I can tell!
“The Further I Go, the More Benefits I Get”
This is a very small update. It was just something I thought was really neat, and never really happened before.
One night as I was BBBrushing my hair, I noticed that my hair didn’t really look frizzy at all. In fact, I still had ringlets!
I probably would have not worn my hair like this; it was still somewhat frizzy, not very organized, and needed cleaned. I found that when I ran my hands down my hair (not detangling it, but using the palms of my hands to glide against the hair) my hair curled better. Interesting for anyone who is considering to go “Sebum Only” and has curly hair!
The future holds more experiments, projects, and tests. I hope to share most of them here with you all. Until next time!