Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Report: First "No-Poo" Attempt

Today, for the first time, I washed my hair with baking soda and conditioned with vinegar. I had been warned that hair has an adjustment period of about two weeks, during which it tends to be a bit oilier. This, however, is not the case for me. My hair is shinier than ever, full of volume (which, actually, it really didn't need help with since it is so full), bouncy, and (gasp) manageable for a change! I am really impressed. It felt odd to rub in the baking soda mixture, and the lack of a lather bothered me a little (I worried that my hair would turn out limp and dingy), but the result is really nice. So, I am sticking with this switch! I'm planning to get my hair cut a little shorter this week, in order to get rid of split ends and lessen my styling time each day, so I'll probably post some pictures after that. We'll see how this continues to work. So far, I am happy!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"