Posted: Mar 06, 2013 7:00 AM
What if someone told you not to shampoo your hair? What seems crazy to some people has worked wonders for others. We spoke to someone who loved the results — and someone who didn’t.

Stop shampooing your hair? For some women, you may as well be telling them to stop brushing their teeth. Most of us shampoo our hair at least every other day, if not more often. Why skip shampoo altogether? Lorraine Massey — founder and co-owner of the Devachan salon and spa in New York City — is the guru behind what's called The Curly Girl method. She's convinced her fans to embrace their curls and let them be free.

Why no shampoo?

Shampoos contain sulfates and surfactants that tend to be harsh on hair and strip it of moisture. Because curly hair tends to be more porous, shampoo is more difficult to completely rinse out. In order to go shampoo free you also need to avoid any of the silicone-based products that you may use for styling. They will build up on your hair and can only be removed with shampoo.

Basic instructions

In her second book about this subject Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey teams up with Michele Bender and Deborah Chiel to teach you the steps to beautiful hair with no shampoo.

  • Choose a clear, silicone-free gel that will enhance natural shine and apply by scrunching.
  • Don't use a brush on your hair.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your hair while wet.
  • Gently blot your hair in a scrunching motion, rather than rubbing with a towel.
  • Allow your hair to air dry or use a diffuser to avoid frizz.
  • Try not to touch your hair while it's drying.

The idea is to enhance your natural curls or waves, rather than coating them in layers of product and residue. So, how does it work in the life of a busy mom? We spoke to two who tried it.

She loves her curls

Writer and mother Jenny Feldon shares her Curly Girl experience on her blog Karma (continued...). "I used to have cute hair every day," she shares. "This was after washing, conditioning, product-ing, blow-drying and flat-ironing it into submission several times a week." Once Jenny became a mom, her time to create amazing hair was limited — big time. She started with the basics, changed it up a bit to suit her wavy hair and over six months later is still following the Curly Girl method. "I had to make some modifications for winter," Feldon adds. "I plan to write a blog post on that soon."

She couldn't get on board

Amy is a writer and busy mother of two little ones who tried the Curly Girl method hoping for some amazing hair. She shares her experience on her blog A Diary of a Mad Woman. "I never got the results that I saw in other women," Amy shares. "Without shampoo, my hair was never shiny or full of body. It was always limp and dirty." Amy doesn't always style her hair, usually wearing it in a ponytail. "But with the no shampoo method, there wasn't a choice. It just never looked great. And I didn't give up easily." She adds, "I did get to the normalizing stage, and sadly, I didn't like it."

Share with us!^ Could you skip shampoo? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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