WisdomMagpie wrote:1. I am considering having dreadlocks and have read some comments on various sites about the necessity of washing them ...can anyone here comment on how the no shampoo regime would impact on dreadlocks ?
I don't think it would be easy with dreads. Dreads will stop the oils from moving down the hair shaft. I imagine wetting would be partially effective, but then they would become dry and brittle, while the scalp may become greasy and dirty as dust and such stick to the grease. I have known lots of people over the years with dreads, and I'm sure some of them spent little or no time keeping their hair clean. That's fine if you live in a community of similar people but not so easy if you work in a modern, sanitised environment with people who dowse themselves in chemicals in order to feel clean, and who fear dirt and bacteria are out to get them, because the TV tells them so...
WisdomMagpie wrote:2. How do swimming baths (i.e. chlorine etc) effect shampoo free hair?
I go swimming loads. I just swim and shower. End of story, no shampoo, just water. My local baths are UV treated so the amount of chlorine is only slightly higher than in tap water. It doesn't really affect my hair - hair varies in greasiness naturally and getting it wet can make it go either way, but it soon settles down again.
WisdomMagpie wrote:3. I have two young children and wondered about them going shampoo free too ...and any advice on natural head lice treatments / repellants (at the moment i am using a conventional proprietary tea tree repellant shampoo).
As a teacher, I have always been very careful to avoid head-to-head contact with my little charges and I've been very successful for 12 years at avoiding the dreaded head-lice. However, moving in pagan and festival circles I have found, to my disappointment, that pagans are not very careful and that head-lice are all too present. We have brought home 'visitors' from no less than 2 pagan events just this year...
After extensive no-shampoo research, we now have an electric nit comb (20 quid from Boots) which we used to get rid of them. It takes 14 days of combing dry hair, and no chemicals or treatments are required. We now use it after every event where we have been hugged by random strangers in the hope that we can avoid the trauma again...
The alternative is to do the conditioner combing thing but that involves lots of chemicals, wetting hair daily for a fortnight and loads of hassle!
WisdomMagpie wrote:5. What do you tell hairdressers when you go for a cut and blow?!!
I haven't been to a hairdresser in 15 years so afraid I can't help you there...
WisdomMagpie wrote:4. Also can anyone recommend natural facial cleansers / toners. I tend to get very spotty and greasy if i don't use certain ones but i am conscious that they are loaded with chemicals and probably stripping everything natural off my skin. Do i need to take the same cold turkey approach as with shampoo and go through the spotty phase until my skin restores its natural balance?
I use nothing at all on my face except occasional olive oil soap. You will find that if you stop using shampoo the skin on your face will thank you too - it has also been stripped of its natural oils. I found the skin on my cheeks and forehead were greatly improved when I stopped putting crap on my face. They improved further when I stopped shampooing. I continued to get bad spots around my mouth until I switched to Weleda salt toothpaste. All other toothpastes contain foaming agents and / or talc which are nasty. (Even most of the Weleda range have talc in). It turns out that much of my bad skin was caused by foaming agents present in pretty much every shampoo and toothpaste available on the high street.
Diet has a great deal to do with skin and hair greasiness too - once you get off the shampoo, you will find its easier to see how your body responds to different foods as you will no longer be masking any oiliness / dryness with artificial substances and soaps.
Good luck Wisdom Magpie - I hope you decide to go for it. I went cold turkey over 10 years ago and I've never looked back!