Lucy Aitken Read only used Shampoo for a few months on her eldest daughter Ramona, four and has never used it on her other daughter Juno, two. Her husband thought she had gone mad when she first told him what she was doing.
“He looked at me like he was dealing with a crazy person and said ‘Lucy, have you gone completely mad?” she said.
“I’ve had people call me ‘filthy cow’ and worse, but I try not to let the negative stuff get to me,” she said.
“For every negative comment, I get so many more get in touch saying they’re really happy they gave up shampoo and followed the ‘no poo’ movement.”
Lucy refused to use shampoo on her children and she stopped using it herself two and half years ago, saying: “I was a shampoo addict before all this. I actually felt disgusting if I didn’t wash my hair every two days.”
Everything changed after, one day in 2012, she stumbled across an article in a paper about the large number of potentially harmful chemicals women use in their hair.
“I was horrified,” she said. “I decided that couldn’t be me any more.”
“I always thought I’d used organic, healthy shampoo but when I went upstairs and grabbed the bottle I was using I realized the ingredients were full of synthetic chemicals I’d never heard of.”
“I was a new mum at the time. My first daughter Ramona was just a few months old and looking at her, she seemed so tiny and vulnerable.
“I think that made me even more determined not to use chemicals any more.”
She said she has a “different head of hair” since she decided to ditch shampoo.
“It’s never been healthier,” she claimed. “I used to have terrible hair. Now it’s silky.”
Lucy says that many people have been so impressed by her hair that they too have banished shampoo!
She said of her husband: “Tim had always been plagued by scalp problems like itching and dandruff – now his scalp is much better with none of these problems.
“My dad has also got rid of his shampoo and conditioner and he’s someone who seriously loves his grooming. He reckons his new regime has even stalled the grey hairs”
“My hair is so much healthier, stronger, thicker and shinier these days,” Lucy said. “For years, my hair was thin and lank.”
“Before, hairdressers were forever having to give me blunt cuts to add more volume – but the last time I went, they had to feather my hair as it was just so thick. It’s the complete opposite to how it was.”
Lucy also stopped using chemical cleaning products. She uses vinegar and bicarbonate of soda instead, and has swapped laundry powder for soap nuts.
For the first month of her ‘experiment’, she admitted her hair was ‘smelly and horrible’, but she persevered.
“I hadn’t realized I could use different things to keep my hair clean,” she said. “I was totally naive about it all. My colleagues were rather bemused, but I think they were intrigued with what I was doing.”
After that first month of using natural products and water on her hair, it stopped smelling and began looking healthier than ever.
“I’ve never looked back,” she said. “Why would I? My hair’s so much nicer than it ever was. I’ve endured a lifetime of bad hair days, but that just doesn’t happen any more.”
Now, she washes her henna-died hair all natural with simply using water twice a week. She swears that brushing once a day keeps her locks clean and healthy.
“I’m always brushing with an old school bristle brush which removes sebum from scalp to ends of hair. That’s my big thing.”
“Then every ten days or so I grab something from the kitchen to wash my hair with – egg, bicarbonate of soda, apple cider vinegar, or herbs, which are fantastic for scalp issues.”
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Source: The Mirror