Curly hair blogger Freddi shares her journey through a month without hair products.


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Freddi's Curly Hair Challenge

First, I want to say a bit of background information about my curly hair: I've never really straightened my hair, but my friends were always ready to pounce on me with their straighteners. Nonetheless, I guess I've always been natural, so that wasn't my problem.

My problem was was that I didn't look after my hair. I never tried to do anything with it, or try to make it look good. This year, I slowly started paying attention to it, and began noticing some things. After discovering this web site, I thought I wanted to make it the best it can be!

First, I started buying different products and began educating myself about silicones and sulfates. Quite a few times, I had to throw products away due to hidden cones and build up that was making my hair worse.

I thought that my goal was to have healthy, long, well defined curls, and I really wanted my parents to see that since I live on the other side of the world and will becoming home in four weeks. Mum always had wonderful hair and always looked after it, so I thought that it would be something we could do together.

My rules were simple: no products. I would only use things found in nature, including oils, teas, herbs and a homemade, all-natural conditioner. In addition, I would co-wash often and use an all-natural shampoo. Finally, I would keep a hair dairy and write in it twice a day, morning and night, to track my progress.

What is it that I wanted to improve? Everything, but mostly I wanted to try to have as little frizz as possible, have well-defined curls and see how much length I could get in a short span of four weeks.

So I would like to welcome you to my hair journey!

Week One

I've been infusing olive oil with rosemary and using that quiet a bit. Rosemary is great for hair growth, so I thought I'd give it a go. So I pick fresh rosemary, pour olive oil over it, heat it up for 30 seconds, put a lid on it and leave it for a week. I could probably leave it longer, but a week is good for me. I also got some marshmallow root that I'll be using to rinse my hair. I've heard that's great as well.

To start off, I used a sulfate shampoo. Now I haven't used sulfate poo in years, but I wanted to start with really clean hair. The next night I made a deep conditioner and left it in for two hours. Then I rinsed it out with water and carefully rinsed with the marshmallow. Note to self: wash the DT with no-poo next time — hair smelled bad after the water and marshmallow!

I then sealed with olive/rosemary oil and let it air dry for a bit. Finally, I put it in a loose pony tail to sleep on it.

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thank you for all your lovely comments ladies! im sorry it took so long for me to reply. yes it was more of a no traditional product challange. i did only use natural stuff and still do! now looking back on this im so glad i did it. one in a half years latter, i still kinda follow this. in that i still dont use any gels or hair spray, no sulfates or cones, i try to keep it as natural as i can. Though i dont have time any more to make most of my own things. the winter is doing a number on my hair though im getting through. my hair has also gotten alot longer, there im just shoulder length now im touching BSL. :) thanks again for reading

Beautiful hair you've got there! Shampoo-free hair/scalpwashing: mix 3 Ts conditioner with 1 Ts (acacia)honey and then with 1 Ts AVG. Massage on damp scalp and through (toweldry/damp) hair. Put it in a showercap and let it sit for aprox. 30 min. Rinse thouroughly. HTH! It is originally a recipe for a Moisturising treatment and I use it on my sensitive scalp and I think it's great, especially because I can't do co-washing.

I forgot to mention, your hair does look uber healthy by the end of the 4 weeks. Congrats on the new hair growth! I'm going to try some of your oil concoctions. I've been using a blend my cousin made for me of organic grapeseed, rosemary, lavender, olive, jojoba, and spearmint oils. It's really helping to lessen the frizz, increase shine, and moisturize my hair and scalp. But it's running low and she has a newborn to care for now. I wanna make some infused rosemary oil and then add in some other oils and make my own oil treatments. I also wanna try hot oil treatments. Haven't done one since I was a kid in the 80's. Lol. Thanks again for your awesome blog. ;o)

I mean no traditional "styling" products. Well I'm happy you had a successful go-round. As for cleansing your hair w/o shampoo, I use a cleansing bar from Chagrin Valley Soaps. It's all natural ingredients and you can even get some that are organic. I have 3c/4a hair and I don't like co-washing because my hair doesn't feel clean. The bars from CV clean w/o stripping. I love them! ;o)

Beautiful hair Congratz :) I am sorry but doesn't shampoo, conditioner and oils qualify as 'products'?

It's amazing how well your hair responded to the change in products! It's beautiful, and congratulations. However, it doesn't appear that you went "product-free". You just changed from standard chemical products to a regimen of natural ones, and it doesn't seem altogether practical for long-term.