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    No more shampoo/soap/shaving cream!

    I've been taking chemical-free showers for about 3 weeks now. I am just as amazed at the improvements I saw here as with my first few weeks of primal living. Naturally, I still use soap to wash my hands when preparing food, or if I think they warrant de-contamination. I'll break it down:

    Hair:
    - I quit shampoo and conditioner cold turkey. I vigorously scrub my hair and scalp with my hands using only hot water. I found I could get a lot of the excess oil out of my hair doing this.
    - At first it was oily and felt waxy in the shower. This lasted about 2 weeks while my epidermis was adjusting.
    - After the second week my hair caught on and my scalp stopped producing excess oil. Now when I scrub my hair it's just a mild, healthy, slightly slick feeling.
    - I no longer have dandruff. And I have had dandruff my entire life. This alone is worth ANY effort.
    - My hair is absurdly manageable. I need zero styling products in the morning. I throw a little water in my hands, and run in through my hair. I'm amazed at how I can produce some pretty extreme 'zero-g' hairstyles using only water and my natural hair oil.

    Skin:
    - My skin is no longer dry and scaly from detergents.
    - Everything is still clean and odor-free.
    - If something is extra dirty (i.e. my soles after a long, barefoot walk) I use a loofah or boar brush to scrub it away. Sans soap of course!
    - No soapy smell! This is obvious, but I couldn't stand smelling like a walking bar of soap. I usually went for fragrance free soaps before, now it's a no-brainer.

    Face:
    - Combined with the PB diet, I no longer have breakouts. I no longer wash my face with anything but hot water.
    - Similar to my hair, my face was a little oily the first couple weeks. After that it evened out.
    - I had been doing this for years, but it's in the same vein: no more shaving cream! I use a fogless shower mirror. Run warm water over your face and the razor. I have effortless shaving with no nicks, bumps or razor burn. Nothing hurts and nothing gets inflamed even if I go 'against the grain' to really get a smooth shave. It also takes about 1/3 of the time to shave without that white crap on your face.
    - My skin tone is more even now. The small scars from acne as a teenager are slightly fading.
    - I can just 'tell' that the skin on my face is healthier. Looking in the mirror, I see a slightly younger, healthier face

    Try this for three weeks. You will never go back to slathering yourself with parabens and chemicles.

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    I was actually considering this since i have been trying to get rid of dandruff and head and shoulders does not seem to work. I also notice my skin has been itchy after showers due to irsh spring. I like to smell clean but cant stand the itchyness.

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    I want to jump in and quit shampoo and conditioner, but being a female, I am obsessed with my hair. It is WAAAY too oily. If I don't wash my hair every single day, it looks like I didn't wash it for a week. I get made fun of a lot for it if I dont have time to shower every 16-24 hours. I worry it will just look dirty, even for two weeks
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    Been 'poo-free and mostly soap-free (hands only) since the beginning of this year, myself. Still having some issues with my scalp being flaky and dry and seasonally itchy skin, though (especially once the heat is turned on in the house).

    It seems hopeless for those caught in the endless cycle of shampooing their hair to clear away the oils (which strips away too much, causing the scalp to over-produce sebum), after which you apply conditioners and product that attract dirt and dust. After a day or two the hair feels so gross that you have to wash it again.

    Once you stop this crazy cycle and get through the adjustment period, you will find that your hair never looked better.

    Read this for more information: http://freetheanimal.com/2009/12/pal...o-shampoo.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonApple View Post
    I want to jump in and quit shampoo and conditioner, but being a female, I am obsessed with my hair. It is WAAAY too oily. If I don't wash my hair every single day, it looks like I didn't wash it for a week. I get made fun of a lot for it if I dont have time to shower every 16-24 hours. I worry it will just look dirty, even for two weeks
    Maybe it's because you wash it with shampoo so often that it's so oily.

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    I went Animal (the term my wife and I use) about six months ago and my hair and skin feel and look great. Because I use soap only on my hands I can really feel a difference between that skin and my other skin. My knuckles get dry and itchy but the rest of my skin feels great. I too have found the added benefit of styling my hair with only a little water and the natural oils in my hair. It looks and feels better than gel and you don't get any of the flaking with gel or hairspray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonApple View Post
    I want to jump in and quit shampoo and conditioner, but being a female, I am obsessed with my hair. It is WAAAY too oily. If I don't wash my hair every single day, it looks like I didn't wash it for a week. I get made fun of a lot for it if I dont have time to shower every 16-24 hours. I worry it will just look dirty, even for two weeks
    For the transition you might want to try low-'poo, such as Avalon Organics. Look for "contains no harsh sulfates." I find that it doesn't dry out my hair nearly as much. Also stop using conditioner with silicones in it. Those are not water-soluble, and you need sulfates to get them out of your hair, which dries it out. A silicone is anything on the ingredient list that ends in -cone or -xane.

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    I use my own homemade, chemical free soap for washing...I can make a pretty decent shampoo bar if you aren't against using a bit of lime juice to rinse. I've also heard of using honey or olive oil to clean the face. I also make my own pit stick with basically baking soda, clays, essential oils, and COCONUT oil...I love coconut everything (it is a main ingredient in ALL of my products).

    Of course, using nothing is a LOT cheaper, but it doesn't work for me (or my slight OCD tendencies).

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    Sounds like an interesting experiment, although I'd probably do the adjusting while on holiday (and preferably away from other people ) just in case things get ugly.

    Either way, I'd be interested to hear what you barber says about your results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deranger View Post
    Either way, I'd be interested to hear what you barber says about your results.
    I thought about this as well. It's obvious that my hair is shinier and healthier looking. I usually get a shampoo and condition when she cuts my hair. I'm going to have to ask her to skip it this time. I expect my hair to become even more refined as I continue to wash with only warm water.

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