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Can you imagine how greasy your hair would be after not washing it for a few days? One week? A month? Now imagine that feeling for SIX YEARS.
That’s exactly what Sarah Theeboom has done. The New York writer decided to try the “no poo” method (as in no shampoo) six long years ago.
The “underground” movement encourages people to say ditch shampoo and has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. But six years ago, before it was a ‘thing’, Theeboom convinced herself to give it a go after discovering that giving up shampoo had turned her friend’s hair from dry and bushy to shiny and smooth.
“My hair is very fine and it tends to get greasy fast. I was in this annoying cycle where I shampooed every other day, and immediately after shampooing, my hair would be frizzy and static-y, and then it went straight to being limp and greasy. I didn’t really know what to do,” she told Seventeen. (Post continues after gallery.)
“My friend warmed that when you first stop washing, your hair and scalp get really icky for a while. But still, at least it felt like something to try,” she said.
A three week holiday to Thailand (where she would be spending most of the days at the beach) proved to be the perfect time to put it to the test.
“I was not prepared for how intense those first couple of weeks really are,” she confessed.
“My hair was the greasiest it’s ever been. I had dealt with dandruff before, but there was a lot more during my three-week trial.”
“It was really unpleasant and I was so embarrassed that I didn’t want to show my head to anyone. I nearly cracked a couple of times and gave up on it. I felt like my scalp was going crazy!” she admitted. (Post continues after gallery.)
After returning from holiday and still stuck in the icky period, Theeboom resorted to wrapping headbands around her head and scrubbing her hair with water every time she showered.
Six weeks “of disgusting-ness” later, things finally started looking up.
“The dandruff and grease started going away. It didn’t look amazing, but I looked like a normal person again,” she said.
“That happens to most people closer to three weeks but I think I prolonged the really awful period by swimming in the ocean and getting salt water in it.”
However it was another six weeks of her hair looking “so-so” before Theeboom saw any magical outcomes.
“I wasn’t doing anything differently, but my scalp just stopped overproducing grease,” she said.