Hi my friends,
I wanted to share a new update on my hair (after the Great Hair Disaster of 2010). My hair is definitely doing better, but the regrow stage is slow going and the volume is slowly coming back. Hair grows about 6 inches a year, and considering the trimming, it just seems to take forever! But the most amazing thing has happened…my hair has turned curly!
For months I noticed my hair was misbehaving and becoming unruly and I didn’t know why. I would blow-dry my hair straight, and ten minutes later I would look in the mirror and it would start to curl up. After having Marcia Brady-straigh hair my whole life, the curls are really funny.
It’s actually kind of cool because I literally don’t have to do anything to my hair now, just wash my hair towel dry and go. This photo shows my hair without any styling. So after the initial shock of the curly hair change, I am finding it really funny. I don’t know if my hair turned curly because of the DHEA, or other thyroid and hormone changes. But certainly it all started around the time of the DHEA incident. Wild.
Through this whole hair experience — having severely damaged, dry, thin hair — I’ve learned some other great tips which I am excited to share. After years of spending tons of money on hair products, now I am doing the super simple, natural and totally inexpensive routine and loving it. Last winter I stopped using shampoo, and switched to Conditioning only (that’s right, no shampoo!). After I towel dry, I use a very tiny bit of coconut oil (but this can go on dry hair too for shine). Here is Conditioning Only method…
This is a method for washing hair without shampoo, just using conditioner to cleanse the hair. Anyone can do it, its for all types of hair (not just curly hair, or hyporthyroid people). The idea is that shampoo dries hair and prevents the hair’s natural sebum from doing its job so the hair gets dry and brittle over time from shampoo. Conditioner is able to clean hair without the harsh chemicals in shampoo. Steps:
• Use a Silicone-free conditioner (silicone flattens the hair!). Cheap conditioners can work just as well as expensive ones. I like the new conditioner from Garnier called Pure Clean because I can get a huge bottle at Target for about $6. I also like the Nature’s Gate line from Whole Foods.
• Shower as usual, wet hair thoroughly using warm hot water
• Apply conditioner to roots (user conditioner liberally, I used about 1/4 cup to wash). Massage in like you would with shampoo (but there will be no lather)
• Rinse and style
• Avoid other styling products if possible, use a tiny tiny bit of coconut oil for added shine and silkiness
• It can take 3-4 washes before the natural oils in the hair start to work on their own. And every few months, a gentle shampoo is okay.
• If hair starts to get a little dull, use a silicone-free clarifying conditioner like Suave.
Several friends have converted to conditioning only and really like it. If you try it, I would love to hear what you think and what conditioner works for you. Happy hair everyone!