I have been thinking about having my hair cut for ages, but was a bit worried that a hairdresser wouldn’t cut my hair unless I shampooed it. I haven’t had a hair cut in a long time, months and months. In fact I can’t even remember when it last got cut. Today I decided to brave it and booked in a haircut at my local hairdressers. I explained that I wasn’t using shampoo and that I was happy to bring my olive oil soap with and they said that was fine (in case you are wondering I have been ‘poo free’ since last September and you can read more about it here).
The hairdresser was great. She took it all in her stride and was really friendly. I asked her how long she had been working there and she said 10 years. I asked her if she had ever cut anyone’s hair where the person wasn’t using shampoo before, to which she replied no. So in 10 years I was the first person to ever ask for a shampoo free haircut! She was curious as to why I wasn’t using shampoo. I told her about trying to give up single use plastic for Plastic Free July, not being too keen on the ingredients in shampoo and also about how I am hoping that my scalp will eventually adjust to life without shampoo and that I will just stop needing it.
The photo on the left is the before picture and the photo on the right is the after picture. I’m not very good at taking selfies and instead of having had a haircut it looks like I went for a spray tan, but I can assure you it is not the case – the pictures were just taken in different lighting! Before I had a haircut I had washed my hair with water only for 5 weeks and I don’t think it was doing badly considering!
So all in all the trip to the hairdressers was a success – I got a haircut, no shampoo was used and no-one tried to pressure me into using it! Not only that the hairdresser seemed genuinely interested in what I was doing and was really friendly. It was all a bit of a relief really and now I know I can get a haircut with or without shampoo!