Do You Poo?


Don’t worry, this post isn’t about your gastrointestinal regularity. Yeeesh! The poo I’m referring to is shampoo. When we first hit the road with hopes of spending as much time boondocking as we possibly could, we looked into ways to save on water and power consumption – and of course be more eco-conscious.

Showers are the biggest use of water we have. Naturally mine end up being about three times as long as Mr. G’s because I wash and condition my hair. I knew I’d need to make adjustments. The obvious thing to do, not washing and conditioning my hair as much, seemed a little too hard to swallow.

Then I read A post Nina over at Wheeling It wrote (April of 2012) and it really got me thinking. Maybe the no poo thing could work. Honestly, I’m still on the fence about it. But Nina’s got some great tips if you’re considering giving the entire no shampoo idea a go. Like I said, I haven’t quite gotten to the point where I’m ready for that yet. But I’m thinking in the future when we can do more (and longer stretches) of boondocking it might be a bit of a necessity.

I am far from a girly girl – trust me. I’ve only worn make-up a handful of times and that was for weddings (Not all mine – ha! ;-)) and it was done professionally at salons. However, mostly due to horrific bed-head in the morning, I am a wash and blow dry every day kind of gal. At least I was when we hit the road. Yes, that’s changed a bit. I’ve let my hair grow out over the past two years. So now most days you’ll find me sporting a ponytail or with my locks twisted up in a clip.  Easy schmeezy. 🙂

Heck, I’ve even gotten into the habit of only doing the hair routine every other day and I almost never blow dry anymore. But I continue to use both shampoo and conditioner when I do. So, I’m still looking for a way to cut down on the water consumption that will still leave my hair resembling something that belongs on a human head … and not in a cow pasture.

One of the things I did manage to do on our last boondocking adventure (Besides washing my hair only every four days 😮 ) was to use shampoo only – no conditioner. This was a step in the right direction as I only used half as much water. But, after two weeks my hair felt like hay. 🙁

The other day I came across  this article written by Dana Oliver at The Huffington Post. The piece offers ideas for going without shampooing for days at a time as well as notes on other experimentation they’ve done in the name of beauty and healthy hair. One of their latest endeavors involves “Cleansing Conditioners”. Hmmm … the two words put together sound like an oxymoron to me. But, if I can use a product that cleans and conditions at the same time (using less water) and isn’t harsh on my hair – I’m in!

I’m thinking I want to give one of the products mentioned in the HP article a try. I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be one of the ones costing more than $15. But I can see shelling out $10 if it works.

I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

Have you ever tried a Cleansing Conditioner? Or maybe you’re Poo Free and loving it? Or tried going Sans Poo and hated it?  I’d love to hear from you!