This is What Happened When I Stopped Using Conditioner

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A serial entrepreneur, high-level content creator, and & multimedia producer at Mindful Hellos and Lambda Lion. Passionate about Ayurvedic wellness and combining creativity for a holistically balanced lifestyle.

THE NO CONDITIONER JOURNEY

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap] Is this real life? You betcha. I too thought it was crazy considering my oldest sister has been a hair stylist for 15 years and is now a salon owner. She would probably flip if she knew I was doing this, but it will be our little secret (until she finds this blog and yells at me with concerned love in a comment) *giggle snort*. 

Let me ask you one thing: Do you deal with too-soft, thin, and un-stylable hair after you shower?

This actually started off as an experiment but after the first hair wash without it, I was hooked. You’re probably thinking my hair is really dry.

But it’s not!

It’s more healthy and voluminous than it ever has been and I’m 30 years old! 

WHAT TRIGGERED THIS NOTION?

When I was living in a SW suburb of Denver earlier this year, I made several lifestyle adjustments. I was pretty much alone aside from my parents living 30 minutes away that allowed me to spend time discovering new ways of living in a completely different environment.

I had moved from the desert (Scottsdale, Arizona) that left my mind & body out of whack from the sudden change of the high altitude of 5,280 ft, every day.

It wasn’t one thing per se that pushed me to experiment, I literally woke up one day and said I want to stop using conditioner. I, as a whole, felt heavy. I wanted to do something small or big to feel lighter so I started with my hair.

 

HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED:

  • My hair was suddenly less “greasy”
  • My hair curled easier and better 
  • It stayed styled longer 
  • Lasted about 50% longer before needed washing
  • I wasted less product
  • Blow dryer, or no blow dryer, my hair still remained thick. Blow drying added more volume though, says captain obvious.
  • My hair color has lasted longer! 
  • Ironically I felt cleaner
  • My hair grew approximately 50% in one year



BUT MY HAIR WOULD BE

TANGLY AND DRY, WOULDN’T IT?

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]B[/su_dropcap] By not using conditioner, you absolutely run the risk of tangles, dryness, and dull. The hair still needs to stay healthy – this is where supplemental nutrients become vital, otherwise, you risk having dry and brittle hair.

I already am a lover of oils and extracts so this was an easy move for me, but if one wanted to make this move – one would need to be acclimated to having properly proportioned oils in their hair.

I didn’t just drop conditioner either further nourishing it,

Now obviously the amount used will determine the “greasy” factor, so keeping in mind that a little goes a long way is key.

Moreover, I’ve had [without a doubt] wholesome hair since I was in 8th grade (and every color you can think of) because of my sister as a cosmetologist and “hip/stylish” mother even prior to that, so I think overall I’ve been pretty lucky to have the organic desire to keep it healthy. 

 

HERE IS WHAT I USE AS SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRIENTS:

  • Once a week, I use a hair mask that includes Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Rosemary Essential Oil. Until recently, I’ve been using my own blend that I made (because I’m herbologist crafty like that) but this is being replaced with the Nutri-Pomade & Mask with Shea & Coconut by Qet Botanicals that I plan to cover all of the details in my upcoming Ayurvedic Hair Routine blog coming soon! 

    The magical nutri-pomade & mask from QET! Click image to read further info. (opens a new tab)
  • Twice a week, I use small amounts of Tamanu Oil as a strengthening treatment. This is being replaced with Natural Shine Serum by Qet Botanicals.
  • Twice a week – mixed with the Tamanu Oil: Undiluted 100% pure & therapeutic grade Rosemary, Cedarwood, and Clary Sage essential oils via my trusted affiliate partner Piping Rock (don’t be discouraged by the low price, they have no middle man and are able to knock the prices down!).

    These are all deemed as natural hair thickeners, increases circulation, and oil balancers. I pour them into my hair, rub together and run through my hair and on my scalp. I do not experience any burning but if you do, wash your hair immediately.  
  • Daily Biotin capsules: Biotin assists with hair, nail, and skin health, aka Biotin, is an enzyme and B vitamin. This is what has contributed towards my hair growth! (along with periodic hair trims, this is necessary!)

[Tweet “Rosemary, cedarwood, & clary sage #essentialoils for hair growth! #NoConditionerJourney #blogger #safebeauty”]

 

OREGON + FLUFFY HAIR

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]S[/su_dropcap] Since [finally and permanently] moving to Portland, Oregon June of 2016, there is one major thing I noticed with my hair: it is completely fluffy! So take the above positive attributes of no conditioner plus the moisture in the air, this is the happiest I have ever been with my hair even in its natural state, to date. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this method to anyone. I’m so happy that I’ve gotten rid of that greasy, weighed down conditioner! 

What’s the worst that could happen? Nothing [in life] is permanent. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them or give advice on anything you’re curious about. Give it a go! 

Please share with your friends. 

Namaste, friends.

xosami1

  • Awww am sure you can replace avocado with something else. Nature is so giving! Coconut oil is simply divine!

  • definitely does depend on hair type, my hair too is frizzy. when i add in the nutrients and oils it no longer is frizzy, it becomes tamed.

  • heard many things about that method too! love the coconut, but im kind of afraid to use avocado since i am allergic to eating them. (which is sad because i love them)

  • very nice! i have heard many positive things about the eggs with honey and olive oil. i personally havent tried it yet… i need to remember to try it lol. do you have any particular method to pass along?

  • oh cool to hear! havent seen too many people doing this. do you supplement with extra nutrients at all?

  • thats fantastic! not about your hair, of course lol. but our hair is just like our face or body.. it changes, too. we must cater to the changes! I wont ever go back.

  • Karla Ramos

    Wow, you really made some sense into what’s happening with my hair lately. Though the constant weather changes might have something to do with my hair mood, I think I should just go straight with what you’re recommending and find myself some Nutri-pomade and mask.

  • mail4rosey

    I go without it for months at a time. I use it every now and again if my hair feels like it needs it.

  • Lisa Rios

    I think everyone has different hair issues based on their nature and I always prefer something natural to keep my hair at its best. I use conditioners very rarely and my choice are mostly coconut oils & I also use eggs with olive oil & honey.

  • WhispersInspire

    I have to use conditioner on my hair. Kudos to you for trying I don’t think I can ever do it.

  • WhispersInspire

    I have to use conditioner on my hair. Kudos to you for trying I don’t think I can ever do it.

  • Nicole Etolen

    I can live without conditioner in a day. Maybe, the weather affects how the hair will behave, I hate damp seasons.

  • Nicole Etolen

    I can live without conditioner in a day. Maybe, the weather affects how the hair will behave, I hate damp seasons.

  • Good for you. I use avocado with Coconut oil and leave it on for like 20 mins, wash and I am done. Soft as kitten fur ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good for you. I use avocado with Coconut oil and leave it on for like 20 mins, wash and I am done. Soft as kitten fur ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nikki Wayne

    Oh, sometimes I have conditioner in my hair and sometimes I don’t have. I think it depends on your hair and the weather.

  • Nikki Wayne

    Oh, sometimes I have conditioner in my hair and sometimes I don’t have. I think it depends on your hair and the weather.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    I think it all depends on your hair type. I cannot be without conditioner as my hair gets all frizzy and it would seem like I got caught in a blizzard or something. Thanks for the tips, I am sharing this with my friends.

  • It would definitely be interesting to try it out. I’ve been using conditioner for so long!

  • Conditioner can weigh your hair down. I definitely find that too be true, which is why I don’t wash my hair as often and sometimes use conditioner in the shower first before shampooing my hair. I find that helps too.

  • Conditioner can weigh your hair down. I definitely find that too be true, which is why I don’t wash my hair as often and sometimes use conditioner in the shower first before shampooing my hair. I find that helps too.

  • Christine Cox

    I feel like I could skip the conditioner but I don’t know that I could skip it when washing my daughter’s hair. She has crazy curly hair and without it, I don’t know that I’d be able to get a brush or comb through it. Good to know though!

  • Caroline Barnes

    I’ve never tried no using conditioner in my hair. I have really dry hair so the conditioner really helps, but this post made me want to try using the oils instead.

  • Becca Wilson

    This is really interesting to me because I feel like when I don’t use conditioner that my hair is “dry”. Maybe it’s truly just less greasy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Natasha Mairs

    This is really int resting. I don’t think I could go with out conditioner on my long hair.

  • Its great that your no conditioner journey ended on a positive note. I would find it hard to give up conditioner but it is worth a shot.

  • Its great that your no conditioner journey ended on a positive note. I would find it hard to give up conditioner but it is worth a shot.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I will have to give this a try. My hair always feel so heavy after i wash it. I would love to have full bodied hair.

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Conditioner are strong for me. So I do rarely use it. But what a great information. Thank you.

  • rika agustini

    I don’t use conditioner everyday. I only use a small amount of conditioner about 2x a week.

  • amer

    everything you mentioned sounds delicious and healthy. They’re probably good for the hair.

  • It’s awesome that came to these realizations by chance. I think this could be worth a shot for people who are struggling with their hair.

  • It’s awesome that came to these realizations by chance. I think this could be worth a shot for people who are struggling with their hair.

  • I can’t use conditioner in my hair but I do need to try a mask once a week. I think it’s great that you are having such wonderful results without conditioner.

  • I don’t always use conditioner but ever since I started coloring my hair on a regular basis, I couldn’t live without it otherwise my hair would end up looking and feeling dry. I would love to give this a try though.

  • tara pittman

    I live in the desert and my hair is super dry so I have to use conditioner. I find that washing my hair 2 times a week is best for me.

  • Melanie Smith

    That is so great for you! I can’t live without conditioner, my hair need it ๐Ÿ™

  • Robin Rue

    I love that you found what worked for you. I on the other hand NEED conditioner.

  • I always heard about the “no poo” trend, but no conditioner?! This definitely sounds interesting, for sure I’ll need to look into this as my hair looks so sad (but I am due for a haircut)

    -Katy

  • Amanda M

    I think when we’re able to go ahead and do less, we can actually get back to the natural beauty too.

  • Allison Lancaster

    I have been thinking about going without conditioner for awhile just haven’t taken the leap, now I am going to!

  • Very interesting observations. I go to a beauty shop so I rarely do my own hair. When I do, I use all natural products you can find in a kitchen and I take vitamins and eat healthy organic foods. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Eliz Frank

  • Very interesting observations. I go to a beauty shop so I rarely do my own hair. When I do, I use all natural products you can find in a kitchen and I take vitamins and eat healthy organic foods. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Eliz Frank

  • This is such an interesting thing. I’d say that I could never live without conditioner but don’t know it till you try it, right? I might need to make an adjustment to my conditioning, too!

  • This is such an interesting thing. I’d say that I could never live without conditioner but don’t know it till you try it, right? I might need to make an adjustment to my conditioning, too!

  • Thank you for sharing all this wonderful advice. My hair seems to have changed alot as I get older and needing the adjustment is on the list.

  • What a great post, This is really neat. I use conditioner because I found my hair is super thick and snarly without it. I do go every other day though for if I use the wrong brand or use it daily then yes I deal with the grease effect.

  • Oh my gosh that’s awesome!! You’re the first person I’ve come across that has tried this!!!! Everyone else seems to fear it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yay thanks for stopping by!

  • I haven’t used conditioner in years because I found it made my hair too greasy and I had to wash it more often. I don’t use supplemental nutrients, but I might try some of the ones you mentioned.

  • I haven’t used conditioner in years because I found it made my hair too greasy and I had to wash it more often. I don’t use supplemental nutrients, but I might try some of the ones you mentioned.