Okay, so this post isn’t actually as disgusting or as entertaining as it sounds. Apologies if you were looking forward to reading about my lack of bowel movements – but thankfully being vegan, I don’t have that problem. What I’m actually going to talk about is something way more exciting – my hair. (Yes I know, super exciting.)
Due to the fact I’m a cheapskate and kind of lazy, I’m always looking for ways to save money and cut shower time. So 12 weeks ago, I decided to stop using shampoo -hence the title – and only use water to wash my hair. The fact that it’s harder to find shampoo that’s not tested on animals in some of the places I’ve traveled to is also a big part of the reason why I decided to give it up.
Originally, I was just going to try this for a few weeks while I was at Soi Dog (because I’m just one big sweaty mess when I’m there anyway), but now I doubt I will ever go back to using shampoo. I’d also heard that shampoo is bad for your hair because it strips the hair of all the healthy oil that our bodies naturally produce. For the first couple of weeks, my hair was noticeably greasier but now it’s so much healthier & shinier than it ever was before. It is definitely a lot more easier to brush (although I still only brush it like once a month. Gran, help me!) I highly recommend anyone who is wanting to stop using shampoo to just use water, as it saves so much time and money.
What my hair actually looks like VS what I want my hair to look like!
Going ‘No Poo’ is better for the animals too 🐰
The Humane Society International estimates that between 100 – 200 million animals worldwide are abused and killed every year just for the testing of cosmetics, household cleaners, etc. These animals (mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, cats, dogs, monkeys, chimps, etc.) are subject to horrible and painful testing for years before being killed. So, if you do use shampoo (and for every single other product you buy), please make sure that it has not been tested on animals.
The Leaping Bunny logo ⬆⬆⬆ is easy to look out for and shows that a product has not been tested on animals. You can also check out the www.peta.org which has an online database where you can search company names and find out if they test on animals or not. They also have a cruelty free shopping guide which you can order online. Cruelty-Free Kitty is also a great blog with lots of information about cruelty free cosmetics.
Check out Kayla’s fave shop LUSH which has awesome-smelling shampoo that comes in liquid, bar or dry form. They also have a huge selection of other vegan cosmetic/toiletries that are all free from animal testing.