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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hair experiment: The Conclusion

... is inconclusive. It's six weeks today since I last washed my hair and I can't say for sure whether the experiment has worked or not. Here are some pictures - see what you think:

Picture on the left is of combed hair, on the right was before combing.

And now for my close-up...

A lovely view of my my ear and a closer view than you really want of my hair.

After two weeks it was really horrible, then it improved a bit. From the third to the fourth week I was convinced it had settled down to a natural state that was more sheep's wool than cat's fur. Then... it started to improve again, ever so slightly. It's been gradually improving ever since.

At the moment I'd say it's acceptable, but not nice. I can walk down the street with it loose and not attract attention, but it doesn't have the light, silky, shininess that it used to have straight after washing. It still feels a little oily, but nowhere near as bad as it did at its worst. Oily makes it sound worse than it is, but I can't think of the right word.

I did say that after six weeks, if I wasn't happy with my hair, I'd go back to washing it. Well, I'm not entirely happy with it, but I'm not ready to give up on the experiment just yet. I think it's probably still improving, so I'm going to give it another two weeks and reassess it then.


  1. I's say it was working, I shower twice a week because I'm a bone idle smelly teenager and might as well live up to the stereotype, but it looks like my hair 2 days after washing, it looks fine!

  2. You are so brave. I can leave my hair for a week at most (and having to face dozens of shiny teens on a daily basis is motivation enough to have clean hair) but if I don't wash my hair, all I can think of is "ickyhairfilthyhairoilhairwashyourhair"
    Don't give up!

  3. Gingerbread Lady, that was how I felt for a week or so, but it got better after that. Thanks for the encouragement, both!

  4. Top effort! I can't make it through a day without wanting to wash my hair :(


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