It’s practically guaranteed that if you pick up a random bottle of shampoo, you’ll find yourself reading a laundry list of ingredients—half of which you’ve never heard of or can’t pronounce. Which has made me start thinking about changing my shower routine. Since I’ve adopted the motto “if I don’t recognize it, I shouldn’t buy it” when it comes to food, why shouldn’t the same rules apply to my hair products? So, when I recently started searching for natural, chemical-free shampoo alternatives that wouldn’t make my hair greasy, blogger Crunchy Betty’s applesauce no’poo intrigued me.
Now, I have my reservations when it comes to natural hair care, mostly because my strands tend to get oily within two days of shampooing. I’ve tried everything from seemingly “clean” formulas to “oil training” my follicles, or going days at a time without a proper wash so my strands would grow accustomed to less product. These tactics had a so-so effect on how long I could last between washes, but I can’t deny that at the end of each round, a dollop of shampoo and a long rinse feels like a sigh of relief.
So, why try apple? According to celebrity stylist Larry Sims, the fruit not only feeds your tresses some vital minerals and nutrients, but it also does wonders aesthetically. Sims says, “Applesauce can be a great mask or a great shampoo for hair. Because it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, it leaves hair super glossy, soft and can even remove excess build up. It's great for both dry and oily hair [because] vitamins C and B are vital for all hair types.”
Crunchy Betty’s recipe calls for ½ cup of applesauce, which, according to the experimental blogger, she uses as her sole hair washing and conditioning method, and just once a week. Just once!
My goal: to see how long this applesauce method would allow me to go between washes and if it was the miracle shampoo substitute I’d been looking for. So, come Tuesday morning I ran my hair under the showerhead to get it damp before slathering applesauce over my head with my fingers. Massaging it into my hair and around the scalp, I let it set for 10 minutes as instructed before a very thorough rinse.
Here’s what happened to my hair over the next few days…
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