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Old 7 Oct 2013
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I've been on and off with shampoo for the last 18 months. My hair's pretty long (it gets cut twice a year). I was living in Broome in oz, hot, dry, dusty, lots of ocean swimming, my hair was always full of salt, sand, and a good dose of pindan, which i kinda dug. it looked kinda middle of the road feral, but i'm ok with that. We've been on the road for 11 months, and sometimes i use shampoo. Though indonesia it was the only easy way to get the black pollution film buildup out of my hair, and most city riding through SE Asia has led me to buy the evil bottles... Baking soda is a good alternative, i'm a bit scared to cross borders with it though (it'd be a pretty embarrassing story...). Tea tree oil rinse is good to make it smell nice, lavender oil too, and if it gets dry you can use olive oil/ coconut oil on the ends.

Now i'm on the subject of oil... I don't go anywhere without olive oil. I use it for face cleansing, moisturising my face and anywhere else that needs some love, after sun, hair care, massage oil, great for getting chain oil off your hands (use soap afterwards), and will also get bike oil and grease out of your clothes. Oh and of course you can cook with it. and you can buy it, or another good oil in every country. Apart from the actual essential things we're travelling with, olive oil is my one essential item.
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If not using shampoo has worked out for you such a great way, then why nod continue it. I haven't tried the not shampoo thing but I think it is worth an experiment and after trying it out will let you know.
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I've experimented with not using shampoo a few times now and for me it is a disaster. My hair seemed great without shampoo while I was in Germany, but otherwise it never seemed to work for me. No clue why Germany was different.
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years ago as a truck driver, me and a few others just used soap, to wash all over when in the shower, did not have any problems.
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I haven't used shampoo for years, either when travelling, or grounded. My hair is super thick and curly, and goes from short to shoulder length and back to short again, usually annually.
I just use bath soap on it, every day.
When I was using shampoo. I would have split ends, it would be dry and uncontrollable, and I'd look like catweasel after a hurricane. Now its soft and healthy, no matter how long it is, or how much sun it gets.
Shampoo is a con job, made to kill your hair so you buy conditioner.
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How to wash your hair in space

For something a bit different

Astronaut Tips: How to Wash Your Hair in Space | Video - YouTube

I hadn't heard of no rinse shampoo before.

All the best

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Always have plan B, and maybe plan C
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It's now been six months since I stopped using any sort of soap/ shampoo on my hair. Water only.

4 months I was at home doing normal everyday things and 2 months I was on the road shoving a helmet on every day.

I am pleased to say that my hair is the healthiest it has ever been and there was virtually no difference when I was travelling or home.

My hair has found its own natural oil balance and needs no extra care or products.
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My hair used to be kind of flat... After not using shampoo for 2 months, I find it got a lot more of... personality!!
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it is started by a lady but want to share my experience...

Used to very expensive shampoo from Germany since 15 years and more than half of my hair gone

Started using natural soap made from real olive oil.
Very happy with the result.

My air don't look matte and no chemical at all...
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I did it! I went two weeks with no shampoo while in India. (Formerly an every other day shampooer...) Before the flight back to Chile I did a tiny amount of shampoo with cold water because I didn't want to feel ick during the 30 plus travel hours. Then did blazing hot water upon arrival. I think you're right ScooterGal, your hair does find it's natural balance. My hair is now a totally different texture than ever before and feels fine. There is no shine, but that may be because I'm not brushing either. No shampoo certainly makes travel easier! I've never shampooed my cats/dogs, why would I use shampoo on my own fur???
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Well done - it's a scary prospect and a brave leap of faith... but one of the better decisions I've made.

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Shower like a woman, man and ADV rider

Just came accross this old thread and couldnt resist this... ooops sorry if its a bit but hey ho...

How to shower like a woman:-
Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to whites and coloured.
Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas. Look at your womanly physique in the mirror and make mental note to do more sit-ups.
Get in shower. Wash hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins.
Wash hair again to make sure it is clean.
Condition hair with grapefruit mint conditioner enhanced with natural avocado oil, leave on hair for 15 minutes.
Wash face with crushed apricot facial, scrub for 10 minutes until red.
Wash entire rest of body with ginge rnut and jaffa cake body wash.
Shave armpits and legs.
Turn off shower.
Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower, spray mould spots with Tilex.
Get out off shower.
Wrap hair in super absorbent towel.
Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. If you see husband along the way, cover any exposed areas.

How to shower like a man:-

Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave in pile on floor.
Walk naked to the bathroom.
If you see wife along the way, shake manhood at her making woo-hoo sound.
Look at manly physique in the mirror and scratch your arse.
Get in the shower. Wash your face. Wash your armpits.
Make fart noises (real or artificial) and laugh at how loud they sound in the shower.
Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area.
Shampoo hair. Make shampoo mohawk. Pee. Rinse off and get out of shower.
Partially dry-off and fail to notice water on floor.
Admire physique in mirror again.
Leave shower door open, wet mat on floor, leave light and fan on.
Return to bedroom with towel around waist.
If you pass wife on way, pull off towel, shake manhood at her and make woo-hoo noise again.
Throw wet towel on bed.

How to shower like an ADV rider
Get off bike near river, lake, pond or sea and jump in. Have a scrub with anything available. (removal of cloths optional).
Get out, dry off a bit and ride onto next destination.

If in desert… get off bike … remove wet wipes from luggage and scrub scummy areas. Remove fluffy remains of wet wipe from stubble then ride onto next destination 

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