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Posted: 2019-02-11 19:14:18

After years of no-shampoo approaches, I found a way to clean my hair that actually works for me.

In my first ever article about the sketchy ingredients in personal care products, I wrote of shampoo and conditioner that I was "staggered by the parade of probable toxic ingredients listed." That was in 2006, and I've been seeking a non-toxic solution for my lackluster locks ever since.

It especially hasn't been easy because of the nature of my hair. There are people with thick shiny hair that glistens in the light, that is heavy enough not to frizz, but light enough to sway. The kind of hair that looks lovely and effortless. My hair is not like that. My hair may be more accurately described as "wimpy tumbleweed" or "excited wispy dandelion." Basically, like a brunette version of the photo above, but not messy-cute, just messy-messy.

So I have spent more than a decade trying every all-natural product I came across. I have tried no-shampoo and quasi no-shampoo approaches. While TreeHuggers Katherine and Margaret were going viral with their no-shampoo shimmering hair, I was looking like a toddler with bad static cling. I have broken the bank trying fancy all-natural shampoos, to no avail. The only time my hair looked almost okay was when I used industrial strength shampoo and conditioner to force it into submission, chockfull of all the bad chemicals I wanted to avoid. What a mess; what to do?

Well, I have seen the light. And my salvation comes by means of a novel new detergent-free hair cleanser called New Wash, a formula that replaces traditional shampoo and conditioner. After I wrote about shampoo being to blame for thinning hair, the people at Hairstory (the company that makes New Wash) got in touch and offered to send me a sample of their product. It kind of falls in a happy place between no shampoo at all and a light, all-natural shampoo, though it isn't really "shampoo," since it is lacking in the things that make shampoo, shampoo.

Rather than detergents, New Wash relies

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