Hi everyone! For all of you PHree people, I wanted to update ShamPHree FAQ’s to dis-spell any myths and help you debunk so you can de-gunk (Your hair, that is!)
Feel free to post more Q’s in the comment section and I will try to answer them all. It is important to me that you all have the support you need to get you past that initial transition period and any ShamPHree hair road-blocks so you can be informed and empowered to troubleshoot your own hair into perfection.
Can I still use my favorite hair products?
Yes! absolutely. ShamPHree is not an exclusive club. It is not us against them. This is not highschool. You can love your ShamPHree routine and use your favorite hair products……One tip, though, try and avoid silicone in products because it does build up and gunkify the hair, which kind of defeats the purpose of ShamPHree. If you are addicted to Morrocan Oil, try Shiny Dancer instead;)
The beauty, though, of going ShamPHee is that most people find that their hair doesn’t need the products it once did!
If I fall off the wagon, will I have to go through that whole adjustment period again?
Nope. You might find that your hair doesn’t respond as it once did to Shampoo and Conditioner, though. I still Shampoo every couple months, just to remember why I gave it up in the first place:)
That initial hard adjustment period is all about breaking yourself and your hair of synthetic chemical ingredients and a life-long belief system. Once you get through it, you are free for life, even if you fall off the wagon.
Do I have to do it every day?
No. I suggest starting off by doing it as often as you normally would Shampoo. After a couple weeks, experiment with cutting down to one less ShamPHree a week. See how your hair likes that. Give it another couple weeks, then cut back one more time. Keep doing this until you reach a routine that suits you and your hair. And remember, you can tweak your mix ratios ( how much BS/ACV you use in your mixes. ) ShamPHree is all about learning, paying attention, experimenting, understanding, and then applying.
Why do my ends feel so dry?
Well, because you aren’t using a conditioner that artificially seals your ends with a waxy-like substance!
If you have dry ends, the Pre-Phree oil treatment is a godsend. Seriously. I use my Liquid Gold in my dry ends before every ShamPHree. If your hair feels generally dry, Shiny Dancer is a fantastic over-all moisturizer and protectent.
Will my hair grow faster?
This hasn’t been scientifically proven, but people tell me constantly that their hair is growing like gangbusters since going ShamPHree.
My hair feels greasy and tangly, does this mean it’s not working?
No. It either means that you are still transitioning or that you haven’t found your perfect balance of how much BS and ACV to mix, how often to brush, how to apply, how long to leave on, etc. Keep adjusting! Don’t give up!
What if I use shampoo because of traveling?
No Biggie! Just get back on the PHree when you get home. Or, you can get little 2 0z containers and fill them with BS and ACV, and get some small applicator bottles and bring em on the road.
It worked for my friend, but not for me. Maybe my hair isn’t the right type. Is that correct?
It is rare hair that doesn’t respond well to ShamPHree. The cool thing about it is that it is a method that can be completely tailored and personalized to your specific hair type. However, it does take time and patience and experimentation to make it work some times. But once you get it, it’s yours for life:)
Does it work for everybody, or just some people?
It can work for you, no matter who you are and what your hair is like. But only if you want it to……The ShamPHree method is not for everyone. It takes commitment and patience, and curiosity and a knack for alchemy and DIY.
My hair doesn’t seem to be getting clean enough. It is okay to use 3x or 4x the baking soda?
Yes! Find the amount that works for your hair. Make sure to apply the BS at your scalp only, when your hair is dry before you jump in the shower. And also try letting it sit in your hair for a little longer. 2-3 minutes is fine and it will leave you feeling cleaner. Also, be sure you are applying your ACV at your ends, not at your scalp:)
Will it work if I leave the B.S. and ACV in for only a minute?
It will work, but if you feel like you need a bit more cleansing, leave them on longer. Again, 2-3 minutes is perfectly fine.
Do I really have to brush my hair?
It is essential to help physically move and distribute oil from your scalp to your ends. If you are super curly or anti-brush, just make sure you give your scalp a nice massage before ShamPHree-ing to help loosen up those oils to be carried down into your ends where they are needed!
I didn’t have dandruff before. Now, after ShamPHree-ing, I’m starting to get some. What should I do?
Sometimes, the adjustment to ShamPHree causes the scalp to react at first by shedding a bit. This will pass quickly. Be sure you are using Aluminum-Free BS. If it keeps up, try using less BS.
I have a lot of fly-away hair now. Will that go away?
There are a million and one reasons for fly-aways. If you feel like you are getting more than usual, invest in a good boar bristle brush. You will use it your whole life. Also, you can try a smoothing hair balm like Liquid Gold Hair Butter.
Can I still color my hair?
Absolutely. If you plan on transitioning to ShamPHree and you want to color your hair, I suggest getting through the adjustment period, getting your routine worked out, and THEN coloring. If you are a regular colorer, here is a bit more on ShamPHree for color treated hair. Infused Beauty Vinegar is great for color-treated hair.
Can I still perm my hair?
Yep. Go for it.
Now that it’s summer, my hair feels extra dry. Should I change the formulas?
Yes! I change mine with every seasonal/weather change, based on how my hair reacts. I tend to use less BS and more ACV in the Summer and Winter dry months. I also load up on Liquid Gold in my ends before and after ShamPHree-ing in the dry months. And Shiny Dancer is a fantastic heat-protector and moisture restorer for hot summer beach days!
Day four or five scalp build up…is it time to ShamPHree again or are there any other secrets?
You might just need a good thorough brushing and a warm water rinse. Dry-Shampoo is also great for this. 3rd Day Bangs is made for your 3rd,4th, and 5th day hair! Here is how I like to apply it.
I’m really worried that I am going to smell like Vinegar all day with the ShamPHree method. Is there anything I can do?
The key is to apply the ACV to your ends, not at your scalp. It is when it gets into your pores that the smell sticks around even after your hair dries. If you just apply it to the ends, the smell will completely evaporate. IF you want your hair to dry and smell just lovely, try one of my scent blends added into your ACV!