ShamPHree Myths De-mystified

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;)7U6A9542

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?


7U6A9661Well, 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?


7U6A9530Absolutely. 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!


7U6A9633Day 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?7U6A9685

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!


Question about hair breakage in a dry climate….

Hi there! I just found your website and LOVE it! Thanks for your hard work! I am hoping I can pick your brain on a number of topics, ranging from no-poo, to Q-redew, to DIY wedding hair.

I have been no-pooing for almost a year now. My hair is long and naturally wavy, but I’ve always had problems with it being super dry, with ends that break easily. When I moved to Boise, ID back in 2007, my waves disappeared (it’s really dry here), and shampoo/conditioner just made everything worse. Therefore, I was prompted to no-poo. My hair is definitely much nicer than it was, but I still have problems with breakage. Do you have any suggestions on how to minimize breakage? I try to do a conditioning treatment (coconut oil/eggs/avocado/honey/

whatever I have lying around) once every other week, and that seems to help a bit. Other ideas are very welcome!Also, Have you used and do you like the Q-Redew? Because my hair is awesome when it’s raining/humid, I thought this may be a good tool for me, though it’s really pricey. I don’t use any products, so having a nice hairstyle that’ll stay would be great.

Ok, last question. I am getting married next august, and would like to have a hairstyle that is up for part of the day, and down for part of the day. It’d be great if it could play up my waves/curls, is no-poo/product friendly, and would stay in for the whole time…I know, it seems like a stretch, but I thought you of all people would be the best to ask!

Also, I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard that quince seeds mixed with water act as a natural hair gel. I’ll try it and get back to you.

Thank you so much in advance for your advice and help. I so much appreciate it, and it’s great to have found another person who rejects the throngs of products and perceptions of what a  woman in our society should be. Thank you, with all my heart.

Hey! thanks for writing:) THe one thing I have learned about split ends and breakage is that a regular trim is CRUCIAL. I do mine ( ponytail layers cut) every 6 weeks ( I trim of just barely on the very ends) If your hair is long though, you might have an inch or more of split ends that need to be removed. The key is to cut them above where they are split so they don’t continue to split. Then, keep up with the coconut oil treatment. One thing that Im loving lately is this
To restore moisture, strength, and curl to dry hair. And YES to the q-redew!!!! perfect for waves in that dry air.
As far as a DIY hairstyle for your wedding that you can wear up or down, something like this one
just let the last part down after the nuptuals.Also, this one is great….
hope these help steer you in the right direction!

Hi Roxie,Thanks for all the great ideas! I am definitely going to try the Lanolin, and just today, I did a coconut oil treatment last night, and this morning, cut back on the amount of BS and ACV  I normally use. Today, my hair is thicker-looking, curly, and definitely looks much nicer. I also am going to experiment with the hairstyles you suggested.

Thanks so much!

Bobby pins not staying in place?

Jenn writes…….

Love, love, love your page! Have a question & hope you can help me, how do I keep bobby pins from sliding out of my hair? I’ve tried your tutorials & if I’m doing a twist or a bun, the pin just starts backing out almost immediately. I have long hair (to the middle of my back) & the only product I use is chi oil when I straighten it. I use matrix sleek look shampoo & conditioner. Is it making my hair too slick? Do I need to go to Sally’s beauty & pick up a more heftier pin? Thank you for your help with this!-Jenn

Girl, you need some jumbo bobbies. I think they will change your life. I’m a big fan of the goody 3′ bobby. Tried and true. Let me know if that doesnt do the trick.

HTHG hair consultation, Fine haired mama of 3 inquires….

Adrienne writes…

‘I just stumbled upon your blog and I had to tell you how much I really appreciate it!  I think I’ve spent at least an hour watching your videos & reading…. I wish you still lived in Seattle – I’d make an appointment asap to have you work your magic.  I really appreciate that a lot of your styling techniques involve natural products – don’t cost a fortune, and are vintage inspired.

My hair curse is that I have super super fine hair.  I love the idea of bangs… but not sure they would work with my face.  Do you ever give hair advice? Say… someone sent you a picture… or skyped… and you had a vision, and then they could take that into their hairdresser?  Or do you ever make it back to Seattle?

Thanks for being on the interwebs!’

So then I asked her to send a pic and answer a couple basic questions about herself……Here is what she wrote.

‘ Here’s a picture – not great, but it might give you an idea… I’m a mom of 3, very tired, and just started working full time.  I’m supposed to look “professional” – which seems hard when you are a mom of 3.  I have baby fine hair (stress the word baby)… some color in there (just used henna the other day to cover a dye job that had roots).  I’ve started using hair powder, which I really like – just because it gives my totally limp hair a little bit of body.  I haven’t tried the pine tar shampoo, but if you think that works better, I can give that a try.

My 2 standard haircuts have been a pixie & a bob… I like the 1920s style bob… super simple… but I might just be low on ideas.  I’m up for anything 🙂  Also… you mentioned eye brow consultations somewhere on your website… any advice would be appreciated… I’m basically a 37 year old who never learned all those girly tricks, and am just starting now.
I can start growing my hair so I can book a visit with you when you get here! (unless your advice is to shave it all off)  Yay!’
So, I thought about it for a while, and this is what I am going to recommend. A haircut like this pixie/bob hybrid works wonders on fine hair.
It is a shape that suits all faces, and tends to grow out really nicely. It is also very low maintenance, and easily wearable without much styling at all.
With some short and choppy asymmetrical bangs, it can look soft and  polished with a bit of an edge. Adrienne could definitely rock this hairstyle with her hair at the length that it is, but with another inch or so of growth it would be PERF.
On a different note, I think that baby fine hair should be handled with care product wise. You do not want to strip it too much with harsh shampoos, because your scalp-oil glands will overproduce with a vengeance, making hair oily and limp. Most products tend to be just too heavy for baby fine hair. I would definitely recommend considering switching to the no-poo technique.
And also, do try the pine tar. Hair powders are great. I have heard that corn meal works well for zapping oil and adding texture and lift.
Eyebrows? hard to say. I would have to see them a little closer. Book an appointment with me in February, and we will talk about then. Hope this helped a bit!


Virtual DIY hair consultation, blending roots to ends.

asking about a color consultation? I have olive skin tone, but usually quite light do to short summers, brown eyes, and dark brown hair. I bleached my hair all summer, and it is totally fried now. I have been letting it grow out, hopeing to gain some strength back, and now I have bleached hair and dark roots, I would like to ease back into my natual color, without wreaking my hair any further.

thanks, kat

Okay Kat. Sounds like you want to go back in the direction of your natural color. This should be easy to do with very minimal damage at all. Enter: Demi-permanent color. This gentle option will deposit color, but it will not lift it ( You can’t lighten your hair with it) but you can add darkness or brighter tones with it. It initially will be a nice solid rich color after you first use it, but will fade gently to something more translucent. This makes it perfect for helping blend roots and ends without creating roots all over again. When you use it on bleach, it will hold the color more than on hair that hasn’t been bleached generally. And, it is very low in abrasive chemicals and often adds tons of shine so it is great for using on frazzled hair.

So, apply this color (5g light-medium golden brown) all over, roots to ends.

You will have shiny, rich brown hair which is perfect for the fall. After a while, it will fade into more of a caramel-y ombre look, which will look great on you, and the root line will still be much harder to see. You should be able to just grow it right on out to natural this way.

Good luck, and please send me your after photo!


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