Chelsea is another Vain front desk superstar. She is the one with the flawlessly wild curls that run the color gamut from pink to white to chocolate brown and back again. She is a whip-smart babe with a sense of humor, an even keel, and great style.
I was thrilled to chat with her a couple of months back about her experimentation with DIY beauty and her quest for a more simple, healthful lifestyle. She was curious and excited to try going ShamPHree and it has been awesome to watch her and her hair troubleshoot their way to DIY awesomeness.
Chels graciously agreed to share her ShamPHree Journey story with us on HTHG, and I am excited to be able to feature her…..A fabulously naturally curly gal, as one of our exclusive ShamPHree Interviews.
Ladies and Gents,
Way cool curls: A ShamPHree Interview with Naturally Curly Chelsea.
DIY extraordinaire, beauty industry superstar, succulent enthusiast, cat lover, veggie-juice mixologist
When did you start your ShamPHree journey?
It’s been about two months now.
What inspired your switch?
Not only is it cheaper than conventional shampoo/conditioner options, but it’s also more natural and better for the environment, too! No nasty chemicals going back into the water system I have to feel guilty about.
Did you have an adjustment period before you were sold on it? If so, how long and what was it like?
There is definitely an adjustment period that I was not expecting/prepared for. ShamPHree is a journey, but I learned that it is well worth it.
The trickiest part for myself was getting the ratio of BS to water correct. I only wash my hair once a week so I had a few weeks when I first started ShamPHree-ing that my curls disappeared completely. Product would only make the situation worse (by weighing my hair down and making it a sticky mess), so I had to deal with my 80’s fro until the next washing. Then I had to try and remember how to change up my formula for better results. I used some natural conditioner (Deva Curl One Condition) after the vinegar rinse a few times so my hair would have some curl to it, since I was not using products.
After about a month and a half, I finally figured out the mixtures that worked for me, as well as how often I needed to ShamPHree. This process would probably happen much faster for someone who washes their hair more often. The time period before I got these mixtures/processes sorted out was agonizing. My hair was probably still detoxing all the bad products, so I stuck with it. But it wasn’t easy. For someone who works in the beauty industry, not knowing what your hair will be doing each morning was certainly frustrating. But I also felt compelled to keep going, wanting to be a part of the ShamPHree movement, bettering my hair and the environment at the same time!
ShamPHree has become a lifestyle that I share with anyone that asks about my hair (which happens often with my crazy curly locks). And I couldn’t be more proud of getting to a place where I can comfortably ShamPHree and enjoy the results, and share with others, too!
What changes have you seen in your hair/scalp that you like since going ShamPHree?
I can go a lot longer without washing my hair, as oil no longer seems to build up at my roots/scalp. I love the tingly feeling of the baking soda rinse. You can really feel it working! Overall my hair feels stronger and is shinier than ever.
Have their been any surprises?
I was surprised by the results of adding in a vinegar only rinse every other time I ShamPHRee. So I’m only using BS every other time I “wash” my hair. The vinegar rinse cut out any oily build-up, and brought back quite a bit of curl.
What would you tell a friend who was on the fence about going ShamPHree?
I consider myself pretty in tune with my body, recognizing food intolarences or deficiencies with ease. This took some time, practice, and trial and error. But now I can enjoy food without questioning what it will do to my body. The same can be said for ShamPHree. It’s a system that allows you to mix your way to the perfect hair! Be patient, and be attentive throughout the process. It is worth it.
Has your experience with going ShamPHree inspired any other positive changes in your self-care routine/ life in general?
I would say this process has been complimentary to my healthful, environment lovin’, DIY lifestyle.
Anything you want to add about ShamPHree, hair, life in general?
Less really is more when it comes to your hair. Keep it freakin’ simple (for your sanity and the health of your hair).
Thanks Chels, Keep those free curls rockin!!