I’d like to be completely honest and come out with a confession about the story of my hair. Back before having long locks, I never washed it. My entire life I always disliked shampoo and the harsh chemicals used to strip away all the healthy natural oils. Don’t get me wrong, I was all for rinsing my hair often and scrubbing away at my scalp to keep away any dead skin (which people always think would be an issue with not using shampoo, and I can tell you with first-hand experience that I never once had dandruff). Simply rinsing with water and NOTHING else gave me the exact hair I wanted. In addition to not needing shampoo OR conditioner, I NEVER used product. That’s right, not once. No hairspray, no gels, oils, mouse, crème, hairspray… any of it! Because I wasn’t stripping away the natural oils, I wasn’t trying to put something back. It’s a concept I’ve never quite understood and furthermore, don’t grasp why so many people blindly adhere to such a preposterous mindset. Let’s use a product like shampoo to strip our hair of every natural fiber, and then spend buckets of money on products in an attempt to imitate those very oils we just took away?
Don’t get me started on shampoos that lather, all that sudsiness is a sign of a lesser shampoo and the worst for your hair. Shampoos that do not lather have taken small steps in the direction of attempting to be less abrasive to your hair, but are still riddled with harmful detergents.
Granted, I know everyone has different hair and perhaps I was blessed, but as a whole, I strongly believe many people are clinging to the idea of what shampoo offers without really putting much thought into how the biology of their body works or the interaction of the products they are putting on it. When I began growing my hair out in the fall of 2014, I knew I’d have some trouble with my current process of not washing my hair or using any product. I too joined the ranks of mindless individuals cleaning their hair with harsh chemicals. Although, I wasn’t all together committed to using shampoo. I would typically go 2-3 weeks without washing it, only using conditioner. I hated using shampoo because for at least two days after use, my hair would be completely unmanageable. Too puffy and impossible to style without the oils and lubricants. But the longer my hair got, the harder it was to maintain this system of limited shampoo. I found myself using it more and more while still striving for that perfect second day lived in look without pushing it too far to where it visually stuck out as if I hadn’t washed my hair in over a week. And in shampooing more, the products I used to control my hair grew. I often used crème, oils, spray to put oils back, followed by texturizing hairspray and dry shampoo to later soak the oils back up; it was the greatest balancing act I’ve ever done. And I’m certain I am not the only one dealing with this issue!
Enter New Wash! I’ve had this product bookmarked for well over a year and thought perhaps it could be the answer to my struggle. I was beyond thrilled to partner with New Wash and try out their product. I have actually been sitting on this post for a while, almost 2 months, but I did so because I did not want to endorse a product I was not 100% behind. After months of consistent use, I’m happy to say that I am a devout converter from the struggles of shampoo to New Wash. It takes a little while to get used to the mentality of using this product and for your hair to adapt, but once that happens it is smooth sailing. I can go up to a week without washing my hair. A full freaking week! I don’t do that often and prefer to wash it every 4-5 days, but to know my hair can potentially go that long is an insane comparison to traditional shampoo where most people are slaves to a daily wash and condition. And not only has the time frame for the frequency in which I wash changed drastically, but the number of products in which I use as well. I’m pretty well back to none! The only one I use is an essential oil because I colored my hair in February and my stylist recommended that blonde hair needed to stay heavily hydrated to maintain its health – other than that, all natural. Just me and my New Wash!
Seriously, being able to be back to the simplicity of not needing any product or extensive styling has made me such a happier person. And not simply happier but richer as well. Using New Wash exclusively means I am not needlessly spending money on any corrective products. One product, one expense, done!
It is a bit of a bummer that I found this product just before I made the decision to return to short hair. It’s still to be determined how long I’ll be keeping the top so there’s a chance I’ll still need New Wash, but it’s reassuring to know that I’ve found this product in case I ever do decide to grow my hair out again. Using New Wash right from the get go will make the whole process far more enjoyable should I decide to grow it out again.
I’m so happy to have had the chance to try this stellar innovation and modern take on hair care. I think everyone should, at some point in their life, jump off the shampoo bandwagon of torture and see how their hair naturally takes care of itself, because it will. If you give it time, trust me it will. And New Wash is the perfect helping hand in still ‘cleaning’ your hair while also allowing it to feel far more natural. New Wash cleanses with a healing blend of essential oils and naturally derived cleansers, respecting the body’s natural moisture barrier that detergent destroys.
I think everyone should jump off the shampoo bandwagon of torture and see how their hair naturally takes care of itself, because it will. If you give it time, trust me it will. And New Wash is the perfect helping hand in still ‘cleaning’ your hair while also allowing it to feel far more natural.
Steps of Use
- Thoroughly wet hair.
- Cover hair and scalp with New Wash; be sure to use enough! Not enough = Not clean.
- Take a few minutes to massage it into your hair and scalp to help distribute it evenly.
- For long hair, we recommend combing through before you rinse.
- Make sure you rinse extremely well.
- Your hair will immediately feel clean and conditioned. Do NOT condition, you won’t need it, we promise.
- Revel in the discovery of your new, modern, amazing hair.
What’s in shampoo?
“Shampoo is 80% water and a lot of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), better known as detergent – a known irritant. We all remember those cartoons with the cat looking electrocuted, hair standing on end. Well, whenever we use detergent, found in almost every shampoo on the market, the result is similar to that crazy looking cat – dry, fuzzy hair and an irritated scalp. Then what? You have to calm everything down! Everyone thinks they need conditioner, when in fact they don’t. Conditioners and masks are merely Band-Aids for the damage caused by shampoo. We thought there must be a better, more modern way. We needed to get rid of the detergent and that’s what we did. New Wash is allowing people to discover their hair; its personality comes out, and you’ll be amazed at how great it looks.” – Hairstory
Hairstory is not just another hair product line; it is a new way of defining beauty.
“No matter what type of hair you have, SLS has an adverse effect across the board. New Wash, on the other hand, stops the damage and balances every type of hair. Essential oils contain fatty alcohols that act with the same mechanism as SLS (the ability to remove undesired substances), but they do so selectively: They distinguish between the good and the bad, only removing what is necessary.” – Hairstory
“Prepare for a totally new hair washing experience. Don’t expect New Wash to foam or to slide through your fingers onto the shower floor, instead you’ll find yourself wanting to spend time massaging it into your hair and scalp and enjoying the subtle fragrance and luxurious texture. Be sure to use enough of it, so think slather rather than lather: massage to disperse it well. While it’s in your hair, wash the rest of your body, and go back and comb through your hair; it’s really quite easy. Make sure to rinse extremely well – much more carefully than you would traditionally (New Wash uses ingredients that are “friends “to both water and fat which means it takes more water to help the essential oils remove residue). You will NOT need conditioner. Your hair will be left feeling immediately softened and revived. It’s that second day thing on the first day. And if you like to wash your hair more often – perhaps you’re an avid exerciser – you can wash every day or three times a day. You can’t overuse it.” – Hairstory
New Wash is a revolutionary new product. Instead of harsh detergents, it is substituted with fatty alcohols which naturally occur in plants. These act as gentle cleansing agents without stripping away the natural protective layer on the scalp and hair. With a gentle cleanser like New Wash, the scalp isn’t being tricked into overproducing oil to compensate for the loss of its protective layer.
New Wash really does make it feel like you have completely new hair with each new wash. I feel as though my hair is physically lighter. It is certainly healthier and more bouncy – without that frizzy fluff you get after a shampoo. New Wash hydrates my curls like leave in conditioner which was one of the biggest worries I had about making the shift. But I trusted the company’s advice when they consistently reassure customers that we won’t need conditioner – and it’s true. The fragrance is subtle and natural with hints of clove and rosewood. I appreciate that it isn’t floral centric or alternatively a creamy cocoa, vanilla, or shea. The lack of distinct aroma makes New Wash far more gender neutral than most shampoos out there. After a New Wash, I always describe my hair as ‘hydrated’ having volume without ‘real volume’, simply light hair.
Hairstory, the company behind New Wash and only three other exclusively select products, has also taken great strides into drastically addressing their impact on the environment. By having subscribers of the product join the New Wash Club, which ships New Wash in small disposable pouches in place of standard plastic bottles, they use much less packaging materials and resources for processing. Also included with membership is a refillable aluminum dispenser and a travel-size bottle to take New Wash anywhere! All this from the founder of Bumble and bumble, Michael Gordon, who advocates against the ‘solutions’ large beauty companies produce to the problems they themselves create, i.e. shampoo. Hairstory is not just another hair product line; it is a new way of defining beauty.
We love the beachy, sexy look, but is dry, gritty and crispy hair sexy? The key to looking (and feeling) artfully undone is having a special product that you can’t see but that you can touch, like this one. Undressed creates texture without torture – and unlike so many surf-inspired sprays is seductively soft and lush – Hairstory
“New Wash is a revolutionary new product. Instead of using harsh detergent we have substituted fatty alcohols which naturally occur in plants like jojoba, aloe, peppermint and sunflower. These act as gentle cleansing agents without stripping away the natural protective layer on the scalp and hair. With a gentle cleanser like New Wash, the scalp isn’t being tricked into overproducing oil to compensate for the loss of its protective layer. This means that hair gets less oily less quickly, allowing you to go longer between washes. And, as a result of not over-drying hair with harsh detergents, New Wash replaces not only shampoos, but conditioners, and masques as well! A cleanser that doesn’t strip away all of the good things means less product used less often, and less money down the drain. Better hair means you’ll need fewer products to style your way out of bad hair days – which you won’t have anymore! Tired of seeing hair product companies producing imagery rife with retouching, hair-extensions, and showcasing altogether unrealistic and unrelatable beauty standards, we have turned the focus of our self-produced content onto real people with real hair.” – Hairstory