My hair used to be totally straight and fine and shiny and long, and I considered it one of my nice features. But it's changed over the past couple years, I think in part due to 'no poo. I went no 'poo (no shampoo that is) in March 2011 and loved it. For a while, my hair felt the same as when I used conventional shampoo, but without the added chemicals. However, around two years later I realized that my split ends had gradually grown out of control. So out of control that my hair had gotten shorter, I had given myself layers, and even after getting a trim, I still have split ends all along the length of my hair.
Comparing my hair before I started no poo (left) and after
I've also noticed some other changes in my hair over the past couple years. It has a little wave (but maybe that's age, since my mom's hair got wavier as an adult), and it's now kind of stringy.
my baking soda for hair washing
I recently tried doing a natural hot oil treatment, which is supposed to improve your hair's feel and appearance. I used a recipe from Crunchy Betty based on coconut oil, since I had it on hand. However, I found the process awkward and messy rather than luxurious as she claims. My hair was extremely oily for the next couple of days and washings, and after that it was back to its brittle appearance.