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Works for Me Wednesday: To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo

Beatrice and the Ponytails

Beatrice and the Ponytails

I admit: I don’t shampoo Beatrice’s hair.

Well, I do, but only infrequently. If she gets covered in mud, we shampoo. If the ends get dunked in her soup, we shampoo. Basically, if there’s obvious crusty dirt we shampoo, but otherwise the extent of her hair care routine involves rinsing with water, brushing out tangles and putting in braids or ponytails.

This works for us on many levels. Shampooing used to be a battle that involved tears and frustration, and drastically reducing the amount of shampooing immediately reduced our conflict at bath time. She gets fewer strange rashes and skin irritation when we skip the shampoo. And her hair still looks just as clean and shiny and lovely as before.

Where have you chosen to “go with the flow” instead of forcing the issue with your child? How did it turn out?

Part of the Works for Me Wednesday Blog Carnival at We Are THAT Family

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  • Frugal Homemaking March 31, 2010, 10:24 am

    I have considered going this route with my 19 month old DD, but I was afraid she would start looking like a grease bomb. You’ve inspired me to give up the fight and see what happens! Thanks. I found you through WFMW!

    • michelle March 31, 2010, 10:34 am

      Little kids really aren’t that greasy to start with, certainly not as greasy as an adult. We kind of “weaned” off shampoo by gradually increasing the number of days between washes, which helped keep the greasies under control at first. After a while we just switched to water only washing and it was fine!

  • Amber April 1, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I think the most obvious way I ‘go with the flow’ is to not sweat my preschooler’s fashion choices. Because they really don’t matter. Yes, sometimes I would like it if she wore matching clothes that I picked out for her, but on the whole it’s just not a big enough deal to get worked up over.