How can I become more of a closet dirty hippie?
December 20, 2009 3:19 PM Subscribe
I don't wear deodorant, wash my hair, or run in shoes. What else can I stop doing?
posted by cmoj to Society & Culture (87 answers total) 109 users marked this as a favorite
A couple years ago now, upon becoming much more conscious of my diet, I discovered that deodorant is unnecessary, and in fact perpetuates a cycle in which you stink when you don't wear it because you've been wearing it. When I gave it up for good, I smelled a little for a short adjustment period (two days or so) and then I was fine.
Maybe six months ago, I stumbled upon something about the "curly girl" or "no poo" thing. I read about it some and stopped using shampoo. Same deal. I found (and confirmed through reading) that you need the shampoo only because you've been using shampoo. And again, after another adjustment period, my hair is not stinky or greasy and is much healthier. If I actually get some kind of crap in my hair, I wash it with only the amount of conditioner necessary. Whenever either of these two subjects come up I invariably get smelled, confirming that I'm socially acceptable.
Not long after that, I started reading about running barefoot. About how there has never been any evidence that running shoes do anything to prevent injury and, in fact, increases the risk of all kinds of injuries. I'd already been using Nike Frees and I've always tended to go barefoot when there's no reason to wear shoes, so my transition has been fairly smooth. A plantar wart cleared up promptly, my stamina immediately improved, and it just feels like how it's supposed to be. Also, I have to admit that I like people's reactions when they see someone running around town barefoot.
So, what else do most people just assume is absolutely necessary that isn't? Bonus for things that perpetuate their own cycle like the examples I've mentioned.
Oh, and I've read some about curtailing the use of soap, but, like my examples, it only works if the body part concerned is normal and healthy, which my skin is not (acne).