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Reunited and it feels so good!

Reunited with my Pantene Pro-V,  that is.

Yes, I am done with the “No ‘Poo Experiment”. I am sorry to say that I couldn’t take it any more. I went 10 days. It was just the feeling. It felt so thick and coated. And it was still so oily in the back, even without using ACV and using double the baking soda.

I found that it was better the days I blow dried it. I don’t know if it was that it the blow drying got rid of some of the oiliness, or what, but that did seem to help. And it looked okay. But the blow drying process takes wayyy longer than it normally does because the hair is so thick and you can’t tell if it is still wet or not. And it is hard to straighten too because it feels so thick and coated. Yesterday I let it air dry. And it was SO oily in the back. So I braided it because then you couldn’t tell. Which resulted in a headache from wearing a braid all day that I am not used to wearing. So today I gave in. I figured that two more days wouldn’t cure it and so I wasn’t going to wait.

Oh the loveliness of a head full of smell-good suds! My hair feels so soft and clean and fine now! I am a little disappointed because I wanted to find this great cheap healthy way to have nice hair. Maybe I will try to find a healthier product that I can use. I could have been doing something wrong, or maybe it works better for other hair types, so if someone else tries it, let me know how it goes.

If you need me, I will be researching green shampoos and throwing away my bottle of ACV. :)

No ‘Poo Update

Day six of the shampoo experiment:

I don’t know about this. I increased the amount of baking soda to 2 Tbsp to 1 cup of water like Emily suggested in the previous post’s comments and I think that helped cut down the oil. Also, the day it felt most oily was also a day I let it air dry so maybe that was part of the problem. I cut out the ACV rince for the time being too because some people said that resulted in more oil.

Today I woke up and washed my hair and then blow dried it and I think it looks okay. But the issue I have is with how it FEELS. It feels like it is coated with something. Now, I am a person who really doesn’t use any styling products. I normally just shampoo and condition with Pantene daily and then blow dry and straighten lightly. But it feels like there is something in my hair like moose or gel or hair spray or something. I don’t know if this is oil or baking soda or just how normal hair really feels when you don’t use commercial shampoo and conditioner. Also it feels much thicker! My hair felt plenty thick before! And when I blow dry it, it is hard to tell when it is dry. Is that oil or water or is it really dry already, just so thick I can’t feel the inside hairs?

So at this point, I am going to go another week and give it my full two weeks, but if on my daughter’s first birthday (the 12th) I still don’t like the way it feels, I am going to go back to regular shampoo and conditioner.

As to the homemade deodorant update, I still like it, but my applicator (a used deoderant dispenser with the stuff smashed down inside so I could theoretically still roll it up to apply) broke. It won’t twist. And I had a couple of unopened sticks of normal deodorant laying around, so I use that most days. When one of those empties, I will try again to put the homemade deo in one of those. Sometimes I swipe some homemade deo out of the container and apply it, but right now it is just not an easy application method.

Here goes nothin’

Well friends, I have done it. I have embarked on the No ‘Poo adventure.

You see, right before I wrote my other post about how I was thinking about it, I bought new shampoo and conditioner. So I thought I would let those bottles run out and then maybe try it. Well, I am out of conditioner. And I had already mixed up a spray bottle of baking soda shampoo, so I thought I would try it. And it is interesting.

Monday was the first day I used the baking soda shampoo. It felt a little oily, but was fine mostly. It reminded me of when you take a shower and wet your hair but don’t wash it, and then go on to dry it and fix it like normal, but it still feels a little weird. (Has anyone else ever done that?)

Tuesday I felt kinda like my hair was fine on top, but one big thick mass of oilyness underneath. The hubs said it looked fine so that is good but it did feel funny. I think one problem is that I have a tiny spray bottle and have to spray it like a million times to get enough out and my finger got tired. Today I tried to do better at spraying the roots where the oil builds up. I need to use a bigger spray bottle for this part. I have the perfect spray bottle that I used to use to clean my overhead projector when I taught, but it is in a teaching box in the attic, so I don’t know if I want to go up there in the 100+ degree heat.

Another problem is the apple cider vinegar rinse. I thought I had read on a blog that someone just kept a bottle in the shower and poured a little on the ends of the hair. But the smell. It is killing me. I told C, I don’t think I can get used to that smell in my bathroom. Just now I thought I would re-read the blogs that I got these ideas off, and apparently my mind was playing tricks on me because it clearly spells out that you are to mix one tablespoon of ACV to one cup of water, so I need to do that or I am going to keel over from the ACV fumes in my bathroom!

Today I am going to try not blow drying my hair and see what it does. Another problem yesterday was that it was really static-y. I guess from the lack of normal conditioner that I use. It is kinda funny if you think about it. We use shampoo to get the oil off the roots and then conditioner to spread some oil on the ends to make it not frizz.

Most of the sites say you do have a breaking in period that can be a couple of weeks or more. They say don’t give it up after three days. So C is good at reminding me to stick with it and I will soldier on. Anyone else out there want to join me? I thought about posting a picture but you can’t really tell any difference so I figure why bother.

Homemade Deoderant

A year or so after printing out the recipe and buying the ingredients, I finally made homemade deodorant!

I was so glad to see that several of my readers are interested in green things too. The verdict on the deodorant is that it was really easy to make.

HERE is the website that is the method I used. The three ingredients are baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil. You use 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup cornstarch and you mix in coconut oil (which is kinda the consistancy of country crock or lard) by the tablespoon until it is the right consistancy (I used 4). Then I put it in an empty deodorant dispenser.

I think I will have to keep it in the refrigerator because the coconut oil is kinda melty at room temperature. Minor inconvenience. Go to the kitchen to put on my deodorant is a new part of my morning routine I guess.

I had C do the smell check and he said I don’t stink. I can’t smell myself either. So I guess it works okay but the real test will be in the summer heat!

Let me know if you try this too!

Green Self-Care Products

Do you want to use healthy products, good for you and good for the environment? Do you ever wonder if our modern epidemic of cancer and other diseases is related to the products we use daily? So many of the things we put on or in our bodies daily are made of chemicals. If I can’t pronounce it, or have the slightest clue what it is, why am I okay putting it on my body?

I think about these things but haven’t really done much about them. I bought an organic deodorant once, but I didn’t feel like it worked. I have visited the website that rates products based on what is in them. But it is too hard to read to figure out what brands to buy. I bought stuff to make homemade deodorant once but didn’t make it. I have also read blogs about the Oil-Cleansing Method for your face and going “No ‘Poo” which means using baking soda for shampoo.

It is all very intriguing to me. Many of these methods say that you have to give it a 2 week trial period before you give up. Meaning you might look/feel/smell pretty funky as you wait for your body to adjust to the difference.

For example, the idea is that shampoo strips our hair of natural oils, thereby making our hair follicles produce more oil to make up for it, thereby making our hair get oily quickly, which therefore makes us use shampoo more often. Same with facial cleansing products that harshly strip all oil off our skins, making our skin overcompensate by producing too much oil. And with the deodorant, store-bought anti-antiperspirants contain aluminum which is not good for us.  Here are links to sites which talk about the oil-cleansing method (and here), no ‘poo (and here), and deodorant (and here).

So go read these and tell me what you think. Have any of you tried these methods? Does anyone want to try these methods? Do you think I have lost my ever-loving mind? (My husband might think I have….) We could all try together and compare notes about how it is going!