Before I tell this story, I’ve got to fill you in on a few of my sustainable endeavors…
This summer when I was looking for a new organic shampoo with my sister, she mentioned something she had read online about people ditching shampoo all together. She had no idea that the shower I’d taken that morning would be the last time I washed my hair with shampoo. So what do people wash their hair with? Baking soda and vinegar. The baking soda works as a shampoo, and the vinegar works as a conditioner.
It sounds like a crazy science experiment, right? I thought so too, at first, but then I was intrigued. I spent that night looking up and reading different blogs about people’s experiences with going all natural and forgetting the shampoo. It all seemed so interesting, but I thought it would never work for me. I inherited the ridiculously thin hair from my mom’s side of the family – it would get greasy by the end of the day even when I had showered that morning. But here I am, six months later, shampoo-free!
There are three major reasons for going shampoo-free:
1) It’s better for the environment: shampoo and conditioners are full of harsh chemicals that harm our planet – not to mention ourselves.
2) It’s good for your hair: shampoo is meant to strip your hair of its natural oils. When you wash it every day, your hair overproduces oils to catch up with everything it’s being stripped of. So washing it less, with something that doesn’t get rid of all the oils, helps it find a good, healthy balance.
3) It’s cheap! Shampoo and conditioner can be expensive. Baking soda and vinegar are things that you probably already have, plus it only ends up costing a few cents per wash!
Since your hair overproduces oil, there is a transition phase where hair will be greasy – but only until it adjusts to not having its oil stripped anymore. Thin hair (like mine) takes a lot longer to adjust than thicker hair, but it all just depends and you have to be willing to experiment with different methods and ideas.
One of my friends decided to start trying the no-poo method just two months ago, and she had a much different experience than I did. My thin hair took a long time to adjust – longer than I had read it would take. Mine would get greasy and washing and rinsing it wouldn’t help very much. Her thick, long hair just got really dry and itchy. I had seen some recipes online for deep conditioning treatments, so we decided to try one on her hair.
As you may have guessed, it contained coconut oil! And we put in some tea tree oil just for fun. The website said to melt the oil and coat the hair with it, making sure to spread it around and cover it all. Since my friend has such thick hair, I ended up using a lot of oil…and I mean a lot.
Then we pulled her hair back and let it sit for an hour before she showered to rinse it off. A few hours after her hair had “dried,” it still looked wet. That’s when I knew that I definitely used too much! It was like that for probably a week.
I tried using some of the tricks I’d learned during my transition period when my hair was greasy most of the time – I told her to shower and rinse it for a long time, really well, to try and wash the grease out. We went for a swim in a chlorinated pool to see if those chemicals would do anything to the grease (we’d been planning on going swimming for a while anyway), she washed it with Dr. Bronner’s soap, and I even did a dry baking soda wash to soak up some of the grease.
After a week of trying a bunch of different things, she decided to wash with shampoo ( 😦 ) just once to get rid of all the remaining grease. But it worked, and now she’s back to just baking soda and vinegar! We won’t be using that much coconut oil in anyone’s hair any time soon, even though it was pretty hilarious.
Allow me to introduce myself
As I share a piece of my mind,
For you, if you wish, to add to your shelf
My goal, for now, is to bring
Information with a twist,
As I publicly pick apart my brain
…now do you get the jist?
As I attempt to make a mark in this new world
To Help show that I was hear
I will be as honest to you as I can, better yet:
I will do my best to be my most sincere
Eye will show you with all different perspectives
What I see from where I stand
In my shoes you may feel for a minute,
What has originally traveled through my hand
I will wire my connections,
This will be my own web on a site,
For what you all as well know as a blog
I will discuss lots of topics
and yes, lets just face it,
Some posts will be more intense
Others won’t be quite as much
but to add to my goals, at the least,
I hope to provide you some sense
For examples all throughout this poem
I have showed to each of you
What I believe appears obvious,
And is underlined with a hue
But just in case, I will say it right out, for you:
take your mouse and then click the link
Now be aware, when you follow these steps,
To a new place you will think
At times I will talk about some topics of interests,
of what I will refer to as my educational thrill
Other times I will share some things much more personal,
But with all I will send my Goodwill
So anyway let me go back to stage one
For I think you are better clued in
about what I’ve portrayed as some of my intentions
And also I want to announce to you,
I will additionally be making some mentions
I will start from the beginning so first I will say:
besides this being a class that I am taking…
I’ll confess, I’ve wanted to do this for awhile
but please bear with me
This is all still in the making
Now brace yourself as I reveal to you,
a side of me a little more sappy
I will tell you about a hobby of mine,
that has always been able to make me happy
So listen if you wish,
Even if just with one ear
Another poem that portrays –> why eye speak hear <–
There is nothing like
the written word
It moves me from within
& let’s my voice be heard.
Where my mouth may fail,
my hand makes up for
Pen to paper,
my voice found behind this magic door.
The whimsical movement,
each word perfectly caressed
The meaning so vibrant,
a playful talent to have,
a writer is blessed.
My piece of mind leads me
to my peace of mind
Where part of my brain is addressed;
the words are my key to find.
A spark and a jolt,
a fashion of art
These words I let flow freely
as they Kickstart my Heart