Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Happy May & What's New!
I'm up to a new thing and I thought I'd share. I have very long, butt-length, hair, but it is very, very fine. Mr. K calls it angel hair - he's so romantic, as I've mentioned before. Anywho... I had been reading about how it is very hard on hair to shampoo daily, let alone put all those chemicals that are in shampoo on our heads. I read about the "no-poo" (eyes rolling) method and thought I'd give it a try. Now, my scalp tends to be very oily so I knew going in I was going to have some adjustment issues. That's what gorgeous barrettes and hair clips are for, right? So, about three weeks ago, instead of my usual shampoo, I just threw some baking soda on my wet head - not much, and worked it over my scalp, giving it a good scrub. I rinsed with plain water (in the shower) and then poured about a half cup of apple cider vinegar rinse through it, letting it sit for about five minutes. My rinse recipe is 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (organic) diluted with 2 cups of filtered water and 6 drops of pure lavender essential oil. I use about a half cup of the rinse, letting it flow down my hair. I sort of gently mix it into the hair. After rinsing, it still smells like vinegar and lavender, but that vinegar smell dissipates. My hair feels very difference than when I use shampoo. Shampooing makes your hair feel squeaky clean, which means all the good oils have been stripped away. My new method leaves my hair feeling heavy and silky, combs out very easily too.
I only do this twice a week, after years of daily shampooing - some people go a few weeks, but I can't, at least not yet. However, I have bangs and they get a little oily looking so I use cosmetic clay which I dust into them and the hair around my face. I let it sit while I do my make-up, then comb out. Voila! Oil-free bangs. The cosmetic clay works great as a dry shampoo; sprinkle, wait, then brush. I like to place a drop of lavender essential oil on my hand, rubs my hands together and then run them through my hair to give it a nice fresh scent. Oh... and I brush out my hair every night with a natural bristle brush. I read that this distributes the natural sebum (oil) down the length of one's hair, keeping it shiny and moisturized.
So far, so good. I am noticing that my scalp's oil production is adjusting and my hair is nice and shiny, tangle free and liking this method. I tend to keep it pinned up most of the time because hair this long gets into everything - including a small fan one time! Luckily I was able to turn the fan off before any damage was done, however, it took a few minutes to untangle myself. I've also dipped it in various items, but I'll skip over that. Yikes!
So this is my second step in getting chemical products out of the house. I began with using coconut oil for cleansing my face and moisturizing. It is a fabulous make-up remover too, just melts eye makeup right off. Next on the agenda is housecleaning products - I've begun making my own after collecting recipes from the internet and various books. Vinegar figures prominently along with baking soda, as you might have guessed. Love to hear from anyone who is making their own cleaners and skin care products. Oh... and if you are using the "no-poo" method, I'd love to hear about your experience.
Well, that's what I've been up to. More progress has been made on the anniversary needlework, but I keep getting distracted by books, ducks, contemplating life - my usual. Time for a cup of tea and some stitching on that anniversary piece. Leftovers for supper, so I'm good to go!