Monthly Archives: February 2014

No Poo – One Month! (With instructions)

I have made it a whole month without using any shampoo, conditioner, or hair products of any sort in my hair. For those who don’t already know, I’m using the “No Poo Method”. Do to the many questions I’m getting on Facebook about how to do No Poo here are the basic instructions:

No Poo Basic Instructions

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs) or distilled white vinegar for oily hair
  • Squeeze bottle (old water bottle with sport top would work)
  • Spray bottle

Washing: Mix one tablespoon baking soda with about one cup hot (not too hot that you will burn yourself) water and place in a squeeze bottle. Once you’re in the shower (not bath!) squirt this on only your roots and scalp. Massage it in making little circles with your fingertips until it feels sort of slippery. Then rinse very very well.

Conditioning: In the spray bottle mix two tablespoons vinegar to one cup water. After washing spray ends of hair being careful to avoid the roots make sure you saturate your hair well with the solution. Let sit for a minute or so before rinsing. Rinse VERY well. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell it will fade as your hair dries naturally.

*Note: Everyone’s hair is different some people with extra oily hair need more baking soda in their solution, and some people even use a baking soda paste. It takes some experimenting to get it just right for you. No matter what you do though, the first few weeks can will be a little rough. Your scalp is just learning that it needs to start providing the oil for your hair and it tends to overcompensate at first; so if you’re patient it will get better.

Some tips:

  • You’re hair will be easier to brush and comb once dry. So, if you can wait to comb and brush it then do.
  • If you absolutely need to comb it before it’s dry you can use a tiny amount of coconut oil or jojoba oil to help with the tangles.
  • Wear your hair up a lot during the first bit. It really helps get you through the annoying super dry and super oily hair phase.
  • You can use a homemade dry shampoo between washes. For darker hair use plain cocoa powder for lighter hair use corn starch. You can also mix the two if you want.

 

 

Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. My hair is noticeably stronger and it’s growing faster than it has in ages. Also, it’s softer and doesn’t feel so dead. I still have to wash it every 3-4 days or it’ll get too oily. I think I’ll try using white distilled vinegar to see if it helps with the oiliness. Here’s a pic I took a few days ago, sorry it’s a selfie, I don’t think Rylan could take pictures yet so it’s all I got. 🙂

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Valentines Play-date and Lunch

For Valentines day I took Rylan to the Treehouse Museum to have a playdate with another boy about his age and another mom who was quite like me it was almost creepy (in a good way). It took him a little time to warm up to being in a completely different place, in this time I had to keep picking him up and moving him to where his play date was going. But once he warmed up he was crawling all over. It was so fun seeing him light up. Here are some pics from the museum and lunch. Sorry I’m not a photographer and my only camera is an iPhone so excuse the not so awesome pics and also the lack of captions, I’m feeling lazy tonight… :] Continue reading

My Journey To Happiness

Sorry I haven’t written much lately. Been feeling somewhat rough. I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to be happier and improve my self-esteem. As some of you who are reading this will know that I’ve struggled with low self-esteem and depression quite a bit and I’m just tired of it. So I’m starting to take control of my emotional health instead of letting it control me. Continue reading

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You may ask, “How can I take care of my life?” Don’t worry that such and such will happen. Don’t create such anxieties. Rather, wait and see what happens, wait and see what events occur in your life. Feel anguished or elated if such feelings are part of the experience. That’s part of being human. But don’t categorize life experiences as negative or positive, miserable or happy. Then whatever happens, let it happen.

Think, “How can I take care of it? What can I do to learn from it?” Instead of being caught by a happening, rather see it, face it, overcome it and learn from it. This is the attitude of someone seeking the meaning of life.”

~Sensei Ogui Zen Shin Talks

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Outing at IKEA

Me and Rylan-cakes went to IKEA yesterday with my sister and her son (if you don’t know what IKEA is – it’s a huge Swedish furniture store – and it’s AMAZING). It’s crazy how much fun it can be to go to a furniture store. I just love their showroom full of different furnished home plans and single rooms. Continue reading

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