I only shaved one of my legs this morning. Figure that out.
What is it, exactly, that goes through my head in the shower? I have no idea. I was probably distracted by my boobs.
You would be, too. They’re lovely!
Oh, and a No ‘Poo update: Yes! It’s been over a month now, and I can say, with confidence, I will not be going back to shampoo and conditioner. About once every week and a half, I used the baking soda/apple cider vinegar cleansing to wash the gunk out of my hair and now? My locks are shiny and soft and full of bounce and volume. Seriously, I’m like a hair commercial, but for people with real hair.
I decided that even if I have to clean it once a week or so with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, I’m still doing something good for the environment, my hair, and (most importantly) my wallet. I can clean my hair for a year with the cost of one bottle of shampoo (depending on the shampoo, I suppose).
I will admit that the greasy phase was a little rough. Day 7 of unclean hair is nobody’s idea of a good time. And I’m not sure the washcloth thing is really going to work for me. It seems to MAKE my hair flat and greasy, rather than doing anything useful. So from now on, I’m just going to wet my hair and massage my scalp in the shower and not use the washcloths. If that works, I’ll keep it up, and use the BS/ACV cleanse when I need to.
I can already tell that my scalp is producing less oil, though, and that’s a relief.
When I blow dry my hair (not often), it’s easier to get it straight and when I don’t, my waves are more natural. I’ve taken to using the TINIEST bit of coconut oil on my waves to keep down any stray frizz and define the curls a little. Sometimes, I even use it as a gloss when my hair is straight (although, really, my hair is ridiculously shiny without it…again, it helps with frizz if it’s humid out). I cannot stress enough: THE TINIEST BIT goes a long way. You don’t want to make your hair look oily and it’s very easy to use too much. I put a dab in my hand, rub my palms together to distribute it evenly, and then start putting it in my hair on the underside, rather than the top, in case I have too much.
There are lots of different ways to do the BS/ACV on the internets. Just google “No ‘Poo” and you’ll find plenty. But here’s what I do:
I have two plastic cups that I keep in the shower.
In one of them, I put a tablespoon of baking soda. I mix that with one cup (8 oz) of warm water and stir until it’s dissolved. Be careful with the baking soda, it can really dry out your hair. I pour the liquid only on my roots (and down most of the grease in my hair, if there is any), not the ends. Massage scalp and hair for about a minute. Hair will feel sort of slippery while the baking soda is in it. I rinse under warm/hot water until the slippery feeling is gone.
(BEWARE: It burns like hell if you get it in your eyes and tastes like a salty mess if you get it in your mouth.)
In the other cup, I put a table spoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix that with one cup (8 oz) of warm water. I like to soak the ends of my hair in the cup for a minute. Then I pour the liquid down my hair, skipping the roots. Comb through to distribute evenly. I usually leave the ACV on my hair while I wash my face and body and shave my legs (one or both of them). Rinse with cool/lukewarm water.
Yes, your head will smell like a salad until your hair is dry. Deal with it. Once dry, the vinegar smell goes away completely, I promise.