Thursday, December 15, 2011

No 'poo for me!

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No sillies. Not that kind! ShamPOO that is! I have decided a more natural method of cleaning my hair. My hair has gone completely nuts since I had my babies. I used to have super curly hair, but ever since pregnancy, my hair barely holds any sort of style. I also color my hair, and really don't take good care of it. I shamefully brush my hair while wet, and I live in ponytails. My hair is stressed my friends. Also, I am trying really hard to get rid of as many chemicals in my house as possible. With your skin being the largest organ your body has, have you ever stopped to think about all the harmful goop you put on it daily?

SimpleMom says -"Most shampoos also contain mineral oil, which is a byproduct when gasoline is distilled from crude oil. It’s added to shampoo (along with hundreds of other products) to thickly coat the strands, giving hair an artificial shine. And since it can’t absorb into skin, like the other ingredients, it acts as a barrier on our scalp, preventing oil from being released — thus requiring more shampoo to strip away the grease. This is why the more shampoo you use, the more you need."

Don't forget about all of those crazy unpronounceable chemicals that most shampoos are chalked full of. Do the research, you will find out more than you want to know about what you are "cleaning" your hair with.

I am sure you are saying, "Okay, now what?" There is an alternative, and it sooooo much cheaper too. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar! The Baking soda cleans your hair and scalp while absorbing odors and oil. Apple Cider Vinegar counteracts the baking soda and acts as a detangler and a "conditioner". 

Here is how you do it-

Fill a 8 oz. spray bottle with 1 tbsp. baking soda and water. Spray on your hair while in the shower, concentrating on your scalp. Don't spray too much on your end, especially if you have dry hair. Massage in really well. When you massage your scalp, you help produce healthy oils and hair growth. Let sit for a few mins. then rinse well.

Step two. Before entering the shower, mix 1 cup water to 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in any container you wish. Note that you will be pouring this on your hair. While in the shower, after you have done your baking soda wash, rinse the bottom half of your hair concentrating on the ends, or where ever you are the most dry. No, your hair won't smell like vinegar. Once your rinse it out, the smell is gone. Let the rinse sit on your hair for a few mins, then rinse. 

That's all there is to it! Do understand, this is not an overnight process. You have been putting chemicals on your hair for a long time. Your hair will probably go through a waked out period, then suddenly change before your eyes. Give it time. I have heard MANY wonderful stories about how this works. I am excited to see myself. I did it tonight, and was surprised at how clean my hair felt. I have heard that your hair will begin to regulate itself better in the oil department. People with curls said their curls have never been more beautiful. If you want to see some pictures of someone who has already went through this, check out Quinn. Her rinse is a little different, but the idea is still the same. If you are still wanting your hair to smell good. Get a spray bottle and fill with water and a few drops of any essential oil. Spray your hair once you get out of the shower.

I will be posting weekly pics on this. I will wrap up my hair tonight, and once is dries, I will take pics so you can see the before! Let me know if you guys are going to try this out with me!


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