Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My hair is everywhere!

Some of you might know what "no poo" is and some might not. I'm planning on doing a really detailed blog about it tomorrow if all goes well.

Well, I am about to finish my first week of no poo-ing and WOW. All I can say is WOW.

I have really wavy, slightly curly hair that has gotten straighter as I've gotten older. Big disappointment, since I love my curls, even though I do take a flat iron to them occasionally. At first, I blamed the lack of curls on my hormones changing during pregnancy, nursing, etc. but after my first couple of times no poo-ing (i.e. not using shampoo, but instead, using a homemade mixture of totally natural cleansing product- I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar, not at the same time), I realized that it was the products that I've been using in my hair! I thought that since they rated pretty well on websites that rank toxicity of beauty products, I was safe, but it is clear to me now that my hair is just really affected by what is put on it.

Last night, I took a late shower and fell asleep with my hair down and damp. Yeah, I was absolutely zonked and drooling... Woke up this morning with curly hair like I haven't seen since I was in high school. I've been putting my hair up to work outside in the yard, so I guess I just haven't noticed the curls! Now, there will be no pictures, because my hair is still rebelling a bit against the lack of product, so I'm rocking a look that speaks of wild woman of Borneo chic and it is not to be immortalized on my blog.

I hear that after a week or two, your hair starts to calm down. So I'm ready for that to happen :) My hair is shinier than it has ever been, super soft, starting to get the natural curl back, and I think I made the right decision to switch to no poo-ing when I ran out of conditioner and didn't want to buy another $20 bottle. Baking soda wash and vinegar rinse plus some cool water has really worked wonders for my hair. Who could have possibly imagined that "not" washing my hair would give me back my high school hair?! haha And it's ridiculously cheap. Can't beat it with a stick!


tia said...
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tia said...

I tried using baking soda as well but it didn't really work for me. I don't condition my hair at all anymore, it really just served a purpose of making my hair look greasy. I could never get it all out, no matter the amount I put in, no matter how long I stood in the shower with my arms about to fall off trying to get it out. So I stopped. And good shampoo, without all of the yucky in it, was costing an arm and TWO legs!

So I did some research and found some things on sale in bulk. I use a mixture of organic green tea, coconut oil, jojoba oil, water, soy protein & lemon peel that swims in the mixture.

I don't use a hair dryer anymore either. It rags my hair all up and it looks frizzed all day. I sleep on damp hair un-brushed and it comes out looking like what professionals spend hours doing to models hair. It is fabulous, my hair feels super soft, its beyond shiny AND it smells deliciously yummy :)

You're right, you just can't beat it.

Heather Downer said...

put some pictures up after it has calmed down! i have to see this! i couldn't imagine going no-poo! haha :) then again, i dont have curly hair, straight as it can be, always has been! :/

MrsP said...

Tia, I browsed a few online boards discussing it and tried amounts that women with my hair type/length were using and that helped a lot. I realized that I was using twice the apple cider vinegar amount that I should have been using to rinse! :) Some women say that tweaking the amounts worked wonders for their results.

Heather, I will post pictures when my hair stops rebelling a bit. My no-pooing friends say that it takes a couple of weeks for the hair to start behaving again
:) Product withdrawals! haha