And Now It's the End of November

I haven't written a blog post in a week.  And before that was another week. And so on and so forth... I just haven't been feeling it.  I've hit the blogging speed bump.  I'll try to do better.  I swear.

Even my "photo a day" has fallen off the past few weeks.  Do you know what hasn't fallen off?  Besides the "baby" weight that's still going strong after 16 months?  (I kid, but seriously... it won't go away.)  My resolve to go "no poo".  I've stuck with it.  I can tell you that my hair feels just as soft, if not softer, using the baking soda/apple cider vinegar routine compared to my old shampoo/conditioner routine.  I know I don't have to wash my hair as often and it's become healthier because of it.  I also know I'm not being forced to spend $10 every couple of weeks on chemical filled shampoos and conditioners either.  It's a win-win.

Other random things I've been doing while not blogging...

Pretending to be a Russian chick named Svetlana at thrift stores.
Untangling this gem from my son...
who accidentally left them in his jeans pocket.
Yes, they were washed AND dried.
But still work! 
Drinking my fair share of flavored vodkas (Svetlana would be proud!)
Sewing pajamas for da baby!
And breaking TWO brand new twin needles in doing so...
 because I'm awesome like that.
Probably had something to do with all that vodka...

And finally...
Chillin' in the waiting room at the eye doctor,
getting my check up,
waitin' my two weeks for new glasses.
I know you are beside yourself with amazement and wonder at the exciting things I'm sharing with you.  I haven't even covered all the bazillions of basketball practices I've had to pick my son up from, or the STLP meetings, or the Junior Beta meetings, or the band meetings.  And let us not forget the two or three basketball games we attend every week.

The life of a mommy socialite is EXHAUSTING y'all!  Just kidding!  ...  ... No, really... I'm exhausted.

Day 9 of No Poo

I took this photo on Monday, day 9 of my no poo challenge. The most significant thing to make note of is that I had not washed my hair in 6 days in this photo (I did shower though!). If I had still been using regular shampoo and conditioner, I wouldn't be showing you a picture. It was pretty difficult to resist the urge to wash my hair every time I showered, but I really wanted to see the difference compared to my normal routine.

I have noticed FAR less tangles in my hair. I still have tangles, but they are much less like rats nests then they used to be. My hair is soft, manageable and actually feels lighter.

I'm so glad that I've decided to do this!  My hair and wallet are loving me right now.

Day 3, Wash 2

Yesterday was Day 3 of my self imposed No Poo challenge!

Day 3 - Baking Soda wash, Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, gentle blow dry, flat ironed
I only waited one day before doing a second "wash".  I probably could have waited longer.  My hair hadn't become oily or dirty looking, I just felt I needed to wash it.  Old habits and all.

But see that's the thing about shampoos and washing your hair.  It's a vicious cycle.  Your head naturally produces oils.  Oils to help protect your scalp and hair.  When you wash your hair daily or just too often, it triggers your hair follicles to produce more oil because you've shampooed away what was already there.  Basically it means your head overproduces oil and your hair gets oily so you wash it which makes your head produce more oil which makes you wash it... again and again.  See where I'm coming from?

We over wash.  We over process.  We overuse product.

Several people suggested purchasing a boar bristle (or other natural bristle) brush and brushing your hair for at least 5-10 minutes at a time.  This is to help distribute the natural oils throughout your hair.  I tend to have static in my hair, especially in the Winter when everything is already dry.  I've had a natural bristle brush in the past, but it creates too much static for me so I've tried to make a point of brushing my hair with my non-boar bristle brush every time I use the bathroom.  With a 16th month old, I don't have time to stand around in the bathroom for 10 minutes at a time just brushing my hair.  So far, a couple of minutes of brushing several times a day is working for me.  

So today is Day 4.  I'm not washing today.  I'm not going to wash tomorrow either.  Another update in a few days.

Going No Poo

When I first saw someone mention they were no poo, I wondered how in the world they went without taking a crap.  Then I realized they meant no SHAMPOO.   =)

First reaction was ewwwww.

I have A LOT of hair.  I didn't think there was any way I'd be able to ditch the shampoos and conditioners.  I feel like I'm buying bottles every week.  It gets expensive.  A quick Google search revealed with a little baking soda and a little apple cider vinegar I could get clean hair for a fraction of the price.

Day One
Recipe I used:

1 tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of water for the "wash"
2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water for the "rinse"

I will admit that I hadn't realized how stinky apple cider vinegar was until I was in the shower with some!  No worries though because as soon as my hair was dry I could smell nothing.  Normally when I wash with shampoo alone I have horrible tangles that are painful to comb out.  I was surprised that I had minimal tangles and was able to get the comb through my hair fairly quickly.

My hair looks a little dry in the above photo, but it's actually just all my split ends.  My hair feels soft and not dried out.  I don't use a blow dryer too often, I never use a curling iron, but I do have a flat iron that I probably overuse.

I can't say much more at this point.  It's only day 1!  I do hope this works well.  Can you imagine how much money I can save?!?

Go here for great tips and troubleshooting to help get you started!

Vote 2012

I did my duty as an American this morning and voted.  Have you??