Well I’ve made it three weeks without shampoo!! You can click to read about weeks one and two if you missed them. So here’s what happened this week, I decided to skip the vinegar which was a huge mistake! My hair turned out dry, course, and frizzy. Then, I bought a boar bristle brush which seemed to really help make my hair softer and more manageable. It also helped to distribute the oils down the length of my hair so it’s wasn’t so dry. I highly recommend using one if your doing this method.
I ended up going three days between washes. Here are pictures of my hair on day three:
You can definitely seem some oil here!! *FYI* I wore a hat this day.
Then I washed my hair with the same 1 tbsp baking:1 cup water, but I upped the vinegar to 3 tbsp:1 cup water and all of the sudden my hair felt normal again!!! Here are pictures of my hair the day after washing it:
I can’t believe it! My hair feels like I used shampoo!! It’s so soft and light and wonderful. I don’t know if it’s because my hair is adjusting or if it was the vinegar, but I’m so happy. My hair feels clean!!! So here’s what I’ve learned so far about the “no-poo” method:
1. You have to play around with the baking soda and vinegar to water ratios to find what works for your hair. (Listen to you hair. It will tell you what to do.)
2. Baking soda absorbs the grease, but dries your hair out so only use it on your roots when needed. It’s also a good idea to leave it in your hair for a few minutes before washing it out.
3. Apple cider vinegar makes your hair soft, shiny, and more manageable, but you should keep it away from your roots because it can add to the oiliness.
4. Boar bristle brushes are fantastic!! They help to distribute the natural oils throughout your hair, making it shiny, moisturized and healthy.
5. Giving your hair a break is a good thing! It helps to restore it to it’s natural state.
I’m happy with the no shampoo routine so far. Hopefully it will continue to work for me. I’d love to hear your stories!
**UPDATE** After almost seven weeks of no shampoo I decided to use it again. My hair was just never as consistently clean and soft as it was with shampoo. The main differences were that my roots were slightly “heavier,” my hair felt slightly sticky and it was always sooo tangly! I’m glad I went no poo because now I can go longer in between my regular shampoos without feeling dirty. Once I use up my stash of regular shampoo I plan on finding a more natural product to use. Thanks for all the comments and feedback!!
Tomorrow marks two weeks on my no shampoo journey. If you missed week one you can read about it here. This week has been much more challenging than week one. I’ve been doing the BS/ACV routine every other day and I’m definitely still in the transition phase. Here are pictures of what my hair looks like now:
Although my hair looks clean and normal it definitely feels different. My roots are more oily when touched (at least to me) and they feel heavier than freshly shampooed hair. (I’m starting to want that feeling again!!) Also, my scalp is itchier and my hair seems to tangle more. The majority of my hair seems to feel the same though so that’s good. I’m going to try to go three days this week between washing in hopes of speeding up the transition phase. I hope it comes quickly. I’m not sure how long I’m willing to commit to this without results. Especially since I’ve heard mixed opinions about this method. It ain’t for the faint of heart!
Do you have any tips on getting through the transition phase?
Do you think your hair feels cleaner and healthier now that your on the other side? (If you are)
I need some encouragement!!
Have you heard of or tried the “no poo” method? Basically it’s where you stop using shampoo (because it strips your hair of natural oils, frizzes it and is filled with chemicals) and you use baking soda and apple cider vinegar in it’s place. Sound crazy? Maybe it is, but I’ve been poo free for nine days now and the “transition period” hasn’t been too bad. Here’s what my hair looks like today:
I’ve been using 1 tbsp baking soda dissolved in 1 cup warm water and then 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 1 cup warm water every other day. Basically you just pour the baking soda mixture on your roots, scrub and rinse, then repeat with the vinegar on your ends. Once you go “poo free” your hair will go through a transition period where it’s still overproducing oil because it’s used to shampoo stripping it all of the time. I was only washing my hair every three days before I started so hopefully my transition will be easier. The baking soda has been pretty effective in soaking up the excess oil. It does feel a little bit greasier and heavier than normal, but not really too much. Supposedly your hair gets curlier and fuller once your completely poo free. I hope that’s true!!
Have you heard of or tried the no poo method?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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…and turn them into powder to spread out in the garden.
If you try this, be forewarned…
…you will have egg dust comin’ at you when you remove the lid…
…and it really doesn’t smell that pleasant.
Do you put anything in your garden such as
eggshells, leaves, or coffee grounds to help the soil?
I’d love more ideas!
I made a quick baby blanket using this tutorial. The layer of batting in between makes it super thick and warm, but it would work well without it too. I had heard that minky (the brown fabric) is hard to work with, but it didn’t give me any problems (except shedding all over the place.)
I cut the fabric out at 41″X41″ and the finished blanket ended up being around 38″X39″. This is because I’m horrible at cutting things out squarely and I just had to keep “evening it up” until it look right.
These no-bake energy bites are really easy and super delicious. They taste like homemade granola bars and will give you a kick of energy during your afternoon slump. I love to make a batch or two to keep in the fridge for snacks throughout the week. You could add hemp hearts, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc. to make them healthier and more customized to your tastes. This is a great hands on recipe to get the kids involved, plus they will love eating them once you are done!
No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Roll into bite sized balls.
3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- Mix all ingredients.
- Roll into bite sized balls.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!
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Can you believe that you can make these Easy Peanut Butter Cookies with only four simple ingredients? This is a great recipe for the beginner baker or busy mom. I hope you enjoy them! Also, if you love easy recipes like this be sure to check out my Cake Mix Sugar Cookies or 3-Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350.
Step 2: Cream peanut butter and sugar until fluffy.
Step 3: Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
Step 4: Spoon onto baking sheet and press with fork.
Step 5: Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Wait until they’re completely cool to move them or they will crumble. Enjoy!
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cream peanut butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
- Spoon onto baking sheet and press with fork.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
- Wait until they're completely cool to move them or they will crumble.
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Well the sweet potatoes are in and a couple of them are HUGE!! This is our last crop for the season so we’re done with the garden except tilling and fertilizing it. I’m a little bit disappointed because all of our crops came into season right in the thick of my first trimester and tomatoes (plus everything else we grew) grossed me out!! Good thing I planted 25 plants, right?!? Ha it’s alright I gave most of them away to our parents and I made some salsa. It was all a big learning experience anyway.
On another note, does anyone know if sweet potato roots will grow in water? We shall see I guess.
Remember that time you undercooked the rice for the third time in a row and your husband extended you grace when you had to go out to eat yet again? Or maybe he didn’t extend any grace and made you feel like a failure. (Or maybe I’m the only one who’s ever been in this situation)
Grace. We all hope to receive it when we mess up, but we’re kinda stingy when extending it towards others, right? But why is that? Hasn’t God extended us massive amounts of grace by sacrificing His son to die so that we might have eternal life? And doesn’t he continue to extend us grace on a daily basis when we mess up or refuse to put Him first in our lives? We don’t deserve to have a personal relationship with our perfect God, but He grants us the grace to do so because He loves us. Scripture says:
2 parts soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, or Ivory can be used), grated
1 part borax
1 part baking soda or washing soda
Mix and store in air tight container.
Use 1-2 tbsp per load.