Ok, so I have been without traditional shampoo and conditioner since last Saturday! So far, so good.
I did a second applesauce wash on Wednesday night, but the waxiness was just a bit gross so I decided to try something else last night. I think maybe it’s the city water I’m using that makes this method not so great for me, but I could be wrong. Perhaps it’s supposed to be more of a “once in a while” type of wash, rather then primary one.
I did a little shopping on my lunch yesterday and got some new goodies, including a spray bottle and a boar bristle hair brush.
Last night’s concoction was a little bit of baking soda mixed with a cup of water. As my handy guidebook suggested, I boiled the water prior to mixing – hoping to counteract the hardness of the water. I really have no idea if we have hard water, I’m just assuming that’s the case. One of these days I’m going to try and find a test or something so I know for sure. I then poured my mix into the spray bottle. This worked great for getting it right onto my scalp, and also for the back of my long hair. Once I felt like I had done a pretty good job with the spray, I poured the rest of it on my head. Lots of scrubbing later, I rinsed and moved on to my conditioner.
Last night’s conditioner was apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water. I put this in a tuberware bowl and then briefly wound the back of my hair up and stuck it in the bowl. The recipe suggests pouring it over the hair, but I figured I’d try this first to make sure it saturated it well. After doing that for a few seconds, I poured the remainder over my hair and left it in for 2 minutes. A very thorough rinse (didn’t want that smelly vinegar lingering) and I was done.
I let it air dry for a bit, then braided it and went to bed. I must say – I love this so far. And it’s only the first try, so it might get worse from here, but so far – great results! It looks and feels as clean as I would normally get from regular shampoo. Also, a pleasant surprise – I have very few fly aways today! I normally have a ton of those little buggers, so I hope this continues. There’s none of the waxy feeling that I had from the applesauce, either.
I’ll report back to how long it lasts before the oily stuff starts creeping back in. But I’m excited about last night’s results! At the store yesterday, I also bought some coconut oil which I might start using as a facial moisturizer. I use pretty minimal lotion/moisturizer on my face right now, so this should be an easy transition for me. At some point I’d like to experiment with natural face washes, but I’m nervous about it because I have been having some acne issues in the past year. Perhaps going natural is just what I need! We’ll see, I’m not brave enough to try just yet.
Onto other topics! We are having a cookout get-together at the house tomorrow afternoon, in celebration of my hubs b-day, which was yesterday. The big ole 3-1. Should be a good time, we bought a bunch of meat to grill and I’m going to make what I hope will be a tasty adult lemonade. This will be the first time I’ve had an excuse to use my 3 gallon drink dispenser! I found the recipe online, which calls for pink lemonade, beer, and vodka. Stay tuned for results 🙂 If I’m flat on my face in the back yard with a great dane walking on my head, you’ll know how it went.