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My daughter SweetPea was born with a full head of hair, so much hair in fact that it entered the world a good 30 minutes before the rest of her. Since day one it’s been beautiful, dark and curly.

But a few months after she was born when the squirming and the sweating really kicked in, so did the tangled rats nest on the back of her head. I tried combing it after washing and brushing it when it was dry but nothing worked and everything just made it frizzier and frizzier until I gave up for a few days and she grew the beginnings of little baby dread locks.

I had to find a solution (preferable an organic one). I scoured the internet for a few days here and there and finally found a product I really wanted to try. It was Nature’s Baby Organics Lavender and Chamomile Conditioner made with more than 70% Organic Ingredients, Hypoalergenic, Cruelty Free and Vegan which are some of the most important things to me when it comes to the products I put on my baby’s skin. (more…)

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3 Days No-Poo

It’s been a whole week since I shampooed my hair and I must say “I feel liberated!” if not a little bit greasy.

For those of you that are just tuning in, No-Poo means to maintain your hair without shampoo. So instead of using conventional shampoos and conditioners I use baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair about once a week, allowing the natural oils from my skin to balance out and avoiding the overproduction of oils that occurs when you use shampoo to strip all the natural goodness from your hair. To learn more and catch up on my No-Poo journey click HERE.

Day 1.

I washed my hair yesterday with baking soda and vinegar, silly me forgot to cut the vinegar with water so I’m left with a bit of an Easter egg scent lingering around my tresses but it already seems to be fading, and next week I shall know better. I can’t believe how soft and light my hair feels! There is absolutely no residue and it just feels healthier. I love it.

Day 2.

No-Poo still going strong! My hair still feels soft and light and is behaving much more agreeable than it normally does.

Day 3.

I’ve been rinsing my hair each day in the shower and I’m surprised how much of a difference just running water through my hair makes. I think the pressure and the moisture help move the oils around making my hair feel clean and even.

Day 4.

I almost washed my hair today. There are multiple people in my house so shampoo still exists in the bathroom, I must have just been on auto pilot and went as far as to squirt a nickel sized dollop into my hand before remembering that I was no longer washing my hair that way.

Day 5.

I must admit my hair is a little greasier than I am particularly comfortable with, but I knew that going No-Poo cold turkey like I did this was bound to happen. My scalp isn’t used to not being stripped yet and is still overproducing oils to make up for all the oils my previous shampoo regimen would remove. I’ve found that with being No-Poo brushing my hair in the morning and at night really helps remove loose hairs that would have otherwise been washed away in lathering process in the shower, also the hairbrush helps move the oils away from my scalp and through the rest of my hair. Today my hair looks wonderful even if it feels a little slick and the natural body is really starting to take control, only two more days until my next washing!

Day 6.

Woke up with curly hair, Not super curly, but much curlier than normal. I must say though things are looking rather greasy. I’m definitely going to wear my hair up today so I don’t have to feel it, but I get to wash it tomorrow which I’m REALLY looking forward too. I’m going to give it another week or so, but if things keep up like this I think I’ll start washing every 5-6 days instead once a week. All the grease is probably just due to my hair starting to balance out though and I hope to feel a little less icky on day 13 next week!

Day 7.

Today I washed my hair with baking soda and vinegar and it feels Amazing! I think that after a little more time things will balance out and I’ll be able to go 6-7 days without washing with no problems, but next week I’m not going to be so drastic because honestly my hair got a little to greasy for comfort. I think I’ll wash it every 4-5 days instead, but even after a week of greasy hair I would recommend No-Poo to anyone because despite the extra oils my hair has never felt so fantastic!

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In the shower one day when my husband and I first started dating he told me he didn’t wash his hair “It’s not good to strip it of its natural oils” he told me over my sud covered tresses.  I rolled my eyes and began washing the soap from my hair and in a rather condescending manor told him that he needed to start washing his hair more often, and that the only reason he was saying that was to cover up that he was a boy who lived with three other boys and didn’t like showering let alone using soap once in the shower.

A little over two years later I am eating every word…

I was inspired by Genevieve over at Uniquely Normal Mom and her post about her 2 Year Anniversary of not using shampoo, or No Poo-iversary as she so cleverly calls it.

Could it really be possible that someone could unconventionally wash there hair once a week and have softer, healthier, more volumized hair? Could that really be? Have the shampoo companies lied to me all these years telling me how wonderful their products are for my hair, and how I “need” them to have wonderful, shiny, beautiful hair?

Most Likely.

So as of today I am going No-Poo, which means this:

I will not shampoo or condition my hair.

Instead I will use baking soda, vinegar and a little lemon or lavender essential oils once a week and nothing else… except water of course!

So today I mixed 1 tablespoon of baking soda with about 1cup of water and worked it through my shower wet hair and rinsed. Then I mixed 1 tablespoon of vinegar with about a cup of water and a drop or two of essential oils and worked that through my hair, leaving it in while I lathered up my body and then rinsing my hair when I was done, and I must say…

My hair feels WONDERFUL! So soft and clean, I know that I have greasy days ahead of me as my hair and scalp work into their natural rhythm but my goodness, if you’re not going to go No-Poo at least try washing your hair with baking soda and vinegar* because it’s just Divine!

Plus as an added bonus it goes in the Environmentally Responsible category and rids my home of one more nature depleting chemical!

Thanks so much to Genevieve for turning me on to No-Poo!

*Using diluted vinegar will not cause your hair to smell like vinegar, but putting strait vinegar on your hair like I accidentally did the firs time will. Just a heads up.

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I have had the same reoccurring dream through out my pregnancy. The context of the dream is always different and the images change and develop but the idea remains the same. A bright light shines on my swollen belly causing my skin to become transparent enough to glimpse the baby. Her skin is covered in veins and she’s always right on schedule with how many weeks along I am.

The first time I had the dream she was small and fragile swimming about in a sea of amniotic fluid, her tiny arms and legs so thin and brittle, her little body as transparent as the skin of my womb. She gets bigger and stronger every time I see her, and last night when I drifted off to sleep I was blessed with a view of my daughter, my perfect child; so big and strong her skin almost completely opaque, her fully formed appendages moving about, her perfect little nose on her beautiful little face, and the best part was her round head covered in thick dark hair. It was simply amazing to see, and when I woke from the dream I felt as though I knew her a little better than I’d known her before.

And next month when her birthday is revealed and I hold her in my arms for the very first time, I won’t be at all surprised to see the same little girl I’ve seen so many nights finally in my arms looking back at me.

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