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I have a secret to share and honestly I’m feeling a little guilty about it, but isn’t that always the case when you return to a habit that you once worked so hard to quit? Well I’ve given up on being a quitter, the feeling of doing it is just to good… so here goes… my big secret…

I Poo’d…

Yep… It’s official I am no longer No-Poo

After five long months pouring diluted baking soda on my head each time I took a shower I’ve finally had enough!

Now for those of you who don’t know what No-Poo is it’s a pretty simple concept where instead of using shampoo and stripping your hair of its natural oils every day or so, you instead use a combination of water, baking soda, and vinegar to wash and condition your locks once or twice a week.

Why would anyone in their right mind give up shampoo for a glorified baking agent? You may find yourself wondering… Well honestly it’s WAY better for the environment, and in the long run a lot of people believe it’s better for your body because you’re no longer overproducing oils to replenish your scalp after each shampooing.

But India, Why would you stop if it’s so good for you and the world? You ponder quietly to yourself, riveted to your computer screen waiting on my every word (a girl can dream can’t she)

Honestly I started because I was looking for something natural and toxin free to use on my hair so that when my precious little daughter snuggled close she wouldn’t be exposed to anything that might be harmful or possible irritating to her skin, and I stuck with it for a while and I would have stuck with it forever if not for one tiny factor…

There is no… N – O…. NO… satisfaction in taking a shower without the LATHER; the thick soapy, sudsy, soft mess of bubbles that coat your hair and fingers. That satisfying tickle as foamy freshness trickles down your spine. It’s pure unadulterated Bliss and I’ve deprived myself for far too long. So today as I slip off my day and step into the bath toy filled expanses of my shower I leave the baking soda behind and reach for a beautiful bottle of shampoo – cruelty and toxin free of course.

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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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