No Poo / All Natural Regimen – Week 1 – 3 Days Later

I owe this blog some pictures, I know. But to provide a quick recap… 3 days later, I’m still very pleased with the baking soda/vinegar results. No build up after my hair dried. My scalp doesn’t look dry. My hair looks refreshed– no grayish tint.

It’s cheap. It’s easy. If this works out in the long run, I’d give up commercial shampoos/conditioners and never look back! (Well, never say never…)

No Poo / All Natural Regimen – Week 1

Sunday night, I gave my no poo routine a try.* I mixed the baking soda/water and ACV/water into two separate Poland Spring-like water bottles with the little spout thingies (for easy application) , and brewed some tea into a wide plastic bowl.

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With the baking soda wash, I felt an immediate difference. My hair/scalp felt squeaky clean… reminiscent of using clarifying shampoo on relaxed hair with that stripped feeling.

I applied the watery mixture to my scalp (parting my hair front to back in small sections), rubbed, and let the excess fun down my strands.

I rinsed like crazy and then applied the ACV rinse in the same way. The ACV rinse soften my hair without feeling mushy as it did on most recent washes.

After rinsing like crazy again, I poured the black tea mixture on my hair for a final rinse.

My hair felt strong; not mushy and stringy. It looked a lot less fuzzy (though still fuzzier than I would  like– hoping this can be corrected over time). And finally, no evidence of build. I even did the scalp scratch test- no build up or gray flakes.

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Towel dried, put in some medium braids for a braid-out, and now I’m sitting under the dryer– can’t go to bed with a wet head.

Crossing my fingers that when my hair and scalp finish drying that my scalp and hair remain clear of any evidence of lingering build up.

*Apparently, this wasn’t my first go at a baking soda wash. I tried it once before back in 2012, enjoyed the results but didn’t keep up with it…  I now realize that ACV rinse without the baking soda wash (which is what I’ve continued to do over the years) doesn’t hold up over time. 

New Challenge: No Poo for 3 Months

It’s been a long time, we shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to…

It has been a very long time since my last blog post. Part of my being away has a lot to do with:

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Yep, that’s right. We’re expecting! Looking forward to birthing our little one into the world in a little under 3 months. 

I’m going through some hair drama right now. And, when my hair gets me down I crawl right back to the blogosphere. For the past few months, my hair has just been blah. Blah and increasing accruing more and more build up. 

I’ve tried different shampoos, used ACV rinse as a pre-wash… no dice. 

My next challenge: straight up no poo. 

Step 1: Baking Soda Wash

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of water (bottled/distilled water) (a la this method here)
  • Every 2-3 washes I’ll swap the above for 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of silicone free conditioner (a la Kreyola’s Baking Soda Wash method) but I will also add 8 ounces of water.

    I read somewhere that your hair could go through detox (a funky stage) from commercial shampoos but switching up your regimen a bit could expedite that phase. I wonder if this list of silicone-free conditioners is up to date. I think I will try one of the cheapies… VO5 or Suave. 

Step 2: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Step 3: Black Tea Rinse

  • 2 tea bags steeped in boiling water for 1-2 hours, then cooled. (I do this step to help cut the smelled of the ACV rinse and keep my hair from lightening too much)

Operation no poo goes into affect tomorrow. Wish me luck!

rollerset on newbie locks

My friend asked me to rollerset her  5-month old sisterlocks. I don’t remember ever doing anyone’s hair… so needless to say I was excited! I loved rocking tight curls when my hair was as short as hers. Check ’em out:

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I wish I had the foresight to color my hair before getting sisterlocks. Loving the pop of red color…

 

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run, forest, run!

On Columbus Day (10/14/13), I ran the Tufts Health Plan 10K race in Boston for the first time. 6.2 miles in 1hour, 40 secs!  Running a 10K has been a new years resolution for the past 3 or so years but I never mustered enough discipline to make it happen. Well, with some motivation from my “sole” sister, we made it happen. I’m already looking ahead to a half marathon…

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P.S. I just love how light, airy, and bouncy my hair feels as it blows in the wind when I run. I know as my hair gets longer, my ‘locks will get denser and heavier so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!