Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hair Care


Ok, I'm just going to say it. Here goes. I'm really going to say it now. Don't freak! Ok. *deep breath* Right. I-haven't-shampooed-my-hair-in-10-days! Wow. That wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Now, before you get completely grossed out, I have been cleaning my hair, just not with shampoo, etc.

Let me back up a bit. The last few months, I've been researching better ways to care for my hair and face. All of these nasty chemicals they sell us CANNOT be healthy or safe. Plus, I'm too cheap to keep shelling out loads of cash for stuff that isn't working well.

Anyway, I decided that God had to have created stuff that is better in all ways. In my searching, I came across this post by a lady named Quinn on her blog, She posted pics of her hair before she started her new routine, then at 3 weeks, and again at 9 weeks. It just kept getting prettier and curlier.

Are you ready for the secret? Baking soda. Yep, that's right, the stuff we use to keep our fridges from being stinky. You can use it 2 ways. 1) Mix it with water, pour the mix over your hair, then rinse. 2) Wet your hair, work a handful of the dry soda into your scalp and hair, then rinse. Either method is fine.

Oh, my gosh! My hair is so soft, smells so great, and seems healthier than it has in years. I am convinced. The baking soda cleans without stripping the healthy oils. That's right. No conditioner needed! Oh yeah, baby. Mama's got a new love!!!!

BTW, feel free to sniff my head when you see me next. :)


Okay, ladies. After 8 months, I thought it was probably time for an update on my green (environmentally-friendly, not green hair) hair cleaning trial.

First, let me say, I love what the baking soda does. It removes the grossness, but leaves the healthy behind. My hair's not frizzy anymore. After the BS (baking soda) rinse, my hair is clean and smells clean. I like that.

Second, I DO NOT LIKE THE SMELL OF VINEGAR! This includes anything you can call to mind. The ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse did wonders for my hair, but I couldn't stand the smell. Yes, the smell went away when my hair was dry. However, those who know me know that I am currently in menopause. This translates to lots of sweat from hot flashes. I "enjoy" my own personal summer frequently. Because of these frequent and rapid seasonal changes inside me, my hair is wet a lot. Read: I smelled like vinegar. Grrrr!

Obviously, more research was needed. I have now found that a nickel-sized drop of conditioner is all I need twice a week. That's it. "I've said my piece and counted to three."


Virginia said...

I read that blog post too and have been very intrigued by it. I mentioned it to Kari Ann and I think she might have had a mild stroke. Ha!! Next time you get your hair cut, don't mention it and see if your hairstylist notices a difference. ;) I'm considering doing it too.

Tiffany Klacik said...

Um, I refuse to sniff your head. Period. :)

Leslie said...

I have also been wondering about the baking soda thing. I read about it a while back (somewhere). I just wondered how it would work for my naturally, very oily, hair. I maybe giving this one a try! We just won't tell Tiff anything. She'll never know the difference!

Anonymous said...

First off, yay for you blogging! And secondly, I'm doing this too! It's been 5 days since I've washed my hair with shampoo. Now, I will tell you, initially I felt like my hair was way too static-y. So what I've been doing is using about a dime size amount of really good conditioner all over my wet hair just too keep the static away. But yeah, it totally cleans good. How often do you wash?

Kimmi said...

Virge, bless her heart. Don't scare her like that.

Tiff, at no point have I asked you to sniff my hair. If you want to.....

Leslie, what have you found using this? I'm very interested.

Melissa, I "wash" about 2-3 times a week. Too often and my hair gets dry, not often enough and it gets oily. It's a fine line between crunchy and gross. ;)