No ‘Poo – Haning’ In!

It’s been almost a month since my last update, so I figured I’d let everyone know how things are going.

First of all, that pesky greasy spot on the back of my head has gone away.  That area does get kind of heavy after a few days, but doesn’t get matted down or stringy like you would think greasy hair would do.  It’s become my timer…  back of the head feels heavy, time to bust out the baking soda!

Last time I updated I was having trouble figuring out what to do to condition my hair.  It was getting dry and brittle at the ends and it was developing some major static cling!  Since then I’ve started using a spray conditioner (by Aveeno I believe) and the static is gone and my ends aren’t as dry as they were (although not where I would like them to be).  It’s also helping with tangles while my hair is wet.

I’m down to cleaning my hair with baking soda about twice a week.  Sometimes I need a water rinse depending on what’s going on.  I’m sure that will go up soon with my training and trail running I’ve just started.

Before I wrap it up for the night, I want to reflect a bit.  I started the no ‘poo process this time around because during my last attempt a skin irritation I had completely disappeared.  When I shampooed again it reappeared.  So far I still have the irritation.  While it does seem to be clearing up more and more since that last shampoo, I wonder if it may be something else that was causing it all along.  If so I’m not sure if I’ll stick to no ‘poo or not.  I definitely miss having soft, silky hair.


No ‘poo – shampoo #2

I really hoped that my next no ‘poo update would not have news of me shampooing my hair.  Unfortunately it does.  And I think I’ll have to shampoo at least once more.

My hair was getting dried out a bit at the ends, and very hard to brush while it was wet (that’s just something with my hair texture…  normally I condition it within an inch of it’s life to get a brush through it).  Since the conditioner only method didn’t work out for me – still causing the skin irritation behind my ears – I decided to use a natural oil to condition my hair.  Hubby suggested almond oil since in ayurveda it has moisturizing properties for the skin, so we got some.  I used it and it would seem that I used too much.  I came out of the bath looking like I hadn’t washed my hair in a month (ba-dum-bump!) and my tangles weren’t any better.  I used baking soda paste and it got some of the oil out, but it still looked pretty greasy.  I shampooed this morning and I’m still looking greasy.  I think if I wash one more time I’ll at least have enough out that I won’t have to rock a permanent pony tail.

I’m undecided on if the oil actually did anything to help the condition of my hair or not.  I’ll try it again in a week or two (using a much smaller amount of oil) and see how it goes.  If this doesn’t work I’ve hear coconut oil works well.  I’ll just have to see what works best for me!

Finance and Weight Loss

This morning as I was scrubbing my scalp with baking soda and listening to the 968,438th story about the slowly recovering economy, I had the urge to go to the people who complain that said recovery is taking too long and beat ’em with the bright stick (kind of like an ugly stick, but to help people see the obvious).

Since that’s unlikely to happen, I formulated what I would say if the opportunity to dicuss the matter ever arose.  So this is it…

Financial recovery is like trying to loose weight.  In both cases, assuming you were once in a relatively healthy position, it’s really easy to let things go downhill.  Either you eat too much without exercising, or you spend too much without the financial backing.  I’m sure we all know how easy it is to do both (and sometimes at the same time, even).

The hard part is getting back to that healthy position.  Am I right? 

Anyone who has had weight or financial issues of their own know that it’s easy to get yourself in a bad spot, and much, much more difficult to get yourself out of it.  I can gain 10 pounds in a month without trying.  Unfortunately I can’t lose 10 pounds in a month without trying.  I can spend $8000 over 3 months to renovate my house, and then take 2 1/2 years to pay it all back.

My point here is that it took several years of financial mismanagement to tank the economy.  Why are we expecting it to be fixed in just 2?

No ‘poo – Update

I made it about 3 weeks, and this morning I decided to shampoo my hair this one time.

Generally my hair has been in good shape.  Everywhere around my hair line you would have no idea that I hadn’t been shampooing at all!  It was just the back of my hair.  If you can imagine the exact center of your scalp, then draw a circleabout 2/3 of the way to your ears…  this is where my hair was getting heavy and feeling a little tacky (not quite sticky, not really greasy).

So, the rationale is this…  before I went no ‘poo, I was shampooing about every third day.  Much less often than the last time I tried this, but still often enough that my scalp was producing oils pretty regularly.  Since it’s been three weeks, I’m betting that the oil production is down, so this one shampoo will clean out the build up and my hair should stay pretty clean for a while…  alomost like weaning off of shampoo. 

I may have to shampoo again in a few weeks, and that’ll be ok too.  But I do believe that within the next few months I should be completely off shampoo.  As long as I wait longer and longer between shampoos this should be doable!


No ‘Poo – Take 2

So, those  that have followed my facebook for a while know that about a year and a half ago I decided to conduct an experiment on my hair.  I would no longer use shampoo to wash my hair! This was all based on a discussion topic and a few articles and blogs I found subsequently.  Everything I read about it said there was up to a two month adjustment period for your scalp to slow down its oil production.  But it’s all supposed to be worth it because your hair will be in its natural state, and you aren’t ashing all those nasty chemicals down your drain.

So, I tried it, and generally I liked it.  It was hard having to “squeegee” my hair with a washcloth to distribute the oils, but I did it.  The most amazing thing happened while I was in the midst of all of this…  the skin irritation that I’ve had behind my ear for years… went away.

Well, after two months was over and my hair was feeling heavy and unclean AND i was having some pretty severe split ends, I shampooed again.  It felt so good to have soft, clean, flowing hair again.  And I didn’t go crazy.  I tried shampooing once a week, and that wasn’t quite frequent enough.  I eventually found a balance shampooing about 2-3 times a week.  Only problem being…  the skin irritation came back.

I’ve tried all types of shampoos to get this patch of minor hell to go away, but to no avail.  You name it, I’ve tried it.  So a few days ago I got really irritated with the irritation.   (yes, I’m a closet comedian…  not!  lol!)  I decided that I would once again give no ‘poo its due.  I read a few more articles and read up on some alternatives, so I believe I am prepared for…


This time around I will:
-Clean my hair 2-3 times per week.
-Use a baking soda and water paste just at my roots (so as not to dry out the ends)
-Condition my hair normally for the time being
-If irritation shill occurs from the conditioner, I will use coconut or other natural oil to condition the ends of my hair.

…and that’s it!  (I may henna occassionally, but that would be about it.)

As I have revelations on the subject, I’ll post them here.  If you have questions or want links to my resources either comment here or on my facebook.


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