How to Make Whey and Cream Cheese the Old Fashioned Way

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Whey. The Old Fashioned Whey!

Get it??

I’m a sucker for a play on words😉

You can use whey in soaking beans and grains. You can also use whey as the starter culture to lacto-ferment foods such as sauerkraut, beet kvass, kimchi, salsa, carrots, etc.

I’ve also read via Nourishing Traditions that you can put a tablespoon of whey in a little bit of water and drink it to soothe a tummy ache. I’ll have to try that next time.

I learn so much when I blog.

The instructions that I am going to give you are to make whey from yogurt. You can also make whey from your milk (go RAW!) but of course you must let your milk sit on the counter covered for 3-4 days until it separates before you can begin your whey/cream cheese making.

The cream cheese you will get from this process will not be like the cream cheese in the store. It may be a little less creamy. I find that if I add salt to it, it is delicious!

The process using yogurt will give you whey and subsequently cream cheese as you are separating the two substances.

You can also find instructions on this process on page 87 of your handy-dandy copy of Nourishing Traditions.

Here is what you need:

Yogurt– 1 lb. preferably made from raw milk or whole milk yogurt with no additives from the store.

(Nourishing Traditions says to use 2 qts. but I find that is too much at one time for me.)

Cheesecloth 

Mesh Strainer

Large Mixing Bowl and/or jar

Cupboard or wooden spoon to hang your yogurt on to elevate and increase drippage

Glass container– to store whey. I use a mason jar.

Covered container- to store cream cheese.

The process:

1. Line your strainer with cheesecloth and place in a large mixing bowl to separate whey from cream cheese. A large portion of the separation happens with this step. 

If you are using thick yogurt or greek yogurt you can skip step number one since you will need a little more gravity to separate to begin with. 

2. To continue separation, tie the cheesecloth around the milk solids and attach to a wooden spoon or cupboard (somewhere where it can be elevated and allowed to drip with more gravitational pull)

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3. Allow all the drippage possible. When drippage is complete your whey and cream cheese is ready. I usually let mine drip overnight. 

4. Transfer whey to a glass container and store in your refrigerator. Whey can be kept for 6 months refrigerated. 

5. Salt cream cheese to taste and transfer to a covered container and store in you refrigerator for up to 1 month. 

Viola!

Enjoy your oh-so-useful whey and cream cheese! And you probably have some yogurt left over! Three foods from one. Genius.

Potato sausages are making my heart sing.

As we speak I am cooking up some potato sausages that I actually had to cut apart from eachother. Real, honest to goodness, homemade sausages cased in real intestine! They are steaming on my stove right now and they smell so good.

Is it weird to be excited about the casing on your sausages?

The best part about these sausages is that my dad made them! In his home! With a meat grinder! Using his own elk meat!

Doesn’t that just make you want to don an apron, pick up a chicken, twirl around and sing like Cinderella out your kitchen window complete with a pie cooling in the window?? No?

Yeah, me either.

Last weekend I visited my Dad. We made a delicious dinner and rhubarb strawberry pies with the overgrown rhubarb picked from his yard.

He showed me the latest happenings in his garden and his plans for the mossy appletree in his yard. He let me take the food from his fridge that was going to go bad since he is going to be in Seattle working on a boat this week. This included two packages of wild Alaskan smoked salmon. SCORE!

And yes, I ate it all already. It was all mine since I’m the only real fish eater in my house.

Which is weird because one would think my husband, a manly-Finnish man from a small town on the Columbia River whose dad, grandpa, and self worked in the fishing industry would be a fish lover. But, no. I am the one that must eat all the fish. Poor me😉

When I spend time with my Dad like this it becomes clear how I have come to be the person that I am. This happens when I am with my mom too but alas, I did not get to see my mom last weekend (tear…)

My Dad is someone I would describe as charismatic, quirky, hard-working, curious, and completely capable of all things. He has the largest hands you will ever see in your life. And his fingers are all wacked-out from breaking them and not getting them properly set. He has a hot temper. He cares about this country. He fears God. He loves to cook and always has. His weakness is chocolate chips cookies. He’s perfected his recipe. It’s dangerous. He hunts, fishes, grows a garden, can fix anything, can build anything, and always has a new adventure to talk about. Since high school he has been a commercial fisherman who went on to ultimately live his dream when he bought his very own fishing vessel, Dreamland, and became it’s hard-working Captain for years to come.

My dad's hands. Hand model?

My dad’s hands. Hand model?

He used to have a shirt that said “At the mention of my name, fish tremble.” Bah ha!

And this year he will go to Alaska for the 23484987th time.

This is not to say that I am as hard-working and capable as my dad because the Lord knows I am not movin’  and shakin’ at the pace of my Dad. (Which by the way, makes me feel very lame because for goodness sakes I am 27 years younger.)

All I’m sayin’ is it’s no wonder I’m such a cool person. Ha ha ha…I’m totally kidding.

But seriously, it’s no wonder that I get excited about the casing on my Dad’s homemade potato sausages. It’s no wonder I feel my hot temper rise when I read articles and learn about all the destruction of freedom going on in this country. It’s no wonder I daydream all day about our future homesteading goals and living off the land. And it’s no wonder I have the fear of God always with me.

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I do wonder though, why I have such a serious case of sea-sickness when I so much as watch a boat in a movie on the ocean. That doesn’t fit the pattern.

This is not even to mention all of the things that make me like my Mom. I could go on about our poodle fetish (Standard Poodles, to be exact) and relentless need to put a bow on everything given as a gift. (Is not a gift without a bow, right!? Back me up here!)

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I wanted to talk about sausages but this turned into a post about my dear ol’ Dad.

Thank you blog for allowing my thoughts to wander aimlessly.

I love my Dad. And I love my Mom. And I love these potato sausages.

My parents camping. I'm here too but you can't see me because I'm in the womb ;)

My parents camping. I’m here too but you can’t see me because I’m in the womb😉

How To Ditch Your Shampoo For Good!

photoNow that I have officially gone 54 days without using shampoo I feel like I am qualified to tell you *how * to do it.

Do you live in a city with soft water? This is a biggie for going shampoo free unless you have a water softener attached to your shower head.

After gauging the softness of your water all you do is this:

Get a squeeze bottle or an empty mustard or ketchup bottle. Something like THIS.

{The reason this type of bottle is necessary is to ensure you are able to apply the baking soda solution directly to your roots. Trust me–it makes this whole process A LOT easier! I’ve tried rubbing in a baking soda paste in my hair but it was just too stressful.}

Make your solution of baking soda and water. Use about one tablespoon of baking soda in your bottle. The solution should feel “slippery” on your hands when you apply it. You’ll know what I’m talking about…

Apply your solution ONLY to your roots and massage into your scalp and hair with your hands. Rinse well.

Do you have long hair?

If yes, I do not recommend using Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse.

If not, you should be just fine using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

For me, the ACV made my hair impossible to brush. I recommend either nothing at all or if you absolutely feel like you need a rinse try Aloe Vera juice diluted with water. I also came across this recipe for a hair detangler that I can’t wait to try from Green Momma: http://www.greenmommas.net/2013/03/homemade-hair-detangler.html

SOME TIPS ON BRUSHING YOUR HAIR

My sweet and handsome hubs surprised me one day with this Boar Bristle Brush!

Why, yes, that is an odd gift! LOL!

I had been complaining about my old conair brush that seemed to be ferociously ripping my hair out when I tried to brush it.

Hubs to the rescue with boar bristles!

Boar bristles are great for distributing your hair’s natural oils evenly throughout your hair. This is essential when going shampoo free because you want to make sure your natural oils are replenishing the entirety of your hair including your ends.

I don’t call it “brushing my hair anymore”, I now refer to is as “redistributing the wealth”. Socialist hair is healthy hair!

What!? I don’t even know what that means…I am not socialist in case you were worried…

Anyway,

Make sure to brush your hair everyday if you have issues with tangling.

Try to stretch out the frequency of which you wash your hair a little at a time. I can go 3 days now without washing my hair. I would try to go longer but I’ve had to maintain a job through this process sooo….yeah.

Good luck!

Homemade Cinnamon and Wild Orange Lip Plumper!

lipplumpHello Natural Beauties!

Would you like to attain luscious and naturally voluptuous lips without the harsh chemicals that store-bought plumpers contain? Look no further! I have created a citrusy-cinnamon lip balm that will wake those luscious lips up!

Back in my high school days I was obsessed with the very popular lip gloss called Lip Venom. Have you ever used it? It works great! But the problem is this:

Hydrogenated Polysobulene, Jojoba oil, Natural Essences, Propylparaben, D&C Red #6.

Yup, those are the ingredients of Lip Venom. Not really sure what hydrogenated polysobulene is but I’m pretty sure it’s  not something I want to eat. And I definitely don’t want to be eating propylbaraben and D&C Red #6. Thanks, though! Not to mention, it goes for a whopping 20 bucks! Um, hello, I can make something just as good for a fraction of the cost!

Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

7-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil (if you have sensitive lips you may want to use less–this stuff can burn but it sure works!😉

Note: I experimented with different things for the plumping effect. I tried peppermint oil, clove oil, cinnamon powder, cayenne tincture, etc. Nothing works as well as cinnamon bark oil. Peppermint oil won the runner up position so if you do not have cinnamon bark oil, try peppermint!)

5-6 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (you can experiment with your complimentary oil…I thought cinnamon mixed well with orange)

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or enough to fill the size of your lip gloss pot, whatever that amount may be)

an empty/clean lip gloss pot

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Directions:

In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil with essential oils.

Pour or spoon carefully into emptied pot

Let the mixture dry–I set it in my freezer for a little while so that it could harden.

REMEMBER: The point at which coconut oil melts is 78 degrees. Be very careful with putting this in your purse or pocket as it may melt and spill when you open it. Keep it in a cool place so that it doesn’t become a mess!

Viola! Apply that and pucker up! I’m sure your sweetheart will love it too!

This post is a part of Thank Your Body Thursday! Check it out!

Homemade Sprouted Whole Wheat Tortillas Made with Lard

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Do you know what I love? I love that moment when you figure out how to make something you thought you could only purchase from the store! …and it’s BETTER than anything the store could ever sell!

Oh what a great feeling!

This is what happened for tortillas and me last night. I figured out how to make real food, sprouted flour, lard tortillas! Seriously, these tortillas are delicious and have great texture.

And you know what? I didn’t need a fancy tortilla press. All I needed was a rolling pin and a frying pan! And about an hour and a half. And of course the ingredients that go into the dough…

The following recipe make 12 tortillas. I would recommend doubling the recipe since it is a bit time consuming. You can freeze or refrigerate the tortillas.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of sprouted whole wheat flour – I use To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company’s flour, it is magnificent!

1/2 cup lard, olive oil, coconut oil, or tallow

1 teaspoon sea salt- I used pink salt

1 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon per tortilla of lard for frying

Instructions:

1. Use either a hand held mixer, a kitchen-aid, or food processor (with dough blade!)

2. Add flour, oil/fat, and salt to mixer and combine until crumbly.

3. As your mixer or food processor is running, slowly add warm water until dough joins together into a large, smooth lump.

4. Roll out your lump into a cylindrical baguette shape and measure out 12 even slices. Cut your 12 slices.

5. Roll each slice into a ball in your hand and flatten all of the out on a large cutting board or counter top. Cover for 30 minutes.

6. Prepare a floured surface to roll out your tortillas.

7. Roll out tortillas to approx. 10″ around. [it takes a bit of practice to roll out your tortillas perfectly round. Take it slow and roll out equally on all sides]

8. Heat up your skillet with your lard or other fat on medium heat.

9. Fry your tortilla for about 30 or so seconds on each side or until it starts to brown and bubble a bit.

Ay ay ay!

Eat your tortillas right away or refrigerate/freeze for later use.

Enjoy!

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Also linked to GNOWFGLINS.com Simple Lives Thursday!

Also linked to Food Renegade’s Real Food Friday!

 

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Day 23 No Shampoo!

Hair lookin’ good, eh?

I’ve stopped using Apple Cider Vinegar for the time being. I started to think it was making my hair harder to brush. My hair feels more manageable when I don’t use it which is sort of weird.

I can go 2.5 days until I feel like a grease head. Everything is going really well so now it’s time to try to spread out the washing. It seems like this is the hardest part since I have to simultaneously look like a well-groomed person for work everyday.

I need a vacation so that I can not wash my hair.

If you want to see my other blog posts on going shampoo free here they are:

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/28/day-8-no-shampoo/

http://lifelibertyhealthiness.com/2013/01/22/the-first-day-of-hair-detox-no-shampoo/

Day 8 No Shampoo!

I’m seriously having the best luck with this!

My hair is starting to come out of the cotton-ball spider web, straw/hay stage.

I haven’t attempted a full brush yet however. I hope I don’t start forming dreadlocks. I just couldn’t brush it with the type of brush I had when it was so hay-like. I was ripping more hair off then I was untangling. I hear that a boar bristle brush really helps with this process because it is gentle and does not snag. Plus, it is great for redistributing your hair’s natural oils from the roots to the ends.

I have also been spraying my hair with a tad bit of diluted 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. I think I got a little carried away though, still coming down from a panic attack about how light my hair started to look.  I am going to switch to a chamomile conditioner now…along with my ACV rinse.

I have not had a problem with greasiness. I’m going to start waiting longer between washes now. I was only doing every other day. Let’s see if I can make it ’til Thursday without looking like a greasball!

Here are some tips I’ve learned since I started:

1. I have the best luck with putting 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda in about 2 cups of water and putting it in a squeeze bottle. (preferably one with a pointed tip–this is working great for specifically targeting the roots)

2. I have heard that your baking soda/water solution is at the right amount when it feels slippery or slimy in your hands. If you have hard water, this could take more baking soda. For me, it only takes about 1 tablespoon for it to feel slippery because of the softness of Portland’s water.

3. If you can’t brush it–don’t. You’ll just break your ends.

4. Never brush your hair when it is wet. It snags more.

5. If you are paranoid your head smells like Apple Cider Vinegar, it’s really only you that can smell it. I could have sworn I was walking around smelling like salad dressing but my hubs said he couldn’t smell it!

phonto

Homemade Charcoal & Coconut Oil Eyeliner

I’ve been using activated charcoal as a natural teeth-whitener (inspired by Mommypotamus’ guest post at The Healthy Home Economist Blog) and it got me thinking about what else I could use the charcoal for. Thus, my homemade charcoal eyeliner was invented.

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I love homemade beauty and body care products. I enjoy making them and I also enjoy the savings that entail. So I thought, why not try to make a natural eyeliner? I had never really worried much about the ingredients that were in the store bought liquid eyeliner I usually use but so I did some research. It’s amazing all the crap they squeeze into an eyeliner formula:

Water(Aqua), Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Xathan Gum, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090

At first glance I see three huge offenders: two types of Parabens and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

In a study done by the Department of Opthamology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, researchers found that even in small amounts, eye drops containing Methylparabens are likely to damage eye tissue and/or cause ocular surface disease. Granted, you do not put eyeliner on your eyeball but I still feel that such a toxic substance is not a good idea to apply to the delicate skin surrounding your eye. Not to mention, if any gets in your eye is it likely to be quickly absorbed by surrounding mucous membranes.

Regarding the Sodium Laureth Sulfate, I am actually shocked to see it in eyeliner. Normally it is used in shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and detergents as a surfactant. For cryin’ out loud, why would you need it in your eyeliner? According to the Environmental Working Group:

“[SLS is a] harsh skin irritant that may also result in the formation of potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye-damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation and even death.”

In numerous studies SLS has also been linked to

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer

Of course if an animal has a forcible large intake of toxic chemicals the results will be sudden disease. However, in humans, it’s the gradual intake that we must be worried about. Dr. Mercola pointed out, we do not have evidence or studies done to see the long term effects:

“But high levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern. And there is a serious lack of long-term studies on ALL of the chemicals in these products—so we don’t really know what the long-term effects are.”

After knowing this, and knowing how easy it is to make this two-ingredient eyeliner, I’ll be sticking with homemade hippie eyeliner, thank you very much!😉

Here are the supplies you will need:

1 empty eyeshadow or gel eyeliner pot. (I just emptied an old cream eyeshadow and used the pot)

1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil

1 280 mg. capsule of activated charcoal (sold in the supplement aisle of your co-op or health food store or sometimes in the bulk section)

toothpick for stirring

angled eyeliner brush for application. (see above picture for what that looks like. you can also use a thin paintbrush)

Directions:

Empty the capsule of activated charcoal into the pot.

Melt your coconut oil and pour into pot.

Mix it up evenly with your toothpick.

Note: You can adjust the measurements to how desired blackness. This is a very workable combination.

Before you use your eyeliner, run it under some hot water if the coconut oil has solidified. You can still use it in the solidified form but it will be more like a black eyeshadow.

Here is what mine looks like painted on:

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Let me know how this works for you. Have fun!
Sources:
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Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

The pristine, gorgeous Bull Run water.

Last September, the Portland city council voted 5-0 approving fluoridation of Portland’s Bull Run water supply after a 7-hour hearing from resident’s on both sides of the aisle.

As you can imagine, the decision upset many Portlandians and the clean water (anti-fluoride) community rose to the occasion. I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many Portland residents. The Clean Water Portland organization accumulated over 43,000 signatures and marched them down to city hall. This secured the decision to be put on the ballot for the residents to decide.

The time is almost here for the vote in May. Now it is up to the grassroots to campaign for a beneficial outcome. If you are opposed to the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply I urge you to attend the Campaign kick-off meeting for the Clean Water Portland campaign

TONIGHT!

Wednesday, January 23rd at

1125 SE Madison #112 Portland, OR 97214.

An Argument Against Fluoride:

Not that I think you should be basing your ideas on anything that Mel Gibson says but there is a great part in one of my favorite movies, Conspiracy Theory, when Mel Gibson’s eccentric taxi-driving character says,

“You know what they put in the water don’t you? Fluoride!  Yeah, fluoride, on the pretext that it strengthens your teeth. That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought, and makes you a slave to the state.”

Could Mel be right?

One of many recent studies done in China on the connection between IQ and fluoride consumption concluded that,

“The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in
drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the
area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water.”

“The children were life-long residents of two villages of similar population size which differed in the fluoride
content of the drinking water. Using a random cluster sampling method,
60 children were chosen from the high-fluoride area with 3.15 ± 0.61 mg/L
(ppm) of fluoride in the drinking water and 58 children were chosen from the
low-fluoride area with 0.37± 0.04 mg/L of fluoride in the drinking water. Children
affected by congenital or acquired neurological disorders were excluded.”

There have been 42 studies done on this same topic, mostly in china (If I remember correctly 28 out of 42).

Out of the 42 studies, 36 drew the conclusion that Fluoride does in fact effect intelligence. (source) <—- click to view other studies.

As if negative effects on the brain aren’t bad enough, fluoride has been shown to cause

Arthritis

Bone Fractures

Cancer

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Endocrine Disruption

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hypersensitivity

Kidney Disease

Male Infertility

Pineal Gland disorders

Skeletal Fluorosis

-Thyroid Disease

Dental Fluorosis

Acute Toxicity (at high doses)

Fluoride toothpaste is now required to carry this warning label:

“WARNING: If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

It carries this warning for a good reason:

Did you know that a typical family-sized 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a 20-pound child?

I didn’t either until a few days ago. That means if a child drinks enough tap water (in places where the tap is fluoridated) they could die from fluoride poisoning. Great.

Let it be said that I have no qualms if pro-fluoride folks want to brush with fluoride or add it to their water. But PLEASE do not force everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, to ingest fluoride against their will. Fluoride is the hardest thing to filter out of water. So please, Portlandians, think about freedom as you vote in may. Would you want someone forcing you to ingest an substance you were not comfortable with?

This post is a part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday

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The First Day of Hair Detox: No Shampoo!

Today is my first day washing my hair without shampoo. I’ve been inspired. After reading my friend Megan’s blog post about her one year anniversary going shampoo free and loving in, things have clicked.

I tried this a while back but it didn’t work out. I didn’t realize the reason behind the detox period and was impatient with my greasy hair.

I also didn’t know about all of the benefits of going ‘poo free. I was mostly worried about the chemicals in regular shampoo but figured that natural shampoo without nasty chemicals would be okay. OH how wrong I was.

1. Regular shampoo is drying (especially shampoo that contains sulphates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate–this is the worst!) and strips your hair of all of it’s natural oils, which in turn make your hair greasier as it tries to compensate. It’s a vicious cycle.

2. Regular shampoo adds a polymer and/or glycerin coating which is essentially like putting plastic on your hair.

3. When using regular shampoo your hair will need washing more often to combat the excessive oil production.

4. A lot of people notice their hair naturally lightening when going no ‘poo. *Sweet!*

5. Your hair will be shinier and more manageable.

6. You’ll save a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner. Especially if you are like me and have a lot of hair.

These are the ingredients in Pantene Pro-V:

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-7M, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

You can see how that would do a number on your poor hair….

I have not dyed my hair in over a year, expose my hair to a lot of sunshine, blow dry, or straighten it (unless it’s a special occasion) but my hair is still breaking at the ends, very dry, and practically impossible to brush! Could this be from a daily use of shampoo? Can I restore my hair to it’s full glory by going shampoo free?

The detox period happens when your hair is transitioning from oil over-production to normal oil production. Hence, the greasy hair at the beginning. Slowly, it will begin to understand that it can calm down and stop producing so much oil. The amount of time this takes varies from head to head. I am assuming my hair will have a pretty long detox period, so if you see me and my hair is greasy, you’ll know why.

What will I use instead of shampoo and conditioner you ask?

Baking soda for shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar dilution for a rinse.

That’s it!

There are many ways of application. I’ve read of some people applying their baking soda before getting in the shower to dry hair then rinsing it out in the shower. Some people mix it with a little water and pour it over their head in the shower.

I’ve read about people putting their ACV dilution (1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water) in a spray bottle (which I will do when I acquire a spray bottle). For now, I’ve put my solution in an old shampoo bottle and will pour it over my head mostly focusing on the ends of my hair.

There are some variations you can use with the rinse. I’ve read about Chamomile tea rinses, spritzing with food grade hydrogen peroxide (this may lighten up your hair extra quick), and my favorite, the Hibiscus rinse. If you missed my post about the Hibiscus rinse for your hair you can read it here.

Last but not least, I would like to give a special thanks in advance to sock buns and bobby pins for allowing me to go through this detox period while still projecting the image of a clean, socially acceptable person.

We’ll see how this goes…