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!

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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!