Saturday, April 09, 2011

No Shampoo Day 7

Washed my hair with my baking soda solution today and rinsed with apple cider vinegar. It it so much better! Clean and soft. I plan on posting recipes for the different hair cleaning mixtures, but I am trying to get a hang of them first to be able to say how often to use them and such. Everyone will probably have to figure out their own washing pattern anyways so I shall get those up fairly soon. I still have a bit of a static problem but I think that is due to the plastic comb I have been using on my hair. A comb is supposed to keep your hair less greasy than a brush would but I may have to switch to a wooden or metal comb to avoid all of the static.

The Rabbit Died...Crazy Discovery

I had my friend Sarah over last night and she told me how her mom had brought home two rabbits when they already had three. Sitting at the table, my mom commented that at least she is bringing home live rabbits and not babies. We both looked at her in utter confusion. My mom replied by saying that her mother told her that if the rabbit died you knew you were pregnant. Since Sarah and I offered no recognition she turned to my dad and asked if he had ever heard the saying, he hadn't. Upset and thinking that my grandma had made something up, my mom turned to Google to see if a rabbit pregnancy test held any truth. To my shock it did! In 1927 (or around there) a pregnancy test was developed in which the women's urine was injected into a rabbit. So you may be thinking how the heck does that determine anything because I know that is what I was thinking. Apparently a few days after injecting the urine, the rabbit could be opened up to observe the ovaries. The presence of the hormone hCG appears as masses on the ovaries of the rabbit, showing that there is a fertilized egg aka the woman is preggo! The sad part is that all of the rabbits died because they had to be surgically opened to view the ovaries. It wasn't seen as worth it to sew the animals back up. However, "the rabbit died" became the common phrase for a positive pregnancy test. (got my info from Wikipedia)

This was my random mind blowing news of the week. I never would have guessed that animals were used in pregnancy tests. I mean who decided, ohh I am going to put some urine into a rabbit and it will tell me if this lady is pregnant or not. There really isn't a purpose to this post, I am not condoning using live animals in determining if you are pregnant, but this is something I thought should be known since it was so intriguing.

Friday, April 08, 2011

No Shampoo Day 6

Yesterday I told you all that I washed my hair and then it felt really weird. Well today my hair is a MESS. Greasy and static filled, I would say it is a freak out day. I am going to grin and bear it, doing my best to cover my hair up. But I think this is normal so hopefully only another week or so of the balancing act. Tomorrow I will have to figure out a solution and I will let you know what I come up with.

Soon I will be posting about new products I have tried recently and am super excited about.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

No Shampoo Day 5

This past Saturday I started, or rather stopped, using store bought shampoo. I stumbled upon an article about a woman who had done the same thing and never looked back. Researching more stories about the topic I came across nothing but positive reviews. So how does your hair stay clean? What I read about and have been doing is washing with a baking soda solution and then rinsing with apple cider vinegar (I will provide recipes in another post). Since starting I have washed with the baking soda rinse 3 times. I normally wash my hair every single day. The first time I washed my hair with this solution it felt super light and almost brand new. My brush went right through it and it felt like I had less hair on my head. So far it has been pretty good. It is hard for me to judge how often to use the baking soda solution to wash my hair. I washed it again today after 3 days because my hair was getting a little greasy (sprinkled corn starch can help absorb grease). After washing it with baking soda and rinsing with an herb rinse my hair felt weird and kind of heavy. I don't know what is going on with it but I am still in transition so I hold hope that it will get better with time. If it does get better it will be so worth it for me!

In my research I read that greasy hair is not dirty hair and there is a transition period of 2 weeks to 2 months where your scalp needs to adjust. During this transition period your scalp may overproduce oils to compensate for the change but after that your hair will regulate. When it regulates your hair is supposed to look and feel awesome, holding styles through the day. I will keep you in the loop as I go through this process. I don't know what to expect and I am adjusting as I go along. My hope is that if you want to try it that my experience can help you.

I decided to try this out because I have very fine hair that gets greasy quickly. I normally wash it everyday. Once my scalp adjusts I should be able to wash my hair every 4 to 5 days which is great. Also, you can avoid chemicals getting into your body by going the all natural route and it is inexpensive.