Tuesday, January 26, 2010

See you later, Alligator!

John and I, normally, aren't the type to make New Year's resolutions. But for some reason, this year, without even telling each other we both made one. Mine, was to be better about sticking to my schedule. (But..ahem...we just won't talk about that.) And John's was to go "No-Poo". And since we share the same shower and he wanted me to make it for him. I decided I'd go "no-poo" as well. Now, he bravely stated on Facebook that he was going "no-poo" with no explanation whatesoever. I...not so much. For well over a year now I have been concerned about bath products. I've heard of the ridiculous things they put in them. I started buying soap at our farmer's market that I knew had no chemicals in it. We bought all natural toothpaste (although, I might try baking soda soon) but I was reluctant to give up my shampoo and conditioner. It's not that I needed perfume-y smelling hair or even that I doubted how well no-poo would work on John. But, I did doubt how well it would work on MY hair. You see, I have A LOT of hair. To the point where any hair stylist who has ever worked on my hair has made the comment "You have a lot of hair!" No joke. Now add to that the fact that I haven't cut it in 5 years and that equals massive amounts of hair. I just wasn't sure how clean it would get and I was really doubtful that it would detangle my hair. But, it's cheaper and healthier so, it couldn't hurt to give it a try. I. was. shocked. It worked so well! I absolutely could not tell the difference in my hair. No, scratch that. I could tell a difference and it was for the better. It's shinier and softer than ever. We are on week two and I am sold! I've used it on all of the children and we've all had the same results. Awesome. So, no more store bought shampoo for me! Just give me some vinegar and baking soda from now on!

To see the method I used (and a great "no-poo explanation) you can go here. The only thing I did different was to add a couple drops of tea tree oil to the baking soda mixture. I also usually make a triple batch of what she does (again...lots of hair!). If you give it a try let me know what you think!

Hope everyone is having a blessed day!



Tenessa said...

That's wonderful! I'll have to look at that link.

Marie said...

Ok my first thought was "you are insane, woman. I have dandruff. You can grip my Head and Shoulders out of my cold, dead hands." Then I thought "hmm. maybe this would solve said dandruff issue." Does it?

Amanda said...

I have to admit, in the winter-time my scalp is a lot dryer than normal. But, I truly have noticed a difference. I won't say it has totally done away with it but I can easily say it is not as bad.

Julie said...

I have heard it is wonderful for dandruff.
I have still been to chicken to try it, but maybe.
All the reviews I keep reading are good....

Steve, Amanda, Kyle & Owen said...

Amanda have you ever looked at Melaleuca products? They are made from natural ingredients, tea tree oil is one of the main ingredients. They also have a kids line.

However, my grandma swears by vinegar and baking soda. The link you shared is pretty neat too.