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Saturday, August 15, 2009

No poo three

i just have to come back on this topic. i just love my hair.! i am so glad i went down this path. i am now using 1 tablespoon baking soda in 2 cups of water, mixed in my zyliss shaker, every 2-3 days. i will never use shampoo again, even if it was hair is that good.

after a question from nicole about the necessity of wetting my hair first, i tried applying the 2 cups of baking soda solution to dry hair. it was more than enough to saturate my short, but growing in, hair. it doesn't take much to rinse it, so this is a good low-water solution to hair washing, for those times when i'm doing it over a bucket in the van, or behind a bush on hwy. 1 in california.

nicole is going to try it out this weekend. hopefully she'll weigh in here.... but remember the adjustment took my hair over a week to adjust......

janene has also commented on alternatives to other body products. we're gonna do some experimenting, so if anybody has any ideas to throw in, it would be appreciated!


Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a site that will tell you the ingredients in the products we use and what those ingredients do to us:
I was really shocked to find out what was in some of the products I use.

-Your Numees

kate said...

thank-you numees. i may repost this in a later blog post.

terrapraeta said...


So I did the soda thing for the first time today. It is a touch less clean than I am used to on wash day.... but usually if I go without conditioner my head goes all kinds of frizzy -- and it did not do that today. So I'm expecting good things. Also... gonna experiment with frequency, This may mean I need to wash more often, or I may be able to stay on my five day schedule. We'll see.

On the skin thing... I recalled this recently -- I used to brew basil tea as an astringent and I think I amgoing to do so again. It can be harsh, but for my semi-oily skin its really pretty mild. Also plan to experiment with raw aloe as a moisturizer.........


DeAnna said...

I've been experimenting with just cutting out a lot of the products that we've been trained to buy. I haven't used shampoo or conditioner in 8 months or so. I don't use anything else either. The first couple months was pretty rough, as my scalp re-acclimated and learned that it didn't need to over-produce natural oils. But these days, a quick rinse in plain warm water every couple days works just great. Really. My hair doesn't look greasy or dirty. I work a job with the mainstream public, and I still "pass" just fine.

I'm off soap and deodorant for about 2 months now. Again, just a good water rinse seems to work just fine. I do notice that I sometimes smell a little strong for mainstream (never "bad", just strong), but I figure my body hasn't had a chance to acclimate yet.

I'm pondering my relationship with toothpaste. I'm not ready to try it yet, but I wonder if just brushing with water would work as well, once your body adjusted to it.

Laundry detergent only comes out if there's something *really* dirty. Otherwise, just plain warm water again.

Water...turns out it's pretty amazing stuff.

terrapraeta said...

Got an update of my :-)