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I broke the no-poo.

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I am sorry to have to say, and feel very guilty for giving in to shampoo, especially when I have gone two and a half months without.

As I was rubbing it into my scalp all I could think about was how I am rubbing carcinogens into my skin.

I was happy to have hair that smelled good, though, and I haven’t been this satisfied with my hair’s appearance since I used shampoo and conditioner many months ago.

Maybe I will just use the products until I can get my hands on some Dr. Bronner’s soap or something like that. I don’t want to be an alarmist anymore.

I had my appointment today at the birth clinic, and saw a midwife I haven’t met before, but she seems really nice. I think I have officially met all the midwives now. I am 38 weeks, 4 days, and my belly measured 39 and a half cm today, a crazy jump from last week’s 37, but the midwife told me that this could be the baby’s positioning, or perhaps the way that each midwife measures.

Either way, this baby is going to become a reality pretty soon, and I know it’s going to hit me like an anvil to the head when I finally look into her eyes.

No-Poo update: 8 weeks later.

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It has been nearly eight weeks since shampoo or conditioner has touched my hair. As proud as I am of making it this far, I must say that the results of this experiment are not all the wonderfulness I thought it would be.

Ever since I bought some baking soda and have been using it on my hair once a week, it certainly does the job of removing grease and making my hair feel clean. However, usually around the fifth day after doing the baking soda rinse, my hair gets so greasy and flat. I look in the mirror and cringe because my hair has no life whatsoever. As a result, I have been wearing my hair back (which I don’t like to do), and wearing hats more than usual when it comes to the time between getting greasy and removing grease.

Also, my hair doesn’t smell good. At all. It smells like baking soda for about a day, then it begins to smell like unwashed hair, which isn’t actually a bad smell, but more like a dull one. My boyfriend misses the time when my hair smelled like pomegranate. I miss it, too.

Even though this hasn’t gone that great, this no-poo experiment, I still do not want to give in to shampoo or conditioner. I definitely do not have enough money to be able to afford these products without the sodium laureth sulfate in them, and knowing that they are a carcinogen that I rub into my scalp, I am still turned off enough by the idea to continue to use baking soda only. Perhaps one day I will change my mind, but for now I will have to stick with dull, lifeless hair.

No-Poo Adventure: Day 19

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Baking soda. I finally have it!

I never realized that this white powder was so cheap. I never usually buy it, but managed to get some over the weekend. Then on Saturday night, I decided to try this baking soda mixture for a shampoo replacement on myself. I was actually a little nervous about it, but armed with my bubbly mixture I stepped into the shower. I wet my hair first, dumped the water/baking soda mixture over my head, trying to get everything, then I scrubbed it in, then rinsed it out.

After I got out of the shower, I dried my hair. It still felt a little greasy, but a little bit cleaner. After my hair dried (took hours and hours), I felt my hair, and couldn’t help but notice that I still felt greasy residue coat my hands with I ran my fingers through it. Did I do something wrong?

I looked up some more information, and there was a tip I stumbled across: “Do not wet hair first before putting baking soda mixture on.” Duh! So this morning I decided to try this again. With some semi-greasy hair I went into the shower, armed with my mixture yet again, but this time I wet my dry hair first with it and scrubbed it in. It was weird scrubbing it in, mainly because it doesn’t feel like I am scrubbing anything in at all. I rinsed it out, and hoped for the best.

After drying my hair off, I noticed it smelled a lot like baking soda. A good sign, I do not know, but I could have sworn I rinsed my hair very well.

So currently my hair is drying, and it feels noticeably less greasy than before I went with the baking soda washes. I am sure that my hair is still adjusting to not being shampoo-ed every other day, and that adds to any grease factor that might come up in the next day or so. I will continue to do the baking soda rinse, but probably only once a week or once every two weeks. We’ll see.

In other news! I actually made my own toothpaste today! After looking up a lot of different recipes, I decided to go with a very basic one since I don’t really have the cash to invest in oils and peppermint and all of that. So I went ahead with mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together until it became pasty. I mixed it into a wide-mouthed peanut butter jar I had just cleaned a few days prior. I was also very, very nervous about this as well. What would this taste like? I dunked my toothbrush into the mix after wetting it, then put it in my mouth and started brushing immediately.

Everything was going fine until a few seconds in, when the paste eventually made it’s way onto my tongue, then suddenly it was unbearable! IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST TASTES I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY MOUTH! Then I couldn’t help but think about what I was putting in my mouth. Hydrogen peroxide? Baking soda? PLEASE LET THIS WORK!!! I continued brushing my teeth until I was sure I got everything, but I hurried for sure, then as fast as I could, I rinsed out my mouth, continually spitting out until I was sure I got out everything. The taste sort of lingered, so I took a swig of some apple juice.

The results of this homemade toothpaste were that my teeth felt clean! Even though it tasted horrible, it worked at removing all the gunk that builds up on a daily basis. I am going to continue this once a day in the morning, and only hope that I can get used to the taste… eventually. ^_^

No-Poo Adventure: Day 15

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Today is day 14 of going without shampoo and conditioner, and using the water only method. My hair wasn’t so bad the first few days, but then by day 5 my hair started to feel greasy. Now it feels greasy on a daily basis, but I am getting used to the feeling. I even rinse my hair under hot water everyday, having used a soap bar only once on my roots a week after I stopped poo-ing. I’ve read that it can take up to 6 weeks for hair to adjust, so I am 1/3 of the way through that (I hope!). I only poo’ed and conditioned every other day before I decided to go with water only.

Why water only? Honestly, because I don’t have a hold of some baking soda yet. Or apple cider vinegar, which I have read isn’t a requirement, maybe only for very dry hair. Another reason why I am doing the water only method is because I am going to be living in a cabin this winter without a water tank, and most likely without plumbing. This isn’t a big deal to me, but it was at first. I’ve never had to live without having as much water as I want immediately, but it’s okay. This was I can learn how to preserve water, and being less reliant on anything comes with a growing sense of personal freedom. The other, and most important reason that turned me on to not using shampoo or conditioner, is because of the immense amount of hazardous chemicals in it. Sodium laureth sulfate is the main chemical I am worried about. It’s carcinogenic, which is a one word way of saying it causes cancer. This scared the crap out of me when I first read about it, especially since I have been using these chemicals to cleanse myself the entire time I’ve been pregnant thus far. I am sure it could take years and years of use for some people for it to have an effect on them, but I definitely do not want my daughter exposed to them any longer. So before she is even out of the womb, I have decided to stop using these harmful chemicals, which is also in store-bought toothpaste, body wash, dish detergent, and even baby shampoo! O_O !!!

There is a lot of messed up stuff going on in the world, more than we could even possibly imagine. This was one of those things that took me by surprise when I finally decided to get my head out of my butt and research what I have been slathering onto my skin my whole life. At least I can make a small difference in my life and the life of my unborn child.

Inspired by this article on Simple Mom.