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Puh. puh. puh.

These are the sounds I'm making when I'm not talking like a gal who's been drinkin' too much whisky in a saloon with swinging half-doors. This nasty-ass cold is at that "I think I'm gonna sneeze...no...no...no...damn!" stage where then you sneeze later when you're not ready to sneeze anymore. And I can't taste anything, so I have no appetite.

Apart from that, life is fine. The sun's shining, I"ve got stuff to do at work, my house is pretty tidy, and I've quit using shampoo.

There are a number of reasons to make the "No 'Poo" choice: health concerns about standard toiletry ingredients sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate; frugality issues, a desire to experience naturally-clean rather than stripped-and-replenished hair.

There's a pretty good article about the No 'Poo choice, including the low-cost, low-impact alternative, here.

Me, I'm doing it because it just seems to be in line with everything else I've been doing, moving away from corporate-controlled consumerism, saving money, eliminating packaging, simplifying my personal routine, not going into those regular stores anymore...

I'm on my fourth shampooless day, and I can attest that my hair looks shiny, smells fresh, and feels pretty bouncy and manageable.

*checks one more thing off the cluttered-life list.*


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Jun. 20th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what icon to use for this!

FWIW, for a couple of months I've been washing my hair with Dr. woods Pure Almond Castile Soap, which is imitation Dr. Bronner's--it's $8 for a quart. The label says it has no lauryl or laureth sulfates. Ingredients are water, saponified coconut, hemp and olive oil, vitamin E and bitter almond oil, sea salt, citric acid, and rosemary extract. I'm still using up shower gel, but once that's gone, I can use the same soap passim.

My hair looks great, although I do use a bunch of conditioner from the 99 cent store.
Jun. 20th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Heh. I have no beauty/products icon either. Miss Piggy seems like a pretty good choice!

I was just thinking about Dr. Bronner's soap the other day in conjunction with the No 'Poo. Great stuff, and I'm glad to know there's an alternative. It sounds nice.

Once I stopped coloring my hair, I found that my need for conditioner diminished quite a bit. The idea behind the "No 'Poo" choice is that once natural oils reassert themselves, even conditioner should be unnecessary. We'll see.
Jun. 20th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
If anything, coloring my hair reduces the amount of conditioner I need--I have very, very fine hair, so it kind of knots into a cloud of cotton candy without conditioner, and hair color thickens and roughens my hair a little so it has more body.

I'm also thinking about diluting the Dr. Woods and using it as dish soap.

I also keep an open dish of plain white vinegar on top of the stove--a very effective deodorizer and air freshener.
Jun. 20th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that baking soda, vinegar, and hot water (not pre-mixed!) are just about all person needs to keep a house and a body pretty decent.
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Jun. 20th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. Some of these changes just hit a hot-button, don't they? For some reason, this "No 'Poo" one seemed pretty easy to me, but watch me freak out when someone mentions giving up coffee--even though that choice would be way more powerful, in terms of both my health and generally sustainability, than merely washing my hair with something different.

There's a whole lot more to this path than logic, is all I can say!
Jun. 20th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I went low-poo about a year ago for aesthetic reasons & have been very happy with the results (my wavy/cowlicky hair is much more manageable with actual ringlets). I'll have to try the baking soda/vinegar rinse.
Jun. 20th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
When you say "low-poo" do you mean less frequent hair-washing or the use of only small amounts of shampoo, or what? I'm curious about the different variations people have come up with.

The soda/vinegar certainly gets my hair clean and fresh, and seems to bring out natural color.

Now for a substitute for blow-drying...
Jun. 22nd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Both -- I wash about twice a week and I use a small amount only on the roots, so a bottle of shampoo lasts me six months now. But I do like the idea of going completely without it.

I never blow-dry my hair anyways, so that's not an issue, but I don't think I could ever give up my favourite styling cream.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for comparing notes! This idea seems to be taking hold in a lot of places.
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