Quick Update: 5 days of ‘No Poo’

It is now day 5 post wash using the no poo method and I must say I am happy with results!

My hair isn’t greasy at ALL! I am wondering though if my lack of transition period is either a fluke – so that when I do wash imminently I will be inundated by a MASSIVE transition period and be in grease-city OR if in fact, my lack of transition period is because I had already stopped using sulphate shampoo and conditioner before stopping shampoo altogether? Either way I CANNOT believe that my hair is not, only NOT greasy BUT it is still soft and manageable as though I had only washed it yesterday!

I have also noticed that I am not needing to use as much air product AND that my hair is VERY soft after I’ve popped in the hair product and doesn’t have any ‘crunchy’ feel. I’m also finding that it is still holding my curl really well + giving me even more body/volume than I usually would have (without a volumising spray at the roots) which i am liking a lot. There was quite a bit of ‘breeze’ over the weekend and I loved the movement/having the wind in my hair and then seeing that my curls still looked really nice (usually they’d be looking all over the place)! I am also noticing that (as I’m using a lesser amount of product in my hair) my hair itself seems lighter in colour.

Day 5 and still happy with the results…

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The ‘No Poo’ Wash…

So it’s been the 2nd “no poo wash” (NPW)  for me – I feel that when I did it the first time that it didn’t really count as I did still use conditioner between ‘steps’ as I needed some help to detangle my curly mess. This time around I stuck to the theory but added a little more apple cider vinegar to my ‘conditioning’. This means that it is 1 tablespoon bi carb soda to 1 cup (tap) water (which popped into a bottle) AND in another spray bottle 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 1 cup water.

This time around I ‘poured’ the bi crab concoction around my hairline and then through parts of my hair (keeping as close to the scalp as possible). I rubbed it in a fair bit and found that I managed to get that ‘slippery’ feeling and was able to run it down the rest of my hair. I left it in for a couple of minutes (so I could apply body wash + shave legs) and then found that this helped me to be able to comb my hair (with my trusty afro comb – every curly haired gal’s best friend I think!). After washing that out I liberally sprayed the ACV creation at the roots of my hair and a few bursts through the mid-lengths and ends. Again, I left that in (I usually cleanse my skin at this point so that lets my hair ‘condition’) for a couple minutes and then washed it out. Just before getting out of the shower, I turn off the hot water and turn up the cold and pop my hair under the (shower) head – I’ve been doing this for yyyeeearrrs and find that the quick burst of cold water adds extra shine to hair and (as I air dry) makes it less ‘boofy’ once it dries!

Once I towel dried my hair I applied my usual styling product but slightly less than usual  – only because I am getting to the bottom of the bottle and haven’t got my back up bottle yet). This morning (yes, I wash my hair at night a few hours before going to bed – after I’ve put missy moo to bed!) I was surprised to see how lovely my hair looked! I was totally expecting it to be all limp/oily/not quite right. Instead I find my curl is MORE defined!!

So far so good people!

I’m trying something new (no poo for me!)…

So I am on the cusp of trying something new… actually I have commenced the trying but in typical ‘me’ fashion I am dipping my toe in rather than jumping straight into the deep end!

I’m not a fan of the name of what I’m doing, but I’ll call a spade a spade… I am going NO POO!

i mean – look how happy she looks!

What this means is I am basically cutting out shampoo from my hair care regime… I am told (from research) that I will be happy with the results and my locks will be oh-so-wonderful…. ONCE I get over the “transition phase”. Don’t get me wrong, like most things one researches there was both pros and cons for trying this method but at the end of the day I have decided that really, what have I got to lose?

So WHAT am I using? I am using a Bicarb soda (1 tablespoon) + water (1 cup) concoction that I keep in a spray bottle in the shower and use instead of shampoo. To condition I am using apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons) + water (1 cup). Of everything that I read regarding this method, I was told that I may have to ‘tweak’ it to suit my own hair needs. As my hair is curly and gets SUPER tangled (because I only ever comb it when its wet) I have already ‘tweaked’ it and BEFORE I do the apple cider vinegar + water creation I am actually cheating applying a smmmalll amount of conditioner to my ends and mid-lengths so I can comb my hair after I wash it.

WHY am I doing this? I sort of stumbled across it… I had quite some time ago jumped onto the Moroccan Oil (MO) shampoo and conditioner bandwagon and LOVED it. Then to sulphate free stuff with MO (called Seven Wonders) which, I found was even better for my hair! Anyway – the whole time I was pregnant I had such blissfully full, lustrous hair… then 3 months postpartum; BAM – HAIR FALL CITY! I am NOT talking the usual ‘hair clogging drain’ situation here. It looked more like there was a drown cat in my drain! Each and every wash made me anxious which in turn made the fall out worse – I KNOW that its “normal” to have hairfall postpartum because of the hormone changes but this was DEPRESSING to see! At one point, hubby popped his head into the bathroom as I was washing my hair and exclaimed “oh my GOD – Is everything ok? You should go see a doctor! That is a LOT of hair!!”

Thankfully since then all things have returned to normal – I switched my conditioner to one by Klorane which is especially for weak hair (which I TRULY think helped my ‘hair situation’ get back to normal quicker) but as I had read about this ‘no poo’ thing I started getting curious and wanted to know more… hence the research began…

Anyway – what with me now back at work but only 3 days week and all the stuff that we needed to buy for baby + bills etc I started looking at areas I could cut costs (whilst still maintaining other stuff)… the no poo thing seemed a far, FAR cheaper option! So I mulled it over, and mulled it over some more. Then did some research, watched some you tube video’s, did more research, mulled even more and watched even MORE You Tube video.

Enter a week ago and I am sitting at home and out of nowhere I finally decide that I am giving it a go!

So its been ONE wash… so far so good. BUT I think that that’s more because my hair hasn’t quite worked out what’s happened yet… I am HOPEFUL that my transition period won’t be too bad as I had read that if I you’re already using sulphate free shampoo and conditioner that your transition shouldn’t be too ‘crazy’

Anyway – I’ll keep you up to date on the progress and if it’s worth the go!

Aside

Its FINALLY happened!

I’ll keep it short and sweet people hehe, much like myself…. BUT we here have FINALLY gotten off our asses and gotten a notebook and WiFi at our place!

I know that it was long, long overdue but better late than never…

 

woo-hoo! 

More blog posts to come in a swifter manner now!

 

This time last year…

I CANNOT believe it is ALREADY October! October people… Where did the last year go? At the end of the month my lil cherub will be a year old… 1 YEAR OLD! It is maddeningly clichéd & scary how quickly time flies. It was this time last year I was having my last day at work and was nervous/hesitant/excited for the arrival of our little girl.

I remember the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy; I wasn’t that woman exclaiming “I’ve had ENOUGH, get this baby outta me!” but rather I think in the last 6 weeks I discovered that I LOVED being pregnant and having this human inside of me moving, playing, responding to my touch. I had so many melancholy moments where I wished I could keep her attached to me for ever… it was only really in the last week where I really felt huge, where going from a sitting position to standing required effort and I had to ‘hold’ the bottom of my belly if I stood up for too long.

I look at Amira now and I am amazed how fast she’s growing and am so hopeful for her and our lives together as a family. At the back of my mind there are so many fears that I have – will she realise how much I love her? Please let her be God-fearing, kind and good to her parents… will she realise the importance of education and constantly strive to better herself?

She’s 11 months now and I can already see little bits of personality shine through; how (for the most part) she is a pretty ‘cruisey’ child – she’s not fazed by much and is quite relaxed about most things; she’s not easily agitated and has always been placid. She’s an observer; when we get together for mothers group I notice how the other little girls are far more ‘rough and tumble’ – they attack toys and jump straight into ‘giving things a go’. Amira will watch them, observe then then decide from there. She’ll hold a toy and REALLY look at it; pass it from one hand to the other and then play with it. She seems to be a quiet, persistent achiever – I’ve noticed this on more than one occasion but it was never more evident than when she learned how to stand herself up against the sofa. She’s a happy baby but doesn’t laugh at everything – she makes you work for her laughter which I find so enduring.

Even as I type all that I can see her so clearly in my mind’s eye; as though I am in my living room and am watching her play with her toy Dora kitchen (and not sitting in my TV room while she’s sleeping for the night), I get all teary just thinking about how much I love her (I know, SO LAME!).

 

How time flies!

I CANNOT believe it is ALREADY October! October people… Where did the last year go? At the end of the month my lil cherub will be a year old… 1 YEAR OLD! It is maddeningly clichéd & scary how quickly time flies. It was exactly this time last year I was having my last day at work and was nervous/hesitant/excited for the arrival of our little girl.

I remember the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy; I wasn’t that woman exclaiming “I’ve had ENOUGH, get this baby outta me!” but rather I think in the last 6 weeks I discovered that I LOVED being pregnant and having this human inside of me moving, playing, responding to my touch. I had so many melancholy moments where I wished I could keep her attached to me for ever… it was only really in the last week where I really felt huge, where going from a sitting position to standing required effort and I had to ‘hold’ the bottom of my belly if I stood up for too long.

I look at Amira now and I am amazed how fast she’s growing and am so hopeful for her and our lives together as a family. At the back of my mind there are so many fears that I have – will she realise how much I love her? Please let her be God-fearing, kind and good to her parents… will she realise the importance of education and constantly strive to better herself?

She’s 11 months now and I can already see little bits of personality shine through; how (for the most part) she is a pretty ‘cruisey’ child – she’s not fazed by much and is quite relaxed about most things; she’s not easily agitated and has always been placid. She’s an observer; when we get together for mothers group I notice how the other little girls are far more ‘rough and tumble’ – they attack toys and jump straight into ‘giving things a go’. Amira will watch them, observe then then decide from there. She’ll hold a toy and REALLY look at it; pass it from one hand to the other and then play with it. She seems to be a quiet, persistent achiever – I’ve noticed this on more than one occasion but it was never more evident than when she learned how to stand herself up against the sofa. She’s a happy baby but doesn’t laugh at everything – she makes you work for her laughter which I find so enduring.

Even as I type all that I can see her so clearly in my mind’s eye; as though I am in my living room and am watching her play with her toy kitchen (& not sitting here in my lounge, while she’s asleep in her cot), I get all teary just thinking about how much I love her (I know, SO LAME!).

Its been FAR TOO long…

I hate that it’s been far too long since I’ve jumped onto WordPress and blogged. I can’t really blame motherhood on this absence as things were tethering off pre-birth of my lil missy. If I’m honest there are actually a few ‘small’ reasons that have made it harder to both find time to blog aswell as getting online and having a little rant.

The most obvious is in fact motherhood… by the end of day when missy was a newborn I would often wonder where my day had gone! The days had all merged and mushed into one. By 3 months I swear I was running on auto pilot. Well now I’m back at work 3 days a week so I’m juggling work and motherhood which means that just as I was getting a handle of being a mum and wife I had to add work to my list of things (not to mention my continuing “tasks/errands/duties” with my own mother!

Then there is the small matter of no internet access at my house as we have (STILL) not gotten around to getting a laptop! I know; it’s as though we are in the dark ages… but really – I have not needed to even think about getting a laptop since we (finally) moved into our place! At first, hubby and I did think about getting a laptop etc but then we started other things took precedence – council rates, a new bigger TV (hubby deemed this HIGH IMPORTANCE! *yes, I did roll my eyes when he suggested it and argued its importance*), air conditioning (I thought this MORE important than another TV but he thought otherwise!), baby items, kitchen needs, baby items, hospital costs, baby items… you get the drift! Anyway, the laptop seemed even MORE unimportant once baby got here and that by the time she was asleep for the night, the last thing I wanted to do was jump online (all wanted to do was sleep myself – or get laundry done); I found that everything like my banking etc. was more than sorted by using my iPhone and now my android…

So that’s my excuse… again, I am sorry – and I will try to be a little more proactive and consistent in the blog-sphere as, truth be told I HAVE been feeling guilty about ignoring my blog… Aside from my work, it is one of the few things that is wholly and SOLEY my own and is NOT infiltrated by hubby or anyone else for that matter!

So – next blog post… holidaying with in-laws AND baby! Because when I set a bout challenging myself I make sure I do it good and proper! i Hope i see all my old followers and gain a few ‘newbies’ along the way…

 

Xx

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