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The “No Poo” Concept

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“No Poo” means…no shampoo. After reading the ingredients in the shampoo and conditioner I was using, I went online to see what options were available. I found many links regarding the “No Poo” concept which actually means washing your hair with baking soda and then rinsing it in vinegar water.

Yes, baking soda and vinegar. Ok, I was perfectly fine with this concept but my basic concern was the question of what it would do to my haircolor? My “natural” haircolor at this point is patches of gray. I also realize that hair color is high on the toxic list and I guess I was at a catch all situation of do I try this No Poo concept and risk who knows what color my hair would become plus all of the websites I visited stated that one of the downsides of the no poo concept is that you can have many, many BAD HAIR days until your hair and scalp adapt.(your hair and scalp get very oily until it becomes stable).

You and I are well familiar with Bad Hair Days…I am going to be honest here…if my daughter and her age group have a bad hair day, they can simply tie it back, put some cute headband or whatever on their head and look adorable. But, at my age, if I did the same and walked out of the house, people would take a look at me and know straight away that I was hiding something!

So, I decided not to drastically try the no poo concept…what I did do was dilute the shampoo and conditioner that I do use…I made an herbal tea(strong) of sage(my hair color had been fading and I want to discontinue it if possible. Doing the research, Sage is good for darker hair and will gradually darken your hair…the key word here is gradually…). I took an empty shampoo bottle, filled it 7/8 of the way with the sage tea and poured my shampoo in for the remainder of the bottle. I did the same with the conditioner.

Now when I take my shower, I have the nicely scented sage shampoo mixture and the conditioner. It lasts approximately 4 shampooing times…very diluted and very economical. I have been getting compliments on my haircolor as well…it’s very subtle at the moment but looks very healthy.

Different herbs will give different scents and color:

Hair lighteners can be made from: calendula, chamomile, saffron, turmeric, yarrow, red clover and mullein flowers.

Hair darkeners can be made from: rosemary, sage, marjoram and blue malva flowers
Coffee, black tea and walnut shells can be used too.

If you want to make a rinse, take the desired herb and make a strong tea of it and when it is cool, rinse your hair with it, catching it and keep pouring it over your hair(they suggest 15 times) and then don’t rinse it.

So, at this time, I will stick with the diluted shampoo and conditioner…someday I may try the no poo concept…

til next time…Eva

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De-tox challenges…

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I find that the more I do to improve my habits, the more I find to do. Once I’d gotten the oil-pulling and the dry skin brushing as a habit, then I started looking at the ingredients of the lotions, shampoos, etc. that I was putting on my body. What’s the use of doing the de-tox if I keep adding the toxins back into my body?

So, today I decided to take a few of the items I use and find out what the ingredients really are and if they are toxic to my (and your) system.

I took my shampoo and my everyday lotion and deciphered the ingredients(the ingredients on my shampoo bottle were so small and in white…very difficult to read as well as pronounce).

Next step was to find the ingredients online…I found several excellent websites to guide you along the way towards the toxic ingredients in our cosmetics…
http://www.lotionsecrets.com
http://www.nontoxicalternatives.com
http://www.livestrong.com
http://www.fitsugar.com
http://www.tightlycurly.com
tightlycurly has an extensive ingredient list that is alphabetical.

I found out that the shampoo I had been using had several objectionable ingredients:
sodium laurate sulfate
sodium lauryl sulfate
(cheap harsh detergents used in many shampoos. Causes eye irritation, dry scalp, skin rashes and
other allergic reactions)

Propylene Glycol (beware of related chemicals labeled PEG and PPG. Causes hives and eczema)

Synthetic colors..labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a number..can be carcinogenic.

Synthetic Fragrance…no way to tell what chemicals are in the product.

Glycerin…can be manufactured naturally or synthetically

Stearalkonum chloride..was designed by fabric industry as a fabric softener…companies use it in hair conditioners and lotions cause it is cheaper.

PVP/VA Copolymer…a petroleum derived chemical used in hair products and some cosmetics…considered toxic if it is inhaled and can damage the lungs.

Petrolatum…mineral oil derivative that can clog your pores. It is used cause it is inexpensive.

Diazolindinyl Urea…Imidazolidinyl Urea…both preservatives. Primary cause of contact dermatitis. They release formaldehyde which can be toxic.

Methyl, Propyl, Beryl, Ethyl, Parabens…preservatives that can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
foaming agents. They cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. Are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

One of the websites I was looking at stated that teenaged girls are at the most risk basically because of all of the cosmetics and hair supplies they use.

As I’ve said before, we all need to start asking the questions and doing our own research to determine what is right for us. After looking at all of this, I found websites on the “no poo” method…which means you don’t use shampoo at all…you put a baking soda and water paste or spray on your hair to wash it and rinse it with apple cider/white vinegar and water. Maybe that’s the way to go…I’ll let you know if I decide to go that route or make my own shampoo and conditioner…

til next time….Eva

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