Wow what a year 2014 was for me! I went no-poo on the 24th of January 2014, a year ago. It was such an amazing discovery that humans don't actually need shampoo! Of course I should have guessed! What did people do before? Since I went no-poo my life turned around. I used to think I had a green lifestyle: recycling, eating "healthy" etc... But this year I've done so much research and changed so many of my habits that I realise just how little I used to do and how little I really knew. I've tried to take chemicals and processed things out of my life as much as I can. I started this blog when I went no-poo and all the changes I've made since then are recorded in my posts. Changes range from not using soap to making my own clothes and trying to avoid plastic. Among lots of other subtle changes and health boosts.
No-poo 1 YEAR!
Check out my no-poo first 6 weeks to see how it all started and what the initial changes entail (it can be a little drastic)
After a year, my routine has stabilised. I tried so many recipes and ways of doing things and I've come up with my own little routine and I've found what works best for me (although it might still change and continue progressing). Initially I wanted to go WO (water only) and was going through the steps to hopefully progress to WO but I still haven't achieved that. It's no longer such a priority as long as I'm not using chemicals and using as little as possible to be as natural as possible. I now wash my hair every 7 days with a natural, home-made 'shampoo' and 'conditioner', and use a home-made natural dry 'shampoo' once a week too. Here's a post about the natural, dry 'shampoo', I write about how to make it and how to use it.
My final recipes
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Shampoo: 5 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) + half a cup of water (125ml) put this in a squeezy bottle and shake very well. leave the lid open because the baking soda is a little
explosive (it just means the air will not have enough room in the bottle and it will make the liquid spill over, but if you leave the lid open there will be no spills... you'll see what I mean if you try it for yourself). Make sure to label your bottles!
Conditioner: Juice from half a lemon + half a cup of water. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze. then mix with 125 ml of water and place in a squeezy bottle. You can close this one, it's fine. (I sometimes infuse some chamomile into the water before mixing it with the lemon to highlight the blonds in my hair) Label your bottles!
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|what you'll need: labeled bottle, lemon, knife and squeezer|
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