Sunday, 17 May 2015

So, I stopped washing my hair....

Yes, you read that correctly.

(Wow, I haven't blogged in ages, I feel like a piece of my soul has disappeared... Time to get it back)

So, about two weeks ago I was very sick with god knows what. Every once in a while I just fall ill to the point where I have to spend a day or two sleeping because I literally cannot handle anything more. It gets to the point where I can't even walk to the fridge, and so I don't really eat and then I become weak because of that and it's basically just a really vicious cycle. 

*I wish it wasn't always wrong, I wish it wasn't always my fault

Anyway, so a few days after that I just found myself INCREDIBLY susceptible to scents, chemical smells to be more precise.

*It's hard enough to live so far away

I found myself in the shower trying to wash my hair but also unable to breath. It sounds stupid, and maybe I'm dying of something, but either way it led me to the most amazing thing I've ever encountered. I googled "natural alternatives to shampoo" and came across the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. 

*And I'm so sorry, its not like me its maturity that I'm lacking...
So don't let me go
Just let me know
That I can slip and fall
And you won't let me go
Just let me know
That growing up goes slow 

My hair has never been softer or fuller. I am so impressed with this method. Basically what I do is that I put +- 2 Tbsp of baking soda in a cup and take it into the shower with me. Then I fill the cup up and wait for the fizzing to stop, stir the baking soda in with my finger and rinse my hair with it. And by rinse, I mean I just drop the stuff over my head, massage it in a little bit and then wash it off. After that, I take the same cup and put about a shot of apple cider vinegar in, fill it up with water, and do the same as with the baking soda. Except I leave the apple cider vinegar in for a bit longer (as it acts as conditioner). I'm addicted. This method is just. so. easy. And the results are incredible. 

Why I'll never use regular shampoo/ conditioner again

The alternative is so cheap

Baking soda is literally about R5. And the sachet has lasted me a couple of washes. The next time I buy, it'll be a huge box and it'll STILL be a fraction of the cost of shampoo. My bottle of apple cider vinegar cost me about R30 and will last a good 6 or so months. 

**Holding my hand in the pale gloom, can you see it coming now?
I think I'm breaking down again.

One of my biggest problems with products in the shops is that it's so difficult to find something that is eco-friendly and hasn't been tested on animals. And when I finally find a product, it's always SO EXPENSIVE and hard to source. So now, that's not a problem anymore

**Even with my eyes shut tight, I still see him coming now...

It's Eco-friendly and not tested on animal

This is probably the best part about the whole dealio for me. Guilt-free products are my aphrodisiac

Oh, and if you're not too keen to try this method and would like to keep an eye on what's animal tested and not, take a look at Petas Bunny Free App

Showering at the gym is easier

Believe it or not! When I shower at gym now (which is only once or twice a week), I simply don't use apple cider vinegar. Instead of lugging a bottle of shampoo to the showers, I take my "dosage" of baking soda in a bottle and just work from there. So much lighter.

Being a fitness freak, I have to wash my hair more that other people would as it is constantly gross and sweaty (sorry for the over share, it's the reality!), and oddly enough I can still go longer without washing my hair than I could when I was using ordinary products. 

***Snow on your face, and your razor blade
The twilight is bruised, and there you lie

My skin is softer

I think this must have something to do with the baking soda, because since I've started rinsing with this method the skin on my hands, back, neck and face has been so much softer. Once again, never going back. 

I can go longer between washes

As mentioned above, who knows why!

***Arise and be all that you can be 

It makes my thin hair look... better

Girls with thin hair will know. There's nothing more unappealing than thin hair, it just kind of hangs there on the side of your face looking ratty and gross. For years I've tried EVERYTHING. Layering, avoiding heat, conditioning well and so on, but up until I started using baking soda and apple cider vinegar, nothing really worked. For the first time in my life, I can leave my hair down and actually be proud of it. 

So, give it a try. And if you do, I'd love to hear what your experiences are!

Songs featured in this post:

*Christina Perri: Sad Song

**Florence and the Machine: Breaking Down

***Flyleaf: Arise

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