Rekindled Romance and News of My Stupidity

9 01 2010

I thought I’d update the situation where I used baking soda instead of shampoo. Well… there were issues…. and that’s not happening anymore.

During the short time I was using baking soda, I was not more or less happy. First, you’ll have to understand that my hair is a strange entity. It’s so not picky to the point that scares me. The indifference applies no matter what I use to wash it, shampoo to baking soda to bar soap. Other than the fact that my hair didn’t get as gross as fast on baking soda, there were no other changes: luster remained the same and so did suppleness. Good job hair, you are one cheap and easy thing to please. (Going along too much with the non-existent romance theme of this post, I almost called my hair a ‘woman’.)

However! Despite my hair being such an easy going thing, I am very picky. As soon as I got back to rez I started back on shampoo. 60% of the reason lies with the fact that I still had shampoo left in my room and 40% belongs to the fact that I had no baking soda here. Which, in the end, summed up 100% to laziness.

I brought over from home a left-over half bottle of baby shampoo that I bought years ago to wash my makeup brushes with to supplement the dying bottle of Pantene in my closet so I don’t have to lug extra things back from the mall in the cold. I have to say, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is pretty good. It’s a formula that also refuses to clean your hair until it squeaks (like baking soda) but it smells nice, is strangely silky and never feels like it’s washed out completely. Yeah!

Instead of hating it because it’s strangely silky (read, a little slimy) and doesn’t wash out properly, I actually really like it. It’s like having an unnatural juice blend from one of those healthy juice places that’s a good idea in theory, but tastes so horrible you can’t help but keep drinking it. Although unless you experience it 4 realz you’ll think I’m weird. But yes, the baby shampoo is a good idea.

For those of you wondering why I had it in the first place, the story is a long and mildly embarrassing one and goes like this: I didn’t want to buy brush cleaner solution which is a total waste of money in my opinion because of its lack of versatility decided to go buy a ‘mild shampoo’ to clean my stuff with. Not knowing what ‘mild’ is without the utilization of PH papers like an inflexible geek, I went up and down the isle and read the ingredients of all the shampoo available at Shoppers Drug Mart. And because my short (and long) term memory is really bad, I would pick up a bottle, read it, and hold on to it until I found one with less ingredients than the one in my hand, after which I’d put back the 1st bottle and pick up the second one. This process repeated itself until I went through the entire shampoo isle, then the baby isle and took roughly an hour to complete.

The more embarrassing part of that is, I still buy almost all of my health and beauty products that way if I were to change or get new products.

By the way, somewhere in there, I should have mentioned that I miss the foaminess of real shampoo and I didn’t want my frosh to think I was weird to carry baking soda to the showers.

In other news, I finally got FaceBook after 5 years of resistance. I had a sort of mid-life crisis but for sophs. I missed my frosh from last year and kinda felt like an empty nester so I got it to find them. More like, to stalk them since I didn’t really plan to meet them or anything…

3 days later I finally found the Friend Requests page where everyone’s friending requests went to. By accident. Don’t judge.


The 4th Day of my Romance with Baking Soda

16 12 2009

While I feel a bit apprehensive about sharing my personal hygiene updates with strangers on the interwebs, I feel that it’d provide useful information to someone out there. Today’s day 4 after getting together with baking soda and I’m happy to say that we’re still going strong even though… I didn’t shower today.

Le Gasp!

Before all of you dive for the hills at my stinky grossness, I like to say that my hair was totally fine.

Well, I exaggerate. It’s only mostly fine.

I last washed it yesterday morning and right now, 7pm if you’re wondering, my hair looks like it’s only been a day since I last washed it. The worst are my bangs, because it’s against my forehead, the second most oily place on my face. But even then it’s not too bad. I remember my original complaint was that I couldn’t go for more than 24 hours without washing my hair without risking it to look like, well, greasy hair and this is certainly one heck of an improvement.

One very interesting to note though, is that my scalp isn’t itchy anymore… but it looks like dandruffs are appearing?! Very curious problem there. I’m hoping that the problem is only a transitional one and will go away soon. I don’t want my head to snow along with the heavens. That would be just SO attractive…

Did anyone notice that my title is a whole lot longer today?

No ‘poo day 3

15 12 2009

Today I woke up with my hair matted down and tufts of it in all sorts of weird directions. Makes me think I was doing headstands all night while sleeping to have my hair end up like this all around. Well, matted, shaggy dog, hair is better than the grease ball, well ‘oiled’ hair look my hair tends to go for. You really have to wonder how do commercial shampoos strip so much oils from my hair that my body’s going into over drive to produce more, especially compared with BAKING SODA, my favourite pot scrubber.

But yeah, hair today is no different than yesterday. It’s neither improving or deteriorating. I suppose that should count as a success because I transitioned from shampoo to baking soda no problem.

One thing I’d like to point out though, is how slippery my hair and fingers feel after I’ve rubbed the baking soda goo in. I thought it wasn’t working because it kinda felt like oil when I rubbed the strands of my hair or my fingers together. But when I rinsed it out, it was pretty clean. I’d say it was similar to having a non-foaming soap on your hands, really slippery but washes out clean, not dry.

And remember the scalpy smell I mentioned earlier? It’s gone, replaced by wet hair and vinegar. Nice. Especially since wet hair dries and the vinegar smell fades really fast. I’m happy.

EDIT: I stand corrected. My hair is drying fluffier than it did yesterday. I didn’t blow dry it and it looks like I did. I’m VERY happy. I hate it when my hair just wilts against my head. I now look like a fluffy palm tree. Hurray!

I’d also like to say, I bought some fabric yesterday and will make some circle scarves like the ones from American Apparel. While I did bring my camera back, I forgot the upload connector thinger thing. So I’ll post about it when I get back to rez. I’ll actually have to post about a lot of stuff when I get back to rez…

The basic gist of it is to buy at most 1yrd of some kind of soft material you’d like to use for your scarf, then sewing the salvages together to make a tube. Either fold the ends of the tube in or just gather it and then stick your head through. Et Voila! A scarf.

Even easier is to not do anything at all and just fold or gather the scarf (along the long side) and wrap it around to end up with an even easier-to-make scarf. C’est magnifique n’est ce pas?

I bought bamboo jersey so mine doesn’t even require hemming. While doesn’t require hemming does not mean don’t hem it, but I won’t because I’m atrociously lazy. It’s great.

Shampoo-less v. 2

14 12 2009

Day 2,

Today I managed to get some apple cider vinegar before my shower and used it according to the second part of that recipe. First thing first, I have no clue what’s in my cider vinegar because it doesn’t mention apples, does not list the ingredients but it does have pictures of apples on it. And it has the colour of watered down cider. That counts for something right?

So I smushed more baking soda goo into my hair and rubbed it in, and I think I need more baking soda to make a bigger goo because I don’t feel that a tiny spoonful is going to cover my entire head at all. Rinse etc. And the same thing happened as day 1, a soft, not super squeaky, clean. Next came the vinegar, which I stupidly used COLD water to dilute. Sigh. When I first poured that on my head I breathed in in shock and ended up with vinegar up my nose. Ah joy.

For some reason, now my hair feels lightly greasy. How did this happen?! Did someone put grease in my vinegar without me noticing?! Well, it’s not all that bad, but my head does smell like vinegar. Although the actual hair part, when I rub my fingers on it, still smells like shampoo from… that’s 3 days now isn’t it? What DID they put in it?

To not smell like a strange salad vinaigrette, I sprayed some perfume onto my fluffy short locks. I’m going out to buy some fabric today and let’s see if my mom notices the vinegar scent during lunch.

On another note, I started using my FCUK perfume that I bought on sale a long long time ago. It smells quite nice, hence why it’s in my room the first place.  I also fell in love with Marc Jacob’s Lola and Miss Dior Cherie L’eau. Not the actual Cherie eau de parfum, but the L’eau version. Majority of recent developments from Dior has strange things in it that my nose likes to object to. And by recent I mean the past 5 years, the original Miss Dior included.

Cherie’s mid notes are really really strange and strong, while the base note is closer to the L’eau, which is a lighter version (with a different recipe). Here’s Cherie’s eau de parfum and the l’eau’s notes comparison:

Miss Dior Cherie: Top notes of green tangerine and strawberry leaves. Mid notes of violette jasmine, pink jasmine, carmelized popcorn, and strawberry sorbet. Base notes of fresh patchouli and crystalline musk.
Miss Dior Cherie L’eau: strawberry leaves, pink jasmine, caramelized popcorn, strawberry sorbet, and patchouli. Sorry I couldn’t find the separated listing.

I’m guessing both of them have patchouli in the base and pink jasmine and the popcorn in the middle. It would seem that I probably dislike the tagerine or the sorbet, which is strange because I thought for sure I’d be objecting to the strawberries and popcorn.

Dior J’adore (bonus): Top notes of Calabrian Bergamot and citrus. Mid notes of rose. Base notes of gardenia.

‘poo is Poop!

13 12 2009

Recently I noticed that my hair goes from extremely dry after shampooing to unbelievably greasy in under 24hrs so I started looking for better ways to clean my hair without taking away all the oils and forcing my scalp to produce extra.

With black hair, even a little bit of oils looks super gross, and having very short hair only emphasizes the issue. If you don’t believe me about the grease being more noticeable on black hair, go people watching or ask the people around you. My blonde friends sometimes go up to 4-5 days without washing their hair (only when cramming for exams of course) and it’s barely noticeable with the way the light hits their lighter coloured hair (that is also likely to be full of various shades). The natural depth of colour really changes how your hair looks.

Anyways, I’ve been wanting to go without shampoo for a while now but with living in rez and seeing your friends everyday, there’s no way I’d subject these poor people to seeing my greasy hair during the transition period. That’s just evil.

Fortunately, there’s a 10-day gap between my exams and I’m now home for 4 of them. After Googling about 10 bazillion sites, I whipped up a liquidy solution of baking soda and water and smushed that into my hair.

The result? Well, when I was rinsing it, I noticed that my hair felt clean and soft, but not that squeaky, super dry feeling when I use shampoo. When I rubbed my fingers into my scalp, it still has that weird… scalpy smell that I always associated with dirt and grease, but much less so. So much less that it’s smelling like what I think is the natural smell of scalp.

When I shake my head to smell my hair (because my hair’s too short to bring to my nose), something smells really nice. What?

I think it’s actually the residue scent from my last shampoo, 2 nights ago (yeah yeah, I slacked off last night), which is kind of surprising because a) it was two nights ago and b) what’d they put in my shampoo to make the smell last so long?!

Actual appearance-wise, my hair doesn’t look greasy, but it doesn’t look shiny and clean either. I can’t tell if my hair is too layered to reflect light properly or my hair quality has gone down the tubes, but I kinda look like a shaggy dog. I guess that was to be expected since it was the first time and I was missing the apple cider vinegar step but hmm…

All the recipes for natural things I found and will probably try:

Skin Astringents:
Vodka and Tea
Mix 1 part vodka with 9 parts strong chamomile or mint tea.

Dissolve 1 tbspn of baking soda to make a paste.
Also try the following essential oils; tea tree, lavender, rosemary added to your baking soda if you wish.
Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.
Then work it through the rest of your scalp, giving yourself a massage as you go.
Next, pour 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water.

Hair masks:
Yogurt hair mask
Separate an egg and beat the white until it’s foamy.
Mix with 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt.
Massage into the hair and leave for 15 – 30 minutes.
Wash out with baking soda.

Milk and honey mask
Mix a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of full fat milk.
Apply to your hair and leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

Herbal Rinses:
Honey shine rinse
1 teaspoon of honey
4 cups of warm water.
Mix and make sure it’s well dissolved.
Use as a rinse after shampooing and don’t wash out.

Orange rinse for shiny hair
Juice of a fresh orange
1 tablespoon of honey
5 – 7 drops of sandalwood oil for a musk smell or use other essential oils of your choice.
Dilute with enough water to make a rinse – about a pint – and mix thoroughly.
Use after your shampoo and then barely rinse out.

Try some of these out. They’re easy and if they do work, will be much better for you than commercial stuff.