Tricks of theTrade

It has been over a year now since I have used shampoo in my hair, and I don’t intend to look back any time soon.  From the comfort of my home, to the travelling lifestyle of an European summer and UK hostels, I’ve been a few times down the testing path and figured a few things out.  Each aha moment makes me that much happier with my decision.

 

1. Knotty Business– A few of you have commented on this issue indicating that you find your hair very knotty since switching off shampoo. Personally, this has only been an issue for me a few times, and it has worked for me to brush my hair out in the shower and resume my normal no shampoo routine. If others have found a better solution, please share.

2. Home Free – As many of you suggested had been working for you, I took the plunge and did no shampoo, vinegar, soda etc. at all.  This was especially successful and convenient while traveling.  Try it and see if it could work for you too.  Again, this is all about finding the best solution for your no shampoo desires.

3. To Conditioner – I had also read that some people used just conditioner once or twice a week in place of a full shampooing regime. I started conditioning once every other week, and am pleased with the outcome.  Going no shampoo, or vinegar and soda, worked great, but after a few weeks, my hair seemed to build up oils on the scalp. Conditioning on the scalp and ends bi weekly fixed this perfectly!

4. Scents of Smell – This is where I need your help. While my hair doesn’t smell bad, no shampoo also means it doesn’t have that lovely, just washed hair smell.  Has anyone experimented with scented essential oils in their no shampoo regime, and if so, what are your results and suggestions?

 

This whole thing continues to be a learning experience.  I am happy to share with you all what I discover as I go along, but mor than that, would love to hear what you have learned and discovered as well.  Sharing is caring!

 

 

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noShampoo traveling

Me on noShampoo
Should I do it? Is it worth it? Is it possible!?

If your answer to the previous questions was “yes”, then I’ll invite you to read my experience with noShampoo on my travels. If the answer was “no”, then I’ll invite you to read some reasons that might make you change it in to a “yes”.

First things first, I have traveled for 10 months already through Europe (so far) and I haven’t used shampoo on my trip, with a few exceptions that made me stick to noShampoo.

If you already started using noShampoo then while traveling you shouldn’t change that. Personally I made the mistake of using shampoo a few times. At the moment the excuses that I found made sense: I’ve surfed so my hair has salt in it, the water alone won’t be enough and, my personal favorite, I am lazy to go and buy baking soda(!). Yep, laziness made me go back to shampoo, only because it was lying in the bathroom.

It’s worth it for a lot of reasons. You won’t have to worry if you’ll have enough shampoo for the whole trip, or if you’ll find the right one when you ran out of yours. You can just wash your hair as you shower, so the only thing that you’ll need is water. Your backpack/suitcase will have a bit more room for something useful!

Sometimes I did used baking soda, but that was for when I was sweating or when my hair smelled as smoke, after a night of partying.

I got a lot of compliments about my hair in my travels, so that’s another reason why you should carry on. People think I use some special shampoos or who knows what. They don’t expect to hear that I am using either water or water and baking soda.

A thing that I did notice was the fact that if I am using a hair dryer my hair looks shinier and fluffier compared to when I leave it to dry. I don’t know why that happens, but for me it’s another trick to use when I want it to look in a particular way.

So as a conclusion, yes, you should do it because is possible and totally worth it. Another reason is it worth it is the fact that you’ll save money which is a very important aspect  of traveling.

All the best,

Bogdan

PS. Read more about my travels at www.worldwidehitchhiker.com

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Is antibacterial soap harming your health?

The latest news coming from the FDA (the food and drug administration) is that a triclosan, a chemical present in most antibacterial soaps, might actually be bad for your health

Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation…Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics [link]

Triclosan ingredient list
Check for triclosan on the ingredients list.

The FDA will be reviewing its current regulation of the product.  Triclosan is also present in many toothpastes.  Although its use here is tied to a reduction in Gingivitis, at what price is this?

noShampoo promotes peoples’ health by advising against unnecessary use of chemicals on the body, primarily in shampoo, but also present in almost any consumer product.  Next time you spread something on your body, make sure you’re confident about what the effects might be.

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Balloons Blow

noShampoo is a disruptive product. We’re making an attempt to destroy a product that we see as hazardous. This is an ethos we share with Balloons Blow and other movements that aim to redefine our existence away from marketing drives and bottom lines. If you agree, then SHOUT IT OUT.  Join our Facebook page.  And why not like Balloons Blow, as well?

 

This is why we started Balloons Blow… The massive increase in balloon pollution did not arise from children’s accidental slips, it is the result of tricky marketing & an industry that promotes & encourages the mass littering of their product. When you see something alarming, & find that the only discussion about it is from people in the business spreading propaganda, you can’t just stay silent. We had to show people what we are finding. These are just some of the balloons we have collected from our favorite beaches & other natural areas. We find more latex balloons than mylar. This littering & the harm it causes is totally preventable.

Photo: This is why we started Balloons Blow... The massive increase in balloon pollution did not arise from children's accidental slips, it is the result of tricky marketing & an industry that promotes & encourages the mass littering of their product. When you see something alarming, & find that the only discussion about it is from people in the business spreading propaganda, you can't just stay silent. We had to show people what we are finding. These are just some of the balloons we have collected from our favorite beaches & other natural areas. We find more latex balloons than mylar. This littering & the harm it causes is totally preventable.

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It’s That Simple

After such a great response to my post on my noshampoo adventures, I am thrilled to know that some of you are interested in a “how to” so you can try it for yourselves.  For males, it is easier to go noshampoo, because with less hair, they truly can also just use no shampoo.  For females, however, with all of our lovely locks, it requires a little more effort and a few more steps.  But believe me, it’s totally worth it.

Baking Soda and Vinegar No Shampoo Method

Materials:

  • 500 mL Plastic cup
  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Using the plastic cup, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 3/4 cup of hot water.
  2. Mix with your hand, or by swirling the cup, until all the soda has dissolved.
  3. Pour this mixture onto your scalp along the part in your hair, massaging it in as you go.  I usually pour a bit, massage, pour a bit massage etc., working from the front to back of my part.
  4. Wait 1-2 minutes and then fully rinse your scalp.
  5. Once your soda mixture is gone and rinsed, pour two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the cup and dilute with one cup of water.
  6. Pour this mixture into the bottom parts of your hair (not your scalp). I usually do this by just lowering sections of my hair into the cup and submerging them in there for a few seconds. To get the rest of my hair, I tilt my head to on side and pour on, and then repeat on the other side.
  7. Give your hair a final rinse and voila: clean!

Notes:

  • I have thick, long, wavy hair, so these amounts have been adjusted to the amount of hair I have and the amount of soda/vinegar I need.  Play around with the amounts to find the right ratios for your hair.
  • I keep all of the materials in the bathroom, pour the soda in the cup on the counter and take that and the vinegar in the shower with me. I add the water in the shower as I stand there.
  • I wrap my hair in an old t-shirt to dry, not a towel.  When I went noshampoo, I did some reading and learned that this alternative may also help with frizzy hair.  Give it a try!
  • The instructions above are the method I have used for the last ten months which has brought me overwhelming success.  Because it has been working for me, I have not tried anything else, but I have heard of other options you can try as a noshampoo regime.  See below for some links on other alternatives and further information:
    1. No Shampoo News Article
    2. Another Bloggers Methods
    3. Curly Girl No Shampoo Methods

It really is that simple.  It takes a couple times to get used to in terms of mixing everything up, figuring out the ratios etc., but once you do, it all happens in a jiff.  Eventually you won’t even need to measure any more and you will get good enough to just eye ball it!  Let me know if you have any questions, comments or feedback on how it works for you. For now, go buy yourself some soda and vinegar and go for it. You just might be surprised at how well you like it!

 

 

 

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No Shampoo Bandwagon

Another supporter, another reason to try it:

Perhaps the best part of all is telling people you haven’t used shampoo in your hair for almost a year.  You can practically see the thoughts streaming on overdrive through their mind: “Are you insane?  That’s disgusting! Get away from me.”  As a girl with extremely thick, wavy hair, who regularly required an ungodly amount of shampoo to get through the mane (as my friends call it), the looks you get are that much better.  The truth though, is that ever since getting rid of the shampoo, so is my hair.  Hitting nearly a year of shampoo free, I could never go back.  It’s just too great.

The decision to try it came innocently enough.  Last summer, I started following blogs quite religiously, especially those on health and wellness and clean living.  One continuous entry that popped up fairly often was the idea of going without shampoo: it was cheaper, better for the environment, and as everyone seemed to claim, better for your hair.  I had always struggled with shampoo and my hair.   I had never found one that could eliminate the frizziness that inevitably resulted, and I also always felt that shampoo left my hair flat and dry looking.  With nothing to lose, I dove in and adopted the baking soda and vinegar technique.  At first, I wasn’t necessarily committed, planning to give it a try a couple times, and then jump back on the shampoo bandwagon.  I did this, and then jumped right back off again.  You don’t realize the difference it makes or how amazing it is until you compare shampoo and non-shampoo hair, and then hear yourself saying, “how did I not do this sooner?”

Almost a year later and my hair is much easier to style, maintains its natural wave far more effectively, doesn’t seem as dried out and let’s just say that baking soda and vinegar is way cheaper than shampoo and conditioner.  As a student, this is a welcome bonus!  Now as I pack up to go traveling next month, I’m working on how to transport cider and soda, not shampoo and conditioner.  At the very least I don’t have to worry about people stealing my shampoo in the hostel showers!

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