Homemade Dry Shampoo for ‘No Poo’ Hair

Before I started ‘no poo’, I was actually washing with my shampoo bar every other day and using homemade dry shampoo on my non-wash days. The first time I tried it, I was so surprised that it actually worked for me, because I was one of those girls who, if I washed, say on Sunday night, by Monday night my hair already looked really oily. Now that I’ve started ‘no poo’, I’m still getting a lot of use out of it. 

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • For all you lovely ladies with dark hair, you can add unsweetened cocoa (amount will vary depending on how dark your hair is).

I store mine in a glass jar.

To use it, just rub a little amount in your hands and run your fingers through your hair/massage it in starting from your roots and working your way out. Flip your hair and do the same to the underside of your hair. Repeat in places that you get oily. But don’t forget to use a tiny amount! A little goes a long way! Leave it alone while you do your make-up or something else for a few minutes, then comb it through to get rid of the powdery look.

It totally soaks up the oil! I’ve had a few days where I put it in, still see oiliness, say, “Whatever, I’m just gonna look like a grease ball today, I guess.” but then…when I get to wherever I’m headed, I look in the mirror and it looks great! 🙂 (Usually, I can tell that it’s worked before I leave the house, so don’t worry.)

I use my dry shampoo on days when it’s not a baking soda and vinegar wash day but I could use a little “touch-up”. 

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I took this picture on day 7. Please ignore how tired I look and check out my hair. 🙂 I had only let my hair air dry the whole first week. No styling whatsoever, but look at how much volume! I never had this much volume before starting the ‘no poo’ method, no matter how hard I tried! 

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Deep Conditioners for ‘No Poo’ Hair

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On the ‘No Poo’ method, you have to keep your hair moisturized. I’ve been trying to do a deep conditioning treatment once a week. I wanted to share a few that I’ve tried. I got them all from Almost Exactly Blog. (almostexactly.wordpress.com) Deep conditioning is a necessity for ‘no poo’ because the baking soda would be too drying on your hair if you didn’t moisturize regularly. These are to be done alone, no washing with anything after. 

1. Yogurt and Egg Yolk 

  • 1/2 cup organic PLAIN yogurt
  • 1 Egg Yolk 

Mix together in a bowl until combined. Put all over your hair-roots to tips (with your fingers…it’s messy!). Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse out in the shower. 

2. Yogurt and Honey 

  • 1/2 cup organic PLAIN yogurt 
  • 2 Tablespoons RAW honey 

Combine in a blender. Put all over hair-roots to tips. Leave on 15-20 minutes and rinse out in the shower. 

3. Avocado and Egg Yolk 

  • 1/2 Avocado (DON’T use a whole avocado! I did that the first time and it was so thick it left my hair super greasy!) 
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Combine in a blender. Put all over hair and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse out in the shower.

4. Avocado, Banana, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/2 Avocado 
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • I also added 2 TBSP water to mine. 

Blend together in a blender until smooth (til there are no chunks). Put all over hair and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse out in the shower. 

I use my fingers to put the mixtures in my hair. And I stand over the sink for the 15-20 minutes so that if it drips it doesn’t get all over my floor. (Gives me an excuse to play on my phone for a little while!) I usually have a mess in the sink to wash out once I’ve finished applying it to my hair. 

Confession tIme! Deep conditioning day has been when I’m most tempted to give up ‘no poo’. I haven’t found one yet that I absolutely love. It feels awesome when I get it into my hair, and I can tell it’s really moisturizing, but this has always been my greasiest day. I’m still trying to get a good routine down. I was deep conditioning on Wednesdays, but then by church it looked very greasy. 😦 This week I deep conditioned as soon as I woke up this morning (Saturday). Based on what your week is like, you’ll have to figure out the best day to deep condition for you. (Hat day!) I’m still experimenting and trying new mixtures every week, so if I find one that I fall in love with (not leaving my hair greasy-looking) I’ll definitely let you know! I think the one I like the best out of what I’ve tried so far has been the egg yolk and yogurt. My hair has looked the least oily with that one, but the egg doesn’t smell pleasant, just for a heads up. 

After reading that last paragraph, you may be thinking, “Why is she doing this, then? And do I really want to try it?” Despite my greasy deep conditioning days, I’m lovin’ the way my hair looks on the rest of the week, so I’m finding it’s worth it. And it could be that I’m still so new to this that I’m not completely out of transitioning yet. And hey, if nothing else, it gives me an excuse to wear a cute hat once a week, right? 

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Wash for ‘No Poo’ Hair

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On the ‘No Poo’ method, baking soda serves as your shampoo and vinegar as your conditioner. HOWEVER, this is only to be used about once a week (longer the more used to this method your scalp gets). I know you are probably thinking I’m crazy, but I’m telling you, I am loving this and it’s totally working! I can tell a difference in the length of my hair and it’s been 14 weeks since I last got a trim and I don’t have split ends! My hair has so much volume and I try to get away with air drying it as much as possible. On days that I don’t style it, it is full of volume and naturally has a perfect wave to it. On days that I use a curling iron (way less than I did before) I can get away with curling 3-4 pieces and the rest is perfectly wavy as is. 

Here’s what you need for your baking soda and vinegar rinses:

  • 2 spray bottles
  • water
  • baking soda
  • vinegar (either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar)  

You’ll kind of have to play around with amounts and see what works best for you, but this is what you’d typically use:

  • 1 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of baking soda in 1 spray bottle
  • 1 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of vinegar in the other spray bottle 

The first time I made my rinses, I used tap water. The next time I used distilled. I think I like distilled better, but it could be that my hair was a little more used to it by the second bottle, so tap may be fine. Depending on if you have hard water or not, you make the decision on whether distilled is the better option for you. Also, the first time I made my baking soda rinse, I used one tablespoon of baking soda, the next time I used 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp. I read that it was supposed to feel “slimy” and one tablespoon didn’t feel slimy to me. But, depending on the thickness and length of your hair, what works for you may be different than what works for me, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Also, I use white vinegar right now, which is working fine for me, but I think based on what I’ve read that I may switch to apple cider vinegar the next time I make it.

Method:

FIRST: CLARIFY! I did not do this (you live and learn) but I guess I was supposed to and it would have made my transition easier. Since I skipped this step but don’t recommend that you skip this step, I’m going to give you the link to Almost Exactly Blog’s step by step on clarifying: http://almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/extra-thoughts-on-going-no-poo/ Step SIX is where she explains how to clarify. (I apologize for overusing the word step in the last two sentences.) 

Anyway, after you clarify, this is what you’ll do 3-5 days later for your first baking soda and vinegar rinse. 

1. Get in the shower and wet your hair like you’d do before shampooing.

2. Spray your scalp all over with the baking soda mixture. Lift your hair up in places to make sure you are getting your whole scalp.

3. Rub/massage into your scalp like you would with shampoo. Like I said before, it should feel slimy. I usually try to do this for about 2 minutes.

4. Rinse thoroughly while rubbing/massaging your scalp to make sure it’s all out, just like you would with shampoo.

5. Next, spray only the length of your hair with the vinegar mixture. It will smell like vinegar when you spray it in the shower, but I promise you will not smell like vinegar when you get out! (I was worried about that the first time I did it, so I know you’re wondering about it, too.)

6. Do the other stuff you do in the shower (shave, body wash, face wash, sing, etc.) while you let the vinegar rinse sit on your hair.

7. Right before you get out of the shower, rinse out the vinegar.

And don’t forget! This is only for once a week, tops! All my hairstylist buddies that are freaking out about how dry and damaged my hair is going to be, I know it would be bad for my hair if I did this every day…I assure you that I am not doing this every day! 🙂  

(More posts to come featuring deep conditioners (which are important) and how to wash sweaty work out hair on your non-baking soda and vinegar wash days.) 

 

Why I Decided to Give Up Shampoo

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(This photo was taken on Day 2. Day 1 consisted of a Baking Soda and Vinegar wash, air drying, and no styling. Day 2 I used a tiny sprinkle of homemade dry shampoo.) 

 

I am going to start by saying that I am not an expert on the “No Poo” method. (And that I did not come up with that name!) I want to, right off the bat, refer you to almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com. Alex Raye is the blog writer, and I have been visiting “Almost Exactly Blog” quite frequently since I started this. If you are thinking about going ‘no poo’, I’d recommend you read every blog post she’s written on the subject! 🙂 She has been doing this for years…as I am writing this post I’m only on my 38th day.

I personally started ‘no poo’ for two reasons: hair growth and health. Since I’m in the process of growing out my hair, one night I was researching natural ways to grow it out longer and faster. I came across a few blogs of girls that were doing ‘no poo’ and it really caught my interest! I read up on ‘no poo’ so much that night! For the next few days, I researched and researched, then made a little list of things I needed to go buy if I was going to experiment with this.

I had been using “Lush” shampoo bars for awhile, but one day (a few days before starting to research ‘no poo’) I came across a catalog that a girl who worked at “Lush” had given me. I started looking through it and was shocked at what I found! Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates were the first ingredient in every product, followed by a few natural/organic ingredients and ending with every artificial color you can think of. They claim to be so good and natural and organic and full of essential oils. I had been duped. Sure there were those few good ingredients in the middle, but why’d they have to leave the chemical ingredients out when I went into the store and interrogated them about what was in the shampoo bar I was thinking about buying?

I thought I had a totally clean, natural and chemical-free home: my kitchen finally held all natural and organic food, my make-up was all-natural, my hygiene products were all 100% natural, my laundry detergent was all-natural, and up until the point I found that “Lush” catalog, I thought my shampoo was, too.   

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Spread

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This is going to be a short post because it’s very simple and only uses four ingredients. It’s really good…I’ve been eating a lot of it because it is so easy to throw together and be done. Anyone who knows me or has been following my blog won’t be surprised when I say that chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas are three of my favorite foods. 🙂 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1 banana (frozen slices) 
  • 1 Tbsp organic agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 Tbsp all-natural unsweetened cocoa powder

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Method: Throw frozen banana slices into a food processor. Add peanut butter, agave nectar and cocoa powder. Turn on food processor and pulse until creamy. Store in a glass jar and refrigerate. 

It’s that simple! And very delicious! I love putting it in on fruit, especially apple slices, but it’s good on toast, too. Enjoy! 

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Paleo Bison Meatballs

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I did something last week I’ve never done. I bought bison meat from the grocery store. Since we are trying to eat Paleo as much as we can, I’m trying to explore/experiment with different meats. Bison meat was on sale so I grabbed some and went home to research recipes. We had bison meatballs yesterday for lunch, and it was the first time I’d ever eaten bison. Growing up I always felt weird about it, since Buffaloe is my maiden name. (One of those irrational things you come up with in your head as a child.) Anyway, bison meat is some good stuff! If you haven’t tried it, you should. Here’s a recipe to get you started. 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground bison (all-natural, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg (all-natural, hormone and antibiotic free)
  • 2-3 Tbsp softened or melted organic butter (if not organic, make sure it’s hormone free) 

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix spices together. In a large bowl, add combined spices, egg and melted butter to your ground meat.
  3. Mix all ingredients with your hands like you’re playing with play dough. It’s messy, but it’s the easiest way to do it. 
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out meat and level off so that your meatballs will all be the same size. Form into balls and place evenly apart on a baking sheet. If you have any leftover meat in your bowl, you can add small amounts evenly to your already formed meatballs. 
  5. Cook for 15 minutes. 
  6. Once your meatballs come out of the oven, there will be grease and fat around them. (Gross, I know.) Cut that away and place your meatballs in a separate bowl or on a platter. 

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These meatballs were so good! Such a great flavor and really easy and quick to put together. We got eight meatballs from this amount of meat. I know eight may not sound like a lot, but they are pretty big and very filling, so it was a perfect amount for the two of us. (We had leftovers!) You could always double the recipe if you are serving more people. I served this over spaghetti squash, which is also a new thing for me since starting our transition to Paleo. I made it for the first time last week. Once I perfect my spaghetti squash making skills, I’ll have to blog about that, but not quite there yet. It’s good though, and really easy, too!   

 

 

I adapted this recipe from http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/02/lamb-meatballs/. 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread

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I am fully aware that lately I’ve been posting way too many sweet treats. To be honest, Josh and I are thinking about going Paleo, so I’m trying to use up the ingredients in the house that don’t fit the bill. We are transitioning into it. I’m using up what we’ve already got at home, and on my grocery trips I’m trying to buy only things we can eat on Paleo. With that said, this recipe is far from being Paleo. I don’t think one ingredient is allowed on the Paleo diet. Don’t worry…I’ve found lots of delicious looking Paleo recipes that I’m excited to try! And it will probably be a long transition, because we have lots of grains and sugar to use up first. 😉

Anyway, for the last few days I’ve had this Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread on my mind, and I’ve been dying to try it out! I woke up this morning determined to make this bread before I did anything else.

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Here’s what I used:

  • 1/4 cup all-natural Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter & Co. (I actually used a mixture of this and organic peanut butter, because we didn’t have enough of the chocolate peanut butter. Depending on how chocolatey you want your bread, you can use all chocolate pb, just pb, or a mix of the two.)
  • 3 Tablespoons and 1 teaspoon sunflower seed oil, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons hormone-free butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup organic packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 large eggs (vegetarian fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup organic plain yogurt
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup all-natural semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together chocolate peanut butter and 1 teaspoon sunflower seed oil. Heat until melted (in microwave, convection oven, or stove top).
  3. In a large bowl, combine 3 Tablespoons oil, butter, brown sugar and banana slices. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each one is added, until incorporated.
  4. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. With electric mixer, alternate mixing your flour mixture and yogurt into the banana mixture, starting and finishing with the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
  6. In a greased 9×5 inch bread pan, pour half of your batter. Pour peanut butter mixture over and gently spread evenly. Spread the rest of your batter over the top of your peanut butter mixture. Gently swirl batter with a knife. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  7. Bake for 55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

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I adapted this recipe from kitchenmeetsgirl.com.