>> Friday, March 25, 2011
I tried the No-Shampoo method for a few days (probably not long enough), and it just didn't work for me. My hair is thin, fine, and greasy. It's a lovely combination that just doesn't seem to take to baking soda and vinegar. Still, I'm committed to finding a kinder way to stay clean and fresh.
I've transitioned to a more natural shampoo/conditioner that are both phthalate-free: Nature's Gate. So far, so good. I love the tea tree conditioner most of all.
In further trying to detoxify my routine, I've also stopped using my usual hair thickeners, hairsprays, and other products. But when I do absolutely nothing to my hair, it lays completely, pathetically flat.
Then I got an idea:
I love how my hair looks after a good soaking in the ocean. This look is pretty easy to replicate at home. All you need is coarse Kosher salt (regular probably works fine, too) and water.
- For every tablespoon of water (I like using warm water), I use a pinch of salt.
- I mix until the salt is completely dissolved and then -- on damp-ish or dry hair -- use my fingers to put some on my roots and ends.
- Then, I blow dry upside-down and finish with a bit of natural pomade (Jason) for shine and definition.
- Of course, the whole thing would be much easier with a spray bottle, so I intend on getting one soon.
Overall, I'm pleased! (Please excuse the dirty mirror . . . well, entire bathroom)
Yes. That's a spoon on my sink -- to mix the salt/water. Other stuff in my morning, getting-ready-for-work routine:
Remember the Milk and Honey Smoothie? I've found that you can prepare at least three different breakfasts using pretty much the same ingredients.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- Dash (or 3) of cinnamon
Method . . .
- Cook 1/2 cup rolled oats in 1 cup water.
- Stir in 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, ground flax, and some cinnamon.
- Whisk together some peanut butter with almond milk to create a sauce.
- Add sliced banana and chia seeds.
Method . . .
- Blend together 1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked) with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup wheat flour, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/3 cup applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda AND baking powder, ground flax, and a dash of cinnamon.
- Make as you would "normal" pancakes. (Though, wait until there are LOTS of bubbles and the edges are firm -- see photo below -- before flipping.)
- Add in chocolate chips if you're feeling indulgent.
The resulting pancake is thin and almost crepe-like. Also, the color is a deep brown from the applesauce.
How have you tried to green your morning routine? I have a long way to go, but every little step counts! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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