Friday (Morning Routine)

>> 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.
  1. For every tablespoon of water (I like using warm water), I use a pinch of salt.
  2. 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.
  3. Then, I blow dry upside-down and finish with a bit of natural pomade (Jason) for shine and definition.
  4. Of course, the whole thing would be much easier with a spray bottle, so I intend on getting one soon.
I'm still tweaking the process, but my hair has a ton more body with the salt water. It's a bit dull without the pomade . . . and it's piecier with the more salt used.

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
First, there's a basic oatmeal:

Method . . .
  1. Cook 1/2 cup rolled oats in 1 cup water.
  2. Stir in 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, ground flax, and some cinnamon.
  3. Whisk together some peanut butter with almond milk to create a sauce.
  4. Add sliced banana and chia seeds.
Then, there are these crepe-cakes:

Method . . .
  1. 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.
  2. Make as you would "normal" pancakes. (Though, wait until there are LOTS of bubbles and the edges are firm -- see photo below -- before flipping.)
  3. 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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