I’m only kidding. Sort of.
I will say, though, that the world of Pinterest has connected me with other bloggers and projects and ideas I never would have otherwise known. There are some, however, that stand out more than others. So, I thought I’d round up my top three because, in my opinion, these are worth sharing.
1. Going ‘Poo-Free’
Yep. Weird, I know. Sounds weird if you don’t know what that is already…and maybe it sounds weird if you do know what it is already.
Now, I know and am prepared for you to judge me. That’s OK. But before I delve into this one, please let me defend myself on one important fact: I am not a granola-crunching, Birkenstock-wearing, save-the-environment, will-do-anything-in-the-name-of-healthy kind of person. Well, I do care about the environment and being healthy but I’m not an extremist by any means.
So, let’s carry on, shall we?
A few months ago, I was surfing around on the main page of Pinterest, looking at stuff people I don’t know had pinned. And I saw the words ‘Poo-Free’. Um, what the heck? I thought. So I clicked on it. A skeptic, I started reading about this lady who started using baking soda and vinegar in place of her store-bought shampoo and vinegar. What a weirdy…I thought. And then I got to the reasons WHY she did it. I’ll re-cap, but please read her blog for the full why and how-to.
The three reasons she (her blog is simplemom.net, btw) lists:
- Shampoo is a detergent
- Shampoo has all sorts of chemicals (um–read this if you want to know what kind of chemicals)
- Shampoo is an unnecessary cost
- It is CHEAP. I just bought a big box of baking soda for 56 cents. At a tablespoon per use, do you know how long that 56 cents is going to last me?
- It’s baking soda. If it’s healthy enough to be in my food (err…cookies), it will do zero harm to my skin or hair. Picture it (uh, or don’t)…your skin is wet, ready to soak in anything you give it. Hey, want to throw some laundry detergent on your head? Of course not! So why would you?
- Speaking of skin–this one took me by surprise. Since I started running regularly a few years ago, I’ve gone through the worst break-outs on my shoulders and chest (sorry, tmi). When I started half-marathon and full-marathon training, you KNOW all hell broke loose. I would shower as soon as possible to get the grime off, but apparently, the shampoo was only agitating it more. When I switched to baking soda/vinegar, the break-outs stopped completely. NOT kidding.
- My hair
iswas painlessly limp, flat and thin. Now? Not at all. It has a certain healthy body to it. I can’t explain it, but it’s like my hair was depressed by shampoo (regardless of brand…you name it, I’ve tried it!) and then when I took it away, it threw a party and started doing whatever I wanted it to.
- Want more proof? So I wouldn’t have to mess with it when we went on our honeymoon (uh, baking soda + squeeze bottles of water + vinegar + carry on = no thank you), I packed travel sized bottles of regular shampoo and conditioner. Big mistake. I literally undid everything. My hair freaked out and stayed freakishly close to my head, I was attacked by a static monster, and my skin went on strike in form of major break-outs. You know I kissed the baking soda when I got home.
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This is great! I've been considering going no-poo for a while, but was hesitant as it seemed that it was mostly working for girls with really curly hair. Did you have much of an adjustment period? How often do you 'no-poo'?
I have an entire pin board dedicated to little tips and tricks that I would have never thought of on my own. I call it my "Knowledge" board. It's so funny how Pinterest has changed the way some of us do things, just by letting women give advice from experience. I love it.
You DO have an adjustment period, but that doesn't mean you have to live with weird hair for a few weeks, that just means you might spend those few weeks trying a bunch of different combinations to figure out what works best. After a while, though, your follicles will calm down and stop producing oil on over-time. I just had to use the baking soda (more of it) every day until then. Now, I can get away with about half as much baking soda and only every other day or so. Although, with the recent addition of hot yoga in my life, it's been as frequent as every day (depending on what days I go to class).
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Oh, yes! I love how you put it: "letting women give advice from experience." That's exactly what it is.
Where is your board located? I'd love to check it out!
I have sooooo wanted to try the poo-free for a looong time now. The post from simplemom.net is where I also first read about this idea. It is so intriguing, but like everyone else I'm a little hesitant because of the transition period–I've heard your hair can get really oily. I do know someone who tried this, but it seemed her transition period was taking several weeks, so she stopped trying. I currently use Wen by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner and it is so much better than shampoo, and has improved my hair from regular shampoo and conditioner, but it's pricey, however it does last a long time. Since you've had so much luck with poo-free, I just might give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
Actually Pinterest brought me to your blog in a search for cheesecake! I am making your Sopapilla Cheesecake tomorrow and I can NOT wait. Love your blog.
You're so very welcome! Good luck!
Wonderful, Lauren! Let me know how you like it!
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