It’s been a week since I’ve posted? Already?! Oops… sorry. I must have lost that week; I do not know where it went! There has been a lot going on, so I’ll fill you in with the details. As far as the adoption is going – stressful! I have not been sleeping well and to add insult to injury, my children have not been sleeping well either. There is some mild virus going around, Evangeline and I have been generally malaised the last couple of days which is killer for any motivation to get anything done. We have been running errands like crazy. Yesterday all four of us went to the chiropractor – totally needed it, but there goes the morning! Today we went to go get our passports and fingerprinting done for the adoption and I still have a ton of paperwork to do…
On the fundraising front, I am having two Thirty-One parties in September. One is being hosted by my lovely mother and my wonderful aunt, the other is being hosted by my sister. So if there is anyone local to the Illinois/St. Louis area you should stop by! I get 25% of commission on all orders, and that will all be going (of course) to the adoption! So hop on over and check it out if you’d like: https://www.mythirtyone.com/thecup/ I will have that fundraising post up for you tomorrow too! I am also putting together an email list for our adoption newsletter. September’s edition goes out this weekend, so if you want one let me know!
On the hair front. Can you say poo-ey? I have really tried every which way of washing my hair without shampoo and I am continually disappointed. A reader told me that the vinegar actually makes oiliness worse (oh great…) so I tried JUST baking soda and no rinse. My hair was so oily and I was so sick of it that I probably went a little overboard on the amount. The top of my head? Not oily! The middle? Where I wasn’t as thorough? Ugh… as awful as ever. So for a few days I had Neopolitan style hair, the top was dry and felt terrible (baking soda is apparently NOT nice to your hair) and the bottom was more or less typical.
Then I read this post about pH levels and the yo-yo effects of baking soda/vinegar. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t have the amounts worked out, maybe I’m just not good at this yet. But I have tried several different ways of doing it, and when I use either or both of these on my hair… the results are less than dreamy. So, I tried this blogger’s suggestion of honey. My hair felt weird… and still oily. No thanks honey shampoo. Then I thought to myself, well what if I put all three together? So I did baking soda, a quick (less than 30 second) vinegar rinse and THEN I did honey afterwards to try and balance the pH. Eh… no change.
After so many tries, I eventually began to give up. My hair was feeling worse after washing than before, and it seemed it was doing a better job of regulating oils if I just left it alone. So that’s what I did for a few days. It was much less oily than at first, but still not nearly nice enough to wear in any way other than up in an attempt to hide as much of it as possible. Then today it happened… I needed my hair to look nice. We were taking passport pictures after all. So I began to reason with myself… My hair had seemed to regulate itself. It wasn’t pouring gobs of oil out onto my head every day anymore. Maybe it just needed a last little push and then it would be ok?
So I did it. I buckled… I used shampoo. Not any shampoo, of course. I used my daughter’s baby shampoo, all natural, organic, non-stripping shampoo. She only uses it when she really makes a mess of her hair that I can’t get out with water and a comb. You would be really surprised what kind of food can come out with just some water and a comb! Needless to say, it’s less than once a month that she needs it, and her hair is never oily. If it does get a bit excess of oil (usually after waking up in the morning) it is back to it’s shiny, happy, bouncy self after brushing it through a few times. No bath necessary.
So, back to my story, I used it. And guess what? Shock and surprise! My hair felt marvelous. It feels soft and smooth and healthy. It is not oily in any way and I am just so glad for the break from drudgery! My sincere hope is that my hair has more or less started regulating itself, and that it will continue to do that. If my hair stays good over the next few days, I think I’ll be set. I am feeling pretty optimistic as, over the last week, my hair never became more oily for not washing it. It just never got less oily. Here’s to hoping!
In the meantime, I have kiddos to go chase. Enjoy your weekend and stop by tomorrow for a Fundraiser Q&A!