Wait… Where did that week go?

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!

(Sham)Poo Free: Week 2

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Sigh… I almost didn’t want to take a picture this week because it looks JUST as bad as last week.  But I did… to be fair I took the picture on Monday so it was exactly at the two week mark (even though this post is a little later).  Yesterday when I did my vinegar rinse I left it on for a good ten minutes before washing it out.  That seemed to help a lot, so next Monday I will take a picture after doing that and you can be the judge if it actually is helpful or not!

On the bright side, I do think my hair feels cleaner than it did before.  More oily, but less chemically.  It just seems like all that shampoo builds up after a while.  The last several weeks before I started this I felt my hair was just not nice after being washed… it was mostly not oily (but that only lasted about ten hours) but it just didn’t feel soft or smooth or anything nice that you would expect hair to feel.

Now that I’m not using shampoo anymore, my hair feels better.  I can tell especially at the tips where it’s not oily; it just feels nicer.  I also started noticing that my hair is looking wavier than usual.  I would chalk it up to the oiliness, but you can tell at the bottom too!  This interim period is awful, but here’s to hoping it will be worth it!

(Sham)Poo Free… Week 1

Knowing my own body, I do anticipate that there’s a possibility I may be fertile again sometime soon.  My last two pregnancies I have endured a terrible rash called Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (also known as PUPPPS).  Sounds fun right?  Not.  It is a condition that is connected to the liver, probably the extra load on the liver during pregnancy becomes a little much and so this lovely rash appears and sticks around until you deliver.  (Or in my case it gets worse after you deliver…)  Many doctors will tell you that there is no cure for PUPPPS except delivery.  Indeed, this rash can be so painful and unlivable that doctors will even induce labor early for women who have a particularly aggressive case.  As you can imagine, this added discomfort and stress (not to mention the overload on mamas liver) is not good for baby any more than it’s good for mommy.

But there is good news!  There is a cure for PUPPPS!  The bad news?  You can’t use it while pregnant.  Many women can successfully eradicate PUPPPS with a regimen of daily dandelion root or milk thistle supplements or teas.  These are powerful, natural detoxing agents that will take care of whatever it is that is causing your liver undue stress.  The problem with this cure, however, is that detoxing while pregnant is not safe.  When eradicating toxins from your body, these toxins are released from their relatively safe holding places (like your liver) and transferred into the blood stream so they can be removed from your system.  This is a necessary step, but it can be dangerous transporting these toxins from their holding places.  It is dangerous especially if you have a baby inside you that is sharing your blood supply!  We do not want these toxins making their way to baby, so unfortunately, it is best for them to stay put while you are pregnant.

The moral to this story?  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I hope anyway.  My theory was that if I detox my liver before I get pregnant, maybe my body will be in a better place to handle the demands of pregnancy and I will not need to endure that terrible rash in the next round of baby growing.  Even though I am still nursing, I decided a little detox was going to be overall better for all of us than no detox for the rest of my childbearing years.  So… I am gently and slowly working through flushing out my liver of toxins.  I started last week with a few simple things, one of which is limiting my contact with chemicals and household cleaners or beauty products that have chemical ingredients.

I am still tweaking my recipes for things like toothpaste, dishwasher detergent, carpet cleaner, etc.  But the one I wanted to discuss today was shampoo.  I am ditching it!  I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but have put it off.  I just never wanted to go through the transition phase.  You see, shampoo is really not great for your hair.  It chemically strips your luscious locks of their natural oils.  Your hair knows this and, defiantly, begins producing even more oil to combat the shampoo.  The result?  A vicious cycle where the more shampoo you use the more oil your hair produces and… the more shampoo you have to use.  The cure for that is quite simple.  Stop using shampoo!  Wash your hair with baking soda or an egg (yes really) or water, you know something that does not force the natural oil out of your scalp.

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Unfortunately, your body does not respond immediately, and it has gotten used to creating all that excess oil.  It will take a while before it realizes it doesn’t need that much anymore.  And in the meantime you are stuck with hair that is excessively oily.  Yuck.  But there is really nothing you can do other than wait out this period of re-stabilizing your hair’s oil production.  It can take weeks… or months.  I am hoping mine is on the weeks side.  I will update for you again next week, but right now my hair is just downright oily.  I do like the way it feels after washing it with baking soda (shampoo replacement) and rinsing with vinegar (conditioner replacement).  I know it will be lovely when it remembers how to balance its own oils, I just hope it figures that out sooner rather than later!

Above is my week one hair picture.  Let’s hope next week’s picture is a little less oily.  Although you will notice, the bottom of my hair is not oily at all.  That’s because the oil production is all at the scalp, so the last place that gets the oils is the bottom of the hair.  At the beginning of the week ALL of my hair was oily.  I suppose this is a little progress already.  Right?

 

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