No-Poo · Tidbits

March Madness

If you know me at all, you know I’ve never really cared about basketball. If you don’t know me, let me tell you: when I say March madness, I do not mean college athletes. What I mean, really, is several things, including putting mayonnaise on my head (more on that in a minute…).

One, it’s March 31st. Isn’t that madness?! We are one quarter through the year, and it’s probably totally inappropriate to even call it the “new” year at this point. You know, the year so many of us said would be “our year,” 2016. And I won’t lie, my 2016 did not start great, so I’m quite happy to turn the page on this chapter thank you very much.

Two: yes, I put mayo in my hair. When my boyfriend got home and I told him, he looked at me like I was nutso. Apparently, not everyone has heard of mayonnaise in your hair to make it shiny. I use egg yolks to wash my hair sometimes, and mayo has egg yolks so…it’ll  be fine. Logic, right? Not quite. While my hair isn’t the mess you might expect it to be — and it is shiny, I’ll give it that — it’s not as clean as I’d like it to be. I don’t use conventional shampoo though, so someone who does might get different results. The beauty of (temporary) unemployment is I can do weird things to my hair and it doesn’t really matter, so I’m not done experimenting. (Or writing about it.)

Third crazy thing that happened in March? Our health insurance company FINALLY approved my claim for a wheelchair. It took several letters from my doctor, who I’m super grateful for, but they finally said yes. Now there’s only a few more weeks of waiting to get out of the way — peanuts compared to the last several months I’ve spent mostly housebound. If I’m being totally honest though, what I’m looking forward to the most, even more than going shopping, is going to the Calgary Zoo (and the West Edmonton Mall). Eeeek! So excited!

Finally, has anyone else noticed what a ginormous difference some real live sunshine can make? My sunlamp is a godsend, no question, but there’s just something about getting some real rays! After a dreary winter and a few really cold days the last couple weeks, I’m looking forward to some warm spring weather. Keep your fingers crossed the forecast for Saturday will hold — it’s my birthday!


Health & Beauty · No-Poo

No-Poo Perseverence

Hair-washing is a weirdly frustrating topic for me. I’ve been no-poo for over a year now, which has mostly gone superbly. I had a hiccup this summer when we were moving across the country and camping along the way. Let’s just say my hair was not flowing in the wind. Once we got to Calgary, it took a few washes to bust through the oily buildup, but I finally got my hair looking like my hair again.

Fast forward about 4 months, and my hair is giving me trouble again. I don’t know if it’s a difference in the water, the drier mountain air or simply a lack of variety in hair wash– whatever it is, my hair is not having it. My trusty buddies baking soda and lemon juice just don’t seem to be doing the trick anymore.

In desperation, I tried washing with honey, thinking a humectant might stop my scalp freaking out. It did soothe my scalp, but it didn’t do much in the way of getting my hair clean. I let my hair chill out for about a week, and then tried baking soda again. Still, it didn’t work.

Now, at this point, many people would have caved and bought a bottle of frigging shampoo already.

Well, this is where the weirdly frustrating part comes in. I’m allergic to coconut, which is found in most skin and hair care products in the form of a bajillion derivatives. I’m also extremely sensitive to scents and perfumes. Kiss My Face makes a great olive oil soap, and I use almond oil to moisturize, but I’ve yet to find a 100% coconut-free shampoo. Also I’m really stubborn and don’t want to lose the magic hair growth I’ve had since ditching the bottles. (My hair is the longest its ever been!)

So for all those health and also ego-related reasons, I wasn’t about to hop off the wagon. So I turned to eggs. Egg yolks, to be specific.

Egg yolks and my hair first became besties probably about a year ago. I was a few months out from going no-poo, and my hair was at its grossest and waxiest. I was afraid I would have to give up. So naturally I turned to Google, and I wish I could remember the name of the blog that saved my hair, because really it did. The answer was egg yolks, and just the yolks because they cook at a higher temperature than egg whites. This is really important because you will end up with breakfast in your hair at least once. And then the next time you’ll decide its worth freezing your butt off in exchange for eggless hair.

I’m not sure why I stopped using egg yolks as a hair wash, because it works really well and doesn’t seem harmful done once or twice a month. I would usually use two yolks to wash my hair, but this time I used three just to make sure I’d get through the oily buildup. I followed it with my usual lemon juice rinse and finally, finally, I have clean hair.

The hidden lesson here? If you really want something, make sure you really have exhausted all your options before you throw in the towel. You’ll probably be glad you did.