2 Months No Poo Update

I started going No Poo around mid-march. It wasn’t a great success for me as baking soda dried my hair out terribly and ACV  made it lank, I could never seem to get the balance right!

I moved onto shampoo bars after ordering a few samples on Etsy. I had much better results with those, but i got the waxy build up and just couldn’t handle covering my hair in dry shampoo to make it look “ok”, so i gave up and decided that no poo wasn’t for me, It was such hard work! (I was around 2-3 weeks in by that point).

I moved onto “Low Poo” choosing to go with Dr Organics manuka honey shampoo & Australian Organics conditioner pictured below.

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This has been the best thing i could’ve done with my hair and i would advise others to start off “low poo” before going cold turkey. The first few washes were still a little waxy with the shampoo but honestly maybe only the first 3 and then it seemed to really start easing off. The conditioner works great but it is not like an intensive one that’s going to make your fried ends disappear as it is “cone free” but it still is a great everyday conditioner and works well to moisturise.

I have now started to go back to shampoo bars and i seem to be getting great results from them now, they give my hair so much body! I do a spray of acv and leave it in to balance ph. I might be tempting fate here, but i think my hair could be adjusting to the no poo way of life now. I no longer use cone loaded heat protector on my hair when i straighten (which i rarely do nowadays) i’ve been using argan secret leave in spray and i only use it on my ends as it does contain 1 silicone, but it’s right at the bottom of the ingredients list, so certainly not as bad as all the old junk i used to put on my hair and think it was doing it  “good”.

I will keep on with this and update again. It’s still a learning curve and who knows what will happen 🙂

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Review: Sarakan Toothpaste 50ml

Having started to use more natural skin and haircare products I moved on to making my own toothpaste, but  if you read my post on it you’ll know i couldn’t really use it due to the weather here, So I had to look for an alternative and this was it!. I was sceptical at first due to not having any experience of a natural toothpaste and to be honest didn’t think it would work that well. I was wrong!.
Sarakan is:
  • Fluoride-free
  • Vegan
  • Unsweetened
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • No Added Colours or Preservatives
  • No Parabens
  • Approved By The British Dental Health Foundation
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Ingredients: Glycerin (non-animal), calcium carbonate, aqua, magnesium carbonate, salvadora persica natural extract, mentha piperita, mentha arvensis oil, eugenia caryophyllus oil, pelargonium roseum oil, hydroxethylcellose, sodium phosphate, limonene, citronellol, geraniol.

 
Sarakan toothpaste contains natural extract of Salvadora Persica, also known as the ‘toothbrush tree’ – used for centuries in its natural state as twigs as an effective way to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.
The toothpaste is flavoured with peppermint, clove and geranium which on first brush tastes horrible and a bit like brushing your teeth with perfume, but stick with it. I find this toothpaste actually better at cleaning and stain removal than all the old commercial ones i have tried and my mouth feels amazingly clean after i rinse. I don’t think i could go back to regular toothpaste now and i will continue to buy this as long as my next dental visit goes well (it’s not for 4 months). The taste grows on you also and i actually quite like it better than just ordinary mint toothpaste.
Sarakan can be found in Holland & Barrett in the UK for £2.35 and i got it on a Buy One Get One Half Price offer, so i got it for £1.18 which is a bargain compared to the price of commercial toothpastes!…Give it a try you won’t be disappointed!.
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How To Make Natural Homemade Toothpaste

I have never liked normal toothpaste, My teeth never felt that clean after brushing and I hated the way some of them tasted. As you’ve seen on earlier posts I’ve slowly started to get into going more natural, especially when it comes to what I’m putting on my body.I really went cold turkey when changing my normal toothpaste to a homemade one….I don’t know if it was the best approach and don’t recommend it because it will be a shock to most.

This was my first recipe: 

2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil 
2 teaspoons xylitol (stevia can also be used)
1 teaspoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate not baking powder)
6-10 drops spearmint essential oil
 
I put all the ingredients in a bowl and started smooshing it together – it seemed easy enough and i actually remembered to take pictures 🙂
This actually worked great, It was a bit saline like for me and i missed the foam, so i went back to the drawing board and added in some calcium carbonate (to help re-mineralize teeth) and some more coconut oil to bind it together, but being as the temperature here was in the -3/4 area it solidified 😦
It did work great though, but it was a pain to scrape it out of the packaging…if you live in a hotter country give that a go but i had to move on to a toothpaste i got in the local health food shop which i will blog about in the next few days because i completely LOVE IT!
I won’t rule out my homemade stuff completely though and will make another batch when it’s much warmer here.
 I would love to know if any of you have made your own and if it worked for you?. Leave a comment and let me know.

To Henna or Not To Henna? That Is The Question!

I definitely need to to dye my hair sometime soon as the grey hairs that i do have are about 1/2″ now (shocking). I usually have always used chemical dyes permanent/semi-permanent over the years. Salon brand and drugstore, but i wanted to find a more natural alternative as my hair now is half medium brown and half black because of the horrible porous ends from all the dye build up.

I have seen Herbatint brand dyes in the local health food shops, but i have noticed these still contain PPD’s and I’m not sure if these are worth trying if they are not much different to drugstore dyes….I also don’t know if I’m willing to spend £10 on a dye that i then need to buy the shampoo to mix with it at around £8 a bottle.

So, I’m in two minds here…..Do i strip all the colour from my hair (with chemicals) and re-dye a lighter colour to start fresh or do i move onto henna which i have been itching to try for a few weeks?
I am tempted to start with the LUSH Caca Brun bar as it’s less expensive, less hassle and so much easier than buying the henna powder and indigo especially when i have never used the proper stuff before nor do i know the mixing ratios for a nice dark chocolate brown with a hint of red. I have read very mixed reviews on it thought and i do worry about my black porous ends if it will just make them even darker?
I really need to hear from someone who has used both to give me a good opinion pros and cons if you like, but maybe the lush bar is a good start for a novice without too much commitment?
To be continued……. 😉