Going no-poo for hair? Cleaning face with oil?

Have you heard of the hair cleaning method that’s being called “no poo”? It stands for not using shampoo, but they picked an incredibly cringe-worthy name! In a nutshell, it is a way of cleaning your hair that doesn’t use chemicals, but uses natural products instead. The typical recipie is baking soda for the wash, and vinegar for the conditioner. Most say to dissolve about a Tablespoon of baking soda in about 8 oz of water. But it works better for me to make a paste out of that tablespoon of baking soda and rub it directly on my scalp. If I did it more often, I would want to be gentler, but right now doing this about every 2 weeks is wonderful. I clean my scalp with that baking soda paste, then rinse it through the rest of my hair. Leaves it really, really clean. I’m prone to dandruff and itchy scalp, and this gets rid of it completely.

I have not used the vinegar as conditioner yet, I want to get an unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar for it but haven’t found any locally yet. I have reduced my use of commercial conditioners by using some olive oil instead. My hair tends to be dry, especially at the ends because I color it. So half a teaspoon of olive oil, rubbed between my hands to warm it up, and then rubbed through my whole head of hair is working really well. Keeps the flyaways down, keeps the ends moisturized, without using chemicals.

The newest thing I’ve come across is using oil to clean your face. I first read about it months ago, but it sounds so weird I didn’t try it! I mean, really… put oil on my oily face? How will that help? But the more I thought about it – putting soap and water and chemicals on my face all these years hasn’t exactly helped it either! So I figured I’d give it a shot. I tried it last night, and so far so good. My skin felt softer afterward, not nearly as “tight” as it usually does after washing it, and no new pimples showed up overnight. I haven’t done it often enough to feel confident in explaining it, so here’s a link to the site where I’m getting my directions: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ (The directions start in the bottom third of the page, with the bullet points. All the text above is reasons why they promote this.)

I’m always open to hearing new, better ways of doing things. I like ways that cost less, ways that use fewer chemicals. Ways that keep me from becoming brand-dependent – or even store-dependent! But they have to be just as effective. I enjoy researching and finding these ways of doing things.

Do you have any “unusual” ways of doing things? Especially anything that sounds completely counter-productive but that works anyway?




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