Friday, February 21, 2014

Shampoo Freeville 911!

Troubleshooting – YAY!

Once you've gotten to the point where you are shampoo and conditioner free, and are just using the Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar treatments, if your hair feels like it isn't agreeing with the treatments or if you are wondering if you are applying them correctly, here are some pointers!

Baking Soda Wash:
Start by massaging into the roots of your hair and work out toward the ends. After a few seconds your hair should be easy to comb through with your fingers as the baking soda dissolves. It softens the water and your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner:
I recommend leaving it on your hair as long as you would any conditioner: at least 3-5 minutes. (I always wash my hair when I'm in the shower, so I let the ACV mixture sit in my hair while I'm washing everything else, then rinse.)

How often should I wash my hair?”
I recommend once every two to four days, depending on your level of physical activity. Whatever is comfortable for you. There are a lot of different approaches to this. My hair feels greasy after three to four days so I wash it then. When I first started my 4th step I was washing my hair every other day, and that is fine. The longer you use the “poo-less” regimen, the more days you can go between washes without your hair feeling like a barnyard explosion. ;)

If your hair and/or scalp is feeling Dry:
First try this
Apple Cider Vinegar:
#1 – Up the vinegar content to 2 Tbsp* (or more as needed) per cup of water.
#2 – Add one tsp of honey per cup of water
#3 – Use both step 1 and 2
* I have found that my hair does best with a 1:2 ratio of ACV and water, respectively.

If your hair and/or scalp is feeling Oily:
I have never had this problem because my hair has always been so dry, but some of my friends who do the “poo-less” regimen do have oily hair. I asked them what they do, and I did a little research of my own.
I recommend massaging and leaving the baking soda treatment on your hair a little longer. That is the simplest solution. Also, oily hair is similar to oily skin. It needs to be properly moisturized to become less oily. While this may seem counter- intuitive, your body naturally creates more oil the dryer your skin and hair become. It is trying to make up for a lack of moisture.

One more thing –
Don't use hot water on your hair. I know how nice it is to get in a steamy hot shower, but luke-warm or cold water is best for your hair because it won't strip the moisture and nutrients out like hot water does.

Try These Fun Additives!
(Add them to the Vinegar)
Chamomile Tea – Instead of the plain water. It will nourish your hair and make the highlights shinier, and will brighten them over time.
Green Tea – this will do a few things for your hair. It helps stimulate your scalp, which helps your hair grow better and faster, and it nourishes your hair in several ways. You can look Green Tea up on Wikipedia to see what is in it that is so good for you.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions if you have any!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Breakup Road to Shampoo Freeville

If you look up alternatives to using shampoo you will get bombarded with a lot of different options. I've done a lot of research on the subject over the past several years, and found many similar directions to go in, so I meshed some together and came up with this!

A lot of people will tell you going cold turkey when you're quitting regular shampoo and conditioner to go "poo-less" is the best option. But that doesn't work for everyone. It definitely didn't work for me. I tried, and felt like my hair wasn't clean, and it got extremely tangly.

It was hard for me to go from the familiar mountain of suds to nothing. So I eased myself into it. I actually waned off shampoo and conditioner for a year before going completely without it.

But let me tell you,

It was worth it!

My hair has always been thick, curly, dry as hay, and extremely frizzy. If I didn't drench it in conditioner, and add a ton of leave in conditioner and hair serum before it dried, it wasn't manageable at all. And even then I usually ended up just putting it in a ponytail or bun or straightened it because I hated how it looked otherwise.

This was my hair on a bad day. Frizz-Central Station.
Here was my hair on a good day. You can see how dry it is.

Now my hair is touchable, shiny and healthy, and has hardly any frizz. Finally, I'm at a point where I'm loving my hair, and let me tell you, it is liberating.
My hair Now: no flash, with florescent lighting.
With the flash turned on you can see how shiny my hair can be, and how non-frizzy it is now.
So I'm going to go through the steps I took to get here. I ended up doing each step for around three months before switching to the next step. Basically, I went through each step until my hair was used to it and was looking better, and I was ready to try something new.

All you need are a few things:

1 - Water :D

2 - Baking Soda

3 - Apple Cider Vinegar

4 - A squeezable bottle with a lid. This one is 12 ounces.

Here's what I did:

Stage 1:
Shampoo -
Mix equal parts shampoo and water.
Conditioner -
Mix equal parts conditioner and apple cider vinegar.
(That sounds like a lot of vinegar, but I promise it's not since you're only using a tablespoon or so at a time)

Stage 2:
Shampoo -
Mix one part shampoo with two parts water
Conditioner -
Mix one part conditioner, one part apple cider vinegar, and one part water.

Stage 3: (Where it starts getting exciting!)
Shampoo -
Mix two cups water with 1 Tbsp Shampoo and 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
Conditioner -
Mix Two cups water with 1 Tbsp conditioner and 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Finally - Stage 4:
One cup of hot water and 1 Tbsp Baking Soda*
(the hot water helps the baking soda dissolve faster)
One cup of water and 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar*

Instructions for Step 4:
Apply the baking soda mix directly to your scalp and massage it in, working out to the ends. Rinse thoroughly then apply the ACV mix also directly to the roots, then on the ends, covering all of your hair with it. Let it sit for several minutes before rinsing out.

NOTE: At this point I make the cleanser and conditioner by the gallon. I use empty vinegar gallon jugs and pour one cup of baking soda in one jug and one cup apple cider vinegar in the other, then fill the jugs the rest of the way with water and shake. Then it's good to go and I can just refill the squeeze bottle I keep in the shower when I need to.

A lot of people will tell you not to put the ACV mix directly on your scalp, but my philosophy(and proven fact with my hair) is that you need to take better care of your roots and scalp than the rest of your hair because if that area isn't healthy then the rest of your hair won't be either. Apple Cider Vinegar is the same pH range as your hair. Many shampoos and conditioners are the wrong pH which throws your hair out of whack and it tries to compensate in all the wrong ways, and its growth can be stunted as a result. (More proof with my hair - It used to grow half an inch a month. Now it grows a whole inch per month.)

A couple more notes: I always use a leave in conditioner or oil spray like the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition oil sprays. This one is my absolute favorite. Also, instead of hair gel or hairspray, which generally dry your hair out and cause a whole other set of problems, I use Aloe Vera gel(not the stuff you use for sunburns, but natural, virtually plain, Aloe Vera gel) or Vitamin E gel. It sets your hair like a gel but when you run your fingers through it, there's no crunchy feeling. Just soft beautiful hair. After I add these to my hair I comb it with a medium wide toothed comb and let it air dry, placing a couple bobby pins in to help my bangs dry the way I want them to.

* - Next week: Troubleshooting for when you're completely “poo-less” (Like how I ended up needing to double the ACV amount and add honey because of my dry hair), more details of my routine and why I do it, and fun things to add to the cleanser and conditioner and how they work.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


"Fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real." - Necessary Roughness


Fear can only hold regret. - Me circa 2006


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tiny Hands

An Old Tree

Whose heart still beats...

Surprise! Fresh Start...

Hey! Friends, Family, Random Strangers!
So I reverted all the old stuff that was on here to draft form, so I still have it all...


I wanted to start fresh again—only good drama involved. ;) I'm going to start posting things that happen in my life, and things that I make happen that are mostly positive and happy!

I'll be showing you artistic things such as pictures that I've taken, some movies, and things that I've made like clothing, jewelry and many other types of original artwork.

In short, I'm excited to have a lot of fun this year!