The Fit Life, LLC

Monday, May 5, 2014

One more step toward total freedom (or freakdom)!

So I've told you about the 10 "Weird" Things I Do for My Health. And, I've told you Why I Quit Using Lotion. Now, I've taken another step in my journey to cut harmful chemicals out of my life--and to become less reliant on modern conveniences like the supermarket. I've gone poo-less.

Now before you start thinking, "Waaiiitt....that's not healthy, everyone needs to poo!! It's part of good digestion!" That is totally NOT what I'm talking about. I've taken the next step in cutting chemicals out of my life by giving up my shampoo and conditioner. It took me awhile to get here. I have extremely fine, curly hair that tangles very easily. I just couldn't imagine not using a conditioner on it. I would never be able to get a comb through it.

I switched to the organic products a few years ago. At least they are clear of the cancer-causing sodium lauryl sulfate--and don't have quite so many foreign substances in them. But they are expensive, and the conditioners really didn't do much for me.  I kept seeing recipes for homemade cleaner and conditioner and thinking, "I really need to do that."

So why did I finally do it? I bought a new brand of "all natural, organic conditioner" (I believe it was around $5 for a fairly small bottle) because I just didn't like the smell of the one I've been using--and I had an allergic reaction. A red, bumpy rash broke out all over my neck. That seemed like the sign I had been waiting for.

So am I just letting my hair get all greasy and gross? Of course not! Here's what I'm using now:

Shampoo: ~ 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water, and several drops of essential oil
Conditioner: ~ 1 part organic apple cider vinegar to 5 parts water, and several drops of essential oil.

I've been using this method for about two weeks now, and I have to say I'm happy with it. Sure it's kind of weird to not have lather when you wash your hair. But my hair feels clean and soft. And the vinegar rinse actually detangles better than the organic conditioners did.

Here's the best part:

Baking soda: $1.20
Apple Cider Vinegar: About the price of one bottle of conditioner
Essential Oil: You just need a few not much at all/

And this is probably about a six months supply of shampoo and conditioner.

Now, time to make a new batch of deodorant!

No comments:

Post a Comment

About Me

My photo
I am the owner of The Fit Life, LLC. The Fit Life, LLC offers fitness instruction and nutrition counseling in a holistic way. I focus on personal training using mainly your own body strength--very little equipment. I also hold a certification in holistic nutrition. Because nutrition counseling regulations are very strict in Ohio, I'm still working on what nutrition services I can provide to my clients; however, I'm happy to provide general nutrition information. I enjoy teaching TRX, Indoor Cycling, and Boot Camps.