Kylie Harper wrote:I have been doing water-only rinses as my hair care (plus brushing) for 6 weeks now. Works great. It is shiny, full, and holds really well in a style without any product. I am still getting used to the "new normal" of slightly oily hair. I think my hair looks great, but is odd to touch. Just a matter of getting used to it, I think.
I am in week 5 and my hair is...well, I wouldn't call it greasy; there is something more akin to a waxy coating on it.
Matt Baker wrote:I started using baking soda and vinegar. I found the baking soda too harsh. Then I used vinegar which was ok. Maybe useful to get out some salt gunk. But then I just started using water and my hair feels better then ever. Sometimes when I wake up or after a workout my hair feels oily; but I find if I just wash with water the oils get distributed through my hair and the oily feeling goes away. I struggled with blemish prone skin. I tried all these natural remedies and commercial solutions with limited success. Then after I stopped washing my hair and face with soaps and scrubs, my skin cleared up. I'm sure I'm saving about $100 per year on body "cleaning" products.
I do use good soap on my body when I'm covered in dirt and dust, but mostly I don't. There are lots of wonderful soaps out there which I buy when I need it.
Inspired by my success in the hair and body department, I also stopped using toothpaste; I still brush and floss as usual but just rinse brush and rinse my mouth with water. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables helps the mouth feel clean too. My mouth feels fresh and clean. I'm going to start drinking kefir regularly which will colonize my mouth with about 50 strains of healthy bacteria - like broadcast seeding a polyculture in your mouth.
I think these body care techniques follow from permaculture principles and techniques. Focus on what you want - healthy soil/bodies - not on what you do not - pests/bacteria stink. Nature knows what it is doing - let her do her thing.
Andreas Brevitz wrote:I shower maybe once every third day and then I don't even soak my hair. I am one of those doing the NO poo. I "wash" my hair with water only maybe once every two weeks. It works great. If you try this you will experience a "transition period" like that described above. Oily hair and you should also expect some itching. After a while it feels great. I am not cranky. I had no trouble going cold turkey, I guess because I had this grungy long hair thing going on anyways.
Don't get me wrong, if you use this method there will be people who think you look dirty. It probably won't ever be as if you used shampoo. In my view that's a good thing. It's all a matter of perspective, nowadays I look at shampooed hair and I think to myself; "Ew! That's unhealthy!"I also think that oily hair is not to be confused with dirty hair. The body produces these oils for a reason and when you get all obsessive about getting it out your scalp probably won't thank you. This irrational fear of oily hair is something people need to work on. Despite all of this my hair does not stink. People often tell me I smell nice.
I have one problem with my personal hygien. I've heard about people who stopped using soap on their bodies and instead scrubs with water and salt. Apparently after a while the body odor issues dissappear. This sounds almost like the method Paul is talking about. Water does the trick! My issue is swetty armpits. I have always been a "hot" person, no pun intended. In the winter I wear less clothes than others and in the summer I sweat more than others. On top of this I take a medicine and one of the side-effects is it makes me sweat even more. The thing is I can't seem to get rid of the need for deodorant. The deodorants I've found contain all kinds of nasty heavy metals and perfumes and shit. A bit of advice would be appreciated!
Rachell Koenig wrote:
I use Tom's deodorant. And Tom's tooth paste. They are sapose to be all natural. But be sure to read the ingredients because the brand also makes a less "natural" product also. Don't buy the wrong one. And yeah.. I have to agree with eating less meat.
Rane Wallin wrote:Ugh, I don't know if this is working for me. It's been a little over a week and my head itches like crazy. When I scratch it there is flaky white stuff under my fingernails. I don't use any kind of styling products on my hair or anything.
Rane Wallin wrote:"I was using Tom's toothpaste too until recently, when I learned that glycerine (on which Tom's and most toothpastes are based) doesn't easily rinse off the teeth, preventing saliva from contacting the tooth surface and thereby preventing the natural process of tooth remineralization from occurring. So I started brushing with some home made unscented soap someone gave me. So far so good; I have a cleaning scheduled next month so we'll see what the dentist thinks. "
Isn't glycerine a good thing? Thanks for the link, I'll have to take a look at that. I like doing an "after brush" brushing with oil. I thought that would help remineralize. ??
Rachell Koenig wrote:When I apply coconut oil to my hair.. its in a very very small amount, unless I plan on washing it again after an hour or so.
Since I was about 12 years old I have been plagued by migraine headaches. I am now 32, so about 20 years.
Anywhere from once a month to 3 times a week I would get a debilitating migraine. They could cause short term blackouts and vomiting.
No amount of medication would help. I eliminated foods, tracked weather patterns and took pills.
Last December I listened to 1 of your podcasts about going pooless, and I stopped using antiperspirant, toothpaste and shampoo. I have only had one migraine since, and that was the one day I wore antiperspirant just to see what would happen.
I now use only 1 bar of organic soap to wash myself head to toe, I brush my teeth with peroxide and baking soda, and I put nothing under my arms.
This is the longest I have EVER gone without a migraine.
I just want to say thank you because noone in the medical community will tell you to eliminate toxins to control migraines.
Keep up the good work you do, God has His hand on your life
Clover Love wrote:
Now, what I'm finding is that I love how my hair looks in the morning the day after I've washed it, full of body and lovely waves (I have long hair). However, it does look a little unkept. Once I brush it, the body is weighed down, the waves homogenize, etc. I keep thinking, what did Great Gramma do? Do I need to braid it at night? Tie it up with little swatches of rags like Nellie Olsen in Little House on the Prairie? Wear a night cap? I feel like dropping the poo is only part of it.
Rane Wallin wrote:Has anyone tried soapberries? It's a berry from a sapindus plant. The fruit from the berries contains natural saponins. I haven't used them, but apparently they can be used completely unprocessed. Just put them in water and swish them around a few times. They are marketed for laundry, but I think you can use them as an all purpose home and body cleaner.