21 February 2011

The quick and dirty of "No Shampoo"

First, I want to quickly explain my reason for starting a whole blog (it's a big step.) There are things I wanted to try but really felt too nervous to do without further detail. For example, with the no shampoo undertaking, I wanted to know: was your hair REALLY dirty on day 3, or 4, or 5?? Did people still want to be your friend on week 2...? If this is you, I offer you the opportunity to live vicariously through me.

For those of you wondering, why bother? Here are a few links:

Trial run:
A mom with her explanation and results

No-Shampoo "Revolution"

A little biology background.

Here is the link to the research mentioned in the above article:
WARNING! Very science-y.

And last but certainly not least:
The stumble which started it all.

If you can't get on board with the "shampoo=chemicals -> bad" philosophy, that's fine. I'm pickin' up what you're puttin' down; it sounds like hippie mumbo jumbo. But maybe you can get on board with not fading your hair color nearly as quickly or never paying for shampoo again. Sure it's not free rent or any spectacular large amount but if your body doesn't need it, why not use that money elsewhere? And just to throw it in-it's less plastic to recycle (or throw away for a lot of people) and less chemicals for our water treatment plants to process. (There will absolutely be posts later about our water usage in America by the way.) Small impacts, but worth mentioning if we are pointing out positive aspects. You can come up with your own cons, like that it's weird for one.

But for those of you wondering how the process is actually going thus far, here is the update.

Day 2 of no shampoo.

It's fine. In all honesty, it seems just the same as if I had washed my hair with shampoo yesterday instead of baking soda. I'm still not sure if the goal is to ween off the baking soda too, so I guess that is an area to research further. I did use hair spray and coconut oil to style a bit today as well. I'm sure styling product build up is bad with a no shampoo lifestyle so I should probably cut that later as well, too bad I just stocked up last month. Boo.

And a little sneak peek for the next segment:

Whole 30 information-read!!!

I am starting February 28 along with Shannon. Josh will be joining us at some point, exciting! And thank you to Leyna for the introduction :) Props, props, props-props all around. If you feel inspired after reading up on it, join with us! 30 days of being awesome and a non tub of lard! I'm excited. Get excited!


  1. Here's an awesomely easy paleo friendly way to do lettuce wraps:
    1 lb ground beef- grass fed of course.
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 sweet pepper
    3 Tbspn soy sauce lite
    a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce(which actually now that i think of it is probably not paleo... so since i used so little might not be worth putting in so it'll be 100% true to paleo and probably wont sacrifice on taste very much.. you decide)
    1 cup chopped onions
    3 garlic gloves finely chopped
    Tblspn of ginger finely chopped
    tsp or so of coconut oil
    (I am always at a loss as to what to use for the lettuce part of lettuce wraps- this time i used the type they make ceasar salad with and it seemed to hold together the best.)

    sautee the beef in coconut oil until the beef is no longer pink. add onions and garlic sautee for two min or so-until it is really fragrant.add everything else and sautee until the veggies aren't firm anymore.
    i think that's all i put in it.. but the cool thing about it is since you cook the veggies i'm going to use it as one of the recipes i use for veggies that are about to go bad, or are on the verge. you can add mushrooms or any other veggies you like too.
    love you!!

  2. Awesome!!! I am so glad you introduced me to this and I am so glad you are a week or so ahead to provide guidance :)