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  • #46
    I tried the baking soda & lemon juice yesterday (in response to being alerted by my husband again to a slight funky smell to my hair...I guess I'm going to have to do this kinda rinse weekly!)

    The lemon juice was definitely a more pleasant way to smell than vinegar! It didn't leave my hair anywhere near as easy to comb, but this morning it feels as soft as it did after the vinegar rinse. So I guess I'll stick with this approach.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by PoisonApple View Post
      I want to jump in and quit shampoo and conditioner, but being a female, I am obsessed with my hair. It is WAAAY too oily. If I don't wash my hair every single day, it looks like I didn't wash it for a week. I get made fun of a lot for it if I dont have time to shower every 16-24 hours. I worry it will just look dirty, even for two weeks
      For the transition you might want to try low-'poo, such as Avalon Organics. Look for "contains no harsh sulfates." I find that it doesn't dry out my hair nearly as much. Also stop using conditioner with silicones in it. Those are not water-soluble, and you need sulfates to get them out of your hair, which dries it out. A silicone is anything on the ingredient list that ends in -cone or -xane.

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      • #48
        Do any of the sans-pooers have straight, baby fine, thin hair? Although going primal has diminished the oil production hugely, when you have hair that never entered puberty ... any little bit of oil weighs it down.

        My facial skin is healing nicely from eating primal but I have also been using two Rx products for rosacea since the spring. I thought that, next month, I'd start cutting back on their use. I wash my face with Kiss My Face products. Any changes I make to this regimen are going to be v.e.r.y. gradual.

        I work in a hospital. I wash my hands a ridiculous amount of times but I they're only slightly dry in the winter. No cracks or dry spots.

        That said, I have to say, that when I was a little girl, the pediatrician told my mother that my skin was so dry that I should not use soap more than once a week. Over the years, I have experimented with using various products and, realized, long before I discovered MDA, that my skin is healthiest when I used nothing. That is why I keep coming to these posts ... I have success with it, on most of my body.

        There are some parts, though, that are always going to get a daily dose of a cleansing product. I just cannot imagine "going all the way".

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        • #49
          Originally posted by lizch View Post
          I don't have a take on it, because I'm procrastinating on getting my hair cut for this exact reason (well, the combo of not wanting to go back to square one and the possibility that they'll turn their noses up at my pooless hair!)
          I've been to the salon once for a cut (no colour till next time) and let the stylist shampoo me. No change afterwards, and no re-adjustment period needed. I didn't mention that I'd been 'pooless for about a month at the time, and she had no comments, other than it had really grown a lot since the last cut about 8 weeks earlier.

          I'm about 12 weeks in now, some weeks my hair looks great, other weeks less so. Not needing styling product anymore for the most part either. I use the BS wash with ACV rinse (add a few drops rosemary essential oil for a nice smell) every 4-6 days. I'm currently trying to stretch that a bit longer (just water rinse most days in between), but my roots have been heavier. Maybe it's the "second transition"? I'm also in the process of growing it out, so I'm thinking it might keep the hair healthier while growing. I also use a boar bristle brush daily, it really helps to distribute the oils, looks kind of greasy right afterwards, but then fluffing it up (I have discovered a good bit of curl in my natural wave) it can look quite nice and full of body.
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          • #50
            Originally posted by Debbie View Post
            I work in a hospital. I wash my hands a ridiculous amount of times but I they're only slightly dry in the winter. No cracks or dry spots.

            That said, I have to say, that when I was a little girl, the pediatrician told my mother that my skin was so dry that I should not use soap more than once a week. Over the years, I have experimented with using various products and, realized, long before I discovered MDA, that my skin is healthiest when I used nothing. That is why I keep coming to these posts ... I have success with it, on most of my body.

            There are some parts, though, that are always going to get a daily dose of a cleansing product. I just cannot imagine "going all the way".
            I work in a hospital too, there's not much you can do about it when you're at work I guess, however, at home I have made up a hand scrub with course salt and coconut oil to scrub my hands with. Just scoop a dollop up with dry hands and really work it in, then rinse thouroughly with warm water. You end up with clean, moisturised hands.

            I also use oil cleansing on my face, which is just a mix I make up with castor oil and olive oil, it has completely changed how my skin feels. Just google oil-cleansing and there's loads of info out there about it.

            I have also found a wonderful new product that I have to get shipped over from the States called Beesilk Hard Lotion. It contains only shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. It is so moisturising and soothing.
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            • #51
              Firs time since going no shampoo than I didn't wash my hair under water this morning. I just combed it. So far all good. It has made a little of its own oil.
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              • #52
                Thank you, NourishedEm. I have the ingredients to made the hand scrub. I guess that would be really great stuff on the elbows, knees and feet before stepping into the shower, too.

                I will definitely google the oil cleansing. It would be far more convenient to step out of the shower, clean and already mositurized. Especially now, when it's cold, and all I want to do is put on my robe.

                I will definitely continue to shampoo my hair. After I finish what I have, I will experiment with something less chemical but, really ... I don't have enough hair on my head to "distribute the oils".

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                • #53
                  Hmm, 3 days on and I'm noticing a definite whiff coming from my pits by half way through the day.
                  This started off so well with a good few weeks of smelling sweet and fresh without soap, so don't know why the stink now...
                  Maybe I need try cutting out spicy foods for a few days and see how that goes... I hope that isn't it though, I'd hate to give up curry and chilli!
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                  • #54
                    There has been a homemade pit-stick mentioned around the place, could somebody in the know please put up the recipe?
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                    • #55
                      Here's one that I plan on using once my deodorant stick runs out: http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2...deodorant.html
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                      • #56
                        I just use plain baking soda and rub it in my pits. Works better than any other of the "natural" deodorants I've bought from the store.

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                        • #57
                          Would be be ok to add a few drops of essential oil to my baking soda container?

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                          • #58
                            I can't see why not. I don't do anything like that because I'm kind of lazy...But I don't think it would interfere with it's deodorizing qualities.

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                            • #59
                              I don't use soap or any other detergents other than on my hands before preparing food, and after a visit to the toilet. I've been doing this for about 8 months now. The only times I work up a funk is if I've had a lapse and eaten too much crappy food. Which doesn't happen too often.

                              Wife no longer complains that I stink like a lumberjack or something like it.
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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Unamused Mouse View Post
                                Here's one that I plan on using once my deodorant stick runs out: http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2...deodorant.html
                                Thanks for that, it looks awesome
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