no poo hair

cute animal facts to cheer you up:
  • cats “headbutt” people because they make them feel safe, or they trust them.
  • when puppies play fight, boy puppies will often let girl puppies win.
  • the grizzly bear’s name comes from the word “grizzled” which means ‘streaked with gray hair’.
  • wombat poo is cube-shaped to stop it from rolling away…
  • dogs will sneeze to tell other dogs that they’re playing, so when they’re playing rough it doesn’t turn into a fight.
  • gray squirrels bury nuts all over the place, and often forget them, growing new trees. this makes them more ecologically friendly than red squirrels, who store nuts in piles on the ground which don’t take root.
  • infant pygmy marmosets babble to develop their language skills, similarly to the way human babies babble.
  • two-toed sloths cannot shiver to stay warm like other mammals due to their low metabolic rates and little muscle tissue.
  • yawning is infectious because it supplies a method for the most sleepy to forcefully communicate their need for rest and thus ensures that the group rests/sleeps together.
  • baby dolphins have spines on the sides of their tongue. the spines zip up to make a straw so that they can drink the mother’s milk without getting salt water in it.
  • when a rabbit is happy it will sometimes jump in the air twist it’s body. this is called a binky.
  • the red panda uses its long bushy tail not only for balance, but also as a blanket during chilly winter nights.
  • baby japanese macaques make snowballs. they do not use them for any survival purposes, they just like to have fun.
  • manatee calves nurse underwater from teats under their mothers flippers.
  • baby elephants will suck their own trunks for comfort. 
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Pre-Poo Routine For Natural Hair || All Textures 

Naptural85 writes:

My complete pre-poo routine for healthy natural hair. This is the BEST method I’ve used so far because it nourishes my scalp, the hair shaft, as well as my natural hair ends, leaving them nourished and moisturized! Perfect for all hair textures, you can customize this pre-poo based on what oils you like best, and how much you like to add to your hair. I hope it helps!

Xo, Nap!

I know I have posted some of this before but hey! sometimes things are worth repeating!

I know some of you are new to my blog or just plain new to no poo! So here are some tips for you!

1- Make sure you clarified you hair before you start! Either use a clarifying shampoo or whatever shampoo you were using mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda. This will remove any product build that was left on your hair.

2-You must get the baking soda solution right! This is so important! The solution shouldn’t just feel like water on your scalp! It should feel “different”…slimy is a good word….It feels slightly slimy but not thick! Just a little different than just water. If you do not get this right the whole thing won’t work! You can get a weird waxy build up! 

3- If you have hard water no poo won’t work! You need to boil your water! You need to boil the minerals out and then add the baking soda! 

4-Do not use too much Apple Cider vinegar! This can make you scalp oily and your hair stringy! Start out by using a capfull diluted in a cup of water at a time….add more capfulls until your hair is as soft as you like.Rinse it out with COOL water. This will make your hair very shiny as the cool water closes the cuticle up.

5-Use a boar bristle brush! This will help distribute oils from the roots down the shaft of your hair! You will be less of a greaseball this way too! It will really really come in handy during the transitional phase!

6-The dreaded Transitional phase- You need patience! Try to stretch out your washes too. The less you wash the shorter your transitional time will be! Your scalp will adjust and realize it doesn’t need to send so much oil to the scalp. Please do not give up or think no poo is not working for you….everyone’s scalp is different and the transitional phase might last weeks or might be non-existent for some non-poo-ers! 

7- Deep condition! You must deep condition your hair once a week or however times a week/month you prefer but you MUST do it! Your hair will not be soft and shiny if you don’t! All the silicones and parabens in regular shampoo fill in and coat your hair making you think it is healthy and shiny….but is not. Deep conditioning with natural oils/honey/aloe or whatever you prefer will make your hair strong, long, shiny, and so much better than the regular treatments out there. You need to nourish your hair! Coconut oil is so hard to rinse out but it is one of the only oils that actually penetrates the hair and can help it from within. Try putting a little on your ends after you wash!

8-Do not listen to the nay sayers!! The people who say “no poo is bad for you” “its not pH balanced” “My hair needs to much product” “my hair didn’t like no poo” probably did it wrong! No baking soda is NOT the same pH as your scalp. That is why you must dilute! DILUTE DILUTE DILUTE! They might have had hard water and didn’t boil it. They use so much products that MAKE their hair “behave” but in reality it makes their hair unhealthy. When people go to no poo your hair is stripped down….yes it looks and feels like straw because that is REALLY how your hair is with out the fillers and waxy coating that is in regular shampoos/conditioners. They do not realize this and will try to talk you out of no poo…..educate your youself, know better, and realize what your doing is good for YOU.

9-The baking soda/ACV might not be for you! and that’s ok! You can go no poo and use other things. Dr Bronners castile soaps, Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, raw honey, lemon water, even apple sauce can be used for your shampoo. Just use apple cider vinegar as a rinse or raw honey as a conditioner to make your balanced. I have tried all of the above besides lemon and apple sauce and I love them all! *if you use Dr bronners dilute it! its too harsh to use straight! a capful in a cup of water should work! add more if need be!*

10-Don’t worry about it so much. This is a process. Sometimes you get it right and soemtimes you don’t. It is ok….just never ever go back to regular shampoos/conditioners! Stick with no poo-ing and find a product(s) that work best for you!

If you ever need anymore help, advice, or questions just ask! I usually always respond within a day…maybe even within minutes of you sending your message! I do work so sometimes I don’t see them til the next morning…..but I am quick to respond and love helping everyone out with their no poo journey!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

Zero Waste Hygiene Update

I have tried a bunch of new zero waste hygiene options and would like to share them with you:

Hair washing:

My #1 recommendation for this is to buy a shampoo bar from Lush. They are a little pricey ($9-$12), but last long, leave no residue, come in various scents and target different hair needs, and leave your hair soft. The only hair product I use is one of these bars. 

I used to use a shampoo & conditioner bar from Whole Foods (only $2), but I found it left a residue in my hair and doesn’t leave it feeling as nice as the Lush bar. 

The other option, for those of you who are brave, is to use baking soda and then an apple cider vinegar rinse. This is the “no poo” option. I haven’t tried this personally, but have heard good things. 

Hair spray: 

I used to make homemade hairspray out of lemon and vodka (the recipe can be found on my blog) but now find I don’t really need it (though I frequently curl my hair). 

Deodorant: 

The options are almost limitless here. I find rubbing a little bit of coconut oil on your underarms and then following with a 50/50 mix of baking soda and corn starch works very well. The coconut oil keeps the baking soda from causing irritation. 

Another option is to buy an all-natural spray on deodorant in a reusable glass bottle. This is good if you want a scented deodorant. 

Lush has many deodorant options like bar and liquid deodorant. They tend to be pricey, but might be worth a try if these other options don’t appeal to you. 

You could also buy a crystal deodorant rock, which I haven’t tried but have heard works well. 

Make-up removal:

Coconut oil on a cloth or reusable cotton pad works the best. 

Feminine Hygiene: 

Menstrual cups are an option that many women rave about once they try one. 

Cloth pads are another great option. I recently tried Party in my Pants and would definitely recommend them. 

Shaving: 

Invest in a safety razor! They are a bit pricey (and seem a tiny bit scary) so I haven’t bought one yet. I’m working on it, though. 

Use a soap that really lathers. 

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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My hair evolution since September. My hair was soooo damaged with bleach! I can’t stop cutting my hair because of dried ends! The three last pictures are recent, I’ve finally redyed my hair with henna because it’s so much healthier. It’s feels so much soft just with this and now I’m using sidr powder for wash my hair, it’s less drying than a classic shampoo and more economic!
And look at my undercut, it’s grow so much during less than 5 months (the last trim was in the beginning of September, I’ve trim this in 0,6mm with my hair clippers)! Let it grow!

Just My Luck - Dok2 (smut)

“Bye, yeah see you tomorrow!” You said to your colleagues at work.

You were done working for today and you got out of the building where you worked. You were walking towards your car when a man on a bike rode very close past you, almost running you over.

“Watch out you!” You yelled at him, followed by an angry fist in the air. “Asshole.” You said as he biked around the corner. You made your way to your car and started your ignition, nothing. You tried again and… again nothing. You remembered you had forgotten to fill up the gas tank.

“Fuck.” You slapped the horn, causing it to honk.

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Detangling Natural Hair After Removing Braids

This weekend, my little sis removed her box braids and needed help detangling her hair, so I offered to help. I thought that doing so would be a great learning experience and experiment for the both of us. 

Before the take-down:

  • Told my little sis to deep condition the night before to make taking the braids down the next day easier, and to make her hair less susceptible to breakage 

After the take-down:

  • Her hair was pretty matted at the roots (as you can see in the third picture above). So, I decided to mist water on the section I was working on and then gently separate the matted hair to get the dirt to come apart.
  • After that, I used a combination of water, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner (for slip), and organic apple cider vinegar to finger detangle my little sister’s hair. I added the ACV because it acts as a natural detangler. It also helps to melt much of the dirt/buildup away.
  • After all sections were fully detangled, I trimmed her ends and applied coconut oil to each section for an overnight pre-poo to prep her hair for wash day in the morning. 

And that is it! The detangling process after the braid removal took a total of approximately 3 hours–and no combs were needed. I’m really happy that we were able to successfully detangle her hair. It was actually painless. This method should also work for twists, and other types of styles requiring the use of extensions. I hope this helps!

that post just reminded me of what I wanted to tell yall yesterday...

I have a friend who I haven’t really seen or talked to in a few years, but we remained cool the whole time. She randomly hit me up the other day asking about what products I use in my hair. She’s been natural for a few years, but she straightened her hair almost every day to blend with her weave and now it’s severely heat damaged. Her ends are straight and she also has no edges.

She saw the pics I posted of my hair yesterday and said she loved my curl pattern, even though it wasn’t my curl pattern, it was a twistout lol. So I told her what I use, but also reminded her that everyone’s hair is different. She was baffled by the fact that I don’t shampoo my entire head, only my scalp and my roots. I told her that shampoo dries my hair out entirely, no matter if I pre-poo. My hair just hates it. Also my hair is low porosity and sucks up moisture, so that’s why I use so much conditioner and oils. Plus I have really tight curls, 4a to my knowledge, so my hair just requires more moisture. 

I asked her if she knew what her curl pattern(s) was/were, and she started describing her hair. She said “I got loose curls, like my hair don’t look all nappy like other natural women, my shit is real curly.”

I was trying so hard not to say “But your hair hasn’t grown in 3 years so nappy hair is the least of your problems.”

My Skincare Routine

[Two photos taken in similar conditions 6 months apart: freshly cleaned, no makeup, tinted lip balm, similar lighting, no post processing/Photoshop. Click to embiggen.]

I’ve talked briefly about my skin here before. I’ve also talked about how it’s been a trial to me since I hit puberty, and how my insecurities concerning it compel me to trowel on the makeup and airbrush before uploading photos on the internet. We talk so much about fat acceptance and body image (in my corner of the internet, at least) but rarely is the topic of skin brought up, if at all. For my part, the state of my skin has played as great a role in my negative body image as my fat. Most of the “you’ve such a pretty face, if only you lost weight” comments directed at my teenage self were also appended by “…and if you could fix your skin.” This would usually be followed by a list of ‘helpful’ suggestions, none of which I surely could have tried before! Here’s a non-exhaustive list of various unctions, gels, creams and cleansers I’ve slathered on my face (and body) over the past 18 years in an attempt to achieve clear skin:

♦ Mud packs ♦ Coal tar+camphor ♦ Retinoic acid ♦ Ozone facials ♦ Clindamycin ♦ Benzoyl Peroxide ♦ Soluble sulphur ♦ Gentamicin ♦ Erythromycin ♦ Azithromycin ♦ Salicylic acid ♦ Cetaphil ♦ Adapalene+Clindamycin ♦ Clarins’ acne range ♦ Dermalogica’s acne range

There’s pretty much nothing that I didn’t try, except for isotretinoin. I kept saving that as the last resort, as did my dermatologist(s) - a weapon to be deployed only at the bitter end. By the end of last summer, my skin was the worst it had ever been. I was 28, puberty was little more than a shadowy memory, and yet, my skin was breaking out like never before. In my desperation, I finally caved in and convinced my dermatologist to prescribe me the magic pill. I took it religiously for a week. Predictably, nothing happened, but then, I wasn’t expecting anything to happen that soon. Alright, I tell a lie. My skin showed no signs of improvement, but I got the stomach cramps I feared I would, my mood started dipping, and in any case, that shit was expensive. Isotretinoin had failed me. This was the end of all hope.

Last summer was also the worst time in a very long time, as far as my health was concerned. I was hardly eating or sleeping, and mostly subsisting on a diet of nicotine and caffeine. After smoking for about a decade, my addiction had shot up to 25 a day on my good days - the bad ones were worse, much worse. This was aided and abetted by my newfound vice: mugs and mugs of instant coffee. My skincare routine was as pared down as I could make it, and involved coating myself from head to toe with shower gel and washing it off. Looking back, it’s not really surprising that my skin just…gave up.

Luckily for me, by the end of summer, my wheezing and smoker’s cough got so bad that I was forced to cut down - in small degrees at first, and then drastically until I quit for good in December. It’s funny how last year seems so scripted in terms of my fall and eventual redemption, but that’s exactly what happened. If summer was about the destruction of both my physical health and sanity, autumn and winter brought me recuperation and healing. Not only did I quit smoking (and caffeine), I also tried to eat better, stay out of stressful situations, and generally get the kind of physical and psychological respite that I needed. (I also fell in love, and it helped, but that’s beside the point.)

Sometime around October, I also decided to switch over to no-poo for my hair. My hair had been growing steadily ever since early 2012, and in absence of any sort of maintenance and upkeep, it was little more than a shaggy, brittle mess. Raw honey was the first no-poo alternative I used, and while it didn’t work as intended, I found that I really loved it on my face. A bit of internet research indicated that raw honey was antibacterial and moisturising, which made sense, because the more I washed my face with it, the softer and smoother my skin felt. This led to an epiphany of sorts. Maybe, I thought, maybe I’d been going about things the wrong way all this time. Maybe, instead of trying to dry out my skin as much as possible, I should moisturize it. In any case, winter was on its way and winters tend to spell a terrifying combination of dry, flaky, peeling skin and aggressive acne for me.

[The saviours of my skin. I prefer a Lotus Honey I get from Nepal, but this is what I use when I can’t find it.]

Fucking hydration

I decided that every dermatologist I’d ever seen was utterly wrong, and my skin needed to be hydrated as much as possible. The first thing I threw out was the soap - dermatologists had always been insistent on foaming, detergent rich cleansers twice a day, which had ever done me any good. Instead of washing my face with soap, I started coating it with raw honey 15 minutes before washing with warm water. I’d do this once a day.

The magic of the green

Then, while my face was still wet, I’d moisturize liberally with my hemp body butter from The Body Shop. This has been my moisturizer of choice for years, mostly because nothing has ever hydrated my scaly winter skin as efficiently (and I am a firm believer in the magical properties of weed anyway.) I’d have preferred to use their hemp face protector, but The Body Shop seems to believe that their customers in India prioritize skin lightening over efficient moisturising - that’s the only explanation I have for their bizarrely incomplete lines in this country, and the addition of a “fairness” range I don’t recall seeing in the UK. In an ideal world, I’d have made my own moisturizer with hemp seed oil, but that’s not something which is easily available to me.

My current skincare routine

After a bit of experimentation, I finally settled on my ideal skincare routine. I wash once a day with raw honey, and moisturise with the hemp body butter. Depending on the amount of humidity in the air, I reapply the body butter from anything between 1-4 more times at different hours of the day. I tried adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to one of the applications every day, but it dried my skin out, so I suspect this is something I’ll find useful in the summer.

Once a week, I do a brown sugar and raw honey scrub. This exfoliates my face (and body if I’m feeling super energetic) without making it break out like other exfoliators.

Oil cleansing

When I wear makeup, I remove it with oil cleansing. My initial attempts to oil cleanse were disastrous since I was using olive oil. After consulting this chart, I switched over to primrose which works much better for me. I’d personally prefer hemp seed oil, obviously (if anyone has a source for it in India, please let me know!) Oil cleansing with my washcloth is also a decent alternative to exfoliating with raw honey and brown sugar but I’ve found that honey suits my skin best in the long run. 

Products and products similar to what I use

Since I started my ‘natural’ skincare routine, I’ve only had one breakout when I wore makeup three days in a row. I’ve been trying to avoid makeup since then, and I only dabbed on a bit of concealer around my eyes and on the blotchy bits of my face for the last outfit shoot. My skin looks less perfect and featureless than usual in those photos, but I eventually hope to come to a point where I can feel confident with just a tinted moisturizer. Not only is my skin clearer now, my undereye circles and lips have become lighter as well. I don’t think my skin has been this good since I was 10 and crashed into puberty like a brick wall. I’m certainly not going to claim that going all new age-y and hippie is going to work on everyone’s skin, or all kinds of acne, and some people might not respond to anything other than isotretinoin and its like, but I think there’s some truth to the fact that in certain cases, acne can be exacerbated by aggressively drying out skin as dermatologists recommend. I’m not a medical professional by any stretch of the imagination, but I have suffered quite badly because of my zits and the resulting insecurity/ low self esteem for an awful long time now, and this was something unexpected that worked for me. So if you feel like nothing short of nuking your face is going to get rid of your zits (and if you aren’t allergic to any of the things I listed) you could give this a shot! And even if it doesn’t work, you won’t have spent a fortune, AND you’ll have some delicious raw honey for your pantry.

For more information on oil cleansing, you could check this out.

Also, it’s important to distinguish raw honey from commercial varieties, and this is an useful guide.

To all of my fellow nurses and student nurses with long hair,

This is a reminder to always put your hair up into a bun when dealing with a code brown.

Because there is no worse feeling than leaning over a patient, and having your pony tail slide right over your shoulder into the thick of things.

It’s really only a lesson you need to learn once.

Or hopefully never at all lol.

Manic pixie dream girl

(I don’t even say that with irony, I’ve finally come to terms with being a Mpdg and it’s incredible ❄)

I was sent this boucle blazer by Choies to review. I do have a few things from different parts of SE Asia, and sizing is always the biggest issue. I picked this blazer from Choies’ pretty sizeable collection of coats and jackets as it felt like it could fit, and it’s rather lovely, as you can see. It’s pretty lightweight and I don’t plan on using it for everyday wear - in any case, it’s nearly summer in the tropics. I went for the XL, and even though it doesn’t actually go upto the 46.5" bust that it’s supposed to have, it fits me fine. I was hoping it might be oversized, but I think this looks hella cute anyway. In other news, I finally perfected my nopoo routine by switching to reetha (soapnuts) from baking soda and I’m ridiculously in love with my hair now ♥

Wearing>>

Blazer: c/o Choies // Blouse: ASOS // Shorts: Zara // Bag: Pull&Bear via ASOS // Stag Pin: eBay // Knee socks: ASOS // Vintage monk shoes