# Haircare

366: A Year of No-Poo

…you’ve probably already decided I’m some sort of smelly hippy and don’t have a “normal” life where I have a job/social life… twirliegirly 24/05/2015 That was me, writing one of my first entries on this re-boot of my blogging life, exactly 366 days ago (gotta love a leap year).  That was me right at the start of my No-Poo journey.  Armed with (what are generally considered to be) the no-poo staples: bicarbonate of soda, apple cider vinegar (ACV) and a bristle brush.  My go-to reference was Happy Hair[A] and, well, it got referred to quite a lot! So before I tell […]

2015: When it’s all said and done

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughan So now we’re reaching the end of one of the most confusing times of the year and people are announcing to the world their New Year’s Resolutions (or their intention to not have any) for 2016.  There’s going to be loads of “Year in Review” type articles/posts appearing across the world.  This isn’t one of them. Before we go any further, I want credit Michelle who answered my plea to twitter for inspiration after suffering mega […]

When Life Gives You Lemons

I’m not a natural redhead, but I enjoy having red hair. – Jane Levy I have coloured my hair on and off for years.  I’ve been everything from blonde, to jet black, accidentally pink and deep chestnut brown.  One of my favourite ways to colour my hair is using henna.  My hair is normally mid to dark brown, depending on the time of year and as I have inherited pale skin which has a habit of freckling, the red in henna really does suit my skin tone.  I also love the smell! I decided that I was a little bit […]

Day 25: That which I have learnt so far.

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. ~ Victor Hugo I last used shampoo 25 days ago and I can honestly say it has been way easier to do than I thought it would be, in fact I have quite enjoyed it and the time has gone really quickly.  I now know exactly what I am putting on my hair and scalp and it feels quite empowering. That probably sounds entirely bizarre but it’s kind of like de-cluttering part of my routine and it’s feels like a metaphorical weight off of my shoulders (for want of a better expression).  The act of mixing and blending […]

Day 15: Applesauce Time. 4

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway. ~ Frank A. Clark This week my hair has had a rather waxy texture to it.  While this has meant it hasn’t been flying around all over the place and depositing sebum on my face hasn’t exactly made my hair pleasant to touch.  This is a not unexpected side of the whole no-poo transition and I have been trawling my copy of my new haircare guru Lucy’s  brilliant Happy Hair book for potential solutions. On Tuesday I tried a bentonite wash before I went to work. Bentonite clay is known for its […]

NaHCO3 + CH3COOH + H2O = Happy Hair?

Chemistry can be a good and bad thing. Chemistry is good when you make love with it. Chemistry is bad when you make crack with it. ~Adam Sandler So.  I just washed my hair with the contents of my baking box. Well, maybe not but it’s definitely stuff that I would previously thought about eating before I put it into my hair.  I actually just did my first “no-poo” hair wash.  The scientists will recognise the title of this post as being the chemical equation for what I just did: Sodium Bicarbonate + Acetic Acid (aka Apple Cider Vinegar) + Water […]