co-washing

with the cold weather upon a lot of us, keeping our hair, scalps, and skin moisturized is important! switching your hair routine might be your answer if you’re experiencing dry scalp, dry hair, or just if you just have curly hair that needs extra moisture.

co-washing is a method i highly recommend, and have directed many people towards, but for some reason it’s never been featured on AE. well crunchies, if you haven’t heard of co-washing yet, here’s rough guide for the method!

co-washing - what is it and should you do it too?

what is co-washing?

co-washing is washing your hair with conditioner (conditioner-only washing), whether it be homemade or store-bought. we’ve always been taught to only apply conditioner to the length of our hair, so as to not make our roots oily, but we were also taught not to put oil on our face and that’s a lie, too (see: OCM). by washing your hair with conditioner, you’re still washing your hair, but stripping only excess oil away, leaving behind super moisturized hair from root to tip.

who can/should use the co-washing method?

co-washing can really be used  by anyone with any hair type. you should assume a transition period if you are switching over from traditional shampoo-ing, as well as if you have over-oily hair. you can expect little to no transition period at all if you have normal to dry hair. more specifically speaking, you should try co-washing before no-poo-ing if you have:

  • curly hair
  • dry hair
  • frizzy hair
  • dry scalp
  • damaged hair (especially severely damaged hair)
  • color-treated or processed hair (perms, keratin treatments, etc)
  • sensitive scalp
  • dandruff-prone scalp

what can you use to co-wash?

  • homemade conditioner – can be made out of any/all of the following (and of course other ingredients):
    • pure aloe vera
    • raw honey
    • plain yogurt
    • coconut milk
    • gelatin
    • etc.
    • coconut oil/shea butter/argan oil/grapeseed oil/etc. can be added to your mixes in SUPER small amounts mixed with other things so the oil doesn’t stick and make your hair greasy.
  • store-bought “safe” conditioner – examples:
    • shea moisture’s conditioners
    • dr bronner’s conditioning rinse

if you’re buying a store-bought conditioner, you may find that you don’t need to use it at full strength. you can put a little dollop into a squirt bottle or one of those hand soap pumps, fill the rest up with filtered water, and use that. no sense in powering through a product and wasting money if you don’t have to!

besides avoiding the typical ‘big offenders’ of toxic hair chemicals added to products, just ensure that whichever conditioner  you find doesn’t contain any ingredients that end in -xane, -zane, -cone, or -conol. these are silicones that will coat your hair and not allow moisture to further penetrate your hair shaft without another (harsher) cleanser that will lift it back off.

how do you co-wash?

(this is going to be a very simplified version of the co-wash method. depending on your hair type, your routine should be tweaked. i’ll list some great co-wash resources below!)

co-washing is like washing your hair in the traditional sense. once wetting your hair in the shower, gently squeeze excess water out of your hair. apply your conditioner either through the length of your hair in addition to your roots (for curly/dry/damaged/frizzy hair), or just the roots (dandruff-prone/dry scalp/’normal’ to oily hair). gently rub your scalp with the pads of your fingers, as you would with a ‘shampoo.’ rinse well. voila!

you might find you only need to wash your roots every wash day, and apply it on your ends half the time (or you might find you need full coverage conditioning every time). “listen” to your hair and go with it. it might take a few tries, but you certainly won’t be drying your hair out, so don’t worry!

AND –  you don’t need to co-wash exclusively! you can certainly do this in addition to your current routine just to add a little moisture back into your scalp and hair!

want to start co-washing?

if you’re already low-poo, no-poo, make your own shampoo, etc. you will NOT need to re-clarify or do anything special to switch over. whenever your next wash day is, make it your first co-wash :) easy peasy!

if you use traditional shampoo (think: dove, pantene, etc.) you will need to clarify your hair, ridding it of silicones and waxes, before beginning. you should also expect a transition period, where you will experience greasier-than-normal hair. this period can last anywhere from 1 week to a couple months. this discrepancy in time is caused by hair type and how often you wash your hair (the more often you wash, the longer your transition period will be until your scalp learns to produce less oil over time). to learn how to clarify, please see this post. the whole post won’t apply, but steps on clarifying are there.

what is your favorite co-wash mix or product? what type of hair do you have and what is your routine? OR

will you be switching to co-washing now?? :)

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starting points for the co-wash method research:

combat frizz, fly-aways, and static

the weather is starting to get cooler! we know what that can mean… worse cases of our little friend enemy, static, is just around the corner. my poor little boy knows this better than i do…

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what causes frizz and static?

STATIC – the main culprit is a lack of moisture (of your hair and/or the environment; this includes low humidity also). other things certainly contribute, like friction between your hair and your brush bristles (i’m lookin at you, boar brush), and cold air (cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture), dragging your shoes on the carpet (which would be 2 insulators touching each other), your little brother rubbing a balloon on your head, etc.

FRIZZ – various things can cause frizz. it could be a lack of moisture, too much moisture if you have curly hair (too much moisture, ie: high humidity, causes the hair cuticles swell), hair ‘roughage’ throughout the day/night (friction; rough hair styles, etc.), a diet lacking propoer nutrition, and general damage to hair (over styling, over exposure to chlorine/sun, etc.). oh, and genetics. womp.

combat static and frizz naturally

overall tips to combat these hair issues:

  • use silk pillowcases – they wont’ “pull” at your hair when you’re rolling around in your sleep, leading to less breakage and less frizz.
  • keep your hair moisturized – dry hair is more susceptible to frizz, fly-aways, and static. use a natural leave in conditioner and keep up on your deep-conditioning (if you need to). coconut oil masks are a complete winner in my book (and you can use them if you’re no-poo, too!)
  • invest in a humidifier – it’ll put moisture back into the hair, benefiting your hair and skin.
  • don’t use hair products that contain alcohol – these can be drying to your hair and scalp, eventually leading to damage if left dry.

TIPS - FRIZZ

  • wash your hair less. this allows it to retain its natural sebum, and reduces the risk of drying hair out from too much washing.
  • if humidity is your issue, try using coconut oil or argan oil to lightly coat your hair. this will keep too much moisture from getting in and making your hair cuticles swell and look frizzy. just use a little bit, though!
  • use a boar bristle brush to move sebum down the length of your hair. this is the best frizz fighter and conditioner for your locks. avoid plastic and nylon brushes, as they add to the static electricity. (*note – many people notice a boar brush actually increases static. this tip is for smoothing out frizz :) )
  • find a routine that works for you that involves eggs, honey, yogurt, or vinegar. these can be used separately or combined as “shampoos/conditioners” or hair masks. these ingredients will help keep your hair moisturized and healthy, and won’t strip your natural sebum.
  • use a homemade hair gel for some gentle and natural hold.
  • rinse your hair in cold water at the end of your shower. this will help close up the hair cuticles and smooth them out.
  • steer clear of using a regular ol towel to dry your hair. this is unnecessary friction and roughage. instead, opt for a 100% t-shirt, or plop your hair into a microfiber hair wrap (and don’t rub your hair with them or anything).
  • let your hair air dry.
  • keep your hair healthy from the inside-out. follow a diet rich in the nutrients your body needs and stay hydrated. your hair will stay ‘hydrated’ and healthy, too!

TIPS – STATIC

  • as with frizz, wash your hair less. this allows it to retain its natural sebum, and reduces the risk of drying hair out from too much washing.
  • use leave-in conditioners when necessary. if you opt for coconut oil or argan oil, remember to use a very TINY amount. you don’t want to overdo it and look greasy.
  • same as dealing with frizz, find a routine that works for you that involves eggs, honey, yogurt, or vinegar. these can be used separately or combined as “shampoos/conditioners” or hair masks. these ingredients will help keep your hair moisturized and healthy, and won’t strip your natural sebum.
  • trim off split ends.
  • rub your hands over your hair throughout the day, keeping away from your scalp.
  • shower using warm water, instead of hot water. it’ll combat the dryness induced by using hot water. heat is heat, whether you’re using hot water or a curling iron on your hair.
  • try using a wooden brush or your fingers to get tangles out (instead of a boar bristle brush). steer clear of nylon and plastic brushes, as they add to static electricity.

of course there are more tricks of the trade out there, all for different hair types. what are your go-to remedies?

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diy dish soap

as per your crunchy requests, i’m here to share how i make my dish soap. it seems weird that we haven’t talked about this before, huh? i’d LOVE to hear what you use, too, so please leave your recipes in the comments!

diy dish soap

we’re gonna go over 3 ways i make my dish soap (which of course aren’t the “end all”, but are very simple ways to switch over to more natural soap).

using liquid soap

this method is really, super fast, but is more expensive than creating dish soap from a bar.

what you need:

- 1 1/2 cups distilled water
– 1/3 cup liquid castile soap (unscented or with essential oils)

how to:

1. pour both into the container you’re going to hold the soap in.
2. shake and use. done!

 

using a solid soap bar to make liquid soap

this method takes the most time, but yields greater quantities and is cheaper.

what you need:

- 5 cups distilled water
– 1/4 bar of grated castile soap (unscented or with essential oils)

how to:

1. bring your water to a boil
2. add in your soap flakes and EOs
3. stir until the soap is completely melted
4. let cool and pour into container. use accordingly!

 

using a solid soap bar 

this method takes the least amount of effort. it’s a no-brainer! :)

what you need:

- castile soap bar
– soap sleeve/soap mitt

how to:

1. put the soap bar inside the soap sleeve.
2. wet, lather, use. voila!

 

tips:

  • i like to use tea tree oil soap for some extra antibacterial action. don’t be afraid to play around with different oils. only add 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon total, however. grapefruit or eucalyptus essential oils are also great for added antibac power. orange, lemon, and lime are great for cutting through the goopy, greasy things.
  • you can use pre-scented soaps (like citrus, tea tree oil, etc) instead of mixing in your own EOs.
  • do Not add vinegar to this soap mix. it will unsaponify the oils in the castile soap. this will make it cloudy, gunky, and prone to leaving lots of film on your dishes.
  • used distilled water only. the slightest hard water can cause the soap mixtures to become cloudy and sort of “slimy.” it’s the worst! ask me how i know…
  • if you have hard water spots or deposits from the soap, a quick dip in a vinegar rinse and a wipe-down with a microfiber cloth will do the trick! mix 1 part vinegar to roughly 8 parts water for the rinse. voila!
  • thinking about adding washing soda to this? maybe think again… just pay attention to the amounts you’re using. washing soda is alkaline in nature and can burn the skin on your hands (or at the very least, dry them out). adding 1/2 tbs max to these above recipes will be diluted enough to not hurt you, but will be enough to help cut through the grime.

let us know what you think about these easy recipes! also, leave YOUR recipes below!

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exfoliating MSM face mask

hey crunchies! today i have something i’m very excited to share with you (and i hope you’re excited about what it does!). i gave you a little teaser on instagram, but it definitely looked like some sort of melted ice cream. haha!

exfoliating MSM face mask

it’s an exfoliating face mask that also:

  • removes dirt and other impurities without drying your skin out
  • has antibacterial and probiotic properties
  • evens skin tone
  • heals current blemishes
  • balances skin pH
  • reduces appearance and heals acne scars
  • lessens inflammation
  • balances oily and dry skin
  • is suitable for all skin types

it’s pretty great i think. it’ll make your face feel oh-so-soft and perfectly moisturized!

what’s in it:

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  • MSM powder – contains sulfur, which heals current breakouts, reduces acne scars, lessens inflammation, and exfoliates your face.
  • pure aloe vera gel – heals current blemishes, balances oily and dry skin.
  • raw honey – has antibac properties, evens skin tone, heals current blemishes, reduces acne scars, and balances oily and dry skin.
  • organic kefir – has probiotic properties, heals current blemishes, balances skin pH, lessens inflammation

MSM powder is the star of the show in this exfoliating mask. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound that’s found naturally in foods such as raw milk, kale, eggs, and grass-fed beef (among others). it’s very important, as it’s the 3rd largest nutrient found in your body. it works to help your body’s detoxification process, with inflammatory conditions, and produces high amounts of keratin and collagen. MSM helps with joint flexibility, psoriasis, eczema, growing stronger nails, growing thicker/longer hair, balancing blood sugar levels, etc. there are many medical articles surrounding MSM and its benefits (which you should check out!).

most people aren’t getting enough of this nutrient, due to pasteurization of our foods, as well as cooking our veggies. these processes slash MSM contents in food by half! supplementing with MSM powder might be worth discussing with your healthcare professional.

while usually taken internally, MSM is also amazing when applied topically. this face mask is no exception!

how to make:

  • grab a regular kitchen spoon and a bowl to mix up your ingredients. you should also find a tiny air-tight container to keep the leftovers in the fridge.
  • mix 2 1/2 spoonfuls of MSM powder with 1 1/2 spoonfuls of aloe, 1 spoonful of raw honey, and 1 spoonful of kefir
  • mix very well and let it sit for 30 minutes minimum (maybe closer to an hour will be the best). the mix will look very runny now, but it will thicken up. letting it sit will also allow the MSM to dissolve into the aloe, leaving it less gritty, but perfect for exfoliation.
  • the mix should be thickened up after 30-60 minutes. you can spoon it into your container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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how to use:

  • remove makeup or excess dirt with warm water and a washcloth. pat until almost dry, leaving your face slightly damp.
  • using a nickel-sized amount of the mix, gently rub onto your face in tiny circles.
  • massage your face with the mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • let the mix sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, to allow the nutrients to soak in and do their magical work.
  • very gently wash the mix off with warm water (and a wash cloth if you need it).
  • try not to pet your soft-as-a-baby’s-butt face. it’s hard not to; i know.

this mask can be used 1 to 2 times a week, as long as you’re not using another exfoliator, and as long as you’re gentle with massaging it onto your face.

you should notice immediate results with the texture of your skin, but wait for a few uses to see noticeable improvements in acne/acne scars, skin tone, and other blemishes.

this recipe should stay fresh if kept in an air-tight container and in the fridge for about 2 weeks. if it looks or smells funny, toss it of course!

try this mask out for a few weeks and see how you like it! comment below with your experiences!! :)

is there anything you’d add to this mask?? another mask you love for the same properties? let us hear about it!

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10 skincare mistakes

skincare routines are difficult to initially get down pat. i’m not sure how many trial-and-error routines i went through before i found what worked for me. it can be an uphill battle for anyone. and since it’s your skin, it’s what shows and can feed into your self-esteem (at least it does for me!). there are all kinds of beauty consultant advice on what to do and what not to do. but what actually works (and what actually doesn’t), no matter the skin type? here are 10 things you shouldn’t be doing, that i think we can all agree on :) top 10 skincare mistakes

mistake 1

using harsh and toxic ingredients

of course you knew this would be my absolute #1 mistake! i could talk all day about this mistake (i essentially have a blog dedicated to it). cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, without government review or approval. about one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. to top it off, U.S. federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, including nanomaterials, ingredients considered trade secrets, and components of fragrance. to speed things up, here are very common skincare ingredients that you should Never put on:

  • sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate (and its other forms) – possible carcinogen
  • propylene glycol – petroleum byproduct; possible carcinogen; toxicant
  • imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea – toxicant; allergies; releases formaldehyde
  • FDC&C/D&C colors – synthetic colors; possible carcinogen
  • BHA and BHT – endocrine disruption; possible carcinogen
  • coal tar dyes – possible carcinogen; may contain heavy metals toxic to the brain
  • DEA – reactions formed can be carcinogenic
  • dibutyl phthalate – reproductive toxicant; endocrine disruptor
  • parabens – suspected endocrine disruptor; may interfere with male reproductive functions
  • parfum (fragrance) – allergies; asthma; known carcinogen; neurotoxicity
  • PEG compounds – possible carcinogen
  • petrolatum – petroleum byproduct; possible carcinogen; allergies; toxicant
  • siloxanes – endocrine disruptor; reproductive toxicant
  • triclosan – antibiotic resistance in bacteria; endocrine disruptor

not only does this include your facial cleansing and moisturizing products, but your makeup as well!

mistake 2

washing your face with soap and/or using alcohol on your face

i had trouble deciding if this should be #1 or #2… Stop. Using. Soap. On. Your. Face.!

our skin is one heck of an amazing organ. it’s our little safety blockade. but in order for it to function properly, our acid mantle must be intact.

ok, let’s back up for a little science lesson. skin’s ph is normally acidic, ranging in ph values of 4–6, while the body’s internal environment maintains a near-neutral ph (7–9). this creates a steep ph gradient of 2–3 units between the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin, consisting of dead or peeling cells) and underlying epidermis and dermis. the physiologic role of an acidic skin surface is to be a defense mechanism against invading organisms. it has been demonstrated that several key enzymes involved in the synthesis and maintenance of a competent skin barrier are largely impacted by ph. soap cleansers are typically alkaline in nature (ph 10), and have a higher potential to irritate skin (source). [side note - acne flourishes well at ph values between 6 and 6.5, and is drastically reduced at ph values less than 6. what does that mean? do. not. use. soap. on. your. face. ].  the stratum corneum makes up a very thin, slightly acidic film called the “acid mantle” that is secreted from the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands.  this is the barrier that prevents unwanted materials (bacteria, viruses, contaminants) from entering, and excessive loss of water from exiting the body. when we wash with soap, the acid mantle is stripped away, leaving the skin and body vulnerable (source). by using soaps and alcohol (both stripping by nature), you are eliminating your acid mantle, thereby not allowing your skin to function properly (which includes blocking you from the ‘bad germs’).

give your skin a break and try the OCM method or water-only washing. your skin will thank you in brightness, clearness, and suppleness!

mistake 3

not taking an “inside out” approach to skin issues

how you take care of your body in terms of nourishment will directly be reflected on the outside. skin flaws are imbalances somewhere, with something, IN your body. slathering your skin with chemicals will superficially “fix” your skin, but it will not address the real problem. talk to your healthcare professional for all diet and lifestyle changes, of course. not getting enough fats in your diet? you won’t have shiny or strong hair. not getting enough vitamin B? you’ll have ridges in your fingernails. for me personally, the biggest mistake i made was not focusing on what my body’s state was internally, that reflected on the outside. i had to really increase my water intake and address different deficiencies through proper nutrition, and supplementing when necessary (please know that “eating” your nutrients is way better than taking them in a pill). i found that even with my diet, i was needing to supplement with zinc. everyone is different! ask your doctor to check you out for deficiencies, and discuss diet options. i’m a huge proponent of the plant-based diet, with grass-fed meat and butter. yum!

poor intestinal health can make skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne worse. by internally balancing your flora, these can get better! you can do this by getting more probiotics into your body. kefir, anyone? yummy! ensuring you’re staying properly hydrated is also important. about 3/4 of americans are chronically dehydrated. that’s crazy! The Institute of Medicine determined an average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate needs roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of it a day, and women need 2.2 liters (about 9 cups). the “8×8″ water rule is a great guideline, as long as you’re including other fluids as well. i personally started drinking more water combined with everything else, and definitely noticed a change in my skin. and my body, for that matter. and yes, there is a such thing as overhydration, so don’t overdo it.

and last not but least, stress is also an internal factor, which reflects on the outside. take care of your mind, and take care of your body!

mistake 4

not moisturizing or over moisturizing

your skin is an amazing organ; truly. it repairs itself every day, but it needs you to nourish your body in order for it to do its job. you don’t want your skin to become dependent on moisturizers to “normalize” itself. your skin repairs itself while you sleep, and over moisturizing will tell your skin “hey, don’t produce so much oil because we already have all this to work with.” then, the next thing you know, you ‘need’ moisturizer even in the summer because your skin is so dry on its own. on the flip side, truly naturally dry skin needs a little extra lovin’ and needs to be moisturized.

everyone is different, and it can take a few weeks to ditch the products and see what type of skin you really have. you also need to be cognizant of your climate and season. you could have a completely different skin routine based on the season, or where you’re traveling. maybe you don’t even need a “skin routine”! :)

and of course, stay away from ingredients like those listed under mistake #1. look for natural moisturizers, like these.
for me personally, i’ve found the OCM works wonders and provides the perfect balance of moisture.

mistake 5

not using a silk or satin pillowcase

silk/satin pillowcases are wondrous for hair and skin! by using silk or satin pillowcases, your skin is not “crinkled” by harsher fabrics while you’re passed out in one position (tummy sleepers, beware of earlier wrinkles!). you’ll also wake up with less (or no) bed-head, from your hair not being crunched around from a regular pillowcase fabric. the silk won’t cause friction on your hair, leading to less damage and breakage. a

lso, cotton fabrics absorb moisture, whereas silk doesn’t. if you’re suffering from dry facial skin and rely on overnight moisturizers, try a silk pillowcase. besides, silk feels awesome to sleep on. duh.

mistake 6

over-exfoliating

believe it or not, there is a such thing as over-exfoliating. here’s some background:

your body naturally exfoliates itself. yep! it’s a process called desquamation. super sciency sounding, right? the process of exfoliating your skin with scrubs or chemicals serves to irritate your skin to get it to produce newer skin cells faster.

what’s the limit? never combine an exfoliant product with a loofah or similar cloth. ever! as far as products or natural diy exfoliators, only use them once a week as the maximum, without risking long-term damage and premature aging signs. also, be cognizant of the condition of your skin after exfoliating. you may find that you need a light moisturizer.

a great way to exfoliate and increase the health of your skin and body is through dry brushing. i have a natural bristle brush that attaches to a longer handle, for an all-over body exfoliation. it’s awesome!

mistake 7

not washing your sheets, pillowcases, and headbands often enough

i can’t stress enough that what goes on your face needs to be clean. even those stretchy headbands need to be washed! your oil and sebum and other dirt will accumulate, and then sit on your skin, leading to blemishes and clogged pores. they need to be washed at regular intervals to avoid breakouts.

clean sheets = clean face.

mistake 8

letting sunburns happen

don’t get me wrong; sun is great! sun bathing isn’t bad… but sunburns are. so go enjoy the sunlight! your body very literally Needs it. supplementing with vitamin D isn’t the same as getting plain ol’ sunshine.

if you need a daily spf for your face, try switching to natural alternative, like these.

also, make sure to eat your sunscreen (plenty of healthy fats and antioxidants) and use natural sunscreens when outside for prolonged periods of time, or if you know your burn easily. i know my skin has a very low time limit outside before i start to turn pink, so i always keep some natural sunscreen with me!

please know that i am not making any statements to hurt those affected by skin cancers. i believe Mommypotamus said it best: “i realize that some people who read this have experienced the pain and difficulty of skin cancer, either personally or with a loved one. i would never dare to invalidate these experiences or to treat them lightly. it is my hope that … i will make a compelling case for re-examining our cultural attitudes about sunlight. i am not a doctor and i do not advocate sunburns at all, but it is my opinion that responsible sunlight exposure positively affects our health when a good diet with plenty of healthy fats/antioxidants are present. my writing reflects a commitment to that lifestyle.”

mistake 9

not letting your skin “breathe” &/or falling asleep in your makeup

your skin needs time to “breathe” and repair itself (note: your skin doesn’t really breathe). try sleeping naked if you can! also, make sure to remove your makeup at night with non-toxic removers so your face can properly repair at night as well.

this of course ties into switching to more natural makeup (check here), and letting yourself go makeup-less as much as possible. ladies, you ARE BEAUTIFUL. try leaving the foundation at home. :)

mistake 10

using dirty makeup brushes

just as it’s important to keep your sheets clean, it’s important to keep the brushes that touch your face every day clean as well. over time, makeup  brushes accumulate old makeup, oil, sebum, and bacteria. you don’t want to smear that into your fresh morning face, now do ya?

keep your  brushes washed weekly with a natural soap (castile soap) and let air dry, bristles down. voila!

 

SO

what mistakes are you guilty of? what other skincare tips do you have??

 

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coconut oil hair mask removal – no-poo friendly!

crunchy confession: i have deeply  missed my coconut oil masks. being a water-only washer, they were completely out of the question. even though i might not ‘need’ them because my hair gets conditioned with natural scalp oils, i really missed them. i think it’s really soothing to massage oil all over your scalp and have your hair smell like real coconuts :)

crunchy ideas: i decided to tie my sections of my hair into different ponytails and try to wash the coconut oil out without a low-poo or castile soap. was i nervous? who me?? pshh.. yes. but maybe that was because i decided to do this at 10pm the night before i had to be in the office. not smart on my part, my friends. not smart.

so what did  i use? why? what happened?

well… let’s just say i have a no-poo friendly way of washing out coconut oil hair masks. crunchies REJOICE! .

all natural coconut oil hair mask removal (NO shampoo; NO conditioner!)

out of all the crunchy things i have laying around my apartment, i couldn’t think of one that would be able to take out such a heavy oil. (this was post-oil slathering, btw… i was gonna be knee-deep in regret if i couldn’t wash it out)

staring into my closet… then my storage box… then my fridge… it hit me. EGG YOLKS. i was gonna use egg yolks!
but why egg  yolks? well, they’re already a great scalp de-greaser, and provide extra nourishment to your scalp and a punch of protein to your hair. egg yolks are also fatty and oily; perfect for dissolving oils! remember from the OCM that “oil dissolves oil.”

i wasn’t really sure what all to do, so i tied my hair into 3 ponytails to experiment. talk about a show-stopper. super hot hair-do, ladies!

with my 3 ponytails, i tried 2 different egg yolk rinses, and 1 water-only rinse.

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ponytail #1 got 1/2 egg yolk whipped into 1/3 cup of water slathered on it (my hair was NOT wet down beforehand) and gently massaged in. my white sink was covered in yellow goopy polka-dots. it was immediately rinsed with cool water. to my surprise, it took out about 75% of the oil! another rinse wouldn’t hurt!

ponytail #2 also got 1/2 an egg  yolk whipped into 1/3 cup of water slathered onto it (again, my hair was NOT wet down beforehand). i gently massaged it in, and let it sit for about 10 mins. after those 10 mins, i re-dipped my hair into the egg yolk mix, massaging gently again. i then rinsed with cool water. that method took out about 90% of the oil! i couldn’t believe it! i could still see oil in the center of my ponytail, so i bet if i concentrated on massaging the egg into that part, it’ll come out. i decided to leave this ponytail alone because it felt so, so soft!

ponytail #3 (barely seen in the top of the pic cuz it was piled on top of my head) got a warm/hot-ish water rinse…….. over… and over… and over… lol. it took about 50% of the oil out. Fail! i don’t know why i even bothered trying this way again. so i used ponytail #2 method on ponytail #3, and it came out! perfect!

i think if i ever use coconut oil on my hair again, it will only be the ends of my hair. and i’ll definitely be using egg yolks to wash it out!

so there ya have it, crunchies! egg yolks = no-poo friendly coconut oil hair mask removal!

HOW TO

  • make a mix of 1 egg yolk to 2/3 cup of cool water (increase amount of yolk/water as necessary to cover your hair). whip up well. i suggest using bowl (you’ll see why)
  • gently rub into oiled hair that has NOT been wet down with water. this mix is very runny, so i suggest hanging your hair over a bowl to catch what runs off and reuse it. (ah, there we are!)
  • let the yolk/water mix sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes.
  • dip your hair back in the yolk/water mix and gently rub again.
  • rinse VERY, very well in cool water.
  • enjoy your silky locks!

warning – do Not use this method more than once every 2 to 3 weeks. egg yolks pack a lot of protein, and there IS a such thing as too much protein for you hair. too much protein makes your hair feel stiff and easily breakable! usually damaged hair will do just fine with this frequency. healthier hair will need egg yolks way less often (and will need CO masks way less often too, of course).

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** please try on a small section of hair before you douse your whole head with CO! !

comment below with your experiences! and also be sure to comment if you have another way to remove coconut oil without a “product” (no low-poo, no conditioner, etc.)

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* note about using egg yolks - if you have protein-sensitive hair, be very cautious about using egg yolks on your hair! too much protein can cause the hair to feel stiff, crunchy, and can lead to breakage. also, i know a lot of people can’t stand the smell of eggs. i used to be one of those people! but now i always buy my eggs from chickens that were antibiotic and hormone-free, and fed an all-vegetarian diet. i have Never (repeat: never) had a problem with smelly eggs (whether it was right when i cracked the egg, all the way thru to when the time came to rinse out the yolks) after the switch. i attribute it to the quality of the eggs, but yes, i know eggs do have a certain smell about them. mine were never “bad” though. hopefully this helps!
** if you’re vegan (or not an ovo-vegetarian) and choose not to use eggs, please use a low-poo to wash coconut oil masks :)