Okay, back in December I told you guys that we did the unthinkable – we stopped using shampoo and conditioner to wash our hair. If you missed that post, you can find it here. Now, I promised updates and I’m sure you’ve noticed at least by now – it’s been five months without an update. And there actually was an update to share a couple of months ago. You see, our lime water did start to become a problem and my hair started getting this weird waxy build up in my hair. We bought a water filter (the kind you put straight on your shower) and it got better, but it didn’t fix the problem. I was beginning to despair that I was going to have to start using the baking soda/vinegar method – not that there is a thing wrong with it, it works for plenty of people, but I don’t want to have to do all that work. And going back to shampoo and conditioner just was not going to happen.
Even with the waxy problem that I’d been having, my hair was healthier and prettier than it was with shampoo and conditioner – which is saying something because I’ve always had a love affair with my hair. ^__^ My hair has a natural curl to it, though you’d have trouble knowing that with its length. The last time I chopped my hair off (for Locks for Love back in March 2005) my hair was short – like to my chin – and it was curly if I didn’t brush it straight when it was still wet. Now, I’m not one of those with tight curls, I get the big spirals; but as my hair grows out, it falls straight. Oh, if I fall asleep on it, it’ll hold batches of curls for like an hour after I get up, but most people assume that I have perfectly straight hair. But not now! Since giving up shampoo and conditioner – which weigh your hair down – I have spirals again! My hair is still heavy – we are talking about three feet of hair here – but I’d say the better part of two of those feet hold a soft curl now. And I’mLOVING it!
Okay, enough about why I no poo. ^__^ So, as I said, I was having problems with waxiness and I was beginning to despair. (yeah, that’s about where I took a tangent) Well, lucky me, I’m member of two communities of ladies who like living the crunchy life, too, so I turned to them for help. And that’s where I discovered sugar scrubs. Now, I’ve seen sugar scrubs for your face, for your body, and for your feet – all look yummy and make your skin look yummy. But the other day I stumbled across the idea for a sugar hair scrub. Now this, I had to try! So, before hopping in the shower yesterday, I mixed up a single batch of sugar scrub.
About 3/4 of the coffee cup of sugar (about a cup and a half) and I added a generous dose of tea tree oil – tea tree oil is good for antibacterial, which is what some forms of dandruff are, and it smells really good. (it’s also good for killing lice – not that we have lice, just a fun little fact I learned when researching tea tree oil for those with children that age) Sorry that I don’t have exact measurements on that – I don’t measure hardly anything except bread (which drives my Joshwa crazy when he tries to recreate some of our favorite dishes and I just have to tell him “when it tastes right!” lol). Now, this amount was enough for me to scrub my scalp and most of my hair (wasn’t too worried about the ends) and Joshwa’s scalp, give my body a bit of a scrub – which was lovely as well – and to still have some left over. Probably enough for Joshwa to scrub his scalp again, but that’s just eyeballing it.
Now, why brown sugar? Could you use white sugar? You could use white sugar, but brown sugar is better because it doesn’t melt as quickly into the hot water, so you have time to give it a good scrub. You can also clump brown sugar in your hand more easily which makes it easier to get from the container to your hair without losing half of it. You will get sugar everywhere, especially if you have super thick hair like Joshwa and I do – but that just gets it on your body so you can share the love. Now, I will admit that the amount of tea tree oil we used made it thick in the shower – it definitely clears the sinuses, but you might choose to less than we do for scent reasons. When rinsing, be careful of your eyes, because tea tree oilwill burn if it gets in your eyes, but it does rinse out pretty well if you get on it quickly. The great thing about putting it in the sugar scrub is that it doesn’t really drip, so that wasn’t a problem.
So all of that was last night and it took until this morning for my hair to dry completely – like I said, my hair is long and thick and I don’t use a hair dryer except in dire circumstances, which is less than once a year. Now I’ve gotten better recently about handling my hair – touching your hair too much can make it greasy because of the oils on your hands – but I always have to feel check it after it dries because while it might look good, it doesn’t always feel good. So this morning I touch tested and that’s when I knew for sure that I loved the sugar scrub. Even Joshwa had good things to say about how his hair felt this morning (okay, I had to ask – he may wear his hair long, but he’s still a guy about his hair).
I think this may definitely be joining our no poo routine. I have liked going no poo from day one, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed the process quite as much as I have the last couple of days. Because while it’s enough to know that it’s better for us and greener – which is always important when we consider new paths to take with our lifestyle – it makes it so much better when you enjoy what you’re doing.
So, that’s our update. And I guess this is my first step-by-step post, which was really fun to do. ^__^ I hope you’ve found something fun to try – yes you can even use this if you do baking soda/vinegar or regular shampoo and conditioner (just do your regular routine after, from what I read). Just make sure that you rinse it out well. And, remember, enjoy it!