Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Grease Is No Longer The Word – Going Shampoo Free!

In my mid-20s I was trying out various ‘alternative’ lifestyle choices – I stopped shaving, used crystal deodorant, made my own clothes etc., but I never got around to going shampoo free. I tried using baby shampoo figuring it wasn’t loaded with as many chemicals. Or buying eco-friendly brands for the same reason – but that was way too expensive on a student budget. I have fine hair that tends to get greasy quickly and I end up having to wash my hair every second day and I just had this mental picture of me looking like John Travolta in Grease or like a grunge chick stuck in the 90s.

Now in my mid-30s I find I’m travelling back down that road again. It feels long over due but I decided today was the day – no more shampoo! The usual shampoo and conditioner can be replaced with bi-carb soda and apple cider vinegar.

So here’s the recipes:

Bi-carb Soda ‘Shampoo’ 1 tablespoon of bi-carb mixed into 1 cup of water.

Apple Cider Vinegar ‘Conditioner’ 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed into 1 cup of water.

You just pour through your hair, massage in and then rinse well. Easy.

I’ll admit that with my hair type I was a bit skeptical that it would work for me, I really thought it would take several weeks of greasy hair before I saw results, but you know what? My hair looks and feels just like it normally does, all day I keep running my fingers through it and checking in the mirror because I just can’t believe how well it has worked.

There is a great website for general info and troubleshooting and plenty of other info on the web.

Next step? Homemade deodorant!


My Winter Coat Project (Part Two)

Finished at last! It was a tad optimistic to attempt this coat in 10 days, I think it was close to a month in the end. Just in time for some unseasonably warm spring weather! Although I’m sure Melbourne will provide me with a few opportunities to wear it before summer arrives.

Overall I’m pretty happy with it. Given the thickness of the blanket I knew it would be a bit tricky and perhaps bulky in places. I also made an attempt to match up the sides which I think worked out pretty well too.


The only problem that’s really bothering me is that it’s ended up somewhere between a half to one size too big!

So the question is ‘To unpick or not to unpick?’…

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