How to Fail

I’m sorry this isn’t craft related. All the crafts that I have been doing are related to birthday gifts and baby gifts, so I don’t want to spoil anything!

This time, I will make it personal.

It is important to know how to fail. I don’t like to fail, you don’t like to fail, no one likes to fail.

Today, I failed at going no ‘poo. After a month of washing my hair with baking soda, rinsing with apple cider vinegar, and deep conditioning with greek yogurt, eggs and honey, I gave up and washed my hair with regular shampoo and conditioner. I really wanted to give no ‘poo a try. It was kind of exciting even, something different. And if I could get away with never buying shampoo again, I was all for it. After awhile, I was starting to have some doubts. So, Like any sane girl in her 20’s, I made a pro’s and con’s list to help me out.

*Hint: When in doubt, make a pro’s and con’s list.

Pro’s

– My usually thin hair felt thicker and stronger with more body
– I didn’t have to wash my hair as much (aka, I was washing my hair every day and it got greasy almost 12 hours later before doing this)
– My hair grew crazy fast
– My hair seemed to be darker, which I liked.
– I didn’t have crazy fly-aways all the time
– I felt like I was doing something good to my hair and me
– Super cheap.

My hair right after a baking soda rinse. Pretty great, actually.

My hair right after a baking soda rinse. Pretty great, actually.

Con’s

– My hair didn’t smell as awesome. It just smelled like hair.
– My hair would still get kind of greasy after a few days of rinsing, then I would have to spend the rest of the week wearing a ponytail.
– It didn’t work with my profession. As a cook, I am constantly around food, including a grill and a wood smoker. My head smelled like a mixture of smoked meats and roasted vegetables.
– Heavy hair was an issue. I will blame this one on the water in my shower. The minerals just built up in my hair and made it feel heavy and gunky. Not cool. I could have bought a filtered shower head, but who really wants to do that? Too much work.
– I thought my hair would get closer to its natural state, and in my case I thought it would get wavier. Instead, the heaviness just weighed it down and made it mostly straight with weird lumps.

In the end, I felt guilty giving up no ‘poo. And maybe I did give up too easily. The great thing about this whole experience is that I tried something new and saw what my hair could be. Turns out, I just like it better shampooed and conditioned. I will go out of my way to buy some nicer organic shampoos next time.

I am not sorry that my hair smells like cucumbers and feels lighter than air, though. Better luck next time.

If anyone is interested in giving no ‘poo a try check out AlmostExactly’s blog and go to her no ‘poo section. She gives the best tips and tricks and warnings about this new hair care routine.

5 Favorite Household DIYs

Making common household items yourself is very satisfying. Not only do you know what is going inside of your products, giving you better control of scents, but it is often much cheaper and last longer. The key to making these things smell great is essential oil. A little goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the initial cost.

5 Favorite Household DIYs

1. Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner

Vinegar and baking soda combine as a powerhouse cleanser for any grime. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle or old soap bottle to easily dispense the cleaner. To some, vinegar has that “ah, so clean” scent, but if that isn’t for you, feel free to add a couple of drops of essential oil into the mix.

bathroom cleaner

2. Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are a must have during this wintery time of year. It is portable, not messy and intensely moisturizing, which is something your itchy, cracked hands will thank you for. Keep it in a drawer by your desk whenever you need quick relief.

lotion bars

3. Pore Strips/Face Peel

Hands down this is my favorite face peel and you only need two inexpensive ingredients to give your face this pick-me-up. Afterwards it feels like someone took a mini vacuum and sucked out all of the gunk in your pores and shrunk them all at once. It is amazing. Plus, what girl doesn’t love peeling that nastiness off of her face? Just me? I certainly hope not because it is a very rewarding feeling.

face peel

4. Scented Stick Air Freshener 

Not only will your abode smell wonderful, but you will have a nice decoration as well. These scents can be customized to your exact preferences and lasts up to a month! Play around with different combinations to find your favorite fragrance.

air freshene

5. Laundry Detergent

I only made half a batch of this stuff, and it gave me an entire gallon of detergent for only $10. Also, it is going to last me for months and months since I only need to use 2 Tbs per load. I’m probably never going to buy conventional laundry detergent again. Bonus: the clothes smell light and fresh, not like you soaked your favorite shirt in a nasty air freshener.

laundry

These items are a gateway to getting you interested about diy household products. Whatever can get me excited about doing laundry can’t be a bad thing, right?

Enjoy!