happy sunday, crunchies!
ROM/WATER-ONLY UPDATE. Continue reading
happy sunday, crunchies!
ROM/WATER-ONLY UPDATE. Continue reading
i’m trying something new here on AE – – a weekly catch-up! posting doesn’t happen as often as i’d like. and plus, i want a way to connect with my readers more!
if this is a total bust for you guys, please tell me, ok? okay.
NEW 100% PURE MAKEUP. 100% Pure had this insane deal where if you spent $45, you got an eyeshadow palette, mascara, eye liner, and lip balm for FREE. i don’t know what possessed me to not share via instagram (where i saw the deal), but i will definitely start spreading the word on sales. i bought the caffeine eye cream and the hydrating face lotion to meet the minimum purchase requirement and to finally get to try them, of course! usually i DIY eeeverything, but i felt a little splurge on myself for makeup wasn’t a bad thing…right? i’ll post a total review on the products soon after i have some time to really test them out! especially in this southern swamp heat. do you have any 100% Pure must-haves or passes?? Continue reading
doesn’t that just sound fantastic?! luckily, they leave your hair feeling and looking as fantastic as they sound like they do!
today is officially SPRING! and with that comes warmer weather, brighter colors, and cooler drinks! and now – your hair can join in the fun!
hair smoothies can be thick or runny, made with vegetables or fruits… but they’re all 100% edible!
so go ahead –
BONUS – they can go on your face, too!
all of these smoothies use pure aloe vera gel as a base. the aloe is scalp-soothing, adds a nice punch of moisture and shine, as well as helps chunks of fruits/veggies be less likely to get stuck in your hair (especially with fine or curly hair).
here are all of my yummy favorites! all of these hair smoothies are targeted towards moisture first and foremost, and then shine/softness/clarity.
these hair smoothies are great for weekly use!
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!
it’s an exfoliating face mask that also:
with this winter being one of the hardest in a long time, keeping my hair and skin moisturized has been at the top of my list!
since i only use water to wash my hair, i couldn’t use my beloved coconut oil on my scalp. but i still needed extra moisture! so what is a gal to do?
DIY her own scalp rinse. duh ;)
this rinse is for anyone battling a flaky, itchy, dry scalp at any point in time, using ANY hair washing method. it doesn’t matter if you’re no-poo, low-poo, clay ‘poo, water-only, etc… this rinse is safe to use!
what’s in this rinse?
this mix should be enough to use for 2 or 3 rinses. you may keep the rinse in a bottle in your shower for a couple weeks. no need to worry about anything spoiling (unless you added aloe)!
also, be sure to never wash or wet your hair in hot water! this will dry out both your hair and scalp, as well as cause typical heat damage to your strands!
now go give this rinse a try :)
crunchies. i think i’ve done it… i think i’ve created the magic hippie shampoo for all hair types. i don’t wanna get ahead of myself, but get excited.
i’m always trying to learn more and more about the crunchy lifestyle. i want to find 928374 ways to wash hair, wash dishes, clean bathtubs, etc. i want people to become educated in natural alternatives and empowered…and still be able to make choices! this blog has taken a turn to be focused on all-natural hair care (as per my lovely readers), so anything hair-related especially peaks my interest.
aside from the comments of gratitude and support for the crunchy community, i still get a lot of comments saying that certain hair care routines didn’t work, and asking what to do next. those are the hardest comments to answer because it’s SO different for everyone. i’ve been wanting SO badly to find something that everyone can start with, no matter their hair type or current hair care routine.
and guys, i think i’ve done it!
this post is going to be so fun!
i get quite a few readers that reach out to me knowing they want to start, but don’t know where. i felt the same exact way when i switched! i read anything i could get my hands on about natural living solutions and soaked it up like a sponge.
for all y’all that want to ditch the chemicals (and let’s be honest…save tons of money…), but are overwhelmed by everything you can do (completely understandable!), this post is for YOU!
going crunchy (all-natural, homesteader, etc.) is incredibly liberating and yet very daunting. it’s a complete life-changing experience and it’s easy to get lost along the switch to a more natural lifestyle.
so what DO you do?! and with what?!
good news is, you can do pretty much anything you like to & tailor it to your specific needs! bad news is, you have SO many options that it’s easy to get bogged down.
no matter which routines you choose, i’ve picked these 5 products (and some honorable mentions) that will ease your transition and that can be used for multiple things. they’ll all be a fantastic starting point for your new crunchy lifestyle!!
AND i want ALL of you crunchies to leave your “crunchy must-haves” in the comments!! i told ya this would be fun!
here we go!
and of course, always have an abundance of glass jars for all your concoctions!! <3
WELCOME TO THE CRUNCHY COMMUNITY!! <3
need to buy anything? check out my resources page for trusted companies and brands!
(fellow crunchies– WHAT ARE YOUR CRUNCHY MUST-HAVES??)
as we know, no-‘poo can be pretty difficult to master. i did “no-‘poo week” in hopes i’d help a lot of people. but there’s still one huge thing i wanted to address & publish…
for some people, baking soda/acv isn’t the route to go. neither is castile soap. but what do you do when those no-‘poo methods don’t work for your hair, but you don’t wanna go low-‘poo?
try these homemade alternatives i’ve gathered up! these do require more time, but you should be washing your hair much less, so no big deal, right? :)
as with any no-‘poo/low-‘poo method, there is a transition period when you first switch from regular shampoo/conditioner. and with these following recipes, using hair products is not advised since there’s nothing in these mixes that will clean the products back out of your hair.
also, these methods won’t lather (unless you add soapwort). that doesn’t mean it’s not getting your hair clean!
also also, these mixes are okay for both hard and soft water.
lastly, these ingredients can be found at your local organic store and local health food store. call & check! if not, there’s always online!
powdered shikakai shampoo (for sensitive scalps, hair growth, and hair root strengthening)
fuller’s earth shampoo
castile shampoo mixes- a gentler castile method (use distilled water)
*tea shampoo (for added color & gray coverage)
shikakai & soapnut shampoo
you can add steeped mint leaves and/or various essential oils to ANY of these mixes
**if you want a sudsy lather, steep soapwort and add it to any shampoo mix (soapwort instructions above)
these conditioners are geared towards no-‘poo-ers. these will rinse out with your regular no-‘poo routine :)
coconut oil (dry, damaged hair… but it’s golden for everyone)
avocado oil (frizzy hair)
vitamin e oil
sweet almond oil
other deep conditioners
*obviously water and oil don’t mix. shake mix vigorously before applying. the water is there to help to keep the oil from “sticking” in no-‘poo hair, but will still give hair moisture.
only 1 mix needed for these bad boys!
coconut milk/aloe combo
please keep in mind some of these shampoos/2in1’s will expire quickly. use common sense ;-) i suggest making only what you need, and keeping extras in the fridge! the conditioners listed do NOT need to be kept in the fridge.
any shampoo/conditioners YOU love? let’s hear it!