IMG_20190526_174100welcome to my DIY beauty blog! here you’ll find all kinds of DIY recipes for hair, skin, and overall health.

i’m AlexRaye – a hippie at heart that holds a Master of Science (2013) and has formally studied Herbalism and Aromatherapy for certifications (2018). i’m here to show readers they can be empowered, educated consumers.

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  1. Hi Alex Raye,
    Love reading your posts!
    What’s your opinion on birth control? It’s always been something not for me but the older I get the more I think about it and wonder if it’s such a bad idea, thoughts?

  2. Hey Alex,
    I have been reading your blog like crazy! I am on Day 18 of no poo and am today is the first day that my hair actually feels relatively clean. I have been using diluted Kiss My Face Castile Soap and diluted ACV rinse and washing every 5th day. I’m just concerned because any time I talk about this method, or even the BS/ACV method all I hear is how terrible it is for your hair. My hair is completely natural (no dyes or any product, other that when I was using shampoo and condition) and I’m very nervous about damaging it. I started looking into co-washing, but I don’t want to spend a fortune. My main goal out of ditching regular shampoo and condition is to get away from shampooing every day (which I was guilty of before starting no poo) and I want something environmentally friendly. I’m just looking for any advice you might have about co-washing or other methods.


  3. I want to do a tea rinse chamomile (heard it cam lighten for blonds) and green ( heard it can strengthen). Can I use both together? Also read can be used as a conditioner? Can I do this after my BS rinse instead of ACV? Do a BS rinse then put tea in, wrap it and let it sit, then rinse?

  4. HI Alex Raye! I love your blog & was inspired by you to start the Rinse Only Method with my hair, I just clarified a couple days ago so it is still very early in the process, but I’m excited about it. I have one question for you, I have dirty blonde hair so I’ve always highlighted, which has caused a lot of damage & which I will no longer be doing, so my question is, can I use camomile tea to lighten my hair while on the ROM? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you so much!

  5. Hi Alex, I discovered your website when I was looking for ‘no poo’ info online. I find your blog extremely helpful as it’s very informative. I’ve started ‘no poo’ in August and for a few weeks I’ve been trying ‘ROM’. I have a hard time getting rid of all the excess sebum while rinsing my hair with water only (I live in Singapore and the water here is soft so this shouldn’t be a problem, right?). Also I don’t want to work on my hair (i.e. scritching/preening) too hard under the shower as I heard that the hair is very sensitive when it’s wet. When the hair has dried it feels heavy and waxy. I can get rid of most of the excess sebum when I brush my hair with a bbb the following day. Only then it feels soft and is shiny. Have you made the same experience? Or do you get rid of the excess sebum with just plain water and is your hair soft and shiny when it has dried? Many thanks in advance for your feedback!

  6. Hi Alex,

    I tried the bc/acv/h/h2o shampoo” last night & my hair is really unmanageable today. While applying it, my hair became so tangled that it was hard to wash it out in the shower. Today, it’s as if the honey didn’t come out completely because my hair is sticky & extremely hard to comb.
    I’ve been shampooing/conditioning with seaweed bath co. products about every four days for over three months, usually just applying it to my roots & bangs.
    I’m wondering if your bc/acv/h shampoo is better used just on the roots? I’m going to try to wash out the remnant stuff from my hair today, but in the future I would rather not break so much of my hair in the process.
    My hair is fine, but there’s a lot of it. It’s long, about halfway down my back. I’ve let it air dry nearly all my life, usually only blowing it dry or styling it w/ heat on special occasions.
    I’m really interested in transitioning to the no ‘poo method, but as of right now I feel I need some tailored advice.
    My hair was lovely yesterday, soft & gorgeous. today, it’s a tangled mess 😦
    Any and all feedback would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

    p.s.- I love your blog 🙂

  7. Hi Alex Raye,

    Have you heard anything about a product called “Hair” by Fleur Labs? I overheard a co-worker raving about how fast and thick her hair was growing, but apparently it’s a relatively new product, so i was hoping you might have heard if there was any buzz. Appreciate your advice and keep up the great blog!

    1. hey dani! hmm.. I’d stay away because of the propylene glycol in it, but the main ingredient is black cohosh extract, which is typically used for hair Removal (not growth). interesting! I haven’t heard of this product before, but I’m usually pretty slow on things like that haha.

  8. Ok, you convinced me! I’m going no ‘poo.Though, I need just a tad bit of support so I know if I’m on the right track.

    I’m having quite the difficulty working any BS/ACV through my hair in the shower. 5 days after clarifying, I just washed with BS/ACV for the first time. I was oily, which was expected, however, in the shower my hair became even more heavy-feeling, tangley and sticky-seeming. I worry I’m not getting the benefit of the BS/ACV and raw honey deep conditioning because my hair sticks together and I can’t work it through. Worse, whatever does get in there I can’t seem to rinse out very well, leaving a waxy feel after it dries.

    If this is all part of the transition and my hair will eventually get softer and more manageable when wet, great! I’ll power through. If there is something else I can do to better work the ingredients through my hair, please let me know! I appreciate it, thanks 🙂

  9. Hi Alex, very good to find your blog.
    I have my Avocado oil now and I have some Grapeseed oil, for my mature face skin, (I’d like it to look younger!!) Can I do the OCM with the Grapeseed oil and then pat the avocado oil on for good effect ?? or is there something else I should slightly do different?
    And which face oils/mixture with co could I use in the day under some make up sometimes, I need an good spf as out sometimes and prone to brown patches on face ?

  10. Hello Alex, I’m a blessed long hair diva & came across your site while looking at a link on pinterest. You have some great advice here. Just bought a pint jar of coconut oil. Think I’d like to try argan oil. First eat well & hydrate! Everything that goes in the body shows on the hair, bad fats, meds, etc. I threw out my hair dryer some 35 years ago (I’m 57). It does nothing but wreck your hair, thou it takes a while to adjust. Also water down my dollar store clearifying shampoo and use no more than once a week, on hot days I just rinse it out with plain water, plus use a rosemary infused acv rinse 2-3 times a month. Don’t worry about smelling like a salad, the smell goes away quickly. (My sitter did this back in the sixty’s & had the shiniest hair.) NEVER comb or brush until nearly dry, so I only loose a few hairs when I do brush it out, it feels like silk. My hair is full wavy and just past my waist and still grows 5-6” a year. Like to keep a good blunt cut. Always brush from the bottom up, take your time. If you hurry, you just rip it out & cause more split ends.
    Remember “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering. 1st Corinthians 11:15

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