No-Poo For Over One Year – By: Scarlett

ScarlettWhat does no-poo mean? No shampoo or diverging away from typical shampoo and conditioning methods. Technically it means someone who does not use any shampoo or conditioner but it has become an umbrella term. I started out as a strict no-poo. Why, you ask. Well it specifically started when I read an article at the old office I worked at about how you don’t really have to shower every day. After reading the article and finding my job really boring, I remember someone telling me about no-shampoo. So, I started looking into it. What really changed me was how men and women historically washed their hair compared to now. Way back when our country was being founded and beyond that, we didn’t have shampoo and definitely not conditioner. To wash hair, up until about 1900, you would have used emulsified fat (lye or sodium hydroxide). Sodium hydroxide is a very basic material. Not far away from Drain-o. Of course, its watered down, but still very drying. The first red flag I found about this was that the surface of our skin is slightly acidic. Naturally, that meant many people didn’t wash their hair every day. Up until the 60’s, most women only washed their hair once a week or less than that. After the early 1900’s got going, they came out with commercial shampoos. Still very drying, but more convenient than lye. Now, looking at the vantage of the companies that make these products, the only way to sell more product is to get your customer to use it more often. Companies had to find a way to make shampoo with more moisture. Around the time of the 60’s began a boom in consumers consuming chemicals. They loved chemicals, they were tired of hand washing and painfully using other chemicals. Dishwashers, washing machines, and many other appliances came around which needed chemicals to use them. People embraced chemicals and trusted the companies they came from. Today, we are a lot smarter. For a long time the sulfates and phosphates in detergents were being dumped into streams and caused algal blooms which ruined lakes and streams. This is just one way our blind trust had a negative impact.

Coming back to cosmetics and shampoos. These companies turned to sulfates for our hair products. Sulfates are the exact same chemical you find in dish detergent and liquid hand soaps. I know this from the chemical company I worked at in addition to just reading the bottles. Sulfates give a lather that can be completely rinsed without residues left behind like lye (think Dial soap on skin). But, Sulfates are still drying when used too frequently. Finally, they found a conditioner. Conditioners typically have a version of the material called silicone. Silicones, which I know from the chemical company I worked at, are uses as soft sealants and coatings. Think of elmer’s gue when it drys, it creates a pretty smooth surface. Well, the catch-22 of these awesome silicones is that you must use sulfates to remove them. Essentially, your hair is in a vicious cycle of being washed, coated with something, and then washed again to be dried out. What is the one true chemical hair and skin produces…..OILS. Oils for a long time have been thought to be the culprit of acne and have been shamed to be something dirty. But, oil is the only thing hair wants. Many other animals depend on oils. Take horses, they have to be brushed multiple times a day with a boars-hair bristle brush so the oils can be spread (think women brushing hair 100 times).

The final piece that had me convinced is that split ends cannot be repaired. They can be cut and they can be glued together by the silicones in conditioner, but never cured. It really made me mad that companies had me in their cycle. Being no-poo is no easy task though. There is a lot of oil at first because your scalp is used to over producing to compensate for the amount of washing. Then there is trying to get the balance of either castile soap or baking soda and apple cider vinegar right. Then I was making flax seed gel for my wavy/curly hair. Which doesn’t stay very well and takes time. But I did take up the oil cleansing method for my face, I don’t use body soap—only scrub with a loofa and very hot water, I don’t blow dry my hair, my hair is washed with cold water, I have a shower filter, and I do not use any lotions, only oils (lotions have silicones). But, after months of trying to get my hair styled right, chopping it off, still trying to get it right, something happened. I discovered Shea Moisture. Which is a line of natural and organic hair products. They have no sulfates, polyethylene glycols, or silicones (silicones are anything that ends in –cone). Now, I do an apple cider vinegar soak (wards off fungus-causing-dandruff), wash hair, Thayer’s witch hazel, and a little conditioner on ends once a week. During the week I rinse my hair every other day and add Thayer’s Witch hazel on scalp (good scalp health).

Shea Moisture Ingredients

Shea Moisture Ingredients

I might not technically be no-poo, and I still use deodorant and tooth paste, but at least the chemicals that go in my hair I pronounce and know where they come from. Plus, I will never go back to a cycle that has been started by companies so they can make money off of me.

  • the blog that got me started; has real science to back up no poo

  • one of the best things I ever did

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What’s In Your…..Cupboards? – By: Corinne

CorinneSo recently I’ve watched the movie, Fed Up. I was completely blown away; never has a movie been so eye opening and made me really think twice about the foods that I consume every day. I actually spent hours after sorting through my cupboards looking at the labels of granola bars, mini candy bars and cereals to inspect the sugar content. I guarantee that “Fed Up” will also change your view of what is, and what isn’t, healthy food and why our nation has such a weight problem. I know that weight is a very sensitive topic for most people, doesn’t matter if you’re 100 lbs. or 250 lbs.. Being overweight is a struggle for many people. We need to help educate and guide people, children, and families on the importance of making healthier choices and eliminating processed foods from our diets. I think this movie does a great job exposing food manufactures that are brainwashing and falsely advertising foods that we are so used to eating on a daily basis.

Why does sugar cause us to gain weight you ask? Because when more sugar than we need flows into our digestive system, our liver can’t metabolize it as energy, so what’s our poor liver left to do but convert the sugar into fat. Too much sugar over-stresses the liver. Sugar then does its damage, organ by organ, including to your pancreas, your heart, your digestive system, your immune system and your brain. We have blamed the majority of Americans becoming overweight on over indulging on Happy Meals, pizza and laziness but in reality what we need to be paying extra attention to is our sugar intake. One soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%; a 20 ounce bottle of soda obtains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar. This is horrifying. If we’re snacking on foods that contain zero nutritional value and are quenching are thirst with a ridiculous amount of sugar; your body is not going to be satisfied. Instead you’re just lowering your energy level and will feel starving all the time. The United States has estimated that 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. If we don’t change our eating habits now and spread the word on foods nutritional value, in two decades over 90% of all Americans will be overweight or obese.

Hearing these statistics is very alarming and I wasn’t one to preach about healthy eating. I could easily sit down, watch a chick flick and empty a box of Oreos in 10 minutes flat. Now though, I have actually been trying really hard to be aware of what I put into my body. We are only given one and are supposed to treat it like a temple, right?! Since watching, I’ve actually been very proud of myself and have tried to cut sugar completely out of my diet. Eating healthier food makes me feel so much more energized and fulfilled. Again I am human and sometimes my root vegetables and turkey burgers just aren’t going to cut it and that’s okay! That’s where my girl Shelly, fellow Bostonite, comes in to save the day. Maybe two times a month we treat ourselves out to a local diner and devour the most amazing waffles, and no I do not feel guilty! You should enjoy eating and it never should become something that you dread or feels like a task. We all have days when we make smoothies and eat kale for dinner but sometimes we just need that a big bowl of mac & cheese, followed by a hot fudge sundae to just take the edge off.

This movie is absolutely amazing, please check it out! You’ll be doing yourself, friends and family so much justice by hopefully changing just a few simple eating habits. You’ll be happy you did! Join the Fed Up Challenge and see if you can be sugar free for 10 days! You can check out fun facts or watch the movie at:

Tastiest Waffles Ever

Tastiest Waffles Ever