I think she’s got it!
I’m not up to date on the latest styles or trends, but I DO care about what I look like 70% of the time. I’m a naturalist when it comes to beauty products.
After my great calamine lotion discovery, my skin has never been better. I don’t even use a moisturizer anymore. How sick is that? I wash, dry, calamine, done.
I haven’t shampooed my hair in…how long has it been? Let me check. Hold on.
Alright, I checked. November of 2011.
I ain’t never going back, people. Never.
But a few months ago I started having issues with dry scalp. It wasn’t dandruff, it was just my scalp missed the sweet, sweet feeling of apple cider vinegar. Since it’s been well over a year, I don’t use the baking soda/ACV concoction any longer. Maybe once in a blue moon if my hair is oddly oily. Which, honestly, is never. I just rinse it with water when in the shower, give a good little scalp massage and move on. Every few weeks, if I remember, I’ll do a honey mask. That’s about it.
My hair was looking a little dry, which is kind of funny since all I do is sweat, I use no hair product…I rinse it daily, let it air dry and pull it back. But it’s just naturally me and I’m sure pregnancy hormones aren’t helping much either.
So dry scalp, dry hair.
I cured my dry scalp with a simple brown sugar scrub. Seriously. That’s it. Now it’s a thing of the past. Don’t waste your money on T-Gel, people. Why put all that chemical on your body when all you need is something you have in your pantry?
I guess you could say my New Year’s resolution is to take better care of my skin and hair. So far, so good, right? It’s the 15th and I’ve already solved one problem.
Enter Mae. I don’t shampoo the kids’ hair and it’s never proved to be a problem. Especially since Mae’s hair is dry in the back and shampoo would only make that worse.
She has this rat’s nest of hair in the back of her head. I’m serious. I had to cut it a few times because the ends were so fried that there was no way of smoothing it. I’ve tried everything, olive oil, honey, even *gasp* conditioner. Nothing worked. She’d wake up from nap time and her hair would just be a frazzled mess. Part of the problem was it is so thin and fragile.
I googled a lot of things. Finally, I found something I was willing to try for both myself and Mae.
And guess what? Her hair is cured. I even did the ultimate test, let her go take a nap with slightly damp hair. She woke up, it was still. smooth. STILL SMOOTH. Then this morning? Normal.
My hair? Looks fantastic again. It has a longer way to go than Mae’s but it’s well on it’s way.
What is it?
Greek yogurt and an egg.
Oh, and I also had a honey face mask on. (I do that once a week. Seriously, guys, amazing AMAZING results. Honey may be my new coconut and tea tree oils.)
She didn’t like it at first, because, let’s face it, the ingredients came from the fridge. That stuff was COLD.
But she ended up loving it.
I let it sit for 15 minutes, then just rinsed it out.
They recommend doing it a few times a week until it’s established, then do it one a week.
Yes, I will do this.
So. Let’s sum up all the things I do now.
I use a simple white sugar scrub to exfoliate every other week and use a baking soda scrub every other week:
A few spoonfuls of white sugar and a little water, scrub on, rinse off. (Same with baking soda. Make a simple paste.)
When I use my honey mask, I let it sit on my face for upwards of an hour. After, I use apple cider vinegar as a toner and coconut oil as a moisturizer.
I use brown sugar and a little water to exfoliate my scalp. (White sugar is too rough for the scalp.)
Typically when I wash my face, I use that Oil of Olay facial scrubber and Cetaphil, though I’m starting to phase away from that. I use calamine lotion as my lotion.
I use a honey mask on my hair (for brunettes, use molasses, as honey can lighten your hair and molasses will bring out your brown tones.)
And now, I put a raw egg and greek yogurt on my hair, too.
I use coconut oil or almond oil as a body moisturizer and no, Ett, I don’t use coconut oil as a deodorant. Not yet, at least.
And it works!
How do you go ‘natural?’