So lately I have been really into the idea of throwing out conventional beauty products, as well as nutrition and dieting techniques, for a more "natural" approach.
Only when I say lately, what I really mean is in the past year or so.
The interest in this sort of thing started when I decided to watch a documentary on Netflix called "Hungry for Change" just for the heck of it. It got me very curious and I began to do a lot of research on my own, and discovered some very startling things about the way I had been living and treating my body. Up until this point I had never given any consideration to what I put in and on my body, and in doing so, have felt the results; bad skin, dry hair, irregular sleep and no energy to do anything. What really convinced me that I needed and wanted to change, as well as fascinated me, was the idea that you could heal most issues just by changing your diet or products to be more natural and unprocessed.
It almost seems like this should be a no-brainer, but for me, I feel that this is something that changed the way I look at things.
I think that the idea of using strictly chemical-free natural products, as well as eating unprocessed foods, is awesome and something I'm definitely interested in learning more about and trying. I'm currently taking a Nutrition class elective as one of my last classes before I get my AA degree. I've learned a lot so far but I am in no way an expert, just someone who enjoys learning about this topic.
I'm also someone who is sort of slow to change sometimes. I have these ideas in my mind but never put them into practice because I'm waiting for the perfect time or situation. I've realized that nothing is ever perfect, and that kind of attitude will only keep me stuck in the same place. So, I finally decided to just go for it. Even if I can't have it all together right this instant, I can still move in a small direction towards something better.
So I went to the local health food store today with a few goals in mind:
1.) I've read all over the internet and other blogs about the "No Shampoo" or "No Poo" approach to haircare and it sounded really interesting. A lot of people are saying that it works really well when done right, and is 10x better for you than the normal shampoos filled with chemicals you can't pronounce and added fillers that weigh hair down as well as strip it of its natural oils. So I thought hey why not? I'll give it a try.
The idea is to "wash" your hair (mostly just your roots) with the baking soda. You do this by putting a teaspoon of it mixed with warm water into a spray bottle. Next comes the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse-- which you combine one tablespoon of with a cup of warm water in a spray bottle as well.
I also read that coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioner in small amounts as well as a de-frizzer in dry hair.
2.) Another thing was I wanted to find products that I could use on my face. I've read about the benefits of both coconut oil as a facial cleanser and moisturizer and honey as a cleanser. Both of these food products are naturally antibacterial and great for moisturizing.
I am excited to implement these new techniques into my daily routine and see how they work out!
Does anyone else out there know more on this subject? Anyone ever try one of these methods before? Lemme know! (: