June 3, 2008 at 7:07 am 3 comments

I want an alpaca, and I defy anyone to fondle my sock yarn and not agree with me.

Aww, look at that face. Don’t you want one too? 😉

I also have nice hair. Finally. It feels like my hair always used to feel when I used normal shampoo. Hurrah. I achieved this by actually rubbing the shampoo bar on my hair instead of trying to lather it up in my hands and using a weaker vinegar rinse. I don’t know which was responsible (bad science alert!) but it works and I’m soooo glad – everything else I’ve done to be greener has actually made me happier or healthier or in some way improved my life, but I have felt for a long time like a dirty hippy with greasy hair and like I am suffering in the name of some naive idealism. Yet the sheer efficiency of the Clairol (when I went back to using it) frightened me.

But now I have nice hair and nice food (and nice skin and 2/3 of a nice sock).


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  • 1. Michelle  |  June 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I wish I had found your blog earlier – I made the same hair mistake. I’ve been using baking soda with occasional vinegar rinses and it took me ages to get it right too – I’m really happy with it now. Then yesterday I did an olive oil rinse (and like you, used way too much) and I just can’t get it out of my hair. It looks wet all the time! Baking soda didn’t shift it at all. I will try the vinegar! Did you use it neat?

    Thanks for posting about this!

  • 2. sproutingbroccoli  |  June 12, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Hehe, just glad (and somewhat surprised) someone finds my greasy hair stories useful!

    To be honest, the only thing that actually got all traces of the oil out of my hair was mainstream shampoo, but I hadn’t figured out that I was meant to rub the solid shampoo on my hair rather than lather up in my hands. A thorough shampoo and vinegar rinse would probably do the trick. I tried it neat and stronger is probably better for getting rid of so much oil, but now find diluted is fine.

    Have you ever visited It has lots of tips!

    Been looking at your blog, lots of lovely wildlife pictures! 😀

  • 3. Michelle  |  June 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    It finally came out but I think it was the neat vinegar that shifted the worst of it – thank you! It was actually the LHC forum where I originally learnt how to go “no poo”!

    Glad you enjoyed the pics 🙂


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