Adios to Endocrine Inhibitors, pt 1

Wassup wassup wassup im en route to idaho from portugal!!!  

So ive been really lucky to spend a few weeks in the sunshine of the algarve and generally avoiding parkas/winter, full stop. 🌴☀️🍋🐟. 

 the first day i got here i decided it would be a perfect time to try something ive always wanted to do: stop using traditional shampoo and conditioner.  Feels important to step in here and wave my hands: that doesnt mean i stop showering or neglect my hygiene (!!!) it just means a shift of product. Why am i doing this you may ask. Happy to answer. im so flipping frustrated with my oily hair. Boom, number one. i am over buying chemical-laden + endocrine-inhibiting products monthly (flip over that kerastase bottle and try to say any of the ingredients aloud. Also if im being honest even the organic ones have things that make me say "hmmm"). Boom, number two. I would love stop throwing away so many plastic bottles bc earth. Boom, number three.

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Conditions were perfect to try this here bc i am not bipbopping around london (read: i know no one here!! What freedom!!) looking like i forgot how to shower or something iffy if it was a total bust.

My grown up xmas wish is to be a chic french style icon who was an icon simply bc she literally just "is".  ultimate coolness.  Non fuss. Non hair washing every day. Enter the american: I wash my hair everyday!! Every. Stupid. Day. It gets so old. 

so i looked around on one of my favorite blogs (the naturalista) about ditching shampoo. She mentions finding success with organic rye flour  (rich in b5- whats up pantene's number one selling point) bc baking soda was too drying. She is lucky to already have that chic jane birkin hair and not oily my hair. So i knew baking soda wouldmost likely  be fine for meeeeeeee.

Method to my madness: 

1. mix 1:3 aluminum free baking soda (amazon has it) and water so it can be massaged into scalp and isnt too runny. rinse. (Sometimes i have to was my hair in two sections bc oily...top first and then bottom seperated by a half up half down hair do done in the shower)

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2. mix 1:5 organic white wine or apple cider vinegar w water in a cup and rinse. (Vinegar has the same ph as conditioner which is the whole reason why condish makes your hair soft) 

 

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Results da da da da da da daaaaaa:

Same results as traditional shampoo and condish!!! What the heck this is amazing!!! Yes i still have good hair days and bad hair days (cant do anything except put it up in a bun or else its super dry bc of weather) and Yes i still have to wash my hair everyday, but i am ok about that bc i dont have to plow through store bought products and dont have to worry about any of my endocrines (hormones) being hurt or my liver being taxed.

Baking soda was fine for my hair and not too drying. And if the vinegar is diluted it doesnt make your hair smell. Sometimes i drop a bit of organic lemon essential oil on my palms and run over it lightly after the shower just to be sure too and sometimes I run a bit of organic argan oil or something along those lines to leave in.

grool! Im guess im gunna keep it up as long as i can. Its such a fun feeling to not have to depend on industry and have the power to care for yourself effectively by yourself. I dont need no man!!! Or company!! Mmm...i do love a good bit of mild beauty independence and or anarchy. 

ive spent most of this year trying to go more au natural. Cutting out things that arent serving my body. No more nail polish, no more hair color, no more endrocrine inhibitors, no more processed food etc etc. now, no more shampoo or conditioner. ive found that most beauty products can be found in your pantry! What a cliche sign off! One love!! 

Dont forget to call your mother 😘💞

Xo, ashley  

ps ive also cut out dairy during my time in portugal. (Will keep you posted how that goes bc it will take a few months to see a difference i think).   

pps here are a few other items i like:

my new fave 30 spf sunscreen with only one ingredient: karanja oil. and if you need a backup, i go for this organic kids sunscreen which i still try not to use bc sunscreen can be so toxic. 

my new fave 30 spf sunscreen with only one ingredient: karanja oil. and if you need a backup, i go for this organic kids sunscreen which i still try not to use bc sunscreen can be so toxic. 

my new face wash: organic honey. my new moisturiser: organic extra virgin olive oil

my new face wash: organic honey. my new moisturiser: organic extra virgin olive oil

here is my hair with baking soda and vinegar being used wooooo!

here is my hair with baking soda and vinegar being used wooooo!