Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coconut Milk Shampoo

Last week I went on a bit of a hair experiment when I tried making my own shampoo/conditioner combo out of just four ingredients:

- Coconut Milk
- Water

The basic idea is to combine two parts coconut milk with one part soap.  Shampoo your hair like normal, then follow with a vinegar rinse to soften up your hair. 
This was taken the third day of my trial!
What's a vinegar rinse? 
Combine 1 Tbsp of vinegar- I used apple cider- with one cup of water, and pour over your hair.  Sounds pretty strange, but it works!  The shower will smell like vinegar for a minute or two, but it has no lingering smell, just like when you add it to the washing machine!

So how did I like it?
 It was great!...by the third day!  The first two days, my hair felt a little weird, but I realized I wasn't cleaning my hair enough.  By the third day, my hair was feeling great!  I plan on continuing to use this method, but I might do a weekly clarifying cleansing or something if my hair starts to feel like it has too much buildup.  It feels fine so far, but we'll see!

What's my biggest tip?
Really work this concoction into a lather!  The first two days I didn't, and my hair was a little oily.  But by following a tip from my friend who's been doing a conditioner-only regime, I really worked my shampoo into my roots and scrubbed it good and clean.  That left my hair beautifully oil-free all day!

I often use this shampoo:

Which contains the following ingredients:
Aqua/Water/EauWater , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine , Parfum , Glycol Distearate , Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica) , Cetyl Alcohol , Cocamide DEA , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Polyquaternium 11 , DMDM Hydantoin , Panthenol , Silk Amino Acids , Cocos Nucifera Extract (Coconut) , Albumen , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Hydrolyzed Milk Protein , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Coumarin

So...I'm pretty content to try out a new shampoo with only two ingredients!

Have you ever tried any home made cleaning solutions?  Read more green living ideas at Emerald Living!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Holiday Card!

Our 2012 Christmas card! 
Thanks to Sar for giving me the idea, and more for letting me steal it!

In other only-exciting-to-me news, I finally got a camera charger last night!  Now I can share all the projects I've been tackling recently!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Love Certainly Does Win

Yesterday was the first day that marijuana is a legal substance in the state of Washington.  Supporters and celebrators met around the Space Needle, counting down the minutes until midnight on Wednesday night so that they could celebrate. 

However, yesterday was an even more exciting day for Washington history.  Same sex couples were able to, for the first time in history, apply for a marriage license in the state of Washington.  On Sunday, after the standard three day waiting period, hundreds of couples are going to be able to tie the knot, cultivating a day of celebration throughout the great city of Seattle.
If nothing more brings a tear to your eye or pulsating joy through your heart, look at this adorable elderly couple who got their marriage license today after 35 years of lesbian love.
They were joined by bucket fulls of people who got to experience the joy that heterosexual couples have always had: being able to proclaim their life to loving their significant other. 
Tim and I are both overjoyed that we live in a state that celebrates individuality.  We'll be among the crowd cheering as long time couples descend from the courthouse steps Sunday morning with their brand spankin' new marriage certificates.  We'll also be at The Paramount on Sunday evening at the "Love Wins: A Wedding Reception for All" celebration, toasting and smiling until our cheeks hurt.
From The Slog, here are more happy couples at the courthouse yesterday:
All pictures in this post came from The Stranger.