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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 13-19

July 29, 2011

Some images missing, my iPhoto album accidentally got deleted ;(

Day 13 (7.20.11)
Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level low
No shampoo

Day 14 (7.21.11)

Temps in the high 90’s
Frizz level low
Small amount of baking soda
6th baking soda/vinegar treatment

My hair dries so much faster now and skipping the product step saves time and energy

Day 15 (7.22.11)

Temps reaching the 100’s
Frizz level low
No shampoo

It’s been two weeks without traditional shampoo and conditioner, but I have only used the baking soda/vinegar 6 times.  I’m going to use the baking soda/vinegar a few more times before I switch to just water for a month.  I really want to make sure all of old product residue is completely gone.

Day 16 (7.23.11)

Temps reaching the 100’s
Frizz level low
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture
7th treatment


Day 17 (7.24.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level medium
No shampoo


Day 18 (7.25.11)

Temps reaching the 90’s; thunderstorms
Frizz level high
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture
8th treatment

Day 19 (7.26.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level medium
Wore a hat all day
No shampoo

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Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle – three corner or three angle posture)

July 29, 2011

I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle! – Woody Allen

A triangle has three sides and is made of straight lines. it’s the simplest polygon.
A triangle may be classified by how many of its sides are of equal length or by what kind of angles it has.

Trikonasana is a standard standing asana used in most yoga styles. Triangle Pose is a  great stretch for your knees, thighs and ankles, hips hamstrings and calves.  It helps relieve stress and improves digestion.  It’s a good asana for back pain relief and can be done through the second trimester of pregnancy.

Let’s start with a basic, standard Triangle Pose:

Take a nice, wide stance (feet are 3-4 feet apart)

Rotate your feet:  Right foot points to the right.  Left foot turned in slightly.  Either line up your heels or the heel of your front foot and the instep of your back foot.
Inhale, Raise your arms to shoulder height, parallel to the floor

Exhale and reach your Right arm out over your right leg.  Bend from the hip/pelvis* (not the waist) out over your straight Right leg.

Your Right hand can rest on your leg, ankle or big toe side or little toe side of your foot.
Raise your Left arm to the sky.

Drishti or gaze is at your left fingers or down to your right toes.

Hold for several breaths, then switch sides.

You can come to Triangle Pose from Mountain or Lunge Pose

The focus in Triangle is to keep your shoulders and hips in alignment.  It does not matter where your right hand rests.  Try practicing this asana against a wall for proper alignment (keeping your heels, hips, shoulders and head against the wall).

*Find your pelvis:  Have a seat on a hard surface. The two points on your bottom are your ‘Sit Bones,’ Place your hand on your hips this is your pelvis, bend at this joint.

Now that we have mastered Trikonasana let’s try some variations:

Supported Triangle:
Option 1:  Place your supporting hand on a block or chair seat

Option 2:  Bend your front knee slightly, place your support hand above your knee


With a Bind:
Half Bound – Come into triangle.  Lower your Left arm behind your back reaching to your inner Right thigh.

Bound Triangle (Baddha Trikonasana) – Come into triangle.  Lower your Left arm behind your back, Bring your Right arm in front of and under your Right thigh.  Clasp hands behind your back. (use a strap if a full bind can not be accomplished)

Prayerful Triangle:
Come to a standard Triangle Pose

Bring hands together in prayer position at heart center


Extended Triangle:

Come into triangle, bring your Right (supporting hand) to the outside of your Right foot.  Lower your Left Arm next to your Left Ear.  Left Fingers are pointing to the front of the room, Drishti is up.

Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle or Reverse Triangle):
Take a nice, wide stance (feet are 3-4 feet apart-this asana is easier with a shorter stance)

Rotate your feet:  Right foot points to the right.  Left foot turned in slightly.  Either line up your heels or the heel of your front foot and the instep of your back foot.

Inhale, Raise your arms to shoulder height, parallel to the floor

Exhale and turn (twist) your torso to the Right.  Square hips to front edge of mat as much as possible.  Ground into your left heel

On your next Exhale, bend forward from your hips and reaching your Left Hand to your Right leg or ankle, floor or block on the outside of your Right leg

Right Arm is extended up to the sky

Drishti is to the right fingers or down to the right toes

Peaceful Triangle:
Take a nice, wide stance (feet are 3-4 feet apart-this asana is easier with a shorter stance)

Rotate your feet:  Right foot points to the right.  Left foot turned in slightly.  Either line up your heels or the heel of your front foot and the instep of your back foot.

Inhale, Raise your arms to shoulder height, parallel to the floor

Exhale, reach your Left arm down your left leg to your calf.

Open your heart Chakra in a mini backbend, reaching your Right arm up and back.  Right fingers point behind you, forearm is next to your Right ear.

Drishti is to the sky

Hold for several breaths, then switch sides.

Wide Angle Triangle:
Come to Five Pointed Star:  nice, wide stance (feet are 3-4 feet apart).  Toes remain pointing forward.  Arms shoulder height and parallel to the ground

Exhale, Twist from the waist and windmill your arms.  Lower your Left hand to the floor (or block or chair seat) between your feet.  Your Right arm is extended straight up

Drishti is to your raised arm

Hold for several breaths, then switch sides.

Balancing Triangle or Tumbling Triangle
Take a nice, wide stance (feet are 3-4 feet apart-this asana is easier with a shorter stance)

Rotate your feet:  Right foot points to the right.  Left foot turned in slightly.  Either line up your heels or the heel of your front foot and the instep of your back foot.

Inhale, Raise your arms to shoulder height, parallel to the floor

Transition your weight to your Right foot and slowly begin to raise your Left leg into the air

Lower your Right hand to your Right Calf

Hold for several breaths, then switch sides.

This pose is similar to half moon balance, except your hand is on your calf (instead of the floor) and you don’t rotate your hips open.

Similar Poses:
Gate Pose is like a kneeling triangle
Half Moon Balance is like tumbling triangle
Revolved Half Moon Balance

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Hip Help with Pigeon Poses

July 22, 2011

Seated Centering

Torso/Hip rolls, press down on knees to anchor sitz bones (each direction)

Rainbow Side Stretch (each side)

Seated Eye of the Needle :  toe stretch and ankle rolls>
Lower legs to > Half Lord of the Fishes Twist (each side)

Table, wag tail, and allow hips to lower towards the floor

Down Dog
Left foot back, drop back knee, hip flexor stretch
Modified lunge, inner thigh stretch (each side)

Rag Doll, roll to mountain

Recenter

Pigeon Flow
*Beginning of sun salutation A to Down Dog…
Down Dog, RIGHT Leg up > 3 leg Down Dog (7 breaths)
Dog at a hydrant  (3 breaths)
Right knee to Half Pigeon  (7 breaths)
Pigeon Cobra  (3 breaths)
Sleeping Pigeon  (7 breaths)
Twisted Pigeon  (3 breaths)
Hands to floor for half pigeon, curl Left toes under and step back to
Down Dog (3-5 breaths)
Step Right foot forward, then left
Lookup with a flat back
Fold Forward
Roll up to Mountain
Repeat from * with LEFT leg up in 3 legged Down Dog

Fig. four balance (forward fold)

Portrait pose legs  :  twist to each side & back bend (each side)

Cobblers Pose  :  Balance

Seated Straddle, Right knee bent, side stretch, backbend
repeat with left knee bent

Forward fold

Roll back to mat

Bridge :
*Eye of needle variation with Right leg up, lower hips
Cross leg twist
Reclining tree
Repeat from *

Full Bridge or wheel

Happy Baby

Inversion of choice

Savasana

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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 5-12

July 20, 2011

Day 5 (7.12.11)

Temps in the high 90’s.  Very hot and very humid
Frizz level high Didn’t “shampoo” today

Day 6 (7.13.11)

Temps in the high 90’s.  Very hot and very humid
Frizz level medium
Didn’t “shampoo” today-hoping to cut back on all the frizz

Day 7 (7.14.11)

Temps in the high 80’s
Frizz level medium
Used only a small amount of the baking soda mixture

One week down. I wonder if I should extend the baking soda/vinegar treatment until I reach 14 shampoos with the baking soda, or if I should just stop shampooing after 14 calendar days…

Day 8 (7.15.11)

Temps in the 80’s
Frizz level medium
No shampoo today

Day 9 (7.16.11)

Temps in the high 80’s
Frizz level low
No shampoo

Day 10. (7.17.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level medium
Small amount of baking soda mixture

Day 11 (7.18.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level low
No shampoo

Day 12 (7.19.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level low
No shampoo

I think I’ve been doing well with Baking soda every 3rd day, so I think I will wait until I’ve used the baking soda/vinegar combo a few more times before I switch to all water.  I want to make sure I’m starting with product free hair.

So far I’ve only used the Baking Soda & Vinegar 5 times.  I think I will wait until I have 10-15 ‘treatments’ before I go to all water.

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What’s Your Personal Stlye? Can it Make You Happy?

July 15, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about personal style lately.   By the time we become adults, most of us adopt our own sense of style.  We relinquish the bonds of teenage conformity and find out own way to express ourselves in the way we dress.  Only by truly becoming ourselves can we reach happiness.  We need to fine love and acceptance for ourselves to become a content human being.

Today I decided to take a close look at what I am wearing…

No make up, no hair products in my crazy curly, frizzy out of control hair (I’m on day 7 on my journey to quit shampooing, read more here).
Comfy sports bra & tank top (because my top is a bit too low cut for me)
Bike shorts
A long brown sundress (purchased from etsy)
Converse high tops with beads on the laces.  (my kitty cons)

When I look back to my teenage attire, it seems as if not much has changed.
I have never been a make up wearer, in my later teenage years, I gave up on trying to control my hair.
I wore long skirts or sundresses frequently (2 of my most beloved dresses were made by my aunt)
I have always worn shorts under dresses and skirts because I don’t want to have to worry about sitting like a lady.
Chucks have been a staple in my wardrobe since I was about 14.

What has changed?  Not much. I weigh a lot more, but my diet and lifestyle are healthier.
I have been the same height since I was about 12. My shoe size is 2 whole sizes bigger (a common occurrence for regularly practicing yogies), but my overall style is pretty much the same.

Is it my personal style? Maybe, but I also dress for comfort. I have never worn heels, I prefer sneakers.  My clothes are pretty much soft, natural materials.  Comfort is my top priority. I like clothes that are easy and simple.

So, what’s your personal style?  Has it changed as you aged?  Are you happy?  Are you comfortable?

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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 1-4

July 12, 2011

Day 1 (7.8.11)

Today is my first try with the Baking Soda & Vinegar mixture!

It was a bit weird not having lather and It’s hard to tell how much Baking Soda to use, but so far so good.
My hair rinsed so much cleaner with the baking soda.  My curly thick hair always seemed to hold on to shampoo, but the baking soda rinsed right out.

The vinegar was also good.  I used a squirt bottle and sprayed it in.  I combed through my hair, then rinsed.  My hair seems so much lighter today without the heavy conditioner weighing it down.

My hair seems to be air drying quicker and is super soft.

Today is humid and I think I will have a lot of Frizz as the day wears on, but so far, so good.
I was a bit worried about smelling like vinegar all day, but I asked several people to smell my hair (without telling them why 😉 I have great friends, no one thought it was a strange request).  No one mentioned a vinegar smell.

Frizz Level– high
Very humid, tinder storms. Temps in the 90’s
Day 2 (7.9.11)

Frizz Level
– medium
Temps in the 90’s, no rain
Used less baking soda paste to possibly help with frizz

Hair feels lighter and bouncier.  It air dries quicker.

Day 3  (7.10.11)


Frizz Level– low

I didn’t “shampoo” today, I generally like to clean my hair about every other day.
Temps in the 90’s, no rain

Day 4 (7/11/11)


Frizz Level– high
Temps in the 90’s hot and humid
Hair is definitely drying faster

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My journey to stop shampooing

July 8, 2011

I decided to take make my hair care routine Green…

My hair is wild, crazy and frizzy.  Nothing sees to help, plus I’m super lazy and nonchalant about the whole thing.  I only air dry my super thick hair, and use minimal products.

The idea of forgoing traditional shampoo and conditioner and returning my hair appeals to me on so many levels:
1.  It’s cheap
2.  It’s easy
3.  It’s better for the environment
4.  It’s healthier
5.  I can wear hats to work if things go horribly wrong for awhile
6.  Today is very hot and very humid, so my hair is very frizzy.
7.  I have nothing to loose

I bought the items needed, and today I am going to mix up a batch of my new shampoo and conditioner.

Here’s what you need:

  • Baking soda (I got the least expensive at the store)
  • Apple cider vinegar (I got the cheapest they had)
  • Containers for the mixture (I’m trying a spray bottle from the dollar store for the vinegar & a plastic container for the baking soda)
  • Water (from my sink)

How you do it:
To make the shampoo, add water to baking soda until the mixture is gooey.
Store in a container, no need to refrigerate.

To make the conditioner, 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water.
Store in a container, no need to refrigerate.

The process:
Wet hair
Massage baking soda mixture into your hair, starting at the scalp.
Let this sit for one minute, then rinse well.

Rub vinegar mixture into hair comb through
Rinse well.

Use the baking soda and vinegar for two weeks.
Too much frizz?  Use less baking soda
Too greasy?  Use less vinegar

After two (or more) weeks:
Switch to just water
Massage your scalp under runing water
(if going from baking soda to nothing is too scary, go slow and tapper off the baking soda)

Your hair may get greasy for awhile, but don’t panic.  This will pass.
Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oil, so your body produces more oil to compensate. It can take up to a month of no shampoo, for your scalp to produce a normal amount of oil.

Refrain from using any styling products during this time, so your hair can find it’s natural balance.

Brush your hair regularly and clean your brush.

When your hair is normal and seems to have completed the detoxing process, go back to the baking soda and vinegar mixture once a week. Find what works for you. You can increase to biweekly or decrease to once every ten days if that works best for your hair type.

You shouldn’t need styling products anymore!

I’m hoping to document my process. If you give it s try, share your results.

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