Monday, October 10, 2016

Transitioning to a Shampoo Bar






I've been using our Shampoo & Body Bar for over a year now, and I absolutely love it.  My hair is so soft and shiny, and our shampoo body bar is the only product I use on it.  It just doesn't get simpler than that.

This isn't the first time I've used a shampoo bar; I tried one a long time ago.  I used it once or twice, my hair didn't feel the same as it used to, so I put it aside, saying that it didn't work for me.

What I didn't know is that there's a transition period.  It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or more for hair to adapt after using hair products that are full of chemicals.  We don't need all of those products, but skilled advertisers have certainly convinced us that we do!

This time, I knew to expect the transition, which took a couple of weeks.  My transition went smoothly because this time, I transitioned to the shampoo bar from a natural shampoo and conditioner.  I had given up using hair spray, mousse, and gels (even natural ones) a few years earlier, so I didn't have much chemical build-up in my hair.

My biggest complaint at first was that my hair didn't have that silky conditioner-laden feel that I was used to after I got out of the shower.  However, I was surprised that my hair was still easy to comb.

For the first two or three weeks, I had serious fly-away hair, which I combated with the tiniest bit of coconut oil rubbed between my hands.  I then ran my hands very lightly over my hair, paying more attention to the ends.  I also brushed a lot between shampoos to distribute the oils from my scalp throughout my hair.

I made a point of not washing my hair every day.  Instead, I washed it every two or three days.  I used an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse after washing: one tablespoon of ACV to one cup of filtered water.  I left it in for a few minutes while I washed up with our shampoo body bar, and then rinsed.

A couple of weeks later, my hair was gorgeous.  Really.  It still felt different after a shower, like it was going to be difficult to comb out, but nothing could be further from the truth.  My hair was softer than ever before.

I continued to use the ACV Rinse once a week, then every other week, until I eventually stopped using it altogether.  By that point, my hair looked and felt great without it.


My transition period was probably shorter than it will be for people who use a lot of products on their hair.  It will take longer to get rid of the build-up, and, honestly, it may require a bit of patience to get through it.  Trust me, though, it's worth it!  It's been so freeing to use just one product, that also works wonderfully for washing my face and body, knowing that it's completely natural (unlike so many of the so-called natural hair care products on the market).  The packaging is biodegradable and is one step towards reducing the number of toxic plastics in the home.  Win-win!

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A couple more thoughts:

Worried that the essential oil scents - especially tea tree oil - may be too strong?  Put it out of your head!  The oils combine to produce a mild scent that doesn't bother people like myself who can't handle the scent of strong essential oils! 

Our Shampoo & Body Bar also makes an excellent shaving lotion, eliminating the need to buy yet another product!











Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nick's Asian Fusion Brussels Sprouts



1 lb brussels sprouts
1 Tbsp Truly Pure & Natural Creamed Raw Ginger Honey
2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce
2 Tbsp orange juice
3 shakes chipotle powder
3 shakes garlic powder
2 shakes smoked paprika
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
Sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Clean brussels sprouts; cut in half if large.  Set aside to dry.

Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together Creamed Raw Ginger Honey, tamari, orange juice, chipotle powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, fresh ginger, sea salt, and black pepper.

Add dry brussels sprouts and stir until they're evenly coated.

Turn onto a roasting pan coated with a silicone baking sheet.  Spread out evenly so that they're not overlapping.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Stir.  Roast for 10 minutes more.

Enjoy!


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