Wednesday, September 26, 2012

No Poo Update - Day 4



It's Day 4 of going No Poo.

On Sunday I did a mix of shea butter, coconut oil and mixed it with some warm water in an old conditioner bottle.  I drizzled it in my hair and my hair soaked it all up!  (Note: the coconut oil and shea butter is a solid in cool temperatures.  Just hold the bottle under the warm/hot water and it will quickly melt.)

I took an old vinegar bottle and picked a couple lavender blossoms from out front cracked a cinnamon stick in half and put it all in the bottle.  I then added 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and filled the rest with water.   Before I got out of the shower I applied the rinse.  Other than a strong smell of vinegar,  I didn't noticed a difference.

Monday through today I just used water in my hair.  I wear it up everyday and I did notice yesterday that I have more little flyaway hairs which smoothed down with some apricot oil.

My scalp is not itchy and my hair still has a faint smell of coconut.  So far so good!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

From Shampoo to No Poo!



Fall is here.  The mornings are colder and the afternoons are still hot, which make my hair dry and frizzy.  I've tried everything from the high-end products to natural products and one thing I haven't tried is no products.  That is right!

So before I got started I did a little research on the internet about hair care.  I found several You-tube videos and websites about going No-Poo.  Which is no shampoo.
There are some people that go from just using conditioner to those that only use water and once a week an apple cider vinegar rinse.  Others have recipes for hair masks to deep condition their hair.
Here is one of the sites that has recipes.  http://www.loving-it-raw.com/no-poo.html

Since my hair is dry, I'm going to try the vinegar rinse once or twice a week.  My hair doesn't get really greasy if I let it go a few days so I may not need the baking soda cleanse.

I'll also try the coconut oil deep conditioner once a week.  I did it this morning when I got up.
I put about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a cleaned out shampoo bottle and mixed it with a little hot water to melt the oil.  Then I squirted it in my hair in the shower.  My hair seemed to immediately soak it up and it felt thick and heavy.  At the end of my shower I rinsed it really well, but it still felt stuck in my hair.  After towel drying it I combed it out without a tangle and blow dried it.  I was so glad to see it fluff out a little as it dried.  It feels soft and it's like I added a leave-in conditioner.  It is also "piece-y" like I used some pomade on the ends.

I found out if I really want to get fancy I can make or buy herbal infused vinegars.  It looks like they soaks the herbs in the vinegar water mix and then strain it so you won't get twigs in your hair. Hair Rinses 




Sunday, September 16, 2012

Absolutely Awesomely Free Crabcakes

Here is my recipe for Gluten Free Crab cakes. 
It makes 4 large crab cakes.   (We ate the other two! LOL!)

Prep Time: 1 hr 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients: (Note: fresh is better than dried if you have it)
(To make it dairy free substitute eggs for 1tsp of chia or flax meal in 3 tbsps of warm water. Stir then let sit for 2 min until it get sticky.  Use 1/2 a banana or 1/2 an avocado to substitute for the yogurt.)

1 tblsp of dried chives
1 egg and 1 egg white  (chia or flax meal)
1 tblsp of greek yogurt (banana or avocado)
1 tsp garlic powder 
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning or 1tsp paprika/1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup organic oatmeal
15 oz of lump crab meat
1 tblsp coconut oil

Directions:

Combine the chives, eggs, garlic, mustard and seasoning with a whisk.  Break up the crab meat into the egg mixture and coat it well.  Add the oatmeal 1/4 cup at a time until you can form patties. 
Place the patties on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

When you are ready to cook, heat  a pan and drop in 1 tblsp of coconut oil. Drop a small crumb of crab cake into the oil.  If it sizzle around the edges the oil is ready. 
Use a spatula and place the crab cake in the pan.  Cook on one side about 3 min or until golden brown.  Then flip and cook for 2 more minutes.

Place on a plate with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.  Enjoy!


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