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Second No Shampoo

I should have taken a picture yesterday to show how my hair looked the day after no-shampooing.  I wash my hair every other day regularly and I don’t intend to alter that even using baking soda.  That’s what this experiment is all about.  It seemed a little flat yesterday, as was expected.  Here is a picture of how it looked after washing this morning.  Today, I chose not to curl it.  I feels very soft and silky. 

Did I ever mention that I cut my own hair?  But, that’s for another day of blogging.  🙂


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To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo

Good day to you!

I have read and heard about people that choose not to use shampoo on their hair.  My neighbor and friend tried it recently and gave her good report to me while out shopping garage sales one day.  She is a great neighbor and we have discovered that we have SO much in common.

The theory is that your body creates oils on your scalp that are stripped away when you shampoo.  Your body then has to create more oils to replace what was washed away.  When you use baking soda on your scalp instead of shampoo, it is much gentler and doesn’t strip away the natural oils.  I have been warned that, at first, your hair may look terrible.  Your body is still creating the oils that shampooing usually removes.  Soon your head realizes that it doesn’t need to produce all those oils everyday, any more.

This morning, I placed about a cup of baking soda inside a plastic bottle that I had sitting around.  It holds 20 ounces of water.  I then added water to fill it and shook it up.  In the shower, I poured about a cup of it all around the area of my scalp.  I rubbed my hair and scalp to make sure it was mixed in to my scalp.  Then I let it sit while I showered.  Lastly, I rinsed it out.  I dried it with a blow dryer and curled it with electric rollers, as usual.  It feels soft and silky.  I have shoulder length, fine, dry hair. 

I will keep you updated on my no-shampooing experiment.  If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section.  

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Today I attempted to make potato chips by baking them in the oven.  I’ve seen chips that other friends have made, so I figured I’d give it a try.  Fail.  I couldn’t get the centers to crisp without over-cooking the edges. I started at 425 degrees and ended up at 350, and maybe that was still too hot.  I suppose I could search the internet for a recipe, but that would be too easy.  They taste okay for me.  Next time, I’ll try frying them in my electric skillet.

Although I may fail, my God will not.  He is everlasting for all generations.  The author of Hebrews by quoting the Psalms said this, “They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”  I am thankful that I have a God Who will not fail.

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Painting Away

I have been painting for a little while.  But, looking out the window seems to be more of what I have been doing.  As you can see, the birds are having a play day at the feeder. The jays are usually the first to find the food when I put it out.  They like the sunflower seeds as do the doves.  The smaller birds like the seed up in the statue’s skirt.  My cat recently died, so they don’t have to be as cautious as they used to! 

And this is how my painting is coming along.  I photographed the dahlias some time ago while on a camping trip.  Dahlias are so beautiful, don’t you think?  My studio is a little bit chilly this time of year, so I had to quit for a bit.  I hope to finish this painting in the next day or two. 

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Website Complete

Yay!  My new website is finished.  I added the guest book, and also included some links to several of my favorite art books!  The new challenge will be to keep my blog current.  Finding the time and material to write is my basic issue.  A friend told me I don’t have any trouble talking, so shouldn’t have any trouble writing!

Now, I am heading to my studio to begin a new painting, a floral, of course.  I drew up some dahlias and will paint them a soft peachy pink.  I’d better get started!

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I basically finished the work on my restructured website.  I am uploading it currently.  There are a couple of pages that I will continue to build, such as the ‘books’, ‘contact’, and ‘guest book’ pages.  I hope you enjoy browsing my new site. 

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I have been busy for the past two days, building a new website.  It is a lot of work.  I am hoping to go live within the next few days.  While the site is not totally complete, I still want to have it online.  The guest book can wait.  That will take some real research.  I have no idea how to build one and am hoping to find info on the forums.