An Alternative to Going Completely No Shampoo

Welcome to my new simple living series! This truly is a result of my living a life of less posts but I kind of hesitate to call this one a series because I feel like my whole life is becoming more simple living (and therefore nearly all my posts should fit in this category), but it’s my goal to make the posts in this series more educational with tips and tricks, beauty recipes, cleaning recipes, etc.

So, on to my first beauty tip/recipe . . .

At the start of the year I went two months without using shampoo. In the end I found I was not satisfied enough with the results to continue with that method. My major complaint with the baking soda/vinegar method is that the baking soda was making my hair feel stiff and waxy.

But I knew that I didn’t want to go back to regular shampoo and conditioner so I did a bit of a compromise. I bought a silicone free shampoo (I use this one) and still continue to use the vinegar as a conditioner replacement. It’s a compromise that is better for my hair and the cheapness of the vinegar conditioner helps to balance out the expense of the silicone free shampoo.

For the vinegar conditioner I mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a spray bottle with one cup of water, then after shampooing I spray the conditioner all over my hair except the roots (I found if I sprayed the roots my hair felt very greasy). I then let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. I only use about a fifth of the water/vinegar mixture per time, so once I mix it together it lasts me for awhile.

If you are wondering about the smell of the vinegar, yes, it smells a little when you spray it into your hair, but once it dries the smell is absolutely gone. Trust me, I’ve made Jared smell my hair and tell me if I smelled like vinegar (he says I don’t).

With this method I’ve found that my hair feels soft and smooth; which is exactly what I was missing before.

If you don’t want to go completely off of shampoo and conditioner or if you want to transition that way in smaller steps I would suggest you try going this route!

One day I would like to find a more natural replacement for my shampoo that works for me but until then I am very happy with this method.

I would love it if you would share your hair washing tips with me!
What do you use?
Have you used vinegar as a conditioner before?

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Homemade Chocolate Shell

Kay guys, this recipe feels like a cheat, it is incredibly simple to make and only has two ingredients! But it is too delicious not to share.

I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now but the first time I whipped it up, I was completely blown away that this actually works. How can something so simple taste so good? I wondered.

Growing up we often had ice cream but we would only splurge on the magic chocolate shell on occasion, so finding a recipe in my adulthood to make this delicious treat felt like winning the childhood memory lottery.

This shell is so good I just snapped the above photo with my phone, no time to get my big camera out, I want to eat this!

What is your favorite way to eat ice cream?

Homemade Chocolate Shell
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate and butter has melted.
  2. Drizzle over ice cream and watch as it magically hardens.
  3. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.
Notes
  1. From This Homemade Life http://thishomemadelife.com/homemade-magic-shell
A Harvest of Blessing http://www.aharvestofblessing.com/

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