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Coffee & Aspirin Mask

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I’ve been Pinterest-ing a lot lately, always looking for new beauty remedies and DIYs. I recently came across a pin for reducing the size of your pores and getting brighter, cleaner skin with a more even complexion. So, of course I had to try it out!

One teaspoon instant coffee, 2-3 aspirins, one teaspoon baking soda and 2-4 teaspoons water to form a thick paste. Apply to face and leave until completely dry. Make sure not to use coated aspirins as it’ll take forever for them to dissolve.

The mask definitely woke me up because of the smell of coffee and it tingled a bit too. But at the end, after washing my face, I realized my skin looked rejuvenated and my pores looked smaller. I was glowing! Definitely a good mask to use once a week or every two weeks!

Try it out and let me know how your skin looked.

(Oh btw, I have sensitive skin and this didn’t bother my skin at all.)

Tamana

No More Shampoo: Day 1

I know I said I was going to start the No More Shampoo: Trial a few days ago.  Honestly, I just couldn’t find it in me to see the results.  However, I didn’t wash my hair this morning for work.  I figured when I get home this evening I will finally try the baking soda and water cleanser.

I just got out of the shower and I must say, it felt great on my hair when I was in the shower.  No tingling feeling and no foam, but it went on smoothly and I gave my scalp a nice slow massage.  Rinsing it out wasn’t so bad either.  Even brushing out the knots weren’t as bad as normal. I didn’t condition my hair with anything today. Just washed it with the baking soda and water and then rinsed.

Now, my hair is generally quite dry and I have terrible ends from straightening it every day with a ceramic iron.  But now as my hair is drying it feels normal.  Actually, it feels a little softer than normal.  My scalp’s a little oily and itchy but everything else seems fine.

I’ll let you know tomorrow how it dried and felt in the morning.

No More Shampoo: Trial

My hair’s falling out!  It’s thinning and losing its lusciousness and shine.  I’m constantly trying to find solutions and remedies online.  But nothing seems to work.

I’ve complained a lot about it to D lately and he suggested I stop using shampoo, conditioner even body lotion and face cream.  Now that’s going into the extreme.  But talking about shampoo and conditioner, I can consider that.  He has thick, black, shiny, health hair.  I’m so jealous!  But he doesn’t use shampoo or conditioner in his hair.  Just soap.

Soaps can be very harsh.  It seems to be working for him though.

Anyway, I started thinking about the no shampoo/conditioner route and decided to Google-up my curiosity.  Turns out that over the past few years, more and more women have stopped using the chemical based cleansers in their hair and turned to more natural solutions.

Many of the blogs, articles and comments from users that have either tried this or are doing it now all seem to point towards having the best hair of their lives since getting rid of their shampoo.

One of the blogs I was reading mentioned that the more we strip natural oils away, the more our body sees a demand in producing it.  In her post, Christi Colvin talks further about the chemicals and effects of shampoos.  You can read “The No Shampoo Alternative – No Poo” for more details.

I clearly have nothing “more” to lose.  I mean, my hair’s already falling out.

I’m going to start tomorrow.  I know many of you may think I’m nuts and that my hair is going to be super oily, dirty and will probably stink.  And it probably will for the first couple of days or at least until the oil glands in my scalp stop producing as much oil.  I’m just going to have to stick it out and hopefully I won’t be a total social-reject.  Lol!

No shampoo.  No conditioner.

The alternative: 2 tablespoons baking soda, mixed into warm water and applied to wet hair and then rinsed.  Once a week, apple cider vinegar to detangle hair.  Coconut oil once every 2 weeks for deep conditioning.
Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on the daily/weekly progress!