Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dirty Little Secret

So, I'm not posting an announcement to Facebook because... well... I'm still in the experimental stage, but I'm still going to go for it and write about my latest endeavors.  First, I started tracking my calories and exercise on MyFitnessPal again. Wee!  It's amazing how many calories I can pack in when I'm paying attention... and scary to imagine how many I was consuming when I wasn't paying attention!  And I do this simply because I don't want to go out and buy new clothes.  I've plenty of clothing with lots of life left in them.  If my clothes are too tight, it's time to buckle down.

The other endeavor is a bit more, ahem... crunchy.  A few of my friends know that I haven't used soap on my face in half a decade.  That sounds better than saying,"I haven't washed my face since 2008." But that's ultimately what it boils down to.  I quit using soap and moisturizer after my first son was born. Instead, I switched to the Oil Cleansing Method (for more information, Google that phrase... there's really no need for me to explain it here when others have documented it so well elsewhere on the internet). I love it, and it has been so nice to not have to scrub my face off every night just to slather cream onto it in order to smile comfortably. I actually only "wash" my face with oil about once a month any more. Other than that it's just a wash cloth and warm water.  Olive oil to moisturize. Cheap and easy!

Starting the OCM was a response to learning how so many chemicals contained within conventional skincare products could really mess up a person's endocrine system (If you don't know how much control your endocrine system plays at regulating so many of your body's functions... I have one suggestion. Google). At about that same time, I also became aware of the same downside to haircare products (cough, cough--Google).  I need not elaborate.  So I decided to take responsibility for my health and quit shampoo.  I looked up how to do so, and followed the many variations of Baking Soda to wash, diluted Apple Cider Vinegar to rinse... but after two weeks, I wasn't getting into the groove.  I was just wearing a hat every day and trying not to make eye contact with people. When I caved and went to Regis for a haircut, the best part was getting my hair washed.  The cut was actually one of the worst cuts I'd gotten for a long time... but the sudsy, warm, scented bubbles took me to another level of existence.  I missed them and vowed I'd never try to quit shampoo again!

But now, 5 years later, I suddenly got the crazy urge to try it again.  Maybe it's because my hair is waaaaaay shorter, and I feel like I can get away with the, "why yes, that is a full bottle of pomade in my hair" look while my scalp adjusts to not needing to replenish its natural oils so quickly.

So, it's been 5 days.  I've taken as many showers, but only once have I washed my hair.  That was Sunday.  I'll share one picture (from Wednesday).

I don't stink yet (any more than I normally do... you know... I quit deodorant almost 20 years ago). People haven't treated me like a freak (well... any more than they normally do). If it works, my hair should be shinier and softer, less frizzy, less prone to looking like an oil spill on day two after a shower, and my endocrine system will truly be better off for it... why NOT give it another go?  I'll let anyone who asks know how it's going.  Other than that the topic is closed.  You (whoever you are) know my biggest, newest "dirty" little secret.