When I wrote about quitting shampoo over two and a half years ago, I was a relatively recent convert to the natural-hair game.
Here’s what I knew then: You go through a terrible phase where you don’t wash your hair at all. When that phase is over, you do the following instead of using shampoo: put baking soda in your hair, rinse it out, put apple-cider vinegar in your hair, rinse it out. Repeat once every 5–7 days, washing with just water in the meantime. Boom bam boom, the end.
That’s all still true, but now that I’m a seasoned veteran (kind of literally, because of the vinegar), [...]
Years before I quit shampoo, I stopped using styling products. They made my hair look good but gave me rashes and breakouts on my face and neck (which for some reason never seem to be in style). Plus I felt the requisite eco-guilt about throwing away plastic bottles — and the CFCs in hairspray. Oh jeez, don’t… just don’t. So what’s a girl to do when she wants her hair to look killer, but doesn’t want to mess up her skin or the environment or her bank account? Try homemade natural styling products is what!
Sounds good in theory, but do they actually work? Well, I decided to [...]
You’ve probably heard of menstrual cups, and maybe you even have vague notions of why you wouldn’t use one. Before I say anything more, I will admit that they’re not for everyone. We all deal with our lady times in different ways, and there are plenty of legit reasons why someone might prefer a non-cup method. But I find that the main reasons women don’t try menstrual cups are 1) they’ve never heard of them, and 2) they think they’re gross. So I’m going to tell you why they’re not gross, and then you can make your own decisions after that, obvz, because you’re a grown-ass woman.
So, what precisely [...]