On Zadie Smith on Spring, Climate Change, Apocalypse

@mistersister strongly agree.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On Dogs I Saw This Week, Rated

@Lucienne No way! It's crazy--when you actually get one, you love him more and more and more until you're like "surely this is not normal to love a damn dirty dog so much, what's wrong with me"

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm 0

On Someone Explain Dating to Me

Whenever 20-somethings feel sorry for me for how old I am (I teach 20 somethings for a living so this happens basically every day) I just think about shit like this and feel incredibly relieved and joyful and also, lets be real, I feel sorry for them, and so the tables are turned and it's the circle of life

one time I ran up a phone bill of $400 talking to my long distance boyfriend during college, that's how old I am. In my day you had to pay GOOD MONEY to creepily harass someone from afar

if my husband ever leaves me I will meet boys the old fashioned way, which is to comically drop a stack of books right in front of them and then bash your faces together when you both go to pick them up

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm 6

On Reasons Why Everyone is Engaged But Me: A Sampling

No way. Short hair is back in a major way. HAVE YOU HEARD OF JENNIFER LAWRENCE. RIHANNA. Plus others.

I have had short hair since 1990 and I am happily married to a man who likes me, presumably because of my hair


Posted on March 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0

On The Beauty Bridge

I literally only own 2 bras, total, in my life. I got them both almost five years ago. They are bedraggled.
I don't get it, how many bras are people buying out there?? HOW MANY AM I SUPPOSED TO HAVE

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:21 am 2

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@aspen Are you sure you weren't just doing it too much? My mom tried to switch and had the same experience, but then I discovered she was doing baking soda and vinegar every single day. I think that definitely would fry your hair. I don't do the vinegar at all and I only do the bs once a month or so. my hair is healthy and not frizzy and it hasn't changed color and it's been YEARS

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@dracula's ghost Also I tried the oil face cleansing thing and it wasn't good.

Generally I agree with the grouchy poster below who says if you really want to go natural you should just use water. I only use water on my face (except to get sunscreen off). I use Dr. Bronner's for my pits. I clean my house with baking soda or vinegar. I feel like I can't go FULLY without products (Bronners, vinegar, etc.) but my vibe is pretty low-impact for a semi-middle-class American. So anyway I want to reiterate that I almost never actually clean my hair with baking soda. The vast majority of the time I just rinse it with water. I'll give it a baking soda scrub once a month or so if it starts looking grimy.

I think the baking soda is ideally just to help you through your hair's adjustment period, and after that you phase it mostly out. At least that's been my experience.

It is SO LIBERATING to devote so little time to thinking about my hair. I used to have to think about my hair so much. Dealing with it, coaxing it, packing certain products if I went on a trip, etc. Now not only is everything easier but my hair ALSO LOOKS BETTER.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@dracula's ghost When I used to do vinegar, I'd just dump a capfull straight onto my hair and rub it in. It's fine! You could also do half and half with water in a bottle if you'd rather squirt it all over (my hair is short so just the capful on top of my head seemed to do the trick).

I do bathe daily as I am not a monster! Ha ha but seriously, yes, I shower every day (all I use on my body is Dr. Bronners, in case you were wondering, and hippie soap for my face only when I need to get sunscreen off it), and just rinse my hair in hot water. Scrape your scalp with your fingernails real good and rinse your hair as you do so and you're fine. If I have to go to work, then I blow dry it because I have crazy cowlicks. If I don't have to go to work I just let it air dry. Either way, in terms of shine, texture, and body, it looks great! Looks like I put cool styling mud in it or whatever. But my secret is it's just my scalp's weird oils!

I am happy to answer any and all questions related to my personal hygiene regimen

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@dracula's ghost when I first quit shampooing, I used baking soda and vinegar every day. Then slowly tapered it off over the course of maybe a month: every other day, every three days, etc.

I realized after awhile that the vinegar didn't do anything for me, so I cut it out completely. Haven't done the vinegar in maybe 3 years.

And then with the baking soda, at some point a few months in, I realized my hair was just basically never getting oily/lank/gross, so I stopped using the baking soda too. Now I'd say I do the baking soda maybe once or twice a month.

It's just really important to understand that shampooing every day makes your head produce MORE oil than it normally would. So the way your hair is gross and lank after 3 days of no shampoo is NOT necessarily representative of how your hair is "naturally" if you don't wash it. You have to help it through that adjustment period and let its oil-production go down to normal, and then you can see what your hair is REALLY like!

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm 4

On For Our Periods, An App For That (That Being Our Periods)

I use WomanLog and it's boring but fine. I think it would be less boring if I took advantage of all the other features, like charting your body temperature or whatever. I use it to chart my period, sex, and my PMS symptoms so I can see if they get better from month to month as I try various remedies.

I really don't like the name WOMAN LOG

LOG! Gross

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm 2