Why a picture of this pretty peony from my yard? I know you want to see how awful my unwashed hair looks. We’ll get to that. The reason for the peony is that it is so simple and that’s what makes it so beautiful. What does this have to do with not using shampoo for over a week? And the really simple recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies below?
First the no ‘poo. Then I’ll get to how it changed more than my hair routine.
If you read my last post, you’ll will see that I traded shampoo for Castille soap (a completely organic, oil-based soap) for two weeks. I only “washed” my hair with the soap 4 times over the two weeks.
The following is the conversation between my husband Dan and I after the two weeks:
Ang: At the Weis store they have a whole thing of Burt’s Bees stuff including shampoo.
Dan: Did you buy it?
Dan: All you need are braids and beads and you’ll look like a mangy crack mama. I think things are starting to nest in your hair.
He left. Came back 20 minutes later with some lovely Burt’s Bees More Moisture shampoo with boabab.
It has no:
I’m not sure what in the bottle actually cleans hair since it looks like all the hair-cleaning stuff is missing. But, I was in serious need of a real wash and this nice smelling bottle was offered. And, Dan was insistent I wash my hair.
WOW was the result. My hair was everything the no ‘poo Pinners from Pinterest promised. It was fuller, softer, and more naturally wavy with no frizz. It did not get long or black like the Italians and Spanish. No, instead my natural Irish reds came out.
Dan LOVED it. He requested that I not go longer than a week with only washing with oils again for two reasons. 1. The whole mangy crack mama thing above 2. Using all that oily Castille soap clogged the tub drain.
One bottle to rule them all
Going no ‘poo/Castille soap was good for more than just my hair. It simplified my routine. I ditched the shampoo, the conditioner, the frizz cream, and the body-inducing leave-in spray. I went a step farther. I ditched soap and the bottles and bottles of Mary Kay that my very knowledgeable esthetician sister sells (See https://www.facebook.com/abennagemarykay) for the time of this experiment.
One bottle to rule them all! I think I’m pretty low maintenance but I saw just how many products I open every single morning just to look laid back and like I don’t really care…because I don’t. I started thinking I should really look a LOT more together based upon the amount of bottles in my bathroom. Because I didn’t really look that much different without them.
Doing with less stuff
It occurred to me just how much we like to complicate things like hair, face cream, food, parenting, work, and our homes. My goal is always to simplify but thanks to this experiment, I see I have a lot of room to improve. For some reason over these last two weeks, I gave up more than just hair and face creams. I just didn’t make much time for the grocery store. This meant everything was made from scratch.
I really wanted a good oatmeal raisin cookie. I could just hop in the car and run to the store, right? If Sophie and I had gone to the store in search of one really delicious oatmeal cookie it would have involved:
Soph finding her shoes
Me finding the keys (and my lip gloss. I cannot go anywhere without it and we used up the one that lives in the car)
Getting into the car. (I know I only have one kid, why does it take us so long?)
She and I only travel with the “right” song for the trip, so fiddling with the radio
What kind of cookie? One from the bakery? A kind of healthy one from the natural food aisle? (This is at least 10 minutes of anguished deciding. If Dan came too he would say, “Buy all the damn cookies.”)
Oh, we should get some orange juice. Did we need paper towels?
“Mommy, can I get gum?”
45 minutes has passed. And, we spent $54.
Instead, we stayed home and found a recipe. Mixed the goods in 5 minutes. Baked for 15. Eating cookies 5 minutes later. It was cheap, fast, and easy to make our own. And, we had some quality time together making the kitchen messy. (See The Beautiful Mess of Buckwheat Pancakes and the Front Yard)
Metaphor for life
Both the “no ‘poo” and “no store” are great metaphors for my life.
It made everything simple and beautiful, like the peony.
Ditching things like shampoo, ditching doing like running to the store, ditching decisions like what kind of cookie, made my life so much simpler. My whole body felt lighter. (Could have something to do with not going to the store and eating a lot of lettuce from the garden.) We seemed to have more family time or was it just the time we spent together was quality time instead of running-to-the-store-time or hair-drying-time or which-hair-product-time?
Life does not have to be as complicated as I make it.
What simple things could you ditch for a week or two? You’ll might be surprised as how it could change everything. Leave me a comment!
Contemplate while enjoying these cookies.
Oatmeal Golden Raisin Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil mixed with 2 tablespoons apple butter or apple sauce
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350º. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the flours and baking powder and set aside. Cream the oil, apple butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Add in the oats and raisins. Stir in the dry ingredients.
Drop 2 tablespoons of dough on pan per cookie.
Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. This lets them set up a bit.