Kicking Out Chemicals, A Lifestyle Shift

It’s funny how kids can change a person’s perspective and I’m no exception. I’ve been slowly dipping my toe into a chemical free (or a least greatly reduced) life. It all started with a batch of DIY laundry detergent as a way to save some money. But when I noticed my family’s skin clearing up on legs, arms, and backs I started paying attention.

There are chemicals in everything.

I’m not exaggerating. Unless a product is regulated through the FDA they don’t even have to tell you what’s in it. I downloaded the Think Dirty app for my phone and started scanning my household products. I didn’t make it far before I was tossing things into the trash. Brands I have trusted for years! I threw out Dove, Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B… Goodbye Maybelline. If you are skeptical check out this article featured on WebMD.

What started as a light dabble of detergent DIY has turned into a full baptism, I’m off the chemical boat and I’m going to do my best to not go back.

I threw out my deodorant, my toothpaste, my makeup, my hair care products…. If this is TMI I’m sorry but this is where the blog comes in. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about what I am using instead of the chemical products. Let me say I’ve tried a few weird things some worked and other’s didn’t. I know it’s not possible to be completely chemical free, it’s too pervasive, but when I have a choice I’m going to try.

So I’ll be making a few resource posts on what I am using, what didn’t work, and what I’ve found to be the best solution for DIY body care. Stay tuned for more to come and I will be relying on my an oil kit I purchased through Young Living for many of these recipes (Check out the kit here).

Be aware that some of the solutions I have found do not look like what you buy at the store. We have been trained to have deodorant in a stick, to have bubbles when we shampoo and to associate clean with the smell of bleach. So resetting my mind for what is normal is just as important as understanding the products.

So please feel free to laugh, comment, or question as I show you my new oily life, chemical free.

Happy Questing!

 

Lavender Unicorn Hair DIY

I have been rocking purple hair for awhile now so I thought I would give a tutorial on how to temporarily color your hair.  Before getting the color you see here I had my hair lightened by a professional in a salon.  You can do this tutorial without bleaching your hair at all, the color will come out different but it still should show up some, it will just be more subtle.  I did try this on a friend who had medium to dark brown hair and the color came through really well.  I am not a professional so if you are worried about the health of your hair and want to make sure it’s done right, you can go to a salon and they should be able to get you where you want without hurting your hair too much.

I use manic panic dyes because they are temporary and they do not require you to use developer at all.  It is basically like a conditioner that you put in your hair so it shouldn’t be damaging, because there are no harsh chemicals.  I get headaches from smelling hair dye so its really nice to use something that doesn’t smell awful.  It lasts about 2-4 weeks on my hair which in my opinion is a good amount of time, usually after that I am  bored of the color(how long it will last varies for different hair types). It’s a fun way to switch up your hair that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars and doesn’t damage your hair.  

Here are my results:

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Lavender hair
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Badly braided by myself, I need my sisters here to braid my hair!
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Lavender hair

Supplies:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Brush applicator
  • Gloves (unless you want purple hands too!)
  • Manic Panic Hair dye( I used Ultra Viloet) 
  • Conditioner (Use this if you want more of a pastel color on lighter hair)
  • A Friend

Tip: You can find Manic Panic at Sally’s beauty supply stores or online.  They have so many different colors its awesome!

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Step 1: Add a good amount of conditioner to your mixing bowl and about 2 spoon fulls of the dye.  Make sure to mix up enough for how long your hair is.  Mine is medium length so I used about ⅓ a cup of conditioner and the 2 spoon fulls of color. You want to make sure you cover all of your hair so it’s okay if you make too much.

Step 2: Have a friend apply the color all over your dry hair, I usually section mine off and do it that way so I don’t miss any parts. You can also do this by yourself its just hard to get everything perfect without another person.  You should also comb through the hair until its a little frothy and it makes sure you got all of your hair covered.

Step 3: I let mine sit for about 45 minutes.  You can cover it with a bag if you want but its not really necessary. 

Step 4: Rinse your hair, if you use colder water it will leave more color in your hair, warmer water will pull more of the color out.

Step 5: Dry your hair, and you are all done!

Here is a link to the how to guide from their website, I would suggest reading up on the product before using it.  I really like the color I get when I use this brand, I have tried others but this is the best price and best result for me.  I also think it’s a good idea to do a strand test on the dye to see if you will like it.  This is a fun idea to use with kids too for the summer, add some color to their hair and by the time school roles around it should be all washed out.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!