Well it’s been a while since my previous no poo post, well over a year now. It’s high time for me to catch this blog up.
When I started, my hair looked like this:
I was big on shampooing and conditioning everyday, deep conditioning every week. But my hair still felt dry, brittle. And I have to mention again about that weird scalp smell I would get even immediately after I stepped out of the shower. I started out with the baking soda and ACV combo I described in my previous posts, to wean myself off of shampoo and conditioner. But as of the middle last year, I noticed that baking soda started to wreak havoc on my hair now that I was getting used to all the natural oils my scalp was producing. I cut down my baking soda washes to about once a week, or just when I really felt my scalp needed a cleaning because I think I had hard water back home.
As 2015 started and I went back to the city with kinder water, I just decided to start washing with water every other day. I was finding baking soda and ACV use quite tedious. My scalp doesn’t smell weird anymore, so I’d have no problem not using any products.
Here is my hair now, taken about a couple of weeks before this posting:
I think I got it trimmed two times (hehe) since. I rarely get split ends, and I have noticed a huge difference with my hairfall on wash days or when I comb my hair.
I’m still having a hard time finding a good hairstylist who knows how to work with my hair though. Most just recommend me chemically straighten my hair to deal with it, but hell no. My hair is thicker and healthier than ever and I don’t want your hair straightening chemicals all over it.
Over the last couple of months, I got into working for ZOA Philippines. I won’t get into it now, that’s a whole ‘nother post in itself. Last Wednesday, my team went on a hike to Limbujan, General MacArthur for initial assessment. We were instructed that it was about an hour hike and that we would be crossing a small river (stream? creek?). Dressed in a thin, long-sleeved shirt and hiking sandals with a bottle of water in my bag, the team started on the trail. A few minutes in we were already crossing a body of water that came up to my knees. We spent nearly two hours climbing the muddy trail under the blazing sun and two quick rainshowers.
It was horrible. I am inexperienced in hiking or any type of long walks, this was my first, to be honest. It didn’t take much for me to start breathing heavily and be sweating bullets. A throbbing headache was starting by the time we reached Limbujan.
But let’s not dwell on that.
That’s San Isidro, General MacArthur
That view is crazy.
Here’s the view on the right, my phone has no landscaping ability my apologies.
I got a weird tan line on my legs because of the pants I was wearing, but everything was well worth it.
I’m thankful that we had very thoughtful fatherly-type men with us who assisted the city folk on how to hike. Like giving me that stick to help me walk. I won’t lie, I felt like I was on a journey helping a hobbit get a ring to someplace. My body was practically useless the next day, but I had a great time.
From the Celeteque DermoScience website:
CELETEQUE DermoScience™ Sun Care Matte Moisturizer has SPF30 UVA/UVB Sunscreensthat provide double sunscreen protection against UVA/UVB rays as it hydrates the skin. It has an oil-free and smooth ﬁnish.
I have about three more of these sunscreens I have to review. It’s quite hard to find something that doesn’t break me out or turn my face into a shiny greaseball 30 minutes after application. Also especially hard because most sunscreens available in Philippines drugstores have insanely low SPF ratings and just are not formulated for the face. I was psyched when I found this one because it promised to go on smooth and matte and I need that because my face produces too much oil. It’s also broad spectrum! Sounded too good to be true, and for me, it was.
CELETEQUE DermoScience™ Sun Care Matte Moisturizer with SPF30 and Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
What I like about this product: Being a drugstore sunscreen, this was relatively affordable (PHP230.00 at Watson’s) for 50mL. It promises an SPF30 broad spectrum protection.
What I don’t like about this product: This sunscreen made me incredibly oily. It didn’t go on matte, it did go on smooth and silky, but after 30 minutes my face shone in all its glory. Might be because it doubles as a moisturizer as well as sunscreen. I also broke out more than usual during the period I used this, so that was not good. I eventually stopped using it and went back to my old staple sunscreen and used the remainder of this as body sunscreen.
Rating : 2/10 Really sad this didn’t work out for me. Still giving it a 2 for the price.
I have been an avid Paramore fan by the time they released their second album, but I have drifted away from them every now and then when I began listening to other stuff (The Strokes and the likes). One thing that hasn’t changed, which I recently rediscovered because of their new album Paramore, is that I am absolutely in awe of Hayley Williams’ vocal chops. I mean, for such a tiny girl, she sure can belt out a lot.
The other thing is her hair. Seriously, there’s just something about her (almost always) red/orange hair. I always wanted her hair, but I don’t really want to do something as drastic as that to my own hair because I mostly like it black. The above video however got me thinking. I may actually just throw it out the window one day and do it. But, and this is a very hard but, only if I ever get out of the relationship I am in now. Which is really highly unlikely. But only something so tragic happening to my life could give me the push to actually do it. Go crazy and get an equally crazy hairstyle.
So if you actually see me in the future sporting bright orange hair on one half and bright pale pink on the other half, please know that I am undergoing turbulent times and may need a hug.
So, it has been almost a month since I started my No Poo adventure and it has been great! I have done four washes now and look at how my hair is after those washes:
Wash 1 and wash 3 are taken after completely air drying and haven’t been tied up in buns or anything, while wash 2 was just after I undid the braids I wore for the day, and wash 4 was after I had my hair up in a bun the day before. So, I’m not sure if my hair has found some inherent waves because of the rinse.
I haven’t experienced the gross over-oily hair some have gotten during their breaking-in period, so that’s weird. My scalp was just very very itchy between my first and second wash.
Taking care of my hair has always been a struggle (see this). I’ve tried a myriad of shampoos and conditioners that promise to tame my mess of hair in just a couple of months! But of course, they don’t. I still end up with dried ends, an itchy, flaky, dandruff-ridden scalp, and so much frizz. To combat the dandruff and the gross smell that comes with being in the humid Philippine weather, I shampooed my hair everyday. But nope, dandruff is still there and I never did feel like it was really clean. I also suffer from a lot of hair fall due to breakage, I swear I feel like a cat shedding mounds of fur everyday. But I guess that is expected when you get your hair wet every single day (wet hair tends to break more). To combat the dry, frizzy feel, I slap on tons of conditioner.
Then I come across this slew of articles stressing the negative effects of shampoo (most of its ingredients) on hair: that sulfates (the stuff that makes shampoo lather like a dream) dry out hair, that shampooing everyday strips the scalp and hair of natural oils which in turn freaks the scalp out and it churns out more oil than necessary which in turn causes gross, greasy hair (and I’m guessing also that weird smell my scalp gets with that buildup of grease).
Natural (sulfate-free) shampoos tend to make my hair feel stiff, and still doesn’t help with my hair fall or my dandruff issue (which I thought it would). And I found that washing with natural shampoos didn’t really thoroughly clean my scalp.
So after reading a buttload of blog posts online about the benefits (those links are just the ones I pinned) of No Poo-ing, I’m finally jumping in and trying it out.
I will update this post regularly on how my hair/scalp is doing as this adventure goes on. May include photos of my hair for comparison once I get someone to take a photo of the back of my head for me.
From the Tresemme India website:
This product with vitamin H and silk protein intensely moisturizes dry, rough hair. For hair that feels soft and smooth.
HOW IT WORKS
- Delivers intense moisturisation, targeting the areas your hair needs it most – the key to salon silk moisture.
- Contains silk protein and vitamin H.
- For smoother, silkier hair.
I saw this at the supermarket in a trial-sized version, 90mL each for the shampoo and conditioner and cost about Php90 for the pack. I picked this up because I heard raves about the Tresemme heat protectant and for some reason I thought this shampoo and conditioner would work great. And it’s for dry and frizzy hair, and my hair is exactly that. And it was cheap and tiny, perfect for trying it out for my hair for a couple of weeks.
Sorry for the crappy photo.
What I like about the two products: Smells great and it lasts for the whole day, so that’s good. I found myself sniffing my hair before I went to bed. The shampoo lathered up very easily, which is not an easy task on my hair. That’s about it.
What I don’t like about the two products: It didn’t help with my tangles, if anything, it made my hair tangle up more and adding to my hairfall. Not cool. And a very weird side effect, a pimple started growing on my scalp (what!) somewhere behind my left ear and a couple inches above my nape. I have never ever had pimples on my scalp. And I’d get this stabbing pain on that spot at random times when my hair moves. I swear to god, so weird.
I immediately stopped using this because, damn, I don’t want any stabbing pains anywhere in my body thank you very much.
Rating: 3/10 Well, it smells nice. And my hair kind of felt soft, but I didn’t feel like my hair was being hydrated enough. And a pimple on the scalp? FFS.
So I decided to post a What’s In My Bag on my Instagram a few days back because, well, I like What’s In My Bag posts. So why not post it on here?
The Bag: I don’t know, I got it from my mom. It was perfect because I have been looking for a small bag that can hold only these things. It can’t hold my umbrella though…
The Bag’s Contents:
- Amazon Kindle 4
- Finess Oil Wipes
- Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick
- Nivea Med Protection Lip Balm
- Revlon Matte 005 Strawberry Suede
- A small mirror
- A hair tie
- iPod 4th gen
- Blackberry 9790
Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth Shampoo (with aloe vera and vitamin extracts) promises tangle-free, silky smooth hair that wouldn’t need combing for hours on end even if left untied. I picked this up because my mom told me it indeed makes your hair smooth and silky. It’s for “normal hair” (whatever that means) and I have long, thick black hair that is a bit coarse and has never been shiny on it’s own because of the aforementioned coarseness. So I was a bit skeptical about the results this shampoo would give me.
Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth
What I like about this product: Well, it did make my hair incredibly smooth and soft, which doesn’t happen with just shampoo. It has a pleasant scent that is not overpowering and I actually really like it. The scent lasts through the day even in the hot Manila weather.
What I don’t like about this product: While it did leave my hair soft and silky, it didn’t help with tangles and still resulted in the hairfall I get due to breakage. And right on the day I started using this product, I developed an annoying rash on lips (of all places!) You see, I sometimes dilute shampoo in a little water to make it easier to distribute through my hair, so somehow some of that mixture trickled down my face and irritated my lips. I wasn’t using any new products aside from this one, so I landed on this conclusion. It was a nightmare, but thankfully the rash went away when I stopped using this shampoo. I kind of want to use this shampoo again to see if the rash comes back because I would really want to keep using this, but I really don’t want that rash on my lips to appear again so I’m not taking any chances.
Rating: 6/10 Maybe I’ll go back to this shampoo again sometime in the future, but for now, I’ll just be on my shampoo search for the meantime.
[Okay a little intro: I am in this phase right now where I am trying out a myriad of skincare and haircare products to help my acne and hair calm down. Since I am going through a lot of products, I thought, why not let review these things so I can track my progress with these things and maybe even help out people who are looking for reviews on certain products. This would be my first time doing this, so I might still be a little vague for I am a bit unaware of certain terminologies concerning skincare and haircare. Okay good.]
This was the only facial wash I used when I was in high school and I had pretty clear skin back then. I stopped using it for some reason and completely forgot about it. When my acne suddenly broke out around the time I turned 21, and I saw this in Watson’s, I immediately picked it up hoping for the same results it brought me when I was a teenager.
Sorry if I can’t provide an actual product photo yet, I left mine in Manila. Maybe I’ll insert it later when I get back.
I used this for about four months on and off, I think, for it is very hard to find in drugstores. I’ll be lucky to find a small bottle available.
What I like about this product is it’s so light and refreshing. It also lathers up a lot so a small drop is enough to wash my face and neck. A small bottle can last me two months.
What I don’t like about this product is sadly it doesn’t work for me anymore. I read online that they changed the formula (removed triclosan) so that might be it. I kept breaking out and my cheeks (where the breakouts usually happen) became really red.
Rating: 4/10 This makes me really sad because I have this nostalgic connection to it but what can I do, it just doesn’t work anymore.