I finally did it. I took the plunge…again. It all began 5 years ago when Chris was at his wits end with stains on his bottom teeth, and I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands and start making our own natural alternative for toothpaste. Since then, his stains have never been back, and we have the whitest, bestest teeth of our lives. Immediate results led to an immediate addiction for me. I step in to my Lab (just my kitchen really, but Chris likes to call it my Lab when I am up to my elbows in concoctions), and all is right with the world. Since that first DIY toothpaste miracle, we (me first, Chris was a little slower about making the switches) have progressed to homemade chapstick, lotions, soaps, activated charcoal experiments (ooh, now I am really giving you the dirt), drinking DE (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I didn’t either until I kept chickens) & bentonite clay, oil cleansing our skin, oil pulling our teeth, essential oils mania, and dare I say it, homemade deodorant (sweat it and forget it, people). I also make my own cleaning products, laundry detergent, and I could go on-and-on, but I think that is called “enabling”. These changes also coincided with cleaning up our diet in a big way – we eat an anti-inflammatory diet to support my body: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, gmo-free, as organic as possible, kind of paleoesque but we tolerate soaked oats and rice well, plenty of grass-fed & pastured meats, and as many vegetables as we can eat in a day. Out of solidarity (and an unwillingness to cook for himself), Chris follows the same guidelines for the most part, but he does occasionally have cheese and sprouted bread.
If you are at the beginning of a wellness journey, please know that we did not wake up one day and magically completely change our lives and eating habits. It takes time. That is the best advice I can give you. Also, when you get to the other side, you won’t regret it, and you will never want to go back.
So, let’s get back to what I finally did (again) today. In all of my lab experiments, one of my failures has been shampoo. I have tried a bunch of different natural shampoos and soaps, and I even went as far as trying “no poo”, which is the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. At the end of each experiment, I hated the way my hair looked and felt. I am sure plenty of you who know me have looked at my hair over the past few years and seen some pretty bad days, even weeks. Fortunately, vanity is not my vice; but I just wasn’t getting the incredible results that I had gotten when switching our other personal care products. So, I had resigned myself to at least using a sulfate-free, pthalate-free, paraben-free shampoo and living with mediocre hair.
However, before we left in our rv full-time, I decided that I would try one more thing on my hair: the Morrocco Method. Their products take natural to another level, and they do not foam, so it is a completely different experience. I had done a lot of research into their products, and they looked like a final chance for me and my hair. Now, I bought their starter kit when it was on sale over 8 months ago, and since that day of purchase, their pretty little bottles have taunted me. It is a more complicated process than just pouring the shampoo in your hand and washing your hair. Instead, you are mixing it with water, then washing twice, and you rotate through the shampoos each time you wash your hair. For those of you who do not know me, I am no-nonsense when it comes to this kind of stuff. I honestly rarely actually even brush my hair, almost never blow dry it unless it is really cold outside. Use product? I don’t know what that even means, as I don’t even own hairspray. Style my hair? Not in this lifetime. (It drives my sisters crazy that I won’t do anything with it.) So, the additional time it would take to wash it (plus I would have to do a clay detox once a week) became a wall of impossibility for me. Could I really commit to thinking about my hair? Could I dedicate myself to spend a few minutes on my hair? If I started, where would it end? Those pretty little bottles stayed in the back of the bathroom cabinet for the past 8 months with their wee, beady eyes.
It may have been the hope of a new year, or the fact that I finally got up the courage to cook and eat liver a week ago (that was also taunting me in a similar fashion from the freezer). I rank cooking liver as high as eating liver on the courage-o-mometer; because it looks like a mass murder took place in your kitchen when you prepare it. I digress. Today my friends, the wall of impossibility has been broken down: I washed my hair for the first time with the Morrocco Method, and I loved it. I will let you know how it goes, as there is a 2 month detox time for your hair when going natural, but I was already not using typical shampoo, so I am hoping my transformation takes place faster. So, if you notice over the next month or so that my hair looks terrible in blog posts, well now you know why. If I can cook and eat liver, I can handle terrible hair. No pain no gain.
P.S. Liver is delicious. It is not as bad as you think. Really, it has a great flavor. It has gotten a bad rap, but it is really great! Ah, who am I kidding? I still can’t convince myself, let alone you!