1. Debra Kristi
    September 18, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I didn’t have itchy scalp but my hair simply didn’t like my shampoo anymore. In fact, it didn’t like anything I tried for a couple of years. Since I colored my hair I’ve started using something new and for the first time in a long time my hair and the hairline all seem to be happy. Isn’t it funny and irritating how our bodies can be difficult and change on us as we grow older? I can’t use anything with perfumes in them, either, since my eldest was born. You should have seen the rash he gave me during the entire length of my pregnancy. So not pretty. Never go back to dish soap. Too abrasive. ๐Ÿ™


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      September 19, 2012 @ 1:52 am

      I only used the dish soap because it felt like I had a gallon of oil still in my hair (it was technically only 2 or 3 tablespoons). That’s the only thing I could think that might get it out of my hair.

      What are you using now? My hairline was one of the most unhappy places on my head when I was using shampoo.

      And yes, it is irritating! When I was a teenager, I LOVED Charlie perfume. My dad would complain like nothing you’ve ever heard, saying it made him sick. I thought he was crazy, but you know what? I often hold my breath in stores because most perfumes nauseate me.

      Certain soaps bother me…not to the extent you experienced during your pregnancy though. Yikes! That would have been awful!

      But our bodies can be weird. I’ve had to start buying the allergen free laundry soaps because my daughter just suddenly started having trouble with it. I’ve actually been looking at ‘recipes’ to make my own hypoallergenic laundry soap.

      It’s not just people though. It’s looking like Jack and Shadow have gluten allergies, too…so I may be making dog food from now on. Sigh…

      I need a vacation! ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Karen McFarland
    September 18, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Kristy, I have chemical sensitivities so I totally understand allergies. I am allergic to petro-chemicals, which are in everything. Perfumes, soaps, detergents, you name it, it’s in there. It inhibits me from pretty much going anywhere. So I am an organic kind of girl. I too believe in apple cider vinegar for digestion issues. It or the juice of a lime will turn your stomach alkaline, which in turn neutralizes the acidity. Now as far as hair. Borax was inventive I must say. I have it in the house for laundry, but would never think of using it on my hair. As far as vinegar goes, I use it when washing our clothes (Can’t and won’t use dryer sheets. They’re poison.) and in the dishwasher. It is the cheapest and best softening agent around. I can’t see why vinegar wouldn’t work to soften your hair and take the tangles out. I, in the past have used Phyto hair products because they don’t have perfumes, petro-chemicals or parabens. But, they’re not cheap. And just so you know, I am in awe of your beautiful thick long hair. Mine is fine and thinning from stress and I live near the ocean which makes it frizz. Can we ever be happy with what we have. A plastic bag on my head I have not done. Does it work? ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      September 19, 2012 @ 1:39 am

      Hi, Karen…
      I’m not sure if the plastic bag is supposed to do anything special for your hair, of if it’s just to keep the oil off your clothes. I’m guess the latter, and that’s okay with me because I’ve never been an expert at stain removal. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yay…another person who knows the value of vinegar (most people just look at me like I’m nuts). It seriously does work better (and faster!) than any antacid I’ve ever tried…and I’ve tried plenty since tomato-based foods can give me problems for hours. Sometimes I can eat chili for every meal for days, and have no problem. Other times a bite is all it takes. And vinegar and baking soda works. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope I don’t get anymore allergies than I have. Yours sounds pretty rough. I’ve only met one other person who was allergic to perfume. I can’t imagine dealing with that.

      Hmm about the happiness. I think we can be happy with what we have, but I suspect most people always want to make some things better. Like my hair. I’m really grateful that I have a lot of it, but I just can’t get into that Bozo look. I want it smooth and shiny…without having to use a flat iron. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Tameri Etherton
    September 17, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    The fact that your son never said a word made me laugh out loud. Kids are so immune to what we do until we do the slightest thing to embarrass them.

    Borax, huh? Okay, I’ll have to try that. For the softness, combing out thing ~ argan oil is amazing. Use a tiny amount, we’re talking a smear on your hands and see how that works. If you need a little more add it, but start small. I have shorter, very fine hair so I need hardly any, but you with your long, luscious hair, will need a bit more.

    I totally have Kristy hair envy now.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      September 18, 2012 @ 5:36 am

      Today it makes me laugh…yesterday it was like….really??? You’re standing here talking to me…repeatedly…and you’re NOT noticing the bag? I wonder if he’d have noticed it if I’d said I needed to make a trip into town to pick a few things up at the store…and that HE was going with me? That’s making me laugh, because I’m 99 9/10% sure he’d have noticed it then (NOT that I’d actually have done it). ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve never heard of argan oil. Is it something you can get at a pharmacy, or a health food store? Thanks about the hair envy…but trust me, thick, non-fine hair can be a royal pain in the neck. It takes a lot to make it smooth and shiny. Hopefully I won’t ever need to use a flat iron again. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. asraidevin
    September 17, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Try baking soda and then a vinegar rinse. apple cidar vinegar if you can, but it’s pricey. white does okay. i’ve been doing it for years. i switched to a natural soap by livefree, but I think the removal of chemicals isn’t good for my scalp somehow both my daughter and I have been super itchy. maybe it’s just ’cause we live on the damn prairies, no humidity. i’m back to the baking soda, gonna try it on hers.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      September 17, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      Hmm…that’s interesting. How do you use the baking soda and vinegar? I keep apple cider vinegar (organic) on hand all the time. One, I believe it’s a great thing to use for your health. And two, a couple of tablespoons of that, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and a a couple ounces of water works better for indigestion than any product on the market. I have used it for a hair rinse occasionally though.


  5. Emma
    September 17, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Not using the dish soap again would be a good idea ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      September 17, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      LOL…no kidding! I look like I could be a relative to Bozo the Clown, except I have dark hair, not red (you’ll probably have to Google him). It just felt so weird, I panicked. Couldn’t handle the thought of looking like I’d slathered it with lard or something. ๐Ÿ™‚


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