1. Hubby’s Corner: What’s crack-a-lackling? – Natalie Hartford
    November 5, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    […] Kristy James’ post dabbling as a beauty blog with tips on no more itchy scalp, great hair, and stunning skin! A […]


  2. Marcy Kennedy
    October 24, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Wait, what? Borax? I haven’t been able to keep up on my blog reading the way I normally do lately, and I clearly missed an awesome tip. I’m so glad you wrote this new post. I have a puff ball of hair. I get about one good day in 10 where my natural curliness makes it look beautiful and the rest of the time…

    Do you have hair with a natural curl/wave too?


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      October 25, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      Nope. My hair is stick straight, but there’s a lot of it, it’s thick (in amount and individual strands)…and when I was using shampoos, I tended to have a Bozo thing going on. The only way to make it look nice was to get my daughter to blow it dry on low, and in many layers, or using a flat iron.

      It’s great now. No residue from the commercial products, and it just looks and feels nicer than it has in ages.

      If you try it, let me know. I’ll be curious to see how it works on curly hair. 🙂


  3. jbw0123
    October 24, 2012 @ 1:00 am

    OMG, is that commercial is a blast from deep past.

    Really? Borax on my hair? Can you still get it from regular grocery stores?

    I’m a fan of coconut oil. I put it on toast, use coconut oil body butter, melt it over popcorn. Someone in one of these blogs warned that the saturated fat in coconut oil is associated with inflammation, but no problems with inflammation here. As far as I know. Haven’t done any blind studies myself.

    Anyway, fun tip about Borax. I tried it once in the laundry, but remember it not working very well. Better in the hair? I MIGHT try it.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      October 24, 2012 @ 5:15 am

      Hi, Julia!
      I’ve been using Borax on my hair since late June or early July, so almost four months now. And yes, I get it in the laundry department at a couple of local grocery stores.

      There are a lot of studies on coconut oil. One that stands out in my mind happened decades ago…I think the 30s or 40s, when farmers wanted to fatten their cattle up and added coconut oil to their feed. Unfortunately the cows lost weight, so that was a bust. Something about the MCTs in the oil make it so your body uses it right away, and it’s not stored in your body. At least in the 3-4 tablespoons a day range…if you were eating a jar a day, I imagine it might be bad for you. There are good saturated fats and bad…and I guess this is one of the best for our bodies. I know it sure helps me a lot. It would just be easier to handle if I could keep it the consistency of soft butter. 🙂

      I think the problem with Borax in the laundry is that maybe it needs to be dissolved first? Not sure there, but we use it in our clothes. The only real benefit I notice is that the laundry smells nicer.


  4. Debra Kristi
    October 23, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    Any idea of how it works with color treated hair? I now use something to make the color last longer.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      October 23, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

      I Googled it, Debra. It looks like Borax may or may not strip hair of color. I know I use it in laundry, because it’s supposed to boost the effectiveness of laundry detergent (at least that’s my understanding), so I’m not sure how it could remove color from hair. I’ll try to remember to do some more checking when I wake up a little more. 🙂


      • Debra Kristi
        October 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

        Don’t worry about it. Like you don’t have enough to do already. Goodness girl. 🙂


        • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
          October 23, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

          LOL…well, I looked anyway. The most helpful thing I found was on http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread50681-13.html

          “I’ll be using a borax shampoo as soon as the citric acid that I ordered for the rinse comes in (only citric acid will neutralize the borax, and borax is safe for color treated hair, whereas baking soda and castille soap are not).”

          I’m not sure what the whole neutralizing thing is about, but I’ll be checking into that, I guess. I’d have to say that after four months, if it were an issue, I’d have noticed something by now.


  5. writlady
    October 22, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    i’m going to have to try the Borax solution. i will let you know after I give it a fair try.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      October 22, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

      I think you’ll be pleased. It took about a month before the itching from the shampoos went away, but I couldn’t be happier with it. Unless it would make itself. But it’s not that hard to do…and so worth it to me. 🙂

      (Is this you, Louise?)


  6. Natalie Hartford
    October 22, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    LOVE IT!!!! It’s so amazing to share stuff like this when you’ve tried and tested it with great results.

    Ok…exactly how/what are you “using it to combat hypothyroidism-related fatigue…with fantastic success”…need more details! 🙂

    GREAT post Kristy…thanks for sharing!


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      October 22, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      I buy Spectrum Organic, expeller pressed coconut oil (in a pint canning jar) from Walmart, or another local grocery store.

      This is going to sound disgusting, but I started off scooping a tablespoon out every morning (30-60 minutes after I take my Synthroid) and just swallowing it. I’ve increased that to include a tablespoon before 2 meals, if I eat 2 meals. Just an extra tablespoon if I don’t.

      It’s AMAZING. You do not want to take it within a few hours before bedtime, and if you’re considering trying it, I’d play with it on weekends first. And you might have to start off with a teaspoon at a time.

      It just depends on the person. Apparently there’s some yeast/parasite cleansing that goes on when you start it, and some people can feel a little sick. So starting off slow minimizes it. I wasn’t aware of that when I started, so I just jumped right in…and didn’t have any trouble.

      If you can’t handle it straight, some people use it on toast (with cinnamon and a little sugar is good). Others use it to cook with, or put in smoothies. I’m just a firm believer in getting it over. It still makes me gag most times, but if you can get it the consistency of soft butter, it’s not hard at all. When it’s liquid (in a too warm room), it’s not cool, and when it’s like hard butter…whoa. I hate that, but I still take it plain.

      Oh…I actually started off getting a tablespoon out and using Frito’s to dip in it. They’re so greasy I couldn’t tell the difference.


  7. shinekarobinson
    October 22, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Aww! I feel famous now! LOL I’m so glad you are loving the coconut oil book. Can’t wait to see the rest of your tests and see if the wonders of coconut oil spread through the rest of your life. Make sure you read my post for today. I think you will be thoroughly entertained by it.


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