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The Natural, Week 2: The Bruiser

Hi! It's a new year and the end of my second week using only natural, edible skin- and haircare recipes (that means no makeup, too). To wit, there are a few things my hair is now: great smelling, soft, shiny, and manageable. And a few things it isn't: fluffy, voluminous, thick, or any word even tenuously related to one of those terms. My skin's looking better, too, although you might notice that I have a small shiner. I've made a bunch of changes to my regimen that have helped immensely, though, so to find out how I got here from last week's smelly Bella (you can check that disastrous post out here), just read more.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who wrote in with comments last week; a lot of people gave great advice. Second, I want to update you on my regimen. My face is healing from the initial breakout thanks to nightly dabs of tea tree oil and washing with cool water instead of lemon and vinegar. I was feeling pretty cocky about the whole thing for a couple days, but because serendipity is a jerk, in the meantime I spontaneously (yes, really) developed a livid bruise under my eye that continues to make me feel sufficiently forlorn for concealer. On the upside, not wearing makeup is very quickly teaching me that people don't look at you nearly as much as you'd think, so you can probably get away with more than you know. Either that or they're just much more polite than is commonly acknowledged, in which case I'd put off robbing that bank.

As for my hair, I've heard great things about vinegar, but it just wasn't working for me — I was diluting it a ton, rinsing like a maniac, and I still reeked. So, as a couple of people suggested, I switched over to rinsing with lemon juice after my baking soda wash. To condition, I dropped the family milk conditioner recipe and now use argan oil with a couple drops of geranium essential oil (YumSugar says she likes the scent, so you know it's good). I do look a little greasy, and I miss having some volume to my fine hair. (If you've got a fluffing tip, I'm all ears.) But other than that, I think I'm settling in. Week three is supposed to be the time you see real results, so expect updates in the very near future.

Cherlene Cherlene 7 years
You are so brave! And, you look great! You have inspired me to switch some things up in my beauty regimen. :) Hang in there, you are lookin good ;)
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 7 years
you look gorgeous!! cannot wait for week 3. to make your hair thick and fluffy - try sea salt water spray! I have the same type of hair - fine and thin, sea salt spray really gives it some volume and a lift! take 2 cups of warm water, 2 full teaspoons of sea salt, place it in a spray bottle - shake, wait til dissolves and cools down. for volume - spray it onto dry hair after you've washed it. make like 2-3 loose braids, wait til your hair is fully dry (can sleep on it), loose the braids, and then just gently brush it. you can spray it gently once more for extra volume. it keeps the grease out, gives you some volume withot frizz, and it's natural and edible!! I did that last summer for about 2 weeks - was camping in a very foresty place and all there was available was water and soap. it worked for me;) give it a try.
Food Food 7 years
The geranium did smell great! The office smelled like a spa...ahhh. :)
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Hi Kerish - You mention brewing a sage and lemongrass tea and using it as a rinse. I am curious - would you use that after a shampoo? And, if you did, would you rinse again in clear water? I am interested in how this would work. Thanks! Bella - you look lovely! Good luck with the rest of the experiment!
Cris1192 Cris1192 7 years
I have a cousin who's an actual beauty queen and she told me that she always dips her hair in olive oil, then she puts on a shower cap and she blow dries her hair with the shower cap on and the heat helps the hair absorb the nutrients from the oil and it's supposed to make the hair thicker and stronger.
MsFurley MsFurley 7 years
Try using a little bit of cornstarch to your hair after its dried to combat the greasiness of the essential oils you have been using for your hair, try it! I use cornstarch in between shampoos and have found that its just as good if not better than those expensive dry shampoos! Burnettes beware( as Im one) use a light hand with the cornstarch, start at the roots , let rest for a few and brush out w a boar or nynol brush to caputure the excess oils, use more cornstarch as needed it willgive the hair more volumne!
brandi797 brandi797 7 years
I'm a bit concerned about that spontaneous might want to see a doctor. Vitamin K deficiency is a fixable cause (its a fat soluble vitamin; if you are on a very low-fat diet, low vit K can occur). But, it can be a sign of a more serious problem...
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
I'm so happy things are working out! The most important thing is to find out what works for you and stick with it! :)
lady_jade lady_jade 7 years
I'm so glad you are doing this-I'd like to take my regimen more natural, but am not so adventurous in changing up what already works well for me. This is pretty inspiring. Go Bella!
blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 7 years
Bella, you look great. I find that my hair looks extra voluminous when I blow dry my hair upside-down (so my hair is hanging down when I dry it). I'm not sure if blow-drying is part of your new regimen, but I think it might help! Some questions (for my information if i want to copy you)... How much lemon juice and baking soda do you use? Do you dilute them? Can't wait to see next weeks results
whats-her-name whats-her-name 7 years
So glad things are looking up! I'm not sure what could naturally give your hair a boost, but a friend of mine wraps her hair wet around rags overnight to give a natural looking curl. If nothing else, it will give your hair some definitive style...
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
lol you look so much more happier and I'm glad that things are looking up! How did you develop a bruise though? I think i'm missing something about that
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Bella - what a change! I think your hair looks beautiful. Very soft and shiny. And definite improvement on the skin - the smile helps a lot. I think you'll end up with a routine that you'll like. You could always use a volumizing product for times when you need one, like a special dinner or something.
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 7 years
Good luck! Have you ever tried Lush's Marilyn hair moisturiser? Perhaps that could give you ideas for making your own hair conditioner. It really works to combat dry frizzy hair, and it is great for blondes. I know that you're making your own products right now, but maybe if you looked at the ingredients it may give you some inspiration.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
isiscloud, I actually find making them to be a lot cheaper than buying natural products! At our local organic store, the beauty products are RIDICULOUSLY expensive! For example, I make a body scrub (and make just enough for a few days, so it doesn't go bad...fixing the hard to store part!) that consists of almond oil, organic sugar (you could use salt in it too), lavender essential oil, and vanilla bean. Works just as well, if not better, than store-bought scrubs, and doesn't cost me an arm and a leg :) Good for you, Bella! You look awesome!
isiscloud isiscloud 7 years
i love natural products, but making them can be a little expensive and hard to store.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
You're brave!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
The change in smiliness from last week's pic is pretty hilarious, Bella :) Keep at it!
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