average hair, average cake.
I haven’t really done much “Skin Deep” stuff lately. On the hair front, the “No-Poo” scheme has slipped a little in it’s effectiveness. Possibly due to the change in season, I’m not sure, but I’ve been playing around with a few different alternatives for my crazy head.
Anyway, I’ve started to notice my hair looks rather dull, and no amount of lemon juice is bringing back the shine. My scalp started to get a little irritated by the bi carb as well which is weird, but then again, there’s not much normal about me, so why should my head/hair play along?
My sister-in-law left some proper shampoo + conditioner at my place, and on a whim, I decided to see what would happen if I used it. Honestly I thought it was going to make my hair look so amazing that I would ditch the “No-Poo” regime in a flash and go back to lathering in chemicals. No such luck…. as soon as I began to dry my hair, it was dandruff city. I have had no problem with flaky scalp syndrome in the 14 or so months I have been shampoo free. My scalp also felt really hot and itchy. Major fail.
When it comes to colour and adding a bit of oomph to my hair, I’m so lazy I rarely do. Hence why my hair is probably looking a little blah at the moment. I usually favour henna which is a natural option. The Rainbow Henna pictured above is pretty good (it’s cheap) although it does smell really earthy. I’m fine with that, but if you’d rather try something a little more fragrant, Lush have some beautiful hennas that you buy in a block and grate as needed.
Henna is fabulous stuff – you can vary the results you get by heating (whether it be with the sun/hair dryer) or choosing whether to cover your hair while it is working it’s magic.
I’m actually going to try something other than henna though. I found this product which avoids using amonia and resorcinol – 2 chemicals that tend to aggravate my scalp. I figure I may as well try and get my hair looking kind of good for my wedding which is ridiculously only 6 weeks away.
I’ll let you know how this goes… I need to do it when Misty can’t get into hair dye with his sticky little mitts.
When it comes to shampoo or No-poo, at the moment I’m sticking to Dr Broner’s to clean my hair. I’ve played a round with a few of the varieties and I find the lavender and almond flavours work well with my hair. Strangely the peppermint and orange leave my scalp more irritated and my hair flat. I suppose it’s the same as anything, really – you’ve got to play around and find out what works best for you.
These cake shots may look Yummo, but unfortunately this creation wasn’t my best work. The sponge part came out super dense, and the mousse sandwiched between just wasn’t quite right. The cashew cream frosting, however was my favourite part. I made a basic cashew cream using soaked cashews, dates and vanilla, and then added some orange juice and cooked sweet potato (!) I know, I know, sounds crazy, but seriously this was good. Cooked potato can add an awesome creamy texture, plus a nice earthy sweetness.
Anyway, I’m still deliberating over wedding cake ideas, but as long as I can get my hair in a better state, I’ll be happy.