Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Above is old school C'BS ALife circa late 90's.
So I put the hair back in locs. I forgot that they have to grow up before they drop down so I'm in my Alfalfa/Buckwheat phase yet again, as always, I am reminded how this is always an exercise in patience. Some just can't walk that road.
Part of my Green Gangsta is not giving all of my hard earned dollars to 'the man'. So when I learn a method that takes things back to the foundation I run with it. Like how my son is now rolling with the DIY salt, baking soda for the toothpaste ("ohhh...it doesn't taste bad at all") and throwing a sprig of mint up in the mouth. I mean..come on they TELL YOU what 'ingredients' they put up in there to make you buy it. Why ain't your stupid butt just buying the ingredients.
Back to the locs. So I ran into this post over at Ultraviolet Underground about the 'no poo' movement.. Basically its about not using over the counter processed shampoo. I can move with that. Basically all you use is baking soda and an apple cider viniger rinse. For those that are a little afraid of the acv rinse you can use some essential oils or rock like me with the green tea rinse (don't be shark bitter though and rock my style without giving me some credit).
The basics are this:
Dissolve about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.
In order to stimulate blood flow, clean your pores and get off built up grime, use your finger tips to scrub your scalp. Start by making a circle on the top of your head in the area you’d wear a crown. Focus on the back of this circle to begin with. Next, fill in the circle. This is where your part will be; grease here affects the way your hair looks. Trace while still scrubbing with your fingertips around the bottom edge of the circle. Keep making scrubbing circles underneath each one, drawing lines in circles around your head.
Lastly, scrub the back of your skull and your temples/sideburns. This will result in less grease and more growth. After doing this, your scalp will feel alive. Many women swear their hair grows faster after a visit to the salon — it does, and this massage method is why.
When scrubbing, you’re actually rubbing your fingers back and forth in short movements. Be gentle; you don’t want to break your hair. Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water. (I keep two plastic 12-ounce cups in my shower and just mix when I get in.) After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the apple cider vinegar over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out. That’s all there is to it! (from naturemoms)
So I did it with the locs and it's on. Now I got cheap, effective 'no poo' and 'toothpaste'. Wait until you see what I drop next.
BTW...there is a whole community devoted to this at livejournal. Don't be afraid of the lack of melaninated faces just take the best part.