I have to say that since someone here mentioned using conditioner for shaving a few years ago, my skin has never been better. Much less dry that it used to be, especially in winter.
I also mix conditioner with baking soda for a face scrub.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar. http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
Here's something I tried today:
Clean gunky toothbrushes by rubbing baking soda into the bristles and then pouring a small amount of acv over it. Rinse well. (This can be used to clean combs and brushes too.)
Use the baking soda to brush with too! Then you won't be using sulfates on your teeth/in your mouth.
I wonder if old shampoos can be used to wash vehicles with. I have heard of using such to wash pets.
I use my old shampoos to clean my bathtub. I have a vinyl tub and can't use most of the popular cleaners on the market cause it will eat the vinyl. So if I wash with something that might make the tub slick I use my old shampoo on a rag to clean the tub right up. It works great, it's cheaper than all the stuff on the market and doesn't have a toxic smell like most bathroom cleaners.
"How can I control my life when I can't control my hair?" - from a t-shirt my brother gave me years ago. I loved it!
Have discovered I cannot live without KCCC and plopping. Always knew that I was dependant on my diffuser.
great thread! i've been wondering what to do with all these failed products.
i have a big jar of coconut oil that i've tried all kinds of ways (alone, mixed with other oils, mixed with conditioner) that ended up being a major fail. i can't use it to cook with because my hands have been all up in it. but it ended up being a great face and skin moisturizer!
low porosity, normal elasticity.
co-wash: suave naturals daily clarifying condish with drops of rosemary oil.
detangling conditioner: tresemme naturals.
deep conditioner: curly kinks curlycue renew, b.a.s.k. cacao bark, honey/evoo.
I took a bunch of unwanted stuff to the local women's shelter. They are always looking for items, clothes, whatever and these women (or any homeless shelter) appreciate the products I don't need anymore.
If you have a local women's shelter, it can't be stressed enough how much they need and would appreciate any and all help they can get. The women and children who go there can really, really use a helping hand, and we curlies often have so much excess because of our search for our holy grail product/routine, this would be an easy way to help out.
I don't need to give a speech on what the women who seek shelter have gone through in their lives. If I can help even a small part by giving the shampoos, conditioners, and/or stylers that didn't work out for me, then for sure I will do it.
Thank you BrewCrewGirl so much for reminding me that I need to search out that avenue for product donation!
That's me with FSG as my styler!!
3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!
Currently using: Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Great thread! I like the idea of using shampoo for wool sweaters. Id like to add that I wash all my cashmere sweaters by hand, and I put a little ACV, and glycerine, in the final rinse. Makes them really soft!
Does anyone have a use for gels we dont like?
My local shelter also only takes unopened hair products. I am not sure why.