Friday, March 27, 2015

My top 10 picks for a safe & fun spring break

Hello beautiful people! 

As for many of you, it is spring break time. My spring break has not happened yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my favorite things that I will be taking with me on spring break. If your holiday has already happened, you may simply carry on these ideas for the summer, or use them during the year (they all still apply for non-holiday times). I love and rely on these simple things and I hope they will help y'all out! 

This is fantastic because it is in a small bottle so it will not take up space, but also instead of taking tons of makeup and brushes on your holiday, you may simply toss this into your bag and use your fingers to melt a bit of it into your skin. It will provide a warm glow for a night out with friends, minimal effort required and the only clean up is to replace the cap and wash your hands. 

This is a fantastic invention! Whomever decided it was smart to put sunscreen in stick form was very intelligent. This little SPF stick is simple to apply, you can roll it onto your skin without getting your hands dirty, and throw it into any bag and be on your way. However, this is great for your face, but I would get a lotion or mist for the body (just imagine how long it would take to spread this tiny stick of SPF along your entire body). 

I chose the ivory sandals because they will match any outfit! I do not have my own pair of these sandals yet, but I plan to purchase them prior to my spring break. I first heard of them on Shark Tank, while watching in my economics class, and I have been checking them out online. These are genuine leather sandals, made in Uganda by a non-profit that sends all of it's employees to college. This company is incredible and the products they create have a very high reputation. I am excited to try out the sandals ASAP! Check out their website and story here

This is a fantastic investment for a trip because you can wear it as a cover-up to the beach, or throw on sandals and wear it out to dinner. I love the beachy print on this dress and the fact that it has a slit so the breeze will keep you cool at any time of day. Also, a multi-functional dress will leave more room in your bag for other fun things. 

One thing I love about Vera Bradley is that they always have things on sale. As long as you are willing to go out of your comfort zone and get any sort of pattern, there are specific patterns of each bag design that are always on sale. This bag is handy because it has a cross-body strap, a small outer pocket for things you need to keep close, and a giant inner pocket to throw everything into. The best part is that you can dump your supplies out of this bag and into a drawer, and use this as a tote to the beach. The fabric is completely washer-safe! 

This little bar is tremendously helpful. In order to maximize space in your travel bag, get a facial soap bar that you can toss into a jar and then you can use it to wash your face, your body, and even your hair. If you are freaked out by changing your hair routine, just bring along some of your own shampoo. 

Just so you have a little extra fun on spring break, and also avoid doing something you may regret and getting a permanent tattoo, get some of these little henna tubes. Jagua sells kits of dye. All you have to do is screw on the thin tip and design away. Your temporary tattoos will last up to 3 months, but your parents can be reassured knowing that you do not have a permanent ink mark on your skin. 

This bikini is a fantastic investment because it can safely double as a top (hey, if you're at the beach you may as well take advantage of it). Athleta is a great women's swim suit brand because it is made tough and you can feel comfortable knowing that your top is not going to fly off into the ocean. Click here to check out the super cute back on this swimsuit! 

I love Clif bars because they are so easy to grab and go and feel safe that you are eating something healthy for you and natural. Personally, the full-sized adult Cliff bars are too much for me to eat in one meal (I am only 5' 2" and I cannot hold much food) so I have taken to eating the kid bars. These are organic and very healthy, but they all taste like sweet cookies and desserts. One box of these will last for you and friend to share for the whole week (snacking only, eat some fruit and veggies also!). 

Technology is a wonderful thing, is it not? This water bottle is perfect because it will keep your drink cold for many hours, and it has a autoseal lid so you will not lose any of that fresh water out on the salty beach (it's very important to stay hydrated, especially in the sun). Also, there is a little snap-close pocket for your keys/key card or any other small items that may fit in it. This will most definitely come in handy! 

I discovered an app called Think Dirty via a blog that I follow and this app is really going to benefit me. For anyone who is trying to be more health-conscious in regards to the products used on the body, this app allows you to scan/search for your product and will give a detailed rating of the product and all of the ingredients in it. The products are rated on a scale of 0-10, 0 being the most pure and 10 being the most toxic and dangerous. All of the body products I have shared today have a rating of 2 or 1 on this scale!! Y'all should download this app here and start scanning away to see what you are really using on your skin! 

I hope you all have enjoyed and that this will be helpful to many of you preparing for a safe spring break journey. Have a spectacular weekend and I will see y'all next week! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Think about it: How we live our lives

Hello beautiful people! 

So, I have been reflecting on many things in recent days. 
I have begun thinking more about the future, realizing the massive toll we, as humans, have on this incredible planet, and have become quite overwhelmed with the sheer stupidity of the human race. Granted, I am a human being. 

Have any of you ever really thought about where your food comes from or how you get water and electricity and all of your "necessary" utilities? Maybe you would like to know the history behind the long journey that commodities trek before they ever make it to us. Perhaps place yourself in the shoes of a person who lives in a poor village in a developing country and has little access to simple things, that we take for granted, like water. I have long been concerned with the impact my existence has on this earth. Frankly, I do not harm the planet nearly as much as millions of other people, but I live in the outskirts of a highly developed city, in a densely populated, urban area. In my environmental science class, we have been watching a film called "Flow." This film follows the stories of many poor people living in developing countries who had a natural resource, water, stolen from them. Big name companies were telling locals that they could not claim water as their own by building agriculture-boosting veins and wells of mud. These companies were attempting to tell other humans that they were not allowed to use the water and the companies owned it. Instead of doing anything to help these people who were barely able to get by, the companies collected the water, making it the only local water available, forcing these innocent people to pay. Is it not sickening that out of sheer greed and selfishness, people who end up in places of high power feel that it is morally justified to displace millions of people every year so that they may make a profit off of natural resources, provided to us by this earth? I feel disgusted to even think that instead of providing simple supplies that could benefit millions of people in thousands of locations, greedy government officials and other peoples in high power decide to waste massive amounts of money in one location on a pointless, polluting project and then grunt in despair when they cannot come to a consensus on how to help other countries that desperately need help. All that I ask is that we take a step back. Time yourself the next time you take a shower, and then calculate how many gallons of water you just wasted (2.1 gallons per minute, on average) that could have grown plants, or kept a starving child alive, or fed more water into the ocean to continue the cycle. 

Shockingly, technology has only improved, but people are getting dumber. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall. I cannot walk through the hallways at my school without getting shoved, hit, or pushed into something at least once between every class period. The daze of the cell phone has absolutely pushed teenagers, and many adults, into complete submission and lack of recognition of surroundings. Unfortunately, everyone with a cell phone has, at one time or another, gone into the cell phone trance. It simply astounds me to recognize that kids no longer have any manners, very few people will look you in the eyes during conversation, and any potential for boredom immediately encourages whipping out the magical cell phone. I see friends, couples, families out to dinner or simply sitting next to one another and each one using a separate electronic device. How insulting and uncomfortable would it be to go out on a proper date with someone, only to have them using a cell phone? Children are being neglected because parents can now occupy themselves with cell phone games instead of raising children properly. I can count on one hand the number of people I know who read actual paper books (big shocker right?). As I have heard in many videos, articles, etc., "Smart phones, dumb people." The age of technology was intended to enable us to get in touch more easily when necessary, not to eliminate all personal interaction and automate everything we do. Next time you feel awkward in a situation, do not pull out your phone and start a game to pass the time. Try talking to someone near you, they may become your best friend in the future, but that opportunity could have been missed had you simply taken to silence and the electronics. Attempt things outside of your comfort zone, you may be surprised with what you might find. 

Take a few steps back and look at yourself. Realize just how incredibly privileged we all are to come home to a safe environment where we have electronic devices that give us access to the entire world, constant streams of power and electricity and confidence that we can go to the tap at any time and a stream of water will appear. We are incredibly blessed to live such enabled lifestyles. Although it seems to be difficult, even through stressors and hard times, we are still immeasurably fortunate to be gifted with the simple resources we have. Next time you are feeling down, reflect on yourself a bit, stop judging everyone around you, put your cell phone down for five minutes, and thank God and this majestic earth on which we live for all of the incredible gifts it gives us.  

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and a wonderful week next week. I will see y'all on Friday.

P.S.- In my post last week, I wrote about DIY toothpaste with baking soda. I have had to eliminate that method. I used it for about 36 hours before my mouth began to bleed and my gums were swelling. The amount of baking soda was simply irrationally too high, and thus I ended up scrubbing significant portions of my mouth too roughly. I am back to my Honest Company toothpaste and my mouth has healed itself. Thank goodness!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Yarn garland, pretty soap & DIY toothpaste

Hi there beautiful people! 
So I began making this little garland for my dorm room. I am making two of them and depending on how much wall space we end up with, they may or may not be used. However, they are very cute! Here is how to make them. 

-Get various colors of yarn, similar thickness 
-Cut an 8 foot long piece, this will be your base
-Cut many 2-3 feet pieces (choose a size and stick with it) *I used 30, the number depends on the length of the base that you cut*

Tape your base string onto the wall. 
Tie each smaller string onto the big string, spacing each one evenly apart. 

If you are planning to tape your garland to the wall, you can skip this step. 
If you are hooking it to the wall, tie a small loop onto the very end of the string. 

Take the second and third string and tie them in a knot, leaving space above. 
Take the fourth and fifth strings, tie them in a knot. 
Continue this all the way across the string. 
Repeat 2-5 times, depending on how much yarn you have. 

When you have tied multiple rows of knots, it will look somewhat like this. 
I think a thicker string would look even better, but I used a thinner, more inexpensive yarn. 

I really enjoy the color combination that I chose. 

The colors I picked out are red, peach, and white. 
The second garland is blue, light green, and dark green. 

This is extremely random, but last weekend, my sister needed new soap. 
I found this Kiss my Face soap at Whole Foods for her.
It is olive oil and lavender and it smells fantastic. 

My sister really loved the emblem of the company name on this soap bar, so she asked if I would share it on my blog. Here it is, hope you all enjoy this soap! :) 

DIY 3-ingredient toothpaste: 

You need: 
-2 tbsp. coconut oil
-2 tbsp. baking soda
-10 drops peppermint oil 

You will also need a container, or multiple containers, to put your toothpaste in. 

Begin by measuring the coconut oil into a glass bowl. 
Place that bowl over a boiling pot of water and allow the oil to melt. 

I made 5 times of this recipe, so I used 4 small containers. 
You can use glass containers, but I did not want mine to break in the bathroom, so I am using plastic. 

Once your coconut oil is completely melted, pour in the baking soda. 
Stir the mixture together. 
If it seems to be very watery, add a pinch more of baking soda. 
Add in the peppermint oil. 
Stir well

I transferred my mixture from the glass bowl into a pouring container. 
I then filled each little container and spaced them out to cool. 
The challenge is now making sure that the baking soda does not sink as the coconut oil hardens. 
You will now need to stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so until it begins to thicken. 
Once it begins to thicken, I stuck mine into the fridge. 
After 20 minutes, they were completely solid. 

Here is your final product. 
I live in Georgia, so it is humid and warm almost all of the time, so I have no problem getting this mixture onto my toothbrush. However, if you live in a cold climate, you may need to keep a spoon handy so that you may scoop some product out and transfer it to your toothbrush. 
I have now been using this for three days and I love it! 
Toothpaste is so difficult to find completely natural and I feel WAY safer making my own because I can completely control the ingredients in it. My teeth are so white and sparkly and feel extremely clean. I hope you all enjoy this post! 

Have an incredible week and I will see y'all back here next Friday! 

Honest Company & 100% Pure essentials

Hello beautiful people, welcome to my natural necessities. 
I have been EXTREMELY excited to go to college and thus purchased a few things online. I got a few necessary cleaning supplies, as well as makeup to replace the items that I ran out of recently. 

I have used these now for a few laundry loads and I have to say, I love these. They are super simple, have no fragrance or dies, and are completely natural. I feel much cleaner using this detergent because my skin is so sensitive, most detergents aggravate my skin. Also, you simply throw one of these into the drum of the washer, then place the items into the drum, and wash. 

Since I will be in college soon, I thought it would be the best idea to find a good cleaner that my roommates and I can all share and use on many surfaces. The spray lid of this bottle was broken, so I decided to go ahead and try it out while I am still at home. It smells incredible, cleans everything, and it only takes about 10 mists to clean my entire bathroom. 

I got this hand sanitizer in my first Honest Company purchase and these are my favorites. I love the convenience of a sanitizing spray- it can be used on your hands or misted onto surfaces/clothing that may be germy. Also, the mist lasts much longer than any gel or liquid sanitizer. I purchased four of these, so I now have 5 extras and 1 that I am currently using...too much? I don't think so. 

I was attracted to these because they are reusable! You can use one cloth for two loads of laundry, so one package does twice the work. They are biodegradable, plant based, damp cloths. Simply toss one cloth into the dryer, pull it out when that load is finished, and pop it into your second load. 

I do not use air freshener very often, but it is somewhat of a necessity to have around for college. You are not allowed to use anything with an open flame on my college's campus, so air mist it is! This will be great to use for the bathroom and the bedroom, and the bottle is huge, so we will be able to share and use it for the whole year. Also, lavender and vanilla smell absolutely incredible! 

So...eye cream. This is somewhat of a sensitive topic among skincare products. Some eye creams are horrible and way too thick, while others are practically water. I was gifted a sample of this in my first 100% Pure online order, and I loved it! I read about it online and everyone absolutely raved about it! I have to say, I was worried that it would smell really strongly of coffee- I do not like coffee at all- but it is a really calming vanilla scent. I use a tiny dab of this under each eye every night. Although I am only 17, it is best to start preventing wrinkles early (use eye cream, oil moisturizers, and pat instead of rubbing). To sum everything up, USE THIS EYE CREAM. 

As someone who likes very minimal makeup, if any, I love products that work for everyday, last all day, and do not irritate my skin. This mascara smells like fresh blackberries, never flakes or comes off, and when it is time to wash it off, it simply glides right off. My eyes have never thanked me enough. Also, I have huge eyelashes, but this product is the best lengthening mascara I have ever used. 

The tube is a very sleek, silver, bullet-like tube. I like it!!! 

My one request in the makeup world has finally been answered by this mascara. I have always been bothered by the fact that the opening of the tube is wider than the actual brush, so extra formula always ends up on the brush, leading to clumping on the lashes. THANK THE LORD (slightly dramatic, but it made me very happy) this brush is larger than the opening, so all extra product is pulled off prior to exiting the container= never any clumping on the lashes. Thank you 100% Pure. 

Again, I really do not like having heavy foundation on my face. It makes me feel dirty and weighed down. This powder is extremely creamy, matches my skin, feels very lightweight and moisturizing, and lasts all day long. 

This formula has actually benefited my skin, instead of causing irritation or blemishes. I am excited to try out some of the liquid foundations by 100% Pure and see how they work for my skin. 

100% Pure complimentary samples in: 

I tried this and immediately decided to purchase a full size bottle. This smells like everything sweet and supple in the world. It is so fresh and sweet and moisturizing. Also, it does not take much- I moisturized my entire body with this tiny sample. 

I cannot provide a personal review of the shampoos, as I do not use shampoo on my hair. I did, however, give these two samples to my mother. She was initially very set back and responded by saying, "How in the world am I supposed to wash all of my hair with this tiny thing?" The next morning, after she showered, she exclaimed, "My head was like a tropical rainforest with pineapples and freshness (and then a bunch of ridiculous descriptors)." Thus, this shampoo seems to be a fantastic product. The kelp&mint version is sold out every time I look on the website. 

I hope this necessity haul has helped you all discover more natural, good for you products. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all back soon! 

How to make the most of your essential oils

Hello beautiful people! 
I hope everyone has had an incredible week. It's Friday! 

Today, there will be three posts because I have a lot to share with you all! First off, I thought I would give some simple tips on how to start using oils to care for your body and skin, so let's get started! 

To begin your oil journey, find a coconut oil that fits your budget. I find that Whole Foods (or whatever super popular health food store is in your area) is the best place for this purchase. This is simply because this is what they do, and it will be $5 instead of $17 for the exact same item. Your coconut oil should have big, intimidating words on it such as: unrefined, whole kernel, fresh-pressed, fair trade, organic, virgin, etc. If it does not have all of these words, no worries, you will be just fine without them, just make sure you get UNREFINED. If you want something you can have shipped to your front door, and potentially in bulk, this is a fantastic source. 

Coconut oil is best for your body, not face. It will clog your facial pores and the skin on the face is generally thinner, so I would stray away from using coconut oil on the face. For your beautiful faces, find an organic jojoba oil. This should be no more than $8 for 4-5 ounces. Most jojoba oils come in a squirt bottle, so you may want to get a small glass bottle with a dropper lid, like this one. Again, this type of bottle should not be more than $3, if it is then you are being ripped off. 

To start off with essential oils, you really only need three basics; lavender-soothing, peppermint- refreshening, and tea tree- antibacterial. These are the best to start with because they all have neutral scents and can be added to anything. I use lavender and peppermint in my vinegar hair rinse, peppermint in my toothpaste, tea tree for cleaning, and tea tree on blemishes. Once you get the feel for how these oils work best for you, you can then easily add more to your necessities. 

Tips on using oils: 

-I stopped using coconut oil as a body moisturizer just because it was too thick for my skin. I do still use it on my feet, dry skin, and the ends of my hair. 

-If you decide to use jojoba oil on your full body, place it on as soon as you can after getting out of the shower and drying off. At this time, your pores will still be slightly open and relaxed from the warm steam of the shower, allowing the oil to seep in. You will need less of it and it will absorb much faster. 

-NEVER put coconut oil in the microwave. This will ruin the beneficial fats in the coconut oil, and also potentially put unnecessary radiation into your body. 

I hope this helps on beginning the oil life! Leave me a comment with any questions. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Quick Updates

Hello beautiful people! 

I have a few quick updates for you all, following my weekly Friday post. 

Here is my lovely succulent Mason jar planter about which I just published a post. I took this picture only moments ago. When I planted this, the roots on my plants were frozen and they were very cold and tiny, so you can see how incredibly they have changed in a few weeks. Scroll down to the last post I made and compare the two pictures! 

In other news, 

1. I made this post a few weeks ago and I have completely abandoned the method I spoke about in that post. The baking soda was simply too abrasive on my skin and I broke out with red bumps and became very itchy. In the past week, I began simply using one drop of essential oil on each of my underarms and the sensitivity has vanished, I smell good all day, and I have no sweating problems. If you are a person who has horrible sweating problems, I would suggest simply making the bentonite clay deodorant, but replacing the baking soda completely with baking powder or arrowroot powder (these are practically the same thing). 

2. The senior class at my high school, which includes me this year, is graduating in 77 days. How crazy is it to think about that? I am graduating high school in a little over two months....thank goodness. I'm SO excited!! 

3. I am making a few inexpensive decorations this weekend for my roommate and my dorm room, so expect that post very soon! 

Have an incredible weekend! If anyone makes any of the DIYs I have blogged about recently, feel free to send them to me on social media with the hashtag #HBDIY. 

Getting back to our roots: terarrium and clay mask

Hello Beautiful people, 
I recently discovered the wonderful benefits of clay. The kind I use is called Redmond powdered clay, which comes in a 10 ounce jar, or a 6 gallon bucket (big difference, right). A few tips about clay, for those who know very little about clay, are going to happen now.... 
-if you are planning to ingest it, make sure it says FOOD GRADE 
-do some research and find a brand that does not manufacture the clay with metals 
-Redmond clay is an incredible brand that is very reliable 
-go for a smaller container when you are first starting so you can make sure it works for you 

I started using this clay about two months ago and I have to say, if clay were a human being, I would marry him. Here is what I do with my clay...

Here is the clay in the container. I tried to capture this in the picture, but it was very difficult...when you touch the clay with something, it smooshes together and becomes incredibly smooth. I love how this looks, something strange in me really enjoys smooth textures like this. 

I looked up a simple clay+water face mask online, which said to mix 2 tbsp of clay with 2 tbsp of water so that is what I did. I then realized that this was WAY too much for single use. However, you can mix this amount and store it in a little container. Here is how you do it: 
-get a plastic, glass, or wooden spoon
-get a ceramic, wooden, plastic, etc container
-Redmond clay

-spoon 2 tbsp clay into the container, spoon 2 tbsp water into the container 
-slowly mix this up so the clay does not spill
-add more water if it still seems dry 

Once you do all of this, which really takes about 3 minutes total, you have enough mask for 2-3 weeks. I use this on my face, chest, and back in order to pull out all of the toxins, dirt, and blackheads. Be prepared to have a considerable amount of acne for a week or two. This mask works so well, when you have it on, you can feel your pores constricting and the dirt being pulled out of them-which is why your skin will be yucky for a few weeks. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a very thin layer of this mask first and start off doing it 1-3 times a week. I have very sensitive skin (it sometimes reacts to water) and I have been using this almost every day, for two weeks, without any irritation. 
To use: 
-use two fingers from each hand, scoop a small amount onto your fingers 
-gently spread this around your entire face, avoiding the eye and mouth areas 
-leave the mix on for 5-10 minutes, or until it changes color and feels very dry **pictures below
-simply wet a washcloth and gently massage the mask off
-enjoy your beautiful, clear skin 

Here is the mixture after all of the water has combined. Along with being clarifying and cleansing for the skin, this mask also exfoliates and moisturizes and it is completely natural and simple. 

As I have gradually become more natural in my entire lifestyle, I have been adding green life to my living space. I will be moving into college in August, so I wanted to experiment with simple ways to bring life to my space. 

I found this adorable 8-pack of blue Mason jars at Target, so I put them all to use. 
Here is the terrarium I made. 

I did not purchase anything other than the Mason jar for this, so it is tremendously easy and quick. 
-Take your mason jar, and go outside. 
-Find a handful of river pebbles and place them in the bottom of the jar. 
-Place 2-5 handfuls of soil in the jar (about 3 inches deep, handful # depends on hand size)
-Pull some moss from the ground or trees, place this on top of the soil. 
-I had a pot of succulents outside already, but if you don't, you can most likely find some tiny succulents around your yard. I used three of these. 
-Fill the remaining space on the top with river pebbles. 
-Take the thin portion of the Mason jar lid, drill a few small holes in it. Sand these holes so there are no sharp edges for anyone to get cut.
-Since this is an indoor garden, it does not need much water. I simply turn on the faucet, wet my hand, and drip water into the jar. Depending on how dry your house is, you should do this 1-3 times a week, I do it once. Wet your hand well 5-10 times and allow that water to fall onto the plants.
-Place the lid on the top of the jar 
Place your succulent Mason jar garden on a windowsill and watch it grow! 

Here is the clay mask immediately after application. You can see that it still looks very moist and tan. 

Here is the mask after 5 minutes. You can tell that it has begun to dry. Once the majority of your mask has turned white, you can remove it. 

Here is how I have been storing my mask. I mixed it in this little ceramic bowl and covered it tightly with plastic wrap. 

I hope y'all enjoyed and I will see you soon! 

P.S.- From now on, I plan to post once weekly on Fridays. Yay, I finally have a schedule!! See you next Friday! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No-poo method: baking soda and apple cider vinegar

Hello beautiful people! 
Today, I am teaching you all how to stop using poo, shampoo that is. 
I began using this method about a month ago and my hair has never thanked me so much before now. In middle school, when I discovered products and stopped wanting to use whatever my mom brought home for me, i was pulled into the consumer market. I was easily convinced that I HAD to have twenty different hair products to look pretty. Just for any of you who may still believe this, it is NOT true. In the past few years, I have switched to only using natural shampoo and conditioners, but the price was too much for me considering how often I had to purchase it. I was sure there was a better, natural way for me to clean my hair, so I found it. 

This method is extremely simple, but everyone is always freaked out by it because there are no harsh chemicals. Will it work? How will I wash the oils out of my hair? Does it smell bad? I shall answer all of the questions I have heard from those who know I use this method. 

Supplies you will need: 
-2 bottles (32 oz. would be best), a small squirt lid is most convenient, but not necessary  
-a funnel
-apple cider vinegar
-baking soda 
-a measuring cup 

Start with the bottle for the baking soda rinse. 
Stick the funnel into the lid 
Fill the bottle HALFWAY** with water (tap is fine unless you are just freaked out by tap water). 
Pour in 1 tbsp. of baking soda per cup of water your bottle can hold. 
For example, if your bottle is 32 oz., pour in 4 tbsp. baking soda. 
Fill the remainder of the bottle with water. 
Replace the lid. 
Shake until everything appears to have dissolved. 

**I say halfway because since you are using a funnel, if you fill the bottle all the way to the top with water, the funnel will have water in it and your baking soda will not go in. 

Next, fill your second bottle completely with water. 
Pour this water into your measuring cup. 
Take a look to see how much water is there (mine was 2.5 cups). 
Determine how much vinegar you will need to put in, 1/4 cup per cup of water. 
Pour out that amount of the water. 
Pour in the apple cider vinegar to replace the water you just poured out. 
 Stick the funnel in the bottle. 
Pour this mixture in the bottle. 
Replace the lid. 

After you have the finished product, it only takes about 5 minutes to do all of this, although the instructions seemed much longer, hop into the shower. This amount of product lasts me one week, washing my hair every single day. I have super thick hair and a lot of it, plus I am part Japanese so it gets oily everyday. 

You are going to wet all of your hair very well. Take the baking soda bottle, situate the squirt tip against your scalp. Yes, this sounds weird, but the best way to do this is to get it close onto your scalp. I use my right hand to pour this on and my left hand to part sections of my hair as I pour. Cover your entire head, then massage with your fingertips everywhere. Leave this in for a minute or so- I usually wash my face and then rinse it out. Then follow ASAP with the vinegar rinse. 

For the vinegar rinse, tilt your head back- you DO NOT want vinegar water in your eyes- and slowly pour a small amount of this onto your head. Again, massage this through with your fingertips, and rinse. The bottle I use for the vinegar rinse is about half the size of the one I use for the baking soda rinse because you really do not need much of the vinegar rinse. 

If you have any questions about this method, feel free to comment below. 

Now that I have been using this method for a while, I am really interested in switching to this method. With this method, you only wash your hair with water. Although this freaks out many people who have developed attachments to hair products, I have been slowly working up to this for over a year now. I am going to college in just a few short months and I have been looking for less expensive ways of taking care of my body.  The key to transforming your lifestyle to such a natural route is taking it slowly. If you use chemical shampoos right now, switch to a more natural brand, then after you finish a bottle of that, switch to the baking soda method for a month or two, then try the water only method. This is what I have been working up to. I will share this journey with you all once it begins. I plan to finish this bottle of the baking soda method by the end of this week and I will begin the water-only method. 

Thanks, hope y'all enjoyed!! 

P.S.- I met my roommate over the weekend!!!!! She is so kind, funny, and we are freakishly similar. The excitement for college to begin is overwhelming! 3 more months until I graduate from high school. Time is absolutely flying!!