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Ok.<br><br>
Don't laugh.<br><br>
I've been toying with the idea for some time now and I decided to do it and then see what happens.<br><br>
My dog is a Cairn and possibly Chow mix. He has very fine, wooly looking hair, and lots of it. He looks like a fuzzy teddy bear. Well, I use baking soda and oatmeal shampoo on him and he looks and smells great. I was kicking around the idea of using the baking soda/oatmeal conditioner on my hair since I no poo anyway.<br><br>
Here's my reasons for it:<br><br>
- It's ready made and convenient to use<br>
- It smells fantastic<br>
- It has oatmeal in it, which plumps up fine hair<br>
- Dog shampoos are fairly gentle because manufacturers don't want dogs to get irritated<br><br>
Sooooo, I tried it today.<br><br>
My hair looks good right now and smells so fresh. Let's see if it falls limp today. The lack of humidity and indoor heat is not helping my fine curly hair right now.<br><br>
Anyway - I've tried no-pooing with baking soda, honey, and oatmeal before and temporarily got great results, but it ended up weighing my hair down or getting oatmeal chunks, even when using oat flour. I'm hoping that the Baking Soda and Oatmeal conditioner (Fresh & Clean, with Arm and Hammer Baking soda, of course...) works a little better. I didn't want to bother with another batch and strain the oatmeal water, blah blah, and experiment AGAIN to see what quantities would work.<br><br>
Anyway, if you're wondering, the difference between dog shampoos and most human shampoos is that the pH of dog shampoos is around 7, which is neutral. Human hair and skin is usually acidic, but manufacturers tend to make detergent shampoos pretty strong so they clean. Some shampoos are acidic, but many find that they don't clean very well.<br><br>
Maybe I'll try this from time to time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Stay tuned to see how this turns out.
 

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I bought a tiny humidifier this past year and it's doing good so far. I'm not shocking the bejeezus out of my fingers when I touch doorknobs or getting flaky skin. No crazy hair static yet and no painful nasal passages from indoor heat and cold winds. It's from Medisana. It's tiny - enough to fill 1800 square feet or so.<br><br><a href="http://www.comforthouse.com/humidifier.html" target="_blank">http://www.comforthouse.com/humidifier.html</a>
 

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We have PLENTY of humidity here- its been raining for 3 days straight! Wish I could send you ladies some!!!!<br><br>
Beth
 

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I thought I might intergect a word of caution regarding dog conditioner. True, Dog products are closer to neutral than humans. However manufacturers are equaly as deceptive (sometimes more so) regarding ingredients as human products. IMO- most suppliers are not interested in keeping fluffy non-irritated. Most animal products have a chemical soup mix that will make your head spin. If you want a professional product Earth Bath Oatmeal conditioner is an excellent choice and very mild/soothing. Its unscented tho'. Good luck and BTW- I've used all kinds of doggie products on myself so don't feel alone LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Hah! Thanks for the tips!<br><br>
Here are the ingredients:<br><br>
Key Ingredients:<br>
Conditioner and moisturizer (behenamidopropyl PG dimonium chloride, propylene glycol), soothing agents (oat flour, sodium bicarbonate/baking soda, aloe vera), deodorizer (sodium bicarbonate/baking soda) and fragrance
 

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I don't know if I'd trust the "Key Ingredients" list. That's just a listing of the stuff they WANT you to know is in there. Who knows what else is in there that they just don't feel like disclosing.<br><br>
But great experiment! I can't wait to hear how it turns out.
 

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So far it's going well.<br><br>
I no-poo'ed with it yesterday and blow dried as usual. When I usually do the baking soda and conditioner thing, the next day I do the sugar and conditioner thing because I feel like my scalp may smell and I get self-conscious.<br><br>
Today, all I had to do is put a little Suave conditioner on the ends and my hair looks and smells great. I put a little conditioner on the ends because when I no-poo'd yesterday, I didn't use and ACV or conditioner at the ends. The ends weren't totally dry, but they felt 'fuzzy'. The water from my shower just 'reativated' the scent too. Scalp doesn't smell either.<br><br>
Hair still looks bouncy and clean, it's not flat either. I like it so far!
 
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