Category: Minimalism (page 1 of 2)

Going cold-turkey no-more-shampoo-in-my-hair

Aaaaaaannnnd I’m back! Sorta, kinda, not really, maybe.

Hey all 🙂

Haven’t posted in a while, certainly nothing finance-y. Sidenote: I’ve discovered I have a bad internet addiction where I spend too much time on useless stuff aka reddit and not doing anything productive,  I need to work on this in the next few months, I’ve already cut my cell data, what else can I do to be more productive? I traveled a few weeks in October/November, moved out of my house for a few weeks to let some new immigrants stay there in November/December(they paid for it, though, but I’m broke so it was worth it) and then Christmas came and went, and New Years, and here we are! I think quite a lot has changed since I’ve last put any serious effort into blogging at all, but I’ll get to all of that eventually… or not.

Recently I’ve been toying with the idea of no longer using any shampoo or conditioner in my hair and as of today, that idea is becoming reality, I hope. Today marks day#1 of experiment no-more-shampoo-in-my-hair

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hello hair! Picture taken about a year ago when I bought a new dress

I have very fine blonde hair, it hasn’t changed at all since I became a teen and I generally keep it the same length-ish. This pic was taken last year, it’s usually that length or two inches orso shorter and I wash and condition it every day. I like daily showers… I shower pretty quick and it helps me start the day off right. Since moving to Canada I’ve never had to worry about a water bill because I have my own well, as did my parents. The only worry in the house used to generally be if we had conditioner or not, as all my sisters and my mom have long fine hair, conditioner was/is a prime commodity. 😉

I dont spend much on shampoo and conditioner as most of it is gifted, thrifted, found etc, so this isn’t about cutting cost but more about convenience, less clutter, and less chemical.

Besides very fine blonde hair that gets greasy if I don’t wash it every day and then it’s just awful… I also have allergies, I’ll use the wrong shampoo or use something new and bam, my scalp itches and I look like I have lice because I keep scratching my head, or my forehead gets all red and bumpy, good times! So after toying with the idea and in my ongoing journey to living a more intentional life filled with less crap (minimalism, I started the year off by getting rid of more stuff and more furniture and I’m in the process of placing ads for a host of household items!) I decided, why not junk the shampoo and conditioner too.  

Last summer I went a while using dr. bronners and apple cider vinegar and baking soda rinses but that wasn’t cutting it, it was more hassle, more work, more annoyance. I also made some shampoo bars and tried that and  while it works just as well as regular shampoo I stilll ended up in the cycle of shampoo, lather, rinse, condition, lather, rinse… Then I just went through a month of using a new conditioner that kept leaving my hair feeling brassy and brittle… So I decided to just cold-turkey it.

This is day one, freshly washed with just warm water;

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I didnt bother cropping 😉 I dont usually use any product in my hair, heatdry it or style it at all. I wear it loose and down or up in a ponytail. No mess, no fuss! I switched to using a widetoothed wooden comb about a year ago already. Today I scrubbed my hair in the shower, using just my fingers tips and water, getting my scalp scrubbed well all the way around. My hair isn’t as knotted up as it is when I try to skip the conditioner, but it also isn’t as nice and smooth as when I do use a nice sillicone-filled conditioner.. .

Everything is looking and feeling good so far! I don’t own a hair dryer but I’ll be making daily pics and will be posting again soon to let you know how everything is going and what things are going to be like dry.

Here is some reddit info on quitting shampoo (the internet likes calling it “nopoo” which sounds awful, so I’ve avoided that phrase here)

No shampoo FAQ

I also found this gal’s blogpost about it helpful

Re-evaluating priorities; That bag I thought I wanted.

I have been coveting a Banana Republic bag for quite some time. This one;

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I even made it a part of my goals for 2015 in my 30 goals for 2015 post, look:
2Every so often I get a new purse because an old one has worn out, or the functions that I need it for change. The current purse I use for a bit dressier occasions when I still need to carry a few things around is starting to show signs of wear, so I’ve been looking to replace it.

There are a few purses I have considered, between MK, Kate Spade and BR. In hindsight this was complete idiocy…. I have a line of credit/mortgage to pay off, I have retirement to save for, I need a newer car in a couple of years. A new pricy as hell purse? Even after a discount any of them run me over $200. Who am I kidding?

In 2012 I used up 75% of the emergency fund I had saved at that time to cover living expenses as my income plummeted in early 2013, it started increasing again when I picked up seasonal employment last year. Ive only been contributing a measly $25 a month October 2013 and onward.

I bought a nice Ck bag in August of 2013 and while I haven’t regretted buying it at all, until now, the mid $200’s price tag set me back about a months worth of groceries and in reality…. even though I saved for it; could I really afford it? No. The purse cost me about 1% of my income that year. 

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Was it worth it? No. I like fashion, I do enjoy looking nice, dressing nice. Banana Republic, Ck, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren… I am a sucker for the preppy new England look. I don’t quite dress like it, but I do own a khaki coloured trench coat, and I wear my jeans with a leather belt, and flats, and yes I like fancy purses and preppy dressshirts and a-line skirts. I find it appealing. But am I really wearing these items for me, or am I also wearing these items to present an image to the world? Most likely the latter.

While I liked that purse, it’s highly unlikely anyone other than my friends and family really noticed me using it. I didn’t end up liking the quality and the handle has had to be sewn on once already. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with finetuning your image for yourself and the world. After all, it’s important for your work and social life, but was this expense warranted for me personally? Did I need more stuff in my closet while I am looking to have less stuff? Was it really worth it? Not at all. I don’t want to be poor, this is not the way to not be poor.

My 2015 income should end up being about $30,000 after tax (which reminds me that I’m currently four days late filing my tax return, crap). I projected my income at $27,500 in January so I’ve been able to increase that which is awesome! 🙂 My income is earned in a variety of ways, I’ve had more than one job on the go since I graduated college;

– My normal part-time cleaning gig which consists of two different contracts (I am the main contractor)
– My seasonal luxury cottage scrubbing (self-employed)
– Commission based property rentals
– becoming an accidental landlord on my own house
– occasional random side jobs

The $2,500 increase is not much but it’s something. $30,000 is not terribly low. I can and do, do a lot with my $30,000. 

But I have $4,725.64 saved for retirement right now. Under five thousand dollars. That is just… I mean that will get me what, a quarter of a year of living in the future? Maybe after compounding the interest I’ll get a year worth of living out of it in a good 30 years orso. Maybe more, maybe less, I have no idea because it’s not worth it to do the math because the point is: that is ridiculous. 

I have house debt to pay off asap and if I ever want to retire, a retirement to save for. I don’t want to be poor.

I had no business buying a $240 purse in 2013, and I still don’t in 2015.

What ridiculous purchases have you made that were really kind of stupid??

Update, kicking bad habits: Tim Horton’s

About a month ago I wrote that I was re-evaluating another habit of mine: my frequent Tim Horton’s stops. While I’ve mostly cut coffee out of my lifeover the past years, initially for cost, then for health reaons, I seemed to have replaced it with a picking up tea habit. Out of… laziness? I usually only get the tea but once a week orso I ended up adding a breakfast sandwich, sometimes a muffin. And yeah they’re good but holy crap I can eat so much more at home for the same nutritional value than one of those calorie bombs.

Good timing for this challenge too, since apparently donuts got more expensive this month. 😉

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I could say convenience but I can buy the exact same tea at work that tastes just as fine, or make some at home. Both save me the slight detour in gas as well as time to go to the drive-through Tim Horton’s, are significantly cheaper and by not going toTim Horton’s it means I’m less likely to order the occasional breakfast sandwich or timbits, which aren’t all that great for my waistline. So Tim’s isn’t even convenient, I don’t go with friends, I’m always on my own through the drive-through and it’s more expensive. Why do I do it? It makes no sense. So I quit for 30 days.

I made it! It wasn’t very hard at at all and I only failed once. On a Tuesday I had to leave in a rush and picked up a Tim’s panini, tea and muffin, since I had to go straight to work afterwards I didn’t have time to stop at home and make anything. It was poor planning and procrastination early in the day actually that ended up in a Tim’s run. I COULD have packed a sandwich earlier or grabbed a granola bar and an apple, but I didn’t.

I didn’t care for the sandwich either, it was just food to keep my body going, and more than twice as costly than making something at home that I really like, that would’ve been better for my waistline anyway with a lot less salt. (Another goal this year: health)

I finished the challenge on April 15th and have been to Tim’s twice since then. In April I’ve now spent $75.17 on eating out, half of which was at the farmer’s market and getting some PEI burger love, the rest was convenience food I could’ve had better versions of at home. And that’s what this is about, to create memories and experiences instead of waste money on things, to put more good stuff into my body and less bad stuff, to be healthier and to become a better version of me, year after year. So that is that. No more Tim’s.

It’s not all that hard, there are tons of people that can’t even afford to buy a coffee….

Which leads me to the next question I’ve been pondering this weekend, what does real hunger feel like?

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