Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hair and Winter Preparations

I bought a bar of olive and coconut soap, SLS and Paraben free, grated and diluted it to make some shampoo for my hair. It felt fine using it, although there was no lather which I thought a little strange. Did my usual rinse with apple cider vinegar followed by water.

Combing it through it felt very different and very heavy. I dried it slightly and it was obvious something was not right. It was flat, lifeless and slightly greasy to the touch:

Thinking I hadn't rinsed it enough, I rinsed it again, still no different so I shampooed it using my normal shampoo - ah, that is better. It felt soft and shiny and manageable again!

Not to be outdone, I re-read my information to find out I had missed the bit about soap and hard water not working well as a shampoo as the hard water lets the soap leave a residue on the hair, ah well. I read more, went on-line and ordered some SLS and Paraben free shampoo, not at all cheap but we shall see!

We had our winter delivery of 2 cubic metres of hardwood delivered this week:
It is hard to gauge how much it is so DB kindly stood in front of it:
Still doesn't look much but it is when you have to shift it! We got a 10% discount as it is newly sawn wood and hasn't finished drying out. That is fine by us, although it makes it a little heavy to shift. When we finally get some good weather, the Hessian fronts will be removed off the logs stores to allow it to dry out further and it will be fine by the time winter comes.

We managed to move it though, me by wheelbarrow and DB stacking for the most part, in about 40 minutes. There are a few in the garage that we need to use the log splitter on. As we always borrow the wheelbarrow from our neighbour, we give him 10 logs as a thank you even though he always says not to.




11 comments:

  1. Some 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioners can also leave a residue which then builds up over time and makes hair dull. I had that problem with Tresemme which is why I switched to salon shampoo and conditioner. It seemed expensive at the time at £32 for the 2 bottles, but over a year on I still have half left so it should last me 2 years altogether. It's so much better for my hair, meaning I don't have to wash, dry and straighten it as often.
    Before we had a car ( J passed his test in 1986) we had a friend who used to collect large items for us using his estate car. We always gave him £5 for doing it, even though he said there was no need. I explained that by giving him the money as a sign of how much we appreciated his help, I felt that I could ask him again.

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    1. Size wise it will be 50 ml larger than my current one but £4 more so we shall see. All conditioner seems to make me itch which the vinegar doesn't seem to. I want to change to a less chemical based shampoo in the hope the final bit of itchiness goes away. We don't own or have room to store a wheel barrow so always give a thank you gift when we borrow one.

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  2. if you find a SLS shampoo to work for you it is becoming more easily available and can be found in Boots and Superdrug often on offer - I will happily supply you with my favourites if you want.

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    1. Thank you. I shall have my new one ready for my next wash so shall see how it goes. I will report on it after a few washes.

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  3. Are they a lot cheaper in the summer to buy?

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    1. No but usually dry and well seasoned. We got these early as they have all of 'summer' to dry and because they had the discount. Also buying them early means our bill money for the oil has a little longer to build up.

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  4. I love the idea of a wood burner, but when I think of the work involved, and the eight legged creatures that I may come face to face with in the wood shed, I'm grateful for our mains gas supply!
    We have very hard water here, it has its faults, but I loathe cleaning my teeth with soft water as it never seems to make them feel really clean!

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    1. There is no gas in our village so wood is a lot cheaper than electric or oil for full heating. Oil is a bit cheaper this year, we just have to guess when to buy what we need before the price rises.

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    2. We didn't have gas here originally, so our heating was run on oil. However, about ten years ago, some 'executive' houses were being built about two mlies away, and the builders wanted to put a gas main in. Although access to the houses, during building and now doesn't pass our land, it was simpler for them to run the supply down the lane where we live. We got together with the other residents affected, and after quite a lot of heated discussion, reached an agreement with the builders that they could run the gas main down the lane (which is private, owned jointly by us and three other properties) but they would link all our properties to the gas supply. They also had to pay us considerable compensation which we all donated to the NSPCC, the builders could well afford it!
      It's made such a difference having a gas supply, not having to order oil in before winter, no tankers trundling up and down the lane, and it's SO much cheaper than oil!

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  5. We love our wood burner, we've bought our winter wood already

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    1. Yes, I had noticed, like you, we like to get organised so don't have to worry nearer the time.

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