A drastic hair cut and some homemade natural styling products

Readers, something MONUMENTAL has happened! The four yearly urge to chop all my hair off surprised me in the dead of the night a few weeks ago and two days later my locks were nothing but a memory.

I have worn my hair like this – long, copper and quiffed- for the longest time I have ever had any hairstyle so the Big Chop felt like a Big Deal this time. It was also the longest it has ever been, almost to the small of my back.  But I was used to my crop by lunchtime and now feel positively LIBERATED

Before and after! So typical that on the day of the cut I woke up to gloriously lovely hair. GAH!

As you know, I gave up shampoo 18 months ago as a kind of lifelong experiment in thrift and chemical avoidance. It works swell, really, like a dream but it does take a bit of work. You have to spend time brushing it, massaging your scalp and mixing up potions to condition it. Once Juno was born I just simply couldn’t be arsed. I was also imagining doing that whilst tripping round Europe in our campervan and I felt it’d be a bit of a nightmare.

And now, with this 1 cm long crop? Well. I haven’t washed it with anything but water for almost a month: LIVING THE DREAM.

I even had to ask the hairdresser not to use shampoo, therefore ‘fessing up to my no ‘poo ways. It was really fascinating though because as she cut it into this urchin style she kept saying things like “Gosh, your hair is so thick, I really have to thin it out with these thinning scissors.”  Seriously, my whole life hairdressers have been saying “Yout hair! My! It is so thin and lank I have to add all these layers to thicken it up!” When I said this, and described just how voluminous my hair is since giving up shampoo, she responded nonchalantly with “Yep, that’ll be because shampoo just strips it.” Incredible huh? To have word from the industry that ‘no poo works a treat. Beaut.

It is really hard to get by with short hair without some kind of styling product- I did for a week but just kept looking like a fluffy ginger troll.  But of course it is ridiculous to be no ‘poo to try and get toxins out of your life and then go and stick hair stuff in. So. I have been playing around with some homemade natural styling products. My favourite is one with Linseeds and Coconut Oil. This makes a couple of spoonfuls, and lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge. I really like the effect- like a subtle, soft wax.

Linseed and Coconut Oil Hair Gel
A tablespoon of Linseeds (super cheap from health shops)
3 x table spoons of water
Boil them together for 7ish minutes, until the water turns thick and slimey, siv the linseeds out and pop the gel in a container.
Melt a bit of coconut oil until runny and add half a teaspoon to the mixture.  Mix it really well. Add more oil if you want it more waxy/ soft, and less if you want it to remain crisper!

I am also playing around with adding rhassoul clay to make it more matt and hardcore but I haven’t quite got round the grittiness of the clay yet. Any suggestions are welcome! I’ll hopefully have another recipe soon.

Have an amazing weekend! x

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18 Responses to A drastic hair cut and some homemade natural styling products

  1. Kelly says:

    Awesome might just try this recipe and I love your hair this length you pull it off fantastically!! If I managed to get to the hairdressers more than once a year i might pull off a short do! Instead I pull off the mid length – needs a haircut look!

  2. Molly says:

    Love the new crop – gorgeous!
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  3. Vanessa says:

    Looks fabulous! My husband is a ‘no poo’er and he uses aloe in place of gel. Works really well to get the tall spikey hair.

  4. Sarah says:

    I Love your pixie do. It looks awesome on you. I too was going to suggest Aloe Vera gel. I use it for fluffy hair when I Have to look neat and tidier than usual.

  5. When I first read about you going for the chop I must admit that I thought noooo! Such beautiful hair! But do you know what? You look even more gorgeous than ever I LOVE IT!

  6. Melksham Mum says:

    It looks amazing! I love short hair now but must confess I rely on styling products more now to tame it :( I should give your linseed a go x
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  7. San says:

    Totally love your new do, in fact it inspired me to get mine cut ! I went from a not so dramatic chin length bob to a long pixie cut, so not as short as yours. I also have hair with a slight wave so I’m wedded to straightening irons and styling products, *sigh* No chance of me living off grid then!! Will have to try the aloe vera gel trick though.

    Hugs San xx
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  8. Mammasaurus says:

    LOVE your new hair do and that’s a handy recipe so thanks – just what I’m needing at the moment. I must admit I have moment where I pine for my longer hair but honestly it’s so much easier with it short that I think I’ll be keeping it this way from now on!

    You look fab x
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  9. I like you had really long hair, I hadn’t had it cut in three years but it was getting to the point where every day all I did was scrape it back into a pony tail and looked like some dodgy council house chav (sorry for meanness I do live in a council house and didn’t want to live up to the stereotype). I decided that I might as well have it cut short a la Ginnifer Goodwin but was worried as by being a larger gal I may end up looking like Rick Waller (little head syndrome) but I really like it now.

    The only problem as you say is that you actually have to style it and my hair has always been a tad on the oily side so not wanting to put product in it. Do you think the above recipe would be any good for my hair, being on the oily side?

    Cxx
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  10. Oh, that look really suits you! So feminine and I imagine so lovely in warm weather.

    I may have to bookmark your hair gel recipe – It would be great for my kids! Sebastian has tons of hair but I cringe at the thought of using conventional hair products on him.
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  12. asterneaht25 says:

    you remind me of Carol from the walking dead… COOL!!!

  13. Emma says:

    Love love love your new look. I have very long curly hair and have recently been contemplating a chop but my hairdresser has refused as she says it suits me and my lifestyle as it is, and fears I would regret it, ( a fear i also share) so that in addition to my husband and daughter’s horror at the idea means I am keeping it long a while longer! I will however be trying your linseed recipe – and aloe too!

  14. Becky says:

    Oh great haircut you look all fresh for summer!
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  15. swit swoo lady!
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  16. JoAnn says:

    Hair looks great, but….I WANT YOUR BABY!!! OH, MY DEAR LORD!!!

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