Urban Adventures, No-Poo, & Pups(There’s always pups)

Posted: 06/07/2014 in Uncategorized
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I hope you like pictures, because there’s a lot of them on this post.

Not of my hair though.

I read something about a “No-Poo” hair washing technique & was kind of moving in that direction anyway.

I decided to shed the typical shampoo & conditioner to avoid a lot of the chemicals & animal byproducts that are in them, keep those same chemicals from gunking up our water systems, make lab testing on animals a thing of the past, and to save a little bit of money in the process.

That, and I just heard that it was healthier for your hair.

In January, I started using two mixtures for washing & conditioning.  The washing mixture was a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water.  The conditioning mixture was a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water.

You’ll understand my concern if I had initially thought that my hair was going to explode off of my scalp with the help of the carbon dioxide that would undoubtedly be produced rapidly by the two mixtures coming into contact with each other.

That didn’t happen fortunately.

What did happen was a bit of a mess the first week, the naturally-occurring oils returning slowly to my hair.  What happens with most shampoo & conditioners is that they strip your hair of these oils & then you are often left with more of a mess than what you initially had.  For what?  Hair that smells like a natural scent that was derived from unnatural sources.  Looking at the ingredient label of a shampoo bottle is a lot like reading a Stephen King novel–scary, long, and it makes you have to think(especially when it comes to the six-syllable chemicals).  Most people don’t look at the ingredient label though, and just buy what a celebrity says to buy on television.  It makes it easy when their beautiful, not-at-all maintained hair can look that good with a product they would only touch from outside the bottle.

Anyway, the experiment went on for three months & my hair got better & better.  The manageability got better, the feel of it was nicer, and I could shower anywhere with the help of a person’s kitchen stuffs.

After three months, I went without the mixtures, just rinsing with water & every so often using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner(back to the natural smell part of it all).  If you don’t like coconut oil, you’re a prick & I don’t know what to tell you on how to give your hair a better smell other than to use some sort of fragrance oil.  Actually, lavender oil is nice too.

I LIKE TO SMELL LIKE FLOWERS, OKAY?!

In any case, it’s been six months and then some, and a seemingly menial change has made it impossibly easy for showers.

The last post I mentioned an urban adventure where I walked about ten miles, just kind of getting lost & looking at some cool sights that I wouldn’t otherwise see on a trip driving.  I would bore you with the typical minute-by-minute dribble, but I don’t really think you want to read “left, right, left, right, left, left, trip, fall, right, left…”

So I’ll just throw some cool pictures on here & hope that you think they are cool too.  It’s a walk through West side Jacksonville to downtown, so there are many different types of neighborhoods & sights to see.  Again, I encourage everyone to get lost & just take an adventure day, if not do that every day.

No compound here, folks....just your average, run-of-the-mill hou...GETINHERE!!!!

No compound here, folks….just your average, run-of-the-mill hou…GETINHERE!!!!

The shed in the back was pretty cool too, I wonder what's in the....HEYYOUISAIDGETINHERENOW!!!!

The shed in the back was pretty cool too, I wonder what’s in the….HEYYOUISAIDGETINHERENOW!!!!

I'm perplexed at how this one will work out.  I marked out the information, that wasn't just senseless graffiti.

I’m perplexed at how this one will work out. I marked out the information, that wasn’t just senseless graffiti.

Cool murals on tattoo shops.

Cool murals on tattoo shops.

...on all sides of the building.

…on all sides of the building.

I....I couldn't have been the only one to read this wrong.

I….I couldn’t have been the only one to read this wrong.

I love people that garden their yards.  Makes so much sense.  Tasty, tasty sense.

I love people that garden their yards. Makes so much sense. Tasty, tasty sense.

SO MUCH TASTY SENSE!!

SO MUCH TASTY SENSE!!

I don't know if it's a thing people do, but I had to have passed a dozen discarded tea bags in the street on my journey.

I don’t know if it’s a thing people do, but I had to have passed a dozen discarded tea bags in the street on my journey.

"Oh, what's that officer?  Nothing, just laying on some train tracks trying to get a picture."

“Oh, what’s that officer? Nothing, just laying on some train tracks trying to get a picture.”

Something about cool, old, abandoned houses makes me want to go inside them.

Something about cool, old, abandoned houses makes me want to go inside them.

Cool fountain in front of a cool house.  Cool.

Cool fountain in front of a cool house. Cool.

I see these stickers all over town.  Good publicity for Harvey Dent.  Or is it?

I see these stickers all over town. Good publicity for Harvey Dent. Or is it?

I swear, there are like five squirrels on the other side of this tree.

I swear, there are like five squirrels on the other side of this tree.

What's a walk through Riverside without some Sweet Theory?

What’s a walk through Riverside without some Sweet Theory?

Sun through some Spanish moss in a giant tree.  Love it.

Sun through some Spanish moss in a giant tree. Love it.

I love this.  I'd feel really bad if they misspelled a word though.

I love this. I’d feel really bad if they misspelled a word though.

Old, abandoned, & condemned buildings are cool too.

Old, abandoned, & condemned buildings are cool too.

Quiet little homeless camp by a bridge.

Quiet little homeless camp by a bridge.

All kinds of randomness in the fire pit here.

All kinds of randomness in the fire pit here.

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Getting into the graffiti part. If you look closely, there’s a guy sleeping by one of the pillars beyond the symbol.

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ooooooooooooooooooo

ooooooooooooooooooo

ooooooool.  Now run before the cops think you did it.

ooooooool. Now run before the cops think you did it.

Only a couple blocks left.

Only a couple blocks left.

Waiting for the sky rail.

Waiting for the sky rail.

Cool views from above on the sky rail.

Cool views from above on the sky rail.

Jumped off of the sky rail, jumped onto a bus right before it took off.

Jumped off of the sky rail, jumped onto a bus right before it took off.  The man with the neon shoelaces will be eating a hard-boiled egg soon.

SEE?!  The wheel is not his, but he yelled at me while I was reading to stop someone because she had lost it as she was getting off of the bus.

SEE?! The wheel is not his, but he yelled at me while I was reading to stop someone because she had lost it as she was getting off of the bus.  Seems logical.

A member of the species douchebaggus, yelling at the bus driver because she wouldn't let him off at a place that wasn't a bus stop.

A member of the species douchebaggus, yelling at the bus driver because she wouldn’t let him off at a place that wasn’t a bus stop.

Someone needs to fire the inspirational letter guy.

Someone needs to fire the inspirational letter guy.

I have no idea who Dalaw is, but they are remembered on the sidewalk.

I have no idea who Dalaw is, but they are remembered on the sidewalk.

I told you, a lot of pictures.  Cool stuff to see though & always fun adventures.  It’s a great way to spend a day off, just wandering around, grabbing a coffee & a loaf of bread at Community Loaves(I sadly didn’t get a picture there, but expect a ton of them in the future, I LOVE that place!), walking, eating doughnuts at Sweet Theory(Love again), walking, walking, walking.  It’s a nature hike in an urban environment, if you don’t plan it(which I am a fan of doing on these types of excursions).

That’s about it for me this week, we are recording another podcast today & the vegan meetup event that I wrote about a few weeks back is coming up this Saturday the 12th, so there should be some fun stuff coming up soon.  Everyone have a great day/week/timespan, and there will be more stuff coming soon!

Here are the promised pictures of the pups.  If I had a wallet with pictures in it, these two would compose pretty much all of it ha.

In aerodynamic mode.

In aerodynamic mode.

It's a pillow on top of a pillow!!  Yay!!

It’s a pillow on top of a pillow!! Yay!!

I think he'd be perfectly at home in a cave.

I think he’d be perfectly at home in a cave.

Resting after tennis ball fetch time.

Resting after tennis ball fetch time.

More tennis ball fetch time.

More tennis ball fetch time.

Seeya!!

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Comments
  1. I have naturally curly/wavy hair, and ditched shampoo about 9 years ago! I use an organic lavender conditioner a few times a week, and that’s it. My hair is super healthy and I don’t miss the shampoo at all!
    And I love the pic-a-thon!

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