Washing my hair is not a priority. When it comes to the best shampoo for me, well, it's whatever happens to be in my shower (which is usually my husband's Head & Shoulders). I have a really short pixie 'do, so my hair routine is pretty low-maintenance.
But when it comes to my kids, it's another story. My daughter and son are typical children -- rambunctious, playful and, as a result, dirty. Just the sight of bubbles gets them excited ... until I pull out the shampoo bottle. My daughter generally acquiesces without much of a fight, but my son could enter the bantamweight challenge. He hates having his hair washed.
So when I read one blogger's account on how she stopped shampooing and conditioning, I was intrigued. Mari Hernandez-Tuten told Babble.com that her hair routine is: "No shampoo and no conditioner. You wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar, that's it."
Hernandez-Tuten goes on to explain that she has eschewed traditional shampoo and conditioner for vanity purposes (she's trying to get her shiny locks back), and that store-bought detergents strip hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to produce even more oil, until you're lathering up every day to avoid the dreaded "greaser" look.
The "no-poo" movement is nothing new. Back in March of 2011, W magazine editor Christa D'Souza documented her shampoo-free journey. Apparently Jessica Simpson and Prince Harry joined the movement, too and one of our own staffers has even been known to go a few weeks between washing.
While I'm all about limiting the chemicals that my family comes into contact with, the process that Hernandez-Tuten describes would be less pleasant than my son's anti-shampoo tantrums. It involves creating a paste of baking soda and water, massaging it into your scalp and hair and then conditioning it with -- wait for it -- apple cider vinegar.
I love the idea of a DIY shampoo that's chemical-free, but I can only imagine the resistance I'd get from my kids as I tried to woo them to the kitchen sink for their evening wash. The smell alone would inspire the most epic tantrums and I can't even begin to wonder what I'd have to use to bribe them (M&Ms for dinner!).
For now, I'm going to stick to Johnson & Johnson and continue to hope for "no more tears."
Think it can't get any stranger than that? Think again! Here's our roundup of the eight latest and strangest Hollywood beauty secrets.
Yes, you read correctly. It's a facial... using bird poop as its main ingredient. And celebs are "flocking" to spas to get the odd treatment. Also referred to as the Geisha Facial because of its Japanese origins, several high-end spas are charging hundreds of dollars a pop to slather on this "unique" ingredient, which is said to leave skin shiny and smooth. Both Victoria and David Beckham reportedly indulge in the facials that use a mixture of Nightingale excrement, rice bran and water. More from Shape.com: Beauty Secrets From The Pros 7 Health Dangers Hiding In Your Closet Charlize Theron's Top 3 Beauty Secrets
Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and Debra Messing are all reportedly opting for a "muscle shocking" synthetic snake venom-based product called Syn-ake. This anti-aging treatment supposedly acts like a topical Botox, smoothing out wrinkles and relaxing facial muscles. The theory is that when snakes attack, they paralyze their victims with their venom. Swiss beauty chemists soon realized by copying the venom, they could hope for the same effect in humans.
When Listerine just isn't cutting it anymore, some celebrities are turning to a mixture of vodka, mint sprigs and lemon or cinnamon, says Manhattan-based celebrity dentist Jennifer Jablow D.D.S., who works with several of the Victoria's Secret supermodels. Dr. Jablow says some patients are turning to this homemade concoction believing it freshens breath and prevents staining, but in actuality, it will "dry out the mouth and give more bad breath." Breath mints anyone?
Whatever happened to using a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin on feet? Now, places offering fish pedicures are popping up around the world. Literally, you dip your feet into a vat of fish and "relax" as they dine to their heart's content nibbling off all of the dead skin. As if a celeb trying this isn't bad enough (we're talking to you, Jessica Simpson), Angelina Jolie told Vanity Fair last year that she sent her young sons for this bizarre foot-bath.
It's not just an old beauty queen wives tale! Celebrity makeup artist Victor Henao recently arrived at my house before a big Bravo taping and whipped out a tube of the $12 hemorrhoid cream called Preparation-H. "It really works!" He enthused, while dabbing it underneath my eyes to de-puff, firm and tighten up the skin. Since then, I've heard Sandra Bullock uses it and a number of other celebrity makeup artists tout the drugstore trick, including Sarah Uslan, who has worked with Rose McGowen and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Uslan says if you want to try this at home, just dab a pea-size amount of the cream on your ring finger and gently apply under the eye on your "bags" in a soft tapping motion, starting from the outside going in towards the nose and then back out again.
Stars will try almost anything before a red carpet event, apparently even a skin cream that uses the excrement of Earthworms. Recently featured on the TV show "The Doctors", the product purports to reverse the aging process and even cure skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. While its creator, Fresh Beauty Market, won't reveal which celebrities are ordering the earthworm casting-based Wrinkle Butter, they say at least a dozen are slathering on the wormy-cream.
Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't shy about her biggest beauty secret. Brazilian wax? That's for novices. J-Love gets "va-jazzled," the process of applying Swarovski crystals to your, you guessed it, va-jay-jay. She credits it for "perking her up" after a big breakup. In fact, the "Client List" star has been so open about her affection for the body bling that the spa that made the treatment famous has even named a design after her, says Alexis Wolfer of TheBeautyBean.com, who has also tried the down-there décor. Once I heard about this, I sent a daring friend into New York City's Completely Bare Spa, owned by former Real Housewife Cindy Barshop, to try it out for herself and report back to me (call me a prude, but I'm not so keen on blinging out my lady parts). She loved it! The treatment even has an entire website dedicated to it -- and the term "vajazzle" has been added to the Urban Dictionary. As for Love Hewitt? She recently complained that women now come up to her and pull down their pants to show off their bedazzled designs. Eek.
If you think Botox injections are just for fixing fine lines and wrinkles, think again. Celebrities are getting the substance injected into a number of other strange spots. According to many celebrities' "best kept secret" plastic surgeon Dr. Nevin Elizabeth Golkap, founder of Liquid Plastic Surgery, stars are getting the pricey treatment on the heels of feet to numb the pain from sky-high stilettos, under arms to prevent sweating (Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer even underwent this treatment with Bravo's cameras rolling), into pectoral muscles within breasts to give them a slight non-surgical boost, to prevent sweaty hands and even to prevent a "gummy smile" (showing too much gums). "Celebrities are very busy people and can't afford a lot of downtime, so they look towards non-invasive procedures that work just as well [as surgery]. Injectables can be used to make almost any physiological and anatomical improvement the person desires in one shot without anyone being any the wiser," Dr. Golkap says. More from Shape.com: Beauty Secrets From The Pros 7 Health Dangers Hiding In Your Closet Charlize Theron's Top 3 Beauty Secrets
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