Pondering the Point

I recently spent the night sleeping under the stars. No tent, no yurt, no canvas teepee strung up with lights. Just a friend and blankets and a balmy night. It’s the small things that change us, that open up doors and give us vision, an ability to see things we largely would have missed before. This experience is one of the things that inspired this post.

We humans are as cruel to ourselves, as we are to each other in this money and materials driven society we have built around ourselves. Like an overbearing, mass, clipped-wing our daily lives have become the zoo of the human world. We seem unable to fathom the extent of our plight, and are therefore akin to the trained animals of the circus the good ones among us may fight for; motivated by regular, insignificant treats and comforted by flat-pack shelter, packaged food and meaningless rules. We are terrified of change, of different, and of running away from the society that keeps us. We keep our eyes on her. Updating, buying, spending, judging; flitting between each empty charade like a chained-up bear, fearful of the whip.

There are many routines, rules and trends that we take part in but don’t necessarily agree with, but why do we do it? What exactly are we signing up for and why aren’t we living now? This life feels real but we spend hours of it frozen in front of meaningless television, we buy food wrapped in plastic, so disguised from its original form that we could not attempt to tell you exactly what it is that we are putting into our bodies. We visit zoos and sea life centres to teach our children about animals; they in turn become comfortable with cages and keepers for habitats. We forget we are animals too, we deny it so much we literally cleanse the natural world away; landscaping the wild, lest it remind us of our true form. Our true home. We live within concrete and plastic, keep pets but eat meat and have never spent a night sleeping unsheltered under the stars.

Strip it back, find you and change your world.

Jaime x

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Coconut Oil – the Hair Miracle?

Having a mixed ethnic origin has meant that I’ve always had tricky, changeable hair. From jet black and poker straight to light-brown, fine and wavy, my hair has morphed into many versions of itself over the years, but settled after adolescence into a fine, slightly wavy form that until I had my second daughter, seemed to have stuck.

Since then, my hair has begun to change slightly; to my horror I have been finding more and more coarse, rough and spiky strands of hair which are quite different to the rest. They are thick, untameable and unsightly and as well as straightening and blow drying to within an inch if my poor hair’s life, I have recently been pulling them out. In fact, this has become a bit of a bad habit and it occurred to me recently that I should probably seek another way of dealing with them. Everything I was doing so far had only added to the stress that it seemed my hair was reacting to and if I was careful, I would end up with a bald spot.

I have dabbled in natural hair care over the years, even soapnut liquid for a while, but haven’t found any method or product that I am completed enamoured with, though I probably haven’t given any method a fair try.
I read a blog post recently on Mind Body Green about bicarbonate of soda for hair washing and it got me thinking about natural hair care again. I have lots of my current shampooing products left so I haven’t tried the bicarbonate of soda method yet (more on that next time!) While I wait for those to run out I wanted something natural to try, something to add to my hair to beat the frizz and nourish it from root to tip; I wanted coconut oil.

I have recently been using coconut oil on my face as a makeup remover and also on my lips as a soothing balm. One morning after towel drying my hair I rubbed some coconut oil through the ends of hair, left it damp and went out for the day. An hour later my hair had dried and was soft, wavy, smooth and completely frizz free. It felt like an actual miracle! Up until now I had never once left my hair damp and gone out for the day – this was a huge test and I am so glad I did. It is such a treat to not have to blow dry my hair everyday and I am now able to embrace my natural hair which as a busy mum is also incredibly practical.

My next trial will be the bicarbonate of soda method, I will post results here soon.

So go on give coconut oil a try! You need to buy unrefined, raw, virgin, coconut oil and it will say this on the jar – if it doesn’t then it isn’t!

Share your results below!

Jaime x

Image credit: Lucybee.co

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