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So my hair was dry, lank, ugly for too long, and then:

 
 
Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 07:02 pm
Well, to backtrack, I've been trying to get away from store shampoos. The well thought out ones are pretty expensive, and ordinary ones are questionable. My hair was dry, lank, and ugly (well, hey, I'm old) before all this. I ended up - via online investigation - concocting shampoo out of Dr. Bronner's castile soap, diluted,with glycerin added, and that was nice and inexpensive, and I had no worse result, still ordinary dry, lank, ugly hair.

We live in a dry climate, and it's dryer in winter given household heat. So, I remembered reading about olive oil treatment, and looked that up again.
Ok, ok, I tried it.

2 tbs of olive oil on hair, brush through, put on shower cap. Wait a bit. When showering, direct hot water overhead (not sure that is necessary). Shampoo olive oil out. I didn't add conditioner either of the two times. I admit I used regular leftover shampoo to get rid of the oil.

It works! I got my old hair back, there's life in it. What a kick!

Have any of you ventured out of the shampoo aisle for your hair?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 07:43 pm
@ossobuco,
When I had waist-length hair about 10 years ago and ran out of conditioner, I used dilluted liquid fabric softener one time, and another time, I used mayonnaise. I was desperate to remove all the tangles.

Have also used a lemon or vinegar rinse on my hair when it used to get extremely oily. Haven't had that problem with my skin or my hair since moving to NM. Haven't yet felt the need to use moisturizers.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 08:14 pm
@ossobuco,
I've been using egg yolks and cider vinegar for almost 2 years, twice a week. My hair is shiny and soft. I shower every day and just rinse it when not using the above. My hair doesn't get greasy anymore at all.
If it's especially dirty, I use a very thin mixture of baking soda and then rinse with the vinegar.
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 08:34 pm
I use conditioner to clean my hair every other day or so. I rub some in then leave it while I do everything else, to it will soak through the hair styling products I use.
Mostly I use the tubes of conditioner that come with the Feria I color my hair with.

I use shampoo maybe once a week.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 08:48 pm
@chai2,
I use this Moroccan oil and it's just wonderful, just a small dab is enough
for towel dried hair - my hair is so silky smooth and shiny, I love it.
http://www.planetbeauty.com/newimages/moroccan%20oil.gif
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:05 pm
@chai2,
I'd rather not do that. Not to be snotty, just interested.

In my case, I'm ramping up in years. I figured my dry lank and so on hair was normal. I looked like the neighbor we used to dismiss mockingly.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:10 pm
@ossobuco,
Well, sorry, that was reactive.

Estrogen is great for hair.. and much else.


Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:14 pm
I only wash my hair once a week and never use shampoo. I find a little conditioner and a rinse with vinegar does the trick. I follow it up with a small amount of olive oil and some mousse for curl control. In winter, I sometimes do what Osso mentions and apply olive oil which I cover with a plastic shower cap to let it penetrate the hair. I follow with the vinegar rinse and it looks shiny and healthy for days. I have never found a commercial product that works as well as olive oil.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:17 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
Estrogen is great for hair.. and much else.


I've been getting very nostalgic for my estrogen lately.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:21 pm
@ossobuco,
I'll be quiet and listen.

Time does pass.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Feb, 2011 09:31 pm
@Green Witch,
snort.
That's agreement/
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 09:37 am
@CalamityJane,
Calamity, is that Argan oil? I've bought some and so far it's just sitting on a shelf. With winter my hair is dry and coarse. I guess it couldn't hurt to give it a try.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 03:28 pm
@Tai Chi,
Yes exactly, Tai Chi, it's Argan oil. Try it, you'll see the difference immediately!
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 03:32 pm
@CalamityJane,
Thanks, CJ. I tried a little on just the tips and they're looking less frizzy. (I really need a haircut!)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 03:39 pm
@Green Witch,
Aha, next time I'll try a vinegar rinse instead of shampoo to get the olive oil out.

I wash my hair every fifth or sixth day. I used to wash it daily, egads.

That moroccan oil looks interesting..
Pemerson
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 09:38 pm
@ossobuco,
I've always had some obsession with keeping my hair healthy and shiney, everything from baby oil and olive oil treatments to mayonnaise, raw egg, honey, even crude oil.

Yeah crude oil, with a rinse that smelled heavily of alcohol. Don't ask where I got the idea 'cause I won't tell. But, one day about 15 years ago I had just put the crude in, waited the time it said and was applying the alcohol stuff when my husband called me, saying "hurry up, get out here, Zenna broke out. She's running down the driveway." Zenna was a pony someone gave us free (she was rather old) but we loved her.

Without thinking I threw a towel over my head, ran out and got in the car. Geez, it took a few seconds to feel my head freezing in the cold hair. It was also quite stiff, sticking out every which way. But, I was determined to stay in the car, let him run after that pony. Nobody found the pony and my head was frozen. Well, the end of the story was everyone in town was looking for the pony. We gave her, free, to the family who found her grazing in their yard.

Well, I am way off course here. Back to the crude oil. Yeah, it did work, so I used it a couple more times. That's enough for one lifetime.

Now I use Nioxin products which work wonders for fine hair. I used to have thick, fine hair but now have brown and white thinner hair. Couldn't live without the mousse. We look around, find it on sale in beauty shops. I paid $10 for the whole set, gigantic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and mousse. Lasted 1 1/2 years.

Osso, I can see where that would work, rinsing out conditioner with vinegar, other things suggested too. Will try them myself.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 11 Feb, 2011 11:12 pm
@Pemerson,
Ok, Pem, that was one wonderful post.

Hang in there.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 12 Feb, 2011 01:45 am
@ossobuco,
Interesting & informative thread, osso.

I'm paying attention to what those in the know, know. (I have even Googled "argan oil". Smile )

You have no idea how many bottles of expensive shampoos & conditioners, accumulated over the years, are have been sitting on my bathroom shelves unused ... many given up on after just one use. I think I'll throw them all out now.

This is interesting. I'm paying attention.

Pemerson, I loved your story.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 12 Feb, 2011 01:52 am
@chai2,
Chai, is Brylcream now a thing of the past?
You have moved on?
It is so hard, trying to keep up! Wink
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 12 Feb, 2011 05:29 am
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

I've been using egg yolks and cider vinegar for almost 2 years, twice a week. My hair is shiny and soft. I shower every day and just rinse it when not using the above. My hair doesn't get greasy anymore at all.
If it's especially dirty, I use a very thin mixture of baking soda and then rinse with the vinegar.


what do you do with egg yolk? work it in and let it sit? how long? and cider vinegar is instead of shampoo? diluted? straight-up? would rice vinegar also work? so many questions, so little hair!
 

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