4 Weird Things I Put In My Hair

1. Honey & olive oil hair mask. You can follow the link, but the entire recipe is: honey, olive oil, mix, put on hair. Miranda and Krystal talked me into this and after I got it onto my head I panicked and wondered if I had made a huge mistake (I’ve made a huge mistake). But! It worked! It all washed out easily in just one shampoo and my hair looked really good and felt really soft. If (when) I do it again I’m going to dampen and comb out my hair well first and then spread the mask on with my hands. I didn’t do my roots, since those tend to be oily on their own but if your hair was dry you absolutely could.

2. Coconut oil. I’m not even going to bother talking about WHY I would suddenly start using coconut oil for everything, since apparently I am the last person on the planet to discover its awesomeness, but it was great for my hair. It took a little longer to wash out that the mask, but I just wore my hair in a bun for a day between shampoos and now it’s REALLY soft.

3. Lemon Juice. Well, actually lemon juice, water and hydrogen peroxide, aka DIY Sun-In. I tried to buy ACTUAL Sun-In but my Target didn’t have it anymore (because it’s 2012, Suzanne, not 1999). Truthfully, my homemade version works even better on my hair and gives me fantastic, natural-looking highlights. I wouldn’t recommend it on anyone with hair that tends to look orangey in the sun unless you want Bozo the clown streaks. The hydrogen peroxide will lighten your hair even without sitting in the sun (gradually but permanently) but the lemon works best if you’re going to sit by the pool for a while. For natural(ish) blondes the results look way more expensive than the pennies it costs to make.

4. Moringa oil. I was sent a bottle to review (and I’ll have a giveaway soon!) as a treatment for sunburns, among other things. I figured if it helped repair the sunburn I am DEFINITELY going to get this weekend that would be more than enough, but in the mean time the website convinced me to try it on other stuff. I like it on my hair as a treatment for frizz and for the days after I’ve fried it with chlorine and sun and lemon juice. I can smooth a tiiiiiny bit on my hands and then over my ponytail to help it looks polished and fancy as opposed to “frazzled mom hair”. I would definitely recommend it to anyone whose hair is thicker/coarser/less oily than mine as an everyday product.

What weird beauty stuff (for your hair or any other bit) do you recommend?

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8 Responses to “4 Weird Things I Put In My Hair”

  1. Denae says:

    I had a friend put lemon juice in her shampoo year around as a hair lightener. Gave her brown hair a sun-kissed look.

    Everything I put in my hair comes bottled from the store. I rarely do a leave in conditioner as my hair gets oily quick. I have contemplated a good homemade scalp scrub. Something about naturally blonde hair lends itself to cradle cap, even as an adult.

  2. Lisa says:

    I have a four week old baby. I’m lucky to get a shower to get weird stuff OUT of my hair ! :-)

  3. Brigid Keely says:

    Back when I was using alternative, non-shampoo cleansing methods for my hair (baking soda and water) I used to follow it up with a rinse of room temperature very strong chamomile tea, honey, and lemon juice. It left my hair soft and lightened it slightly.

    Now I use a SLS-free scent-free store-brand shampoo from Whole Foods. Because it’s SLS free it doesn’t lather so much as foam, but I don’t care. (I think it’s also paraben free and pthalate free) I have some random old conditioners around that I use every so often,b ut since my hair is currently short and my scalp is oily I don’t really need conditioner right now.

    I’m allergic to products that contain coconut (although I can apparently eat it? or maybe the products I’ve used that contained coconut ALSO HAPPENED to contain something else I’m allergic to?) and coconut products are The New Hotness or something so I have to be very careful of “all natural” products right now, including Burt’s Bees line.

  4. t.bird says:

    i use coconut oil in my hair like it’s my job.
    & on my body.
    & in my food.

    i may have an addiction.

  5. Miranda says:

    Have you read Wicked? Elphaba, who can’t get wet because she’ll melt, uses coconut oil to clean herself. I can’t imagine slathering myself in coconut oil without imagining what it would be like to be green. And then I burst into song a la Kermit the frog.

    This is your brain on babies.

  6. Julie S. says:

    I might have to try these- my hair is frizzy and in that awkward-not-growing-longer stage and I am DYING.

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