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Pam's recounting of how her ancestrally thrifty habits have helped her in modern life in ways none of her foremothers could have imagined!

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The Hair Experiment
Friday, May 30, 2008

I have always done my own hair - for want of anyone else doing it!  And as the years went on - coloring was introduced when I was a hair model and actually got PAID to have my hair cut & colored.  And then I watched a hairdresser I went to, to tint my hair red for a shoot  more or less temporarily - and I learned how to introduce color with just color shampoo!

I have been mixing my color shampoos together - both red and blonde, to get a strawberry blonde, which is the color I like my highlights (created by hydrogen peroxide on dirty hair) to be.  But the yellow shampoo I has been using has been taken off the market for some reason - and what I was left with didn't have the effect I was looking for.  I even bought some rather expensive Redken blonde shampoo, thinking that the color of the BOTTLE was the color of the shampoo - & it wasn't.  Ugh.

But I had been reading about natural hair color and so on on thriftyfun - and was inspired to try to put some TUMERIC in my blonde shampoo to make it more yellow.  Now, turmeric is one of the incredients of mustard - & it why it STAINS everything, so I thought it would stick.  Then I also had read in several places about using baking soda in addition to your shampoo to help to get rid of the build up of silicon ingredients on your hair - and to be good for your scalp, too.

SO - yesterday I washed my hair with some blonde shampoo and added baking soda - felt good - and rinsed it out.  Then I put a few, maybe 4 -  pinches of turneric into some blonde shampoo I have put in a cup - and then added the red shampoo to get the color I usually use.  The next step is to put it on your hair, put on a shower cap, and let it sit for 20 minutes.  I usually sit in a hot bath....Then rinse it out & use a blonde/red conditioner combination.

I was anxious to see how it turned out - but voila! My hair turned out nice & shiny - my scalp felt great,  and the residue was gone...A success!!! It's even organic....

So the lesson here - as in many aspects of my life, is to dare to EXPERIMENT.  You can hedge your bets (I left the shampoo solution in for 20 rather than 30 minutes) - but go ahead and try it!

Most things are not irreversible.  That's what I like about home treatments, you can go gradually, not drastically...And it's much easier on my tender scalp.  I had actually tried some commercial touchup for my temple areas, which are hard to cover - and, wow, did it BURN!.  It's ok now, but I don't dare use anything like that formula (with ammonia) on my whole HEAD (& it was relatively expensive, too - $10 for a one time coverup of my temples?).  For reasons of economy and health, this is a MUCH better way to go!

And the turmeric?  It cost $2.99 at the health food store - and at the rate I am going, it will last forever....



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New Style Cheap
Saturday, January 05, 2008

I always pay attention when I get my hair done, as I learn things from watching hair dressers or having my hair styled.  The last time, the stylist used a flattening iron on my hair, which is quite long at the moment - and voila! It really groomed my hair stylishly straight with a little bend at the end - Not only that, but it lasted for several days just with brushing. 

Now, this requires another hair instrument - but my husband found one for me - a newish Conair at a thrift shop for $8.95 (retail $30) - so I was able to do my own hair for New Year's and another shoot I had - Not as well as the stylist, I admit, but it looked pretty good.

The developments in hair stuff is rapid nowadays - so keep your eyes open - this is SO much easier than blow drying.

P.S. Keep an eye on thrift shops even when traveling.  We got the hair iron at a thrift shop in San Diego - where we were on a flying visit for New Year's Eve! And I picked up some paperback mysteries, and some sashes and little gifts for the 2008 gift box, too.

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