|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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