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tashabear
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I bought a copy of Curly Girl last night, at least partially based on baronessmartha's recommendation. I'll give it a shot for two or three weeks.

I seem to have a cross between wavy and Botticelli hair, according to the book, and tried minimal shampoo and conditioning last night. It's nice and curly today (on the side I didn't sleep on), but still sort of dried out. Looks like there may be a trip to the health food store for some "potion" ingredients... and the drugstore for bottles to put them in. ;-)

On the plus side, it looks like the stuff I'm already using is about what I should be using, though I could use a good deep conditioner.

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sibilla_dangers From: sibilla_dangers Date: October 17th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
if they recomend oiling your hair... (I know sounds odd)... I highly recomend coconut oil. I get mine at A-Market Natural food store in Manchester. It comes in a solid state in a jar and melts to the touch. I use it regularly and have had fantastic result.

How I use it:
-open jar
-dip finger tips in solid oil
-push till it melts a bit and there's a bit of oil on each finger tip
-comb fingers through the bottom 10 inches of my hair, (basically everything below my shoulders)
-I do this anywhere from a few hours before a shower to the night before. then wash hair as normal.

It does take a few weeks for your hair to adjust to the oil but I've had fantastic results and one jar has lasted me 6 months so far and i've barely made a dent in it. Split ends and broken hairs are almost gone.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I will have to give that a try! I bet it smells yummy, too.

If you do this the night before, is there any oil left on your pillowcase?
sibilla_dangers From: sibilla_dangers Date: October 17th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I haven't noticed any major residue. It does smell like cocnut so there must be some, but I don't wake up with oil on my face or anything. granted I braid it every night even when not oiling... so that may effect it.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: October 17th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My hair is stick-straight. That said, what I've used as a deep, deep conditioner is olive oil and a plastic grocery bag.

Gloop the oil through the hair, wrap with the bag and clip it off with something. Wash it out with my regular shampoo one to two hours later, and the results are fabulous. My hair is glittery, shiny, and ends up with less breakage. The plastic bag tends to hold the heat of one's scalp in and (from what I understood from Fabulous Chuckie, Hairdresser to the Stars), the heat helps the oil penetrate the hair shaft more efficiently/deeply.

I suppose I should do it more often, but I'm a morning shower person and don't get out of bed until the Very Last Moment(tm); that precious hour is usually spent deeply asleep or in deep denial.
Wrap your coconut oiled head with a grocery bag and see what happens.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The deep treatment for ends in the book consists of olive oil and lavender essential oil. I'll have to look into the properties of lavender oil, because I hate the smell.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: October 17th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think an oil is an oil is an oil when it comes to the hair on one's head. Substitute out whatever scented oil you like and you should be good.

I went to elementary, middle and high school with a Brahmin girl from India. Once a week she'd pile her hair up on her head and douse it with mineral oil. Or mayonnaise. Same effect...
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I was thinking vanilla or almond. Num.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: October 17th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I should try this. I have mostly straight hair and the ends of my hair tend to get tangled as the day goes on.
Btw, your icon is SO cute! :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I need to go see if I have any olive oil that doesn't involve garlic and balsamic vinegar...
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: October 17th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Those two are my cats, Greyling and Rhiannon, back when they were six months old and two months old respectively. Greyling is a big, brown cat with black points and a silver undercoat-- white belly. His little sister is the tiny tabby. I had woken him up as I walked into my bedroom and that's what I found.

This is my cue to trot out Greyling's other favorite sleeping position:

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I should point out that my son was about 5'6" at the time. That is not a SMALL cat.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: October 17th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That is another great picture! :) That is one big cat! We have a tiger cat that prefers to sleep somewhere on us but even though she is fat she still isn't a large cat.
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: October 17th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I use olive oil as well. I really like what it does to my hair.
I fell out of practice recently and I can see the difference.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Do you apply it when your hair is wet or dry?
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: October 17th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (base camp)
either. before shampooing I put it in dry hair. for after shower conditioning I put it in wet. I also use carrot oil in my hair and Erin's. It is a mixed oil, and there is carrot creme as well.

Some of the stuff in that book is really cool, some is totally crazy and I don't do it.

pick and choose what makes sense and what works for your head.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 17th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Do you do this when your hair is wet or dry?
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: October 17th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I've only done it when my hair's been both dry and dirty. I think if it were wet there would be less penetration from the oil. Admittedly, hair shafts don't have all that much to them to penetrate...
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: October 17th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I love your icon.
Where did you get it, and can I yoink it?
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: October 17th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I stole got it from someone in customers_suck, I believe. Um, or metaquotes. No idea whom to credit. You're welcome to anything of mine except the one of my two kittens ("mine!").

I have any number of silly icons-- I tend to use them as bonus commentary on my responses.
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