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Confessions of the Black Haired Chick

17 October 2004

Ever since I was 16, I’ve been on a fruitless mission to get my hair as shiny, smooth and silky as “naturally” [read : cheap] as possible. I really believe all the chemical shite in shampoos and conditioners that create the build up in your hair is plain evil. And I reckon every once in a while, your hair needs a bit of natural goodness.

Ok, so here are some of the things that I’ve tried over the last 10 years (please note that I have no scientific backing whatsoever to any of my claims. Heh.) :

Beer : Apparently beer makes your hair soft and shiny. And at the impressionable age of 16, I decided that VB was the most beeriest beer I could get my hands on.

Egg : Just the yolk. Make sure you don’t rinse it out with very hot water (the egg might cook). Hair felt ok.

Mayonnaise : Couple of tablespoons made my hair very shiny! But it took ages to wash it out.

Honey : Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 3 cups of water. You’re supposed to wash your hair normally, then comb the mixture through your hair and then leave it in to dry. I washed it out, it was way too icky to leave in.

Coconut milk : My aunty told me about this one. Just massage and rinse it through your hair.

Coconut oil : You’re supposed to massage the oil into your scalp then leave it in for a several hours. But I didn’t have the patience and left it in for 30 minutes. It took ages to wash out, but my hair felt very soft!

Avocado : Massage mashed avocado into your scalp for 20 minutes then wash out. It was gross!

Water only treatment : For 1 week I tried to use nothing but water to wash my hair. My hair felt so gross after the first wash. After the second wash it got a little better. I caved in after the third wash because I had a party to go to.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the shampoo and conditioners from Lush. They’ve been sooo good. A little expensive, but it’s nice to use someone else’s cocktail of natural goodies.