Friday, March 1, 2013

The Hair Salon: Homemade Hair

Explanation: Hair products are bad for your hair. On the label of a typical hair-gel bottle, there's a whole list of names that I'm not quite sure how to pronounce. I've heard rumors that some (if not all) of these products actually dry out your hair (alcohol content, for one thing). Usually I restrain myself to use  hairspray and gel only for special occasions. (I'd rather use them everyday, but don't want the increased dandruff and guilty-sort-of-feeling that'll go along with that.)

Problem with this information:
My hair is naturally full and wavy/ without proper products and scrunching, it's very frizzy and dry.)

Due to going on the "G.A.P.S." diet, I'm not supposed to use the beloved "Curl pomade" or conditioner that I normally would. I tried plain ol' olive oil...and the greasy look just didn't work.

I prayed about it and started researching. This is what I found:

1 cup of warm water
1 tsp of unflavored gelatin

Mix well and, after washing your hair, put on the wet mixture (all over)  and scrunch.

When it dries, it holds very well. (If you don't want your hair to be so stiff that it's "crunchy" you can just add less gelatin.)

This works well and I suppose it protects the hairs, themselves.

While looking up the benefits of gelatin for hair, I found that it might be good to consume a bit of it internally, too!

"Gelatin contains keratin, which is a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin. All of these are basically dead cells which are pushed up from underneath by new cells being formed. The stronger these layers of dead cells are, the more protection they give the tender, new growth beneath. Keeping your keratin levels up can help keep the outer layers flexible and strong."

Lots of interesting information.

Do you do have any "Hair recipes" to share?


Zoë said...

I'm going to go look for some gelatin in our kitchen right now.
I know exactly what you mean by "the guilty feeling"!!!

I like using shampoo from Trader Joes, its all natural :) Oh, and a couple tbs of lemon juice in a 8oz glass of water washed through your hair a couple x's will bring out the natural highlights "hidden" in your hair. I like to do that in the summer :) Using cold(er) water to wash your hair will make it more easy to style and shiny too! Hot water dries out your hair.
:D Can you tell I enjoy this subject???

There is a sortage of stamps at our house....your letter is setting on the counter :) You might get it sometime next week! Hopefully I can find a forsaken stamp left somewhere !

Anna said...

Thanks! I see we're kindred spirits in more ways than one! I think I'll be trying your tips next time I wash my hair.

Oh, don't worry about it. I know all about being short on stamps. I'm super excited to get your letters...this one will be no exception. :)

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