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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Natural Conditioning Treatment

Source: Library of Congress

I love this old advertisement (and I love pronouncing it in the British way, in my head--think of Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins) for hair tonic.  It promises to thicken hair, restore gray hair to its original color, cure baldness and dandruff!  I wonder what was in that magical serum?

I ran across this recipe on Pinterest a few months ago.  I have tried it several times.  It won't cure baldness or restore gray to it's original color, but it does make my hair feel very soft and it even seals up split-ends, which helps me get by a little longer between haircuts.

1 egg
2 TB castor oil
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp glycerin (available in the pharmacy section of the grocery store)

Whip these together with a whisk.  Transfer to some sort of squeeze bottle, for easier application.  Apply to dry hair.  Wrap hair in a plastic bag, or use a disposable shower cap; and then wrap a towel over that.  Leave in for 2 hours, then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

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  1. Question: Would this work ok if you use 'no poo'? I've used only baking soda for 1.5 years now, but because I am using harsher elastics (I started running, training for a half marathon, so I need my hair held TIGHT), I started seeing split ends, something I hadn't seen for YEARS until 8 months ago when I started running. :( So I NEED to be doing SOME conditioning. (I do not do an acv or lemon juice rinse... I know I know, I probably should, right? ;) )

    Thanks! :)

  2. I did "no poo" for quite a few years. And yes, you really do want to do an ACV, lemon juice, or citric acid rinse. It helps with tangles, and always makes my hair feel smoother. I'm assuming this treatment would work fine with no poo. I would think you would want to rinse thoroughly before doing the baking soda. Let us know. Have you tried a natural shampoo bar? That's what I'm using now, and it would work with this, too. Since it does suds up and will wash thoroughly, but it won't strip your natural oils.

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