Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Feeding My Hair

Today I tried a new recipe. It was a very simple recipe and I am still awaiting the results. I am still baking. Yes, I said I am still baking.

While we await the finish of my recipe, allow me to entertain you with the history of my hair.
Riveting, I know. You are all on the edge of your seats.

I was born with a blessing disguised as a curse. AKA curly hair. Actually we just thought it was naturally frizzy until I got a perm in the 7th grade. My wonderful Young Women teacher came over, permed my already (unbeknownst to me) curly hair and taught me how to fix it. That was the key. I just didn't know how to fix it up to that point. She introduced me to my new best friend. Hair gel.

Regardless of the lessons I was given, I still disguised my hair. In high school I would wake up every other morning at 5 just so I could straighten my curls. I hated them. I dreaded the rain, or too much heat (sweat) or even humid days because the curls would just pop out of their carefully straightened uniforms. I was so embarrassed on curly days. What monstrous hair I thought I had.

After graduation I moved to CO to live with my sister. I got lazy. I quit straightening my hair. Possibly because it snowed nearly every day, but also because I was tired of getting up so early and relished my sleep. Those were the days I learned the fine arts of curly. The beauty of only having to spend 30 seconds on the hair before it was ready for the day. The glory of having elegant up dos in under 10 minutes.

And now I love the curl. I regret those many (6) years of hiding my hair.

And just to show my hair how much I love it, I decided to give it a treat.

It is reported to be very moisturizing and soothing to frayed and tired ends.

What you need:

1 ripe avocado
8-10 drops of sweet almond oil
2-3 tsp honey

What to do:

Mash the avocado into a mush. Add the oil and honey. Apply to wet hair, focusing on the ends. Wrap in a towel or shower cap, or plastic wrap and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.

I am in the sitting stage right now. The baking, if you will. I will let you know how it goes, and if I plan to do it again.

Truth be told, I just had an avocado that was needing to be used, and was a little too bruised up to eat. If you can't eat it, stick it in your hair, right? If it works well, I may have to start buying the extra cheap because they are bruised avocados. I can eat guacamole and nourish my hair at the same time! Hey!



And the results are in. I LOVE it! The curl is a lot tighter and bouncier, my hair is shinier, and even Jeffrey noticed a difference with it. I am most definitely going to have to do this often. As in possibly once a month often. It is wonderful! I can't rave about it enough. You should try it. Seriously. Even if you have straight hair, I am sure it will have miraculous effects for you too! Try it and let me know how it worked out for you.


14 comments:

Lisa Anne said...

I hated my curly hair too. Permining it my freshman year did help a bit. I straighten mine whenever I get a chance too. When it's not straight it's in a pony cause I have funky curls and I still hate them.

I've tried the gel and the frizze ease stuff. Nothing works. Maybe I should perm it again when it grows out.

mub said...

Did you really straighten it everyday? I KNOW I've seen it curly before and I've always been slightly jealous ;)

Familia Morales said...

I love curly hair! Only about 1 minute to fix, and the humidity here does wonders for it. I am no longer a pony-tail wearing mama.

I'm going to have to try the avocado hair stuff. Where do you get sweet almond oil? I have almond extract, is that the same?

It must have worked great, especially since your hubby noticed a difference.

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

I don't think I've done any of those hair treatments before. Maybe one day I'll invite some friends over for a girls night and we can do them. Or maybe I'll just decide to pamper myself one day like you. :)

Myndie said...

Hi! I have curly hair too and did not embrace it until about 10 years ago. I love it now. I think I'm going to try this out after I do some cleaning and yoga. Can you use olive or peanut oil instead of the sweet almond oil?

Thanks for sharing this:)

Myndie

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm going to have to try that. My hair only curls up a little, and only when it's raining and I use lots of sprunch spray!

Noodle said...

I used to love to do hot oil treatments on my hair but stoped once I moved out of my mom and dads... I love my curly hair but I envy people with striaght too... I'm scared to cut Sammy's hair cause I don't want her to loose her ringlets.... But that recipe aounds like fun We should do a mommy hair treatment day what a fun half hour that would be...

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

I have a 'kink' in my hair so it was great in the 80's when I could scrunch it - not so cool now!! I wish it was one way or the other. My GHD's are my best friend!!

Lara said...

That sounds wonderful! My hair is dying for something like that (maybe because I DO straighten it every day, but my hair isn't really curly. Just wavy enough to look awful if it's left to its own devices.)

Chris and Francisca Hakes said...

Hello my name is Francisca and I am addicted to my straightening iron. Seriously though if I had your cute curls I wouldn't be so scared of mine ;) Mine just are not so bouncy :(

Momisodes said...

Where's the pics? :)

Sounds like a great recipe. I went through a similar phase, but opposite. I woke up insanely early to try to crimp or curl my pin straight hair!

Em said...

and oh how i wanted curly hair! i have wavy hair that can be made to look almost curly with hours of work and a bottle of mouse (why can't i spell that right???). anyway, i haven't done it in years, but it's possible. with the wave i'm still left with work b/c i dry it and then straighten it all out. i do love to let it air dry when it's short b/c on a good day it looks really cute.

Tawni said...

That sounds like a fun recipe. I'll have to try it sometime.

Can you email me your address? I know I probably have it somewhere, but in my pregnant state I can't remember where!

Sue said...

Where did you get the sweet almond oil? This sounds like something my dry hair could use!

=)