Wednesday, May 9, 2012

That's My Hair?!?

First, let me just preface this post by saying that taking pictures of my head? Not actually a talent I've been blessed with, so keep that in mind ...

I've been using the baking soda mixture/ apple cider vinegar mixture on my hair for about 2 1/2 weeks now. I love it. I've found that it allows me to go 3-4 days between washes -- and yes, my hair still smells, feels, and looks clean at that point. The best part is that my hair seems to be healthier. It's not so dry, even with straightening it after I've washed it. Also, it's actually quicker for me to wash my hair this way. I went into this method knowing that it doesn't lather, so I've found that I don't mind it a bit.

Today, I decided that while I was towel-drying my hair, I'd scrunch it a bit -- just to see the results. This was what happened.

It's a little fuzzy. Told you that I'm not so good at taking pictures of my head, but you can kind of see the waves. This was while my hair was wet.
I decided to leave it -- just to see if it would last. It's been torture not to play with it or even to keep scrunching.  Part of me thought about putting some gel in just to see if it would help, but I really wanted to know what my hair has decided its capable of all on its own, so my hair's still product free ...

This, my friends, is what it looks like dry ...

Ugh, weird angle on the neck and shoulders, but you should be looking at my hair anyway. ;)  Still full of gentle waves ...
Another shot from the front:

Again, the lighting is horrible, and it's kind of hard to tell from the front -- and with my shoulders hunched up to hold the camera -- but it's a general idea.

I know that it doesn't look like much, but seriously I've had STICK straight hair my whole life. To get some nice waves without any product and less than five minutes of effort? Bring on the summer!

Although I never asked my kids to try this new hair regimen, they've both weighed in on the process ...

L told me that it seems a little crazy to wash my hair with baking soda and vinegar, and that she thought she'd stick with shampoo. But, my little eight year old likes how soft and clean my hair is (she can't stop playing with it ... ) and has done her darnedest to match it with her shampoo washing. She now combs her hair meticulously and goes out of her way to keep it clean. For a kid whose hair snarls if you look at it, she's managed miracles. She's a determined little thing once she sets her mind to a task.

M, whose hair turned super-greasy when she turned 7 1/2, informed me that she wanted to try the baking soda and vinegar. Her hair, for the last couple of years, has been so greasy that within a few hours of washing, the grease is reforming. After sleeping on it, it's untenable. We washed it with the baking soda mixture and followed it with the vinegar rinse. Night and day difference! Her hair was clean and soft. Better yet, there was no trace of grease. Her hair looks, smells, and feels healthy. She wanted to see how long it would work, so we kept track. Her hair didn't show signs of being dirty -- in appearance, smell, or touch or even by the return of the grease -- until the 5th day out. We don't normally let it go that long, but she wanted to "test" the difference. (No worries, she's still bathing ... ) As we were walking to school the morning after we washed her hair, my M looked at me and said, "MOM! This stuff is AMAZING!!" This daughter of mine prefers the baking soda mixture. I have to admit, I can't argue with that. It's done wonderful things for her hair. She's been using it for two weeks now, and it seems to be effective.