September 18, 2013
My Beautiful Long Hair – I miss you!
At this point my Husband should be saying: “I told you so”, but he is too nice to do that to me, but I totally deserve it. I have, for years, used henna on my hair and it has always been long, shiny and beautiful. After my surgery, being unceremoniously laid off while I was recovering from it and few other things, I wanted to change my hair, as much as I could. And I did. I felt like it would change my appearance and help me move on with my new life.
I went from waist long dark red hair to above shoulders blond. I think that’s pretty much as radical as it gets. It was fun and shocking to wake up the day after I went blond and see myself in the mirror. Two months later Tommy still says, “What did you do with my wife?” every so often. He has always told me that I should just stop coloring it and let it grow and see what my natural hair color is. I always dreamed of being blond and as it turned out I was naturally a dirty blond. The joke is on me. But with all the bleaching and coloring that my hair had gone through in the last 3 months I had completely fried it. (Just a side note for henna users – yes, it is possible to go from henna red to a light blond, but you will fry your hair) So I have been trying various things to make it better, some things have helped a little, others not at all and one made my hair super shiny and soft, as it used to be before all the bleaching. So here is the description of what worked and what did not. Please note that all of the treatments are natural and will not damage your hair but the results may vary, just like they did for me.
1) Using coconut oil on dry hair, leaving for an hour or more and washing off with shampoo and conditioner – worked for me, but not as well as I hoped. I have to wash my hair twice with shampoo to remove all the oil, otherwise it looks somewhat limp and dry (they dry part is odd, I know)
2) Using coconut oil, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin and apple cider vinegar on dry hair, leaving for an hour or more and washing off with shampoo and conditioner – same as above, works but not as well as I thought it would.
3) Using honey and a natural conditioner (I used 365 brand from Whole Foods), mixed about 50/50 or maybe a little more conditioner than honey and slathered on dry hair, covered with saran wrap for 3 hours. Washed off without shampoo in lukewarm water – results are amazing! My hair is super soft, shiny and bouncy and all I did was let it dry naturally while I slept last night.
I am going to try the (1) and (2) with saran wrap. I think it will increase the hydration because it will trap the heat from my head and let the oils penetrate deeper. Stay tuned to the results. Also from what I have heard and read, the honey/conditioner or another variation of it – honey, cinnamon, olive oil and some water – is supposed to lighten your hair naturally. I cannot see a difference from one application, but I am going to try it again!
So finally, I am taking my Husband’s advise and letting my hair be. I want to see what it looks like long. I do have a couple of grey hairs and hope that the honey/conditioner mixture will give me enough subtle highlights to disguise it.
Post a comment and let me know if any of these, or any other treatments have worked for you.
Have a great hair day!
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