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Homemade Beauty Product Problems, Questions, Etc.
April 21, 2010
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MousE said:

Hair coloring… I’ve colored my hair at the salon for years.  Now, with age, it’s grey at the front and faded brown everywhere else.  I’m tired of putting chemical coloring on it, so started investigating Henna.  We have a huge East Indian community here, and Mehndi (Henna Body Art) is commonly practiced.  Turns out that most Henna available in stores has metallic salts and dyes in it.  Real Henna is only ever red.  The best quality is that used for Mehndi, as it must be pure to put so much on one’s hands and feet.  I used to Henna my hair back in the 80’s and it always came out a brassy red.  Turns out I was using the wrong kind of Henna, and preparing it improperly.  According to the info I now have, from the HennaVancouver website, if done right, the color progresses over time:  “One can liken the colors of henna to those of the Autumn season:  

Green leaves changing to shades of burnt orange, red, burnished rust, brown

and burgundy…”

 

I just bought 300 grams of Mehndi Henna from HennaVancouver, and will prepare it according to this site’s instructions:  http://www.hennaforhair.com/  .

 

I’ll let you know how it turns out, if you are interested!  Anyone else have success with Henna?

 

 


 

So the secret, apparently, is NOT to mix the henna with boling water as we used to do in the past, but wth lemon juice, and then you let it sit overnight.  The acidic liquid causes the color to intensify and deepen.

 

Well, yesterday I hennaed my graying hair, and WOW, it looks amazing.  It is not at all brassy, and is more a deep glowing auburn.  I normally have medium brown hair that is now gray at the temples.  I now have auburn hair with glowing highlights, and the color is still deepening.  When mixed with an acid base, according to the author of the ebook, “Henna for Hair “How-To” Henna -Copyright 2006 Catherine Cartwright-Jones”, after application, the color deepens over a four day period.

 

So far I’m loving the depth and richness of this color.  If I had a better camera I’d post pictures, but if you follow the link above, you can see Catherine’s photos.

Cheers! to all.

April 23, 2010
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Ever since I moved to the little farm, I’ve been looking for my lotion. I KNOW it’s here somewhere. But, as usual when I move, I lose things. Whenever I go down to town, I forget that I’m in horrible, desperate need of lotion and leave the store without getting any. So, I’ve been looking for a recipe to make some…unsuccessfully. I’ve tried making lotions and cremes in the past, but they always turn out way too oilly, maybe good for heels and elbows, but definitely not hands.

In my search, I found this website that I thought y’all might enjoy. One of my problems with all these recipes I’ve found is that they call for random stuff that I don’t have laying around. I wouldn’t imagine anyone has anhydrous lanolin or stearic acid just laying around. So, if anybody out there has a recipe for a good lotion that i really can just make from stuff in my cabinets, please let me know. My poor hands are dying.

April 23, 2010
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This is where I wish we could merge topics together………..Cool

 

Here’s a topic that’s for lotions and such, quite a few links in there.  Grandmato2chicks has been creating many things

http://suzannemcminn.com/forum/primitive-crafts-country-style/homemade-lotionsskincare-productshair-products/

 

 

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April 23, 2010
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Ack, sorry!! I should’ve searched!

 

Thanks Cindy!

April 23, 2010
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No problem whatsoever! Kiss

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April 23, 2010
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So, I just tried a new recipe. Jury’s still out. I had to tweak it ALOT to get it to a somewhat decent consistency, and it’s still a bit oilier than I’d like. It’s currently cooling off in my fridge. If it comes out ok, I’ll post the recipe. If it comes out no good, it’s back to the drawing board!

May 1, 2010
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I’ve been using distilled vinegar and water for quite a while now as a
rinse.  My hair just doesn’t work good anymore if I do use conditioner
on it……..I end up with a frizz!!  So remember to put a little bottle in
your overnight case!  But with that honey and almond oil, you’ve got
some repair conditioner going on!  Great job!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

May 1, 2010
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I use cider vinegar as a rinse several times a month.  I had a
beautician tell me to use this years ago, (dilute a good dollop in a
quart or so of water, pour over hair, wait a minute or so and rinse
out)  it helps get any film or built up product off of hair. 

Located in N.E. Ohio

May 1, 2010
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wvclaylady said:

Baking Soda makes a very good cleaner to use in place of shampoo.  Not in emergencies, but always.  Here is the link where I was reading it.  It’s very interesting.

http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html

 

I hope you enjoy it!

Shannon


 

This was very interesting!!!!  I may give it a try just to see how it goes.

May 1, 2010
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Have you ever wondered why beauticians don’t wash your hair when you’re getting a “do” done for a special occasion?  The shampoos take your natural oils out of your hair.  After not using shampoo (detergent) for a while, your hair will get back to it’s natural state and will hold a style much better also.

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May 13, 2010
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wvclaylady said:

Baking Soda makes a very good cleaner to use in place of shampoo.  Not in emergencies, but always.  Here is the link where I was reading it.  It’s very interesting.

http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html

 

I hope you enjoy it!

Shannon


 

Okay——I got really brave today and tried washing with baking soda and rinsing with cider vinegar.  I must say, it didn’t turn out too bad, my hair wasn’t a whole lot different then when I usually wash it with Paul Mitchell awapuuii shampoo.  Of course when I asked my hubby (big mistake—lol) how it looked, if it looked different, he said it looked frizzier, which it did not.  Why I asked, I do not know.  I will definitely try this several more times to see if it really does make a difference.

May 13, 2010
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Yes I know what you mean by asking your husband! I made some homemade soap and had put some ground oatmeal in it, when hubby used it in the shower, his comment to me was ( IT’S KIND OF SCRATCHY) yes I know this, I did it on purpose!!!!! no mention of how nice it looked, smelled, or cleaned!  Men are very strange creatures.butterfly

June 3, 2010
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I have used the baking soda mix to clean my hair followed by the vinegar rinse.  What a difference!  No more mousse, no more heavy conditioners, hair spray.  My hair is rather thick but baby fine (stylist calls it cotton candy hair), now  styles well and stays put without resembling a plastic helmet. LOL.  This is great.  Who knew.

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June 3, 2010
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Isn’t it just wild how much better it is??  My hair is soooo much healthier looking and feeling now that I’ve figured out exactly how to do it.

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June 4, 2010
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It is just the oddest thing.  I have been using the baking soda to wash my hair for about 2 weeks now.  My hair doesn’t need to be washed as often now and the sides of my hair, which were stick straight, have now taken on a slight wave.  I thought I would have a serious problem brushing out my tangled rats nest head of hair with out a ton of conditioner, but amazingly enough, I have no problems!  Another thing that I noticed is that my hair no longer dries in a pouf of frizz.  It dries surprisingly smooth now.  Who would have thought??

I also started using the oil cleaning method.  Now, that is just wild!  My face, which used to have more oil than a vat of french fries, is now not the least bit oily.  I suppose the true test will come.  It is supposed to be 110 degrees here on Sunday.  Gotta love the Arizona summer!  sun  Ugh!

 

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Will second that clean longer thing.  Me, too!  With this hair that is now considered fragile, I tended to let it get a bit beyond my comfort level before washing.  This is soooo much better!  Been out in the heat, gardening, building things, and still don’t feel the need to wash it tonight!  Unbelievable!!

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June 4, 2010
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My natural curl has actually come back…..I guess it was just rebelling against all that product I was using before!  I giggle every time I wash my hair….what am I spending on it every month — maybe a quarter? and my hair is so much healthier now!

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June 15, 2010
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bumping this up for chubbybunny! happy-flower

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August 13, 2010
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Hi folks wave

 

I've been looking to get away from mass market “beauty products” for some time now.  I'd tried the baking soda shampoo awhile back, but I was using too much baking soda, so I'm glad to find out exactly how much to use.  I tried the oil cleansing method today, too, and my face feels very nice. 

From a chemistry standpoint, I thought you might find it interesting to know why baking soda works as a mild de-greaser.  As anyone who makes soap knows, a fatty acid + an alkali dissolved in water = soap.  Well sebum is a kind of fatty acid and baking soda is an alkali, so when you dissolve baking soda in water and put it on your hair or skin, as odd as it sounds, you actually form a kind of soap from your own hair and skin oils bug-eyed.  The baking soda saponifies the hair and skin oils and allows them to be washed away by the water. 

George Orwell - 1984
- Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

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Might be a good time to add that I am one of those who quit using shampoo and conditioner a couple of months ago.  I'm loving it!!  My hair is much stronger, just feels healthier than it has in years.  And doesn't require cleansing as often.  Haven't found a down side yet!

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