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Home hair care. January 4, 2013

Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, recipes, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. I don’t know about you, but winter’s cold, dry weather really takes a toll on my hair. Low humidity indoors and freezing cold outdoors pair with static to take all the body out of my hair, leaving it limp, lifeless, and brittle. Scary!

Fortunately, you can pamper your hair in the privacy of your own home, which, as we’ll see, is not just cost-effective and good for your hair, but also cuts down the embarrassment factor considerably. (In the immortal words of Julia Child, “Who’s to know?”) This matters because your secret ingredients aren’t found in a salon but in your refrigerator.

Let’s begin with a French grandmother’s hair-care recipe, now used by her granddaughter, Mathilde Thomas, and shared with readers everywhere in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. (Check out “A Spa Day–Without Leaving Home” at http://www.wsj.com for more of Ms. Thomas’s homemade beauty secrets.) Ms. Thomas, founder of the international spa and skincare line Caudalie, ought to know whereof she speaks. If she likes to revitalize her hair with this recipe, I’d be willing to bet it works. To make it, mix 2 egg yolks and 5 tablespoons of rum, then rub the mixture into your hair. Leave it in for about a half-hour, then shampoo as usual.

Mind you, the spas I’ve visited have been very good about providing a relaxing glass of wine for their previously stressed clientele. Perhaps you could use the remaining rum to make a daiquiri, a rum and Coke, a tropical fruit drink, or (especially if it’s a high-quality dark rum like Gosling Black Seal) a straight shot. I’m sure it would make it easier to bear egg yolk in your hair for half an hour!

Ms. Thomas also revitalizes her hair by blending the flesh of two avocados with enough olive oil to make an emulsion and massaging it into her hair and scalp. I’d suggest Mexican snacks in that case, since your hair will smell like guacamole. You could have tortilla chips and salsa and/or fresh-made guacamole with a margarita or two on the side. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere! I can’t vouch for the health benefits of tortilla chips and margaritas (though they’re no doubt good for one’s mental health), but fresh salsa and guacamole are both extremely good for you, so eat up!

Reading this article reminded me of home hair-care advice from my dear friend Huma. In her home country, Pakistan, women nourish their luxurious locks by rubbing plain, full-fat yogurt into their hair. They then wrap their heads in a towel (I’d advocate this with the egg yolk and/or avocado treatments as well) and let the yogurt work its magic for half an hour or so. Then shampoo and voila! If Huma’s hair is any indication, yogurt is the ultimate beauty product. I suspect it would make a fabulous facial, too. Maybe regular for the hair and Greek for the face? In any case, make sure you use full fat, not fat-free: Your hair and face could use the emollients, and hey, no calories involved!

In my family, we didn’t have any fun home hair-care tips. Rats! No wonder my hair’s in such bad shape. But I plan to try all of these and see if a regimen of any or all helps save my winter-destroyed hair. Fingers crossed! And if you have any home-care hair tips from your own family, please share them with us.

‘Til next time,




1. h.ibrahim - January 4, 2013

Well I recommend Dabur Vatika coconut hair oil from Patel Brothers
37-27 74th St., Queens, NY 11372
nr. 37th Ave.

They will mail it to you post-haste with the shampoo/conditioner you love as well.

It is ayurvedic hair treatment. Massage into your scalp and hair and then wrap a steaming hot towel on your head—–for 20 minutes, making sure your head does not become cold in the winter, before showering. Yoghurt is good but too cold for the winter and you can actually heat the oil a tad to apply on your head. Eggs are always good in providing protein but it seems one should actually utilize the beauty products developed in a culture dedicated to thousands of years research into natural products for beautification.

Thanks, Huma!

2. Shahid Ibrahim - January 4, 2013


Coconut works well. I can entirely vouch for my mother. But you should also try this out. It’s the best shampoo I’ve ever used and is perfect for brittle, dry hair. Not only does it restore/ balance the moisture to your hair but using it is pure ecstasy. The tea tree makes your scalp tingle.


Thanks, Sasha! I’m not familiar with this. I’ll check it out!

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