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I’m a big fan of oiling my
head. Partly because I have curly hair which can use all the moisture it can get, and partly because I have psoriasis which can use all the moisture it can get. But in the past, when it came to getting the oil out and I wa
s on to my third shampooing, I would sometimes wonder if I was causing more damage than I was remedying.
The key, however, to making the job easier is to start with conditioner. Conditioner emulsifies the oil so it can be rinsed away. I apply big handfuls of it before I get into the shower and really work it through my hair before washing out.
then follow up with a single shampoo (bearing in mind I have dry curly hair–with a different hair type you may need to repeat) and then condition as usual. Done.
Don’t forget to enter Megan’s Birthday Giveaway which closes on the 31st of May!
I made a potato curry for dinner last night. Not in itself Pretty Pretty Pretty worthy, but the can of coconut milk I bought to go in it just might be.
After making dinner I had what is technically known as a shit-load of coconut milk left over. I tried to think of something else I could use it for, but got stuck at “another curry”. Then, in a moment of happy coincidence, I came across a post at My Makeup Reviews mentioning using coconut milk as a hair treatment.
Ordinarily I would test something out before posting it, but as my hair is currently 3 centimetres long and undyed (a story for a whole other post) there isn’t really a lot I would be able to tell you about its effectiveness. Of course I’ll still be trying it out. Not because I expect it to improve the condition of my entirely undamaged hair–give me a year and I’ll get back to you on that–but because sticking coconut milk in my hair sounds like a fun thing to do. And gives me a chance to play Polynesian Princesses in the bath with my cat.
Has anyone tried this before? How did it work for you?
Some hair dyes tend to leave a bit of a stench in their wake (not looking at anyone in particular Clairol Nice ‘N Easy). A simple way to get rid of it is with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse:
- Wash out your hair colour as usual.
- Add 2 tablespoons of ACV to a large glass of water and pour over your hair. Give it a bit of a smoosh about and then rinse out.
- Condition your hair.
Done! ACV makes a great rinse any time for clarifying your hair and leaving it nice and shiny. And as long as you use it after shampooing and before conditioning, you won’t end up smelling like salad dressing.
There’s a new hair salon in town, and it’s rather special. Wildilocks is from Australia originally, but now they’ve opened up a branch at 225 Cuba Street (where Eyeball Kicks used to be – don’t worry, Eyeball Kicks is still around). As well as being a salon, Wildilocks also sells clothes, accessories and hair products. As you can see from the listings on their webstore, they’ve got a particular focus on the gothy-ravey-steam punky aesthetic, so if you’re after oversize goggles or Special FX hair dye, this is the place you want to go.
I’m particularly intrigued by their pricing structure – you pay per hour (billed in quarter hour increments), with stylists ranging from $55 to $85, depending on their expertise. Another awesome service they offer? Vintage hair dos! I was lucky enough to get to model for them as Dom and Charlotte were trained by Kat from Australia, and the Victory Rolls I got were seriously awesome. Photos are after the jump.
MeganWegan has the best hair ever – curly and bobbed with lots of shine and moxy. But it’s been a rough road for her. Here’s the story of her hair and advice for curly girls everywhere…
When I was about ten, a girl asked me if my hair was a wig. Looking back, I can see why she did that, my hair was this horrible, curly, coarse, mousey mullet. And that stuck with me. I hated my curls. I pined for the hair I had as a child, wavey, glossy, blond locks. I was cute!
So, from the age of 13, when I grew out the mullet (and no, there exists no photos of that period of my life) til the age of 30, I had the same hair. It was varying lengths, and a multitude of colours, but it was almost always the same shape, and always always could be tied into a ponytail. I rarely wore my hair out, because it was too annoying, and too frizzy.
And then. Then I found Erin. I had been to Erin, at Glory a few times already, so I knew I trusted her. I knew I liked her. Not only did she like my curls, she knew how to cut them. And then one day I was sick of my hair. Horribly sick of it. And she said the magic words: “How do you feel about a shaggy bob?” And I felt excellent about that.
Until, that is, I saw exactly how much length she was taking off. More than half my hair. I’d no longer have the security of a bad hair day ponytail. I’d have to do it every morning, instead of just chucking it up. I had a fringe.
But here’s the thing. It’s so easy. It takes maybe five minutes longer than putting it up. Because it is cut for my curls, not in spite of them. It’s not a picture I saw in a magazine, that I wanted, that is impossible. I grew it longer for my friend’s wedding recently, and hated it. And it made me lazy, because I just could put it up again.
I spent 20 years buying expensive product. I don’t have to any more. I love Paul Mitchell Round Trip, but when I run out, I use a supermarket mousse, and it is fine.
So, ladies, the key is a good hairdresser. One who you trust, who understands your hair, and who will make you take risks. This is good advice for anyone, but especially for those of us with curly hair, because lots of hairdressers don’t get it. It took 30 years, it could have gone horribly wrong, but I finally love my curls.
Apparently only 15% of Europeans have curly hair like me. Yet the chances of inheriting curly hair is 90%. I don’t quite get how that works.
But anyway, finally scientists have found the gene responsible for curls. Which means they can more accurately profile crims from DNA samples, AND create new treatments for straightening curly hair that don’t involve heat.
The article seems to assume nobody wants curly hair. That’s pretty mean. But I’m not really one to comment, as someone who has fought my curls all my life.
Read the article here (from the telegraph.co.uk).
PS I did a little google-ing and one of the scientists involved is a Kiwi girl. Still can’t make sense of the percentages though.
Have you noticed these signs outside hair salons recently? Looks like a pretty good deal. I can recommend Redken Fresh Curls.
TRADE IN YOUR
SUPERMARKET SHAMPOO OR
CONDITIONER TO RECEIVE
A REDKEN PROFESSIONAL
SHAMPOO OR CONDITIONER*
*Limit two products, terms and conditions apply, see in salon for detail
We’ve had a fair amount of discussion here at ppp on greasy hair and I’ve collected a few great tips. I have a fringe and don’t like washing my hair that often so I now wash my fringe separately (instead of washing my whole head); pin back my bangs over night so my forehead doesn’t grease it up; and have talc at the ready.
But life has changed for me somewhat, having discovered Batiste Dry Shampoo. It really is like a shampoo in a can.
The idea is that you spray the can at your hair, just like you would with hairspray, wait a moment and then brush. Perfect for between washes and emergencies.
It sprays a fine powder that absorbs the grease immediately and leaves hair feeling soft, clean and completely degreased.
And it’s great for curly-haired girls like me. I spend ages straightening my hair and usually wet hair products ruin my straightening. But since this is a dry product I can spray it any time and my hair will remain straight.
I use it on just my fringe, or all my hair depending. And I love it. I bought the one with the tropical fragrance and it smells devine.
You can by it from Radius Pharmacy and probably others. It’s about $20 for a big can, but if you want to try it before investing in the big can, a mini-can only costs $9 and is the perfect size for handbags.
Thanks for all your entries in the Super Stick hair remover comp. You guys came up with so many awesome characters with moustaches. But there can only be one winner…
Tania, congratulations and I’ll email you shortly to get your delivery address off you.
btw, I generated the winner by picking a number from random.org.
Remember my review of the amazing, hair removing spring called Super Stick? Well, the trademe seller I bought it off sent me a second one to give away to you guys! Thanks Lin-2006!!!(I recommend lin-2006 as a trademe seller btw, they were really nice and fast.)
So anyway, to win one of these Super Sticks just leave a comment on this post telling me who your favourite mustachioed character is.
I will draw the winner on 10th October.
Entries from NZ only please (I can’t afford overseas shipping).