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    Default Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Due to allergies to coconut-derived products (detergents and fatty alcohols), I have been forced to create alternatives to care for my hair. I don't mind; I like to try new things. I am not anti-chemical; any ingredient I am not allergic to is fair game. I will be back later with my current cleansing/strengthening treatment.
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Trying this for my monthly rinse:
    Catnip nettle tea/rice water wash, highly dilute vinegar rinse to condition
    Will report back!

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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Here are my current experiments, from left to right, Oat Protein Treatment, Coffee/Green Tea/Blackstrap Molasses Soak/Rinse, Marshmallow Rooibos Leave-in Rinse


    Oat Protein Treatment

    This serves as a cleanser and protein treatment.

    1⅓ cup of distilled water + cup for blending
    1 oz oats
    1 tbs chlorella powder
    2 mL silk amino acid

    Put oats in water. Heat, covered, until boiling; reduce temperature to low. Add chlorella and cover for a few minutes, or until soft. Blend the mixture while still warm, adding the cup of water to replace the amount lost in cooking, if needed.


    Blend in SAA. It let cool down, blending several times before working it through a fine-mesh strainer.

    Place in applicator bottle and apply root to tip. After applying to each section, I twisted it up and turned each twist into a bantu knot to minimize the drippies. As you can see, my hair ate half of it right away:



    Can be stored up to five days in the fridge. A hot-water bath will warm it up in a few minutes:


    Passed with flying colors: My hair turned into plastic thread, pliable yet hard to break while dry. The inner leaf aloe gel and avocado oil soften it up some more.

    Marshmallow Rooibos Leave-in Rinse

    The addition of the marshmallow root is to reduce some of the astringency of rooibos tea.

    2 tsp rooibos leaves
    2 tbsp marshmallow root
    17 oz of distilled water

    Put the dry ingredients in first and slowly pour the water over them; make sure they are submerged. I let mine sit, covered, for a few hours and got some color but not much mucilage:


    Simmered, covered for about 15 minutes:


    And strained it while it was still warm:


    I do it this way to reduce water loss, which worked:


    I will use the 4 oz later this week and froze the rest in a tray and later bagged. I tried to freeze my leftover coffee rinse, but I forgot that blackstrap molasses is worse than sugar at lowering the freezing point of a water-based liquid. The bag is a mess, LOL.
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Oooh great idea for a thread Nymphe! I'm not anti-chemical either, I just have sensitive combination skin and I enjoy experimenting.

    Here are some recent ones:

    Passes
    Indian herb wash with shikakai, methi, amla, hibiscus, and honey brewed to a gravy consistency (flying colors all around)
    Coconut+castor hot oil treatments (too rich for everyday use but made my hair incredibly soft and supple)
    Rinse-out end treatment of honey and olive oil (I don't need to do this every wash any more since I added methi to my mix, but it's great for when my ends need some extra hydration)

    Fails/Undecided
    Rye washes (still on the fence about this... my hair looked great--clean and tons of volume but very tangly which is not normal for me... may try again followed by an ACV rinse)
    WO washing only once a week (not enough cleansing for scalp)

    Things I'd Like to Try
    Gloss/deep conditioning treatment with coconut milk and a cassia-based blend from Henna Sooq called Sukesh Ayurveda (cassia, amla, neem, aloe, tulsi, brahmi, bhringraj, and shikakai)

    Will post more if I think of them!
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Well I have a fail to post...

    I decided to wash my hair with the following:

    Shampoo:

    -1 egg
    -1 egg yolk
    -1/2 cup of black tea
    -1/4 cup honey

    +
    "Conditioner"

    -1/4 glass apple vinegar
    -water

    I mixed it all, and washed, with cold water of course...
    After removing the egg mix I rinsed with the diluted vinegar.

    After, I put a bit of oil in my hair and proceeded to let it air dry.

    It seemed okay, and clean. Only thing is it took forever to dry... It was like that the whole day, and this morning I decided tu comb and see what's up. It was damp but a nasty damp, like "not drying more than this" damp, flaky, with lots of dust and tiny white dots (not egg remnants but things I seem to get when I don't wash my hair for too long).
    Eugh. So I decided to just wash it again with regular products.
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Yeah, an egg wash is a "soft wash", mainly meant for drier scalps.
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    Quote Originally Posted by lapushka View Post
    Yeah, an egg wash is a "soft wash", mainly meant for drier scalps.
    I was trying to find something environment-friendly, you know? But this was a fail
    Maybe aiming for organic brands is my safest bet, because I haven't had much luck with home made experiments involving food. The lack of foam and slip that regular shampoo and conditioner give me just makes my hair tangle, the ends dry but the rest of it doesn't, it stays oily, and the dirt just stays in the damp part and never makes it to the ends while I wash or comb. And later, it's impossible to remove it because the damp part is sticky and the ends dry and I'd have to run my fingers through every strand to remove all that crap. -end of rant-
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    I should rename my mane "Lady Grease of the Order of the Stubborn Strands"
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    I have used eggs, mixed with other stuff, as a prewash treatment. Rinsing it out with cold water first is a must. My understand is that the egg whites are better for oily hair, while the egg yolks are for moisture. The last time I used it, I added an extra egg yolk and removed some of the whites. Hair felt great.

    Right now, I have been using aloe inner leaf gel on damp hair with oil on top. Oh my goodness, my strands are not only soft, but smoooooth; the cuticle layer laid all the way down. I want a huge aloe plant!
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    Default Re: Experiments: Pass or Fail

    I want a huge aloe plant too! I use it for all kinds of skin issues but more poor little plants can't keep up with the demand.

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