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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    I finally got around to doing a catnip rinse (yay!) and I think I like the results so far. I washed with Kiwi Lime Squeeze because I have used cones this week so I wanted to make sure my hair was definitely clean.

    But I've got another washing question. Is there any "natural" way to wash (ie egg wash) that would suffice or perhaps a shampoo like the Giovanni?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteisle View Post
    I finally got around to doing a catnip rinse (yay!) and I think I like the results so far. I washed with Kiwi Lime Squeeze because I have used cones this week so I wanted to make sure my hair was definitely clean.

    But I've got another washing question. Is there any "natural" way to wash (ie egg wash) that would suffice or perhaps a shampoo like the Giovanni?
    Experiment. An egg wash without a vinegar rinse may leave a coating on the hair and any shampoo used should be one that does not build-up. I have never tried an egg shampoo although I am intrigued by the idea.

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    So...you think an egg wash with a vinegar rinse wouldn't leave a buildup?

    I'm dying to find a way to wash my hair without leaving buildup or stripping it entirely and it's really annoying. In the winter my hair needs extra things like frequent deep conditioning and leave-ins, but at the same time I really do want to do more catnip treatments (finding more and more splits. - that's what leaving hair down often will do...at least in my case). Lately I've been using Very Sexy Hair's Pumpkin Shampoo and it's fairly gentle, as far as shampoos, and leaves my hair feeling bouncy and not stripped (at least until a day or two later when the itchies set in - directly attributable to the shampoo, as my scalp is never itchy using CO or herbs...even a week after washing). My last herb wash definitely left a residue, despite the vinegar rinse, as it was incredibly tangly and felt "buildupy".

    Giovanni's Smooth as Silk shampoo has been just as stripping and drying, if not more so, on my hair and scalp as sls shampoos. The last few sls shampoos I've used were: the pumpkin one listed above, bath and body works aromatherapy (two kinds), organix coconut...umm...I feel like I'm missing one.... they wash my hair great when I've allowed it to go around two weeks without washing, but by then it's so "grimey" that it's just too much to bear. A heavy oiling beforehand hasn't quite recreated the same look, as it seems to be really difficult to wash out thoroughly, unless CO-ing or herb washing....which lead me back to the build up beginning. Ahh!

    Sorry for the long and self-indulgent rant. It's just been a bit annoying lately between still trying to find a good washing routine, the weather drying out my hair and skin, and not being able to wear my hair down as it's too cold to not layer and hair gets trapped and tangled on hoods and scarves.

    And I bought new catnip and wanna use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombiekins View Post
    So...you think an egg wash with a vinegar rinse wouldn't leave a buildup?

    I'm dying to find a way to wash my hair without leaving buildup or stripping it entirely and it's really annoying. In the winter my hair needs extra things like frequent deep conditioning and leave-ins, but at the same time I really do want to do more catnip treatments (finding more and more splits. - that's what leaving hair down often will do...at least in my case). Lately I've been using Very Sexy Hair's Pumpkin Shampoo and it's fairly gentle, as far as shampoos, and leaves my hair feeling bouncy and not stripped (at least until a day or two later when the itchies set in - directly attributable to the shampoo, as my scalp is never itchy using CO or herbs...even a week after washing). My last herb wash definitely left a residue, despite the vinegar rinse, as it was incredibly tangly and felt "buildupy".

    Giovanni's Smooth as Silk shampoo has been just as stripping and drying, if not more so, on my hair and scalp as sls shampoos. The last few sls shampoos I've used were: the pumpkin one listed above, bath and body works aromatherapy (two kinds), organix coconut...umm...I feel like I'm missing one.... they wash my hair great when I've allowed it to go around two weeks without washing, but by then it's so "grimey" that it's just too much to bear. A heavy oiling beforehand hasn't quite recreated the same look, as it seems to be really difficult to wash out thoroughly, unless CO-ing or herb washing....which lead me back to the build up beginning. Ahh!

    Sorry for the long and self-indulgent rant. It's just been a bit annoying lately between still trying to find a good washing routine, the weather drying out my hair and skin, and not being able to wear my hair down as it's too cold to not layer and hair gets trapped and tangled on hoods and scarves.

    And I bought new catnip and wanna use it.
    Hi Zombiekins,

    I CO wash my hair daily and have been using a catnip rinse/soak daily too. I still seem to bet getting some good effects from the catnip, even though I am not shampooing each day. I use V05 Clarifying Vanilla Mint Tea conditioner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktani View Post
    Hard to say what adding anything to catnip would do re the benefits. It would depend entirely on the properties and constituents of what is used.

    As to companies adding catnip to conventional products, it is not mainstream enough, although you can find references to it on the internet and it was stated here a good while back to be used for "growth and shine".

    I just pushed it through experimentation, to see what it could do for conditioning and colour. To my surprise, it has split end preventative qualities for me. I have not been able to pin down exactly what is working to do that. I think it is a combination of everything in it. All I know is that for me, it works. Hair colour and conditioning, in one product.
    Ktani,

    Thanks for the helpful answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by sibiryachka View Post
    Ktani, this raises a point I've been wondering about: Is it the volatile oils in catnip that give it its effect on hair & skin? My intuition is yes, but it does seem you're the person to ask... I've been toying with the idea of making a tincture of it, for use in bathwater. I know, simpler to just infuse some of and add that to the water - but I was thinking more in terms of giving it as gifts. If it would even work, that is. : )
    I missed this question. Sorry.

    I do not believe that it is only one thing in the catnip that makes it special. I honestly believe that it is the combination of constituents that are working in unison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sissy View Post
    Hi Zombiekins,

    I CO wash my hair daily and have been using a catnip rinse/soak daily too. I still seem to bet getting some good effects from the catnip, even though I am not shampooing each day. I use V05 Clarifying Vanilla Mint Tea conditioner.
    I never found the same results with using catnip on hair that had been conditioned previously as I do with hair that has been shampooed. I tried using minimal conditioner that I hoped would be washed out with shampoo each time but catnip would not stain well over it and the conditioning effects for me, were simply not as good as when I use shampoo, catnip and nothing else.

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    Well, it's the end of the day and I must say my first experience with catnip is a positive one. My hair is softer than I had anticipated, still a bit more tangley than I had hoped, but overall, great! To have used shampoo (and a clarifying one for that matter!) and just catnip afterwards my hair is surprisingly well behaved.

    I went today and bought some Kiss My Face Whenever to use next time. I wash 3-4 times per week so I'm going to try shorter conditioning times with the catnip to see how that works.

    Thanks ktani for all your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteisle View Post
    Well, it's the end of the day and I must say my first experience with catnip is a positive one. My hair is softer than I had anticipated, still a bit more tangley than I had hoped, but overall, great! To have used shampoo (and a clarifying one for that matter!) and just catnip afterwards my hair is surprisingly well behaved.

    I went today and bought some Kiss My Face Whenever to use next time. I wash 3-4 times per week so I'm going to try shorter conditioning times with the catnip to see how that works.

    Thanks ktani for all your help!
    You are most welcome! Some people still oil a bit after catnip but use very little and it washes out with shampoo so it works for them. My way is what I prefer and what works best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktani View Post
    As to companies adding catnip to conventional products, it is not mainstream enough, although you can find references to it on the internet and it was stated here a good while back to be used for "growth and shine".
    Hey Ktani,

    Regarding our previous discussion about catnip not really being found in conventional products, I've found something interesting. I was looking at this Softee Indian Hemp Hair and Scalp Treatment that I bought for my husband a while back to help with his thinning hair (it contains Jaborandi Oil and Nettle Oil which may help with growth and to decrease shedding). I notice it contains, "Nepeta Cataria" although it is very low on the ingredient list, unfortunately. Wish they'd start including catnip in more products! The product is nice, even if it's too bad it's base is petrolatum!

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