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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    I’ve tried catnip twice and I’m not sure what to think, I would welcome any advice!

    The first time I got the dilution a bit wrong, I did a heaped teaspoon to around 250 ml water. I realised while it was brewing so I topped it up to 400 ml. I kept it on for 35 minutes as I didn’t have time to do the full hour. My hair was tangled when I rinsed so I used conditioner and my usual extras (leave in, curl cream, flaxseed gel). Result - nice waves, my scalp was fine.

    The second time (next wash) I clarified/chelated and got the dilution right I left in on for an hour under a shower cap. When I rinsed the ends were slightly tangled but not too bad. I needed something extra to avoid damage. I didn’t use rinse out conditioner but I did use leave in, curl cream and flaxseed gel. Result - lovely defined waves, lovely shine...but then my scalp started to itch.

    I never get an itchy scalp so this has baffled me a bit. The dilution was more or less the same each time (by the time I added water to the first batch). Maybe the chelating shampoo was too much, because I didn’t get an itchy scalp when I used a sulphate free shampoo. The chelating shampoo has never given me problems before though.

    The obvious answer would be to keep the catnip away from my roots, but the hair that would really benefit is right at the roots, around the hairline. Hairs that usually break off at around 4-6 inches are forming curls with catnip, much better than they do when I use oil on them. I don’t know any way to get catnip onto those short hairs without it getting onto the scalp.

    ETA: I used hard water the first time and soft water the second. I am not the Queen of controlled experiments Maybe the second batch was too acidic for my scalp.

    Any ideas on how I could use catnip in the future?
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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Stardust View Post
    I’ve tried catnip twice and I’m not sure what to think, I would welcome any advice!

    The first time I got the dilution a bit wrong, I did a heaped teaspoon to around 250 ml water. I realised while it was brewing so I topped it up to 400 ml. I kept it on for 35 minutes as I didn’t have time to do the full hour. My hair was tangled when I rinsed so I used conditioner and my usual extras (leave in, curl cream, flaxseed gel). Result - nice waves, my scalp was fine.

    The second time (next wash) I clarified/chelated and got the dilution right I left in on for an hour under a shower cap. When I rinsed the ends were slightly tangled but not too bad. I needed something extra to avoid damage. I didn’t use rinse out conditioner but I did use leave in, curl cream and flaxseed gel. Result - lovely defined waves, lovely shine...but then my scalp started to itch.

    I never get an itchy scalp so this has baffled me a bit. The dilution was more or less the same each time (by the time I added water to the first batch). Maybe the chelating shampoo was too much, because I didn’t get an itchy scalp when I used a sulphate free shampoo. The chelating shampoo has never given me problems before though.

    The obvious answer would be to keep the catnip away from my roots, but the hair that would really benefit is right at the roots, around the hairline. Hairs that usually break off at around 4-6 inches are forming curls with catnip, much better than they do when I use oil on them. I don’t know any way to get catnip onto those short hairs without it getting onto the scalp.

    ETA: I used hard water the first time and soft water the second. I am not the Queen of controlled experiments Maybe the second batch was too acidic for my scalp.

    Any ideas on how I could use catnip in the future?
    It would still touch your scalp, but perhaps less if you use a spray bottle?

    I use catnip as one of the ingredients in my home made "deep conditioner" before washing my hair, but also as one of the ingredients, in a spray bottle in between washes.


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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    Quote Originally Posted by TatsuOni View Post
    It would still touch your scalp, but perhaps less if you use a spray bottle?

    I use catnip as one of the ingredients in my home made "deep conditioner" before washing my hair, but also as one of the ingredients, in a spray bottle in between washes.
    Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. A spray bottle is worth a try, I think, if I’m careful. Maybe I should try a slightly weaker dilution to be on the safe side.

    I had a look at your blog because I remember you posting about your mask on there. It looks lovely Your hair is obviously thriving on it too. I have some marshmallow root, but only powder, I might try that.

    I might also try making flaxseed gel with catnip tea.

    My hair is waving from the root today which is either down to the catnip, or the oil I put in scalp to soothe the itching Unfortunately I have to wash my hair today though, I can’t get away with oily roots.

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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Stardust View Post
    Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. A spray bottle is worth a try, I think, if I’m careful. Maybe I should try a slightly weaker dilution to be on the safe side.

    I had a look at your blog because I remember you posting about your mask on there. It looks lovely Your hair is obviously thriving on it too. I have some marshmallow root, but only powder, I might try that.

    I might also try making flaxseed gel with catnip tea.

    My hair is waving from the root today which is either down to the catnip, or the oil I put in scalp to soothe the itching Unfortunately I have to wash my hair today though, I can’t get away with oily roots.
    Good luck and please tell us how it goes!


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    Default Re: Catnip for split ends?

    What about “white dots” and breakage, will it (or anything) reduce or eliminate them?

    I get splits, but not enough that I consider them a real problem. The dots, however, is another story.
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