Saturday, January 07, 2006

A Treatise on Reading Directions
(alternative title: Why philosophy does not have a line of "Pasta Sauce" scented haircare)

So lately I am really into maintaining healthy hair. It's getting pretty long now, and when hair like mine gets long, you better believe that it is dry. In fact, i will flat out tell you my hair is TIRED. i blow it out all the time, take a curling iron to it with a vengance, and use a variety of hair product to smooth, straighten, volumnize, wave, torture, etc. So, it needs as much help as it can get.

I read online about a home remedy for dry hair. First of all, i should say I got it on a website called and I don't remember ever reading about how the pioneers had such fabulous 'dos. I mean riding in a wagon and dealing with Apache attacks is enough to make a gal forget the moisture-level of her hair. I know this. I watched 3 episodes of "Into the West".

Anyway, the home remedy was pretty straight forward: heat 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon rosemary until warm. Apply to dry hair and let set for 20 minutes.

Fine, Simple. So I fixed up my homemade hot oil treatment and applied. 25 minutes I am in the shower, rinsing, washing, conditioning and I have to say my hair did feel a little nicer. So later on I go to blow dry my hair and these pieces of idontknowwhat keep ccoming out of my hair as I brush it. I looked down at a few of the idontknowwhats and picked a few up. It was rosemary! The little dried pieces of it had basically stuck to my scalp like fragrant dandruff.

(ew, i know)

So i consult my recipe again to see if I left something out, and of course, there, plain as day in between "heat oil and rosemary" and "apply to hair" is "strain rosemary out from oil after heated.


So two more vigorous shampoos and a deep conditioning later I am back to square one over here. And feeling that a trip to the haircare aisle at CVS is in my very near future. And perhaps from now on, one ought not to look to the pioneers for beauty tips.


Marilyndrew said...

I put olive oil my hair to condition it about 10 years ago and I might STILL be washing it out.

It seriously took me days and numerous washings to get it all out - so happy your expeirence was at least mildly more productive!

Anonymous said...

I used this oil product from India and my hair was very shiny, but I smelled like a dead goat. No offense to anyone from India, but damn that thing smelled like somebody died!

Anonymous said...

I have long hair too and it gets super dry. If you have some money to burn I highly suggest Frederic Fekkai Technician shampoo and conditioner (you can get it at Sephora). If you're trying not to break the bank, Garnier Fructis has this great Sleak and Shine 3 minute hair mask (aka deep conditioner). It comes in this cute little green tub and is at most drug stores.

And hey, look on the bright side: at least your hair doesn't smell like dead goat!

adena said...

Don't knock Indian hair treatments!

When I was there, they put this oil stuff on my body and hair during a massage at the hotel. It was FANTASTIC! Seriously, my skin and hair have never been so happy. And it smelled SOOOOO good, like lavander and citrus.

I was going to buy some to take home, but then they told me it was 100 bucks an ounce. D'oh!