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Fine Hair Guide

Fine haired peeps, this one goes out to you.
Fine hair refers to the diameter of the strand. You can have very little fine hair, or lots of it. All of the info I am about to give would also work well with thicker hair, but with a few adaptations here and there, and larger quantities.
I am fine/straight haired, and spent most of my life wanting the complete opposite. I wore hair extensions for ten years, ten years!!
Since completely adapting my haircare regime over the last couple of years, and really experimenting a lot…I have now got it down to perfection perhaps. I now get about 4 days between each “wash” and have much fuller, livelier hair that holds a curl like it never ever could before. But it has taken some time and patience.
So I am going to share all that with you. Some of you I have already been talking to about this and you are trying things out and giving me excellent feedback too.

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Most finer haired people suffer with grease too, and many cant go more than a couple of days without washing. Worth noting, however, that some people have a grease imbalance due to hormones too, which may or may not be addressed through diet. I used to wash mine in the morning and by the evening it was greasy. So I got into the typical routine of thinking “wash it more”. Shampoo actually MAKES it greasy. Sulphates (the thing that makes it lather) are extremely drying and pull ALL the moisture and natural protective oily layer from our scalp and hair. The sebaceous glands that produce our scalp oil, sebum, then go into overdrive and produce excessive amounts of it to compensate for all the stripping. Furthermore, we have been doing this our whole lives!
Stretching longer between washes is your goal! On the day its greasy and you can’t bear it, you can use some corn flour as dry shampoo (all though some people consider this cheating), try a little back brushing and some up-dos. Sleek pony tail (if it suits you) or some messy bit up and a bit down, or plaits, or try out a headscarf. You would be surprised…

However, going no-poo and shampoo cold-turkey isn’t necessarily the best option either, especially in hard water areas like Bristol. You will hear about “transitional” phases where the hair goes really heavy and waxy/dull. In my opinion, this is literally limescale building up on your hair, and this is the reason why shampoos became so aggressive in the first place. Just like if you don’t use washing up liquid on glasses and they go all smeary afterwards…we are doing the same with our hair.
Many soap-based shampoo bars are also too alkaline for the hair which can make it dull. Apple cider vinegar rinses help with this if you have an extremely natural shampoo bar that isn’t quite working for you. Some, like lush, have traditional shampoo ingredients such as SLS to create more lather

 

So, what is the answer? Mixing it up! There is a reason that every time you change shampoo our hair appears nicer for a while, then seems to get fed up with it and go flat again. Just like our stomachs, hair needs a variety of things, moisture and protein being some of the most important.
My routine is as follows…
1st Wash – Diluted soapnut shampoo
3/4 days later
2nd Wash – Salt water rinse
3/4 days later
3rd Wash – using one of the following: Henna, shikakai, soapnut, ginseng, rye flour…plenty of options here and I go with what I feel like. Another option would be to use an egg once or twice a month if you can!
Then I go back to my soapnut shampoo again.
You can use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner, or the oaty conditioner, or flaxseed, or a little of a more natural store bought one just through the ends.
For me, the Living Naturally soapnut shampoos have been an absolute godsend and made a huge difference. They are the gentlest I have found, they are completely natural, the top ingredients being chickweed, nettle, marshmallow, rosemary and soapnut extracts. There is a bit of decyl glucoside in there which is technically in the lathering family, however it is one of the gentlest of surfactants and is not really comparable to SLS in terms of harshness and toxicity. It is in fact so mild that it does not effect marine life and appears in many of the very expensive gentle/natural/organic shampoos out there that are sometimes far more expensive.
A bottle costs £7.50 but lasts me 6-8 months (depending on who I am “sharing” my shampoo bottle with too!)
I use a tiny bit that is diluted around every 10-14 days as a clarifying wash. Around 1/4 teaspoon to 50ml-100ml of water.
Don’t dilute the whole bottle as it will spoil. Invest in a squeezy bottle with a nozzle (as I keep saying) and dilute each time you use! I will never go back to putting it in my hand again…
Remember you can play with your dilutions, start with 50ml of water though and see how it goes. Using the squeezy bottle with nozzle to apply to the root, it makes sure you evenly cover everywhere. Massage is so important too when washing! It really helps, so be mindful and take some time, just as you would brushing your teeth.

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The salt water rinse is a recent discovery. It is GREAT and gives lots of body, volume and texture, just what us fine haired people need and want!
1tsp of salt added to 100ml boiling water, then add another 100-150ml of cool water. Apply with your squeezy bottle at the roots and massage and leave in the hair for a few mins. Sometimes I add 1/2tsp of honey or 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to my salty solution. Also, if your ends are dry you can put some conditioner on the ends BEFORE you to any wash at the roots and scalp. This protects hair from drying of any shampoos or the salt water.

The herbal washes are all in powdered form. I always take a heaped teaspoon, add a little water to create a paste, then whisk while slowly adding around 200 ml of water. A bit of instant coffee and ginseng powder has been lovely. Henna, shikaki and soapnut powders can be bought really cheap at indian stores or online. Some people use rye flour, much like dry shampoo it absorbs oils. Egg is a fantastic cleanser, and I usually whisk then add about 50ml of non-dairy milk to loosen and again direct through the scalp with my squeezy bottle, let sit for anything from 5-30mins. Remember to rinse out with not really hot water! You could also use rice water or aquafaba (dilute 50/50 to water). The options are endless. Some of these washes you might want to try twice if your hair is particularly greasy (but not egg).
Henna is a fab cleanser, and if mixed right before, it will not impart any colour on your hair is wouldn’t be on the hair for more than a few mins. Furthermore, henna is usually mixed several hours before ever applying to the scalp as it takes so long for the dye to release.
It is easier than you think, you just have to go into your kitchen 5 mins before you enter the bath/shower and boil the kettle and add some water to what you need!

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For straight hair, to create more volume and to get a curl without heat, I suggest you try sleeping on headband curls after your washes (the salt water gives it real body!)
Do the headband curls on slightly slightly damp hair and they will last even longer, in fact until your next wash. SO many people complain to me about how their hair holds no curl at all…the reason is shampoo again, and silicones weighing the hair strands down. Curls need moisture to form properly…The longer you go without using normal shampoo and conditioner, the more you will notice that your hair stays curlier for longer. Trust me, because mine never used to hold up and now it does! Yay!

 

The cut also helps with the illusion of appearing fuller. Long, whispy ends are not going to do anything for you. A blunter cut can help, some very very gentle layers and over-directing too. Regular trims will also benefit as fine hair snaps easier too.

Honestly, I have never ever felt better about my hair since I stopped dying, using heat and using products. All those things cost me so much time and money too 😦
I hope some of you find some inspiration here!
Love to you all.

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The “Beautiful” world of Hairdressing

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Hairdresser or Hair Stylist or Hair Artist, whatever you want to call them and no matter how you call them, the stereotypes and connotations around this industry are interesting. Superficial, shallow, stupid, bimbo, fake, bitchy. I personally have my own prejudices that I am trying to work through. I have often struggled within the community and dreaded interactions with hairdressers sometimes, despite having met many wonderful and amazing people in the industry! I hated going to a salon and didn’t for over 10 years.
Crazy right!?! I do realise!

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I know it comes from being told many times that it was a career for “stupid girls” and the opinion of other people may have somehow rubbed off on me. Anyway, I have many many reasons for despising the industry surrounding my trade. Notice I say MY trade? Because we are unique and our experiences and learnings have all been different. Mine were largely intuitive, self-taught and tons of practice. It is one of the most ancient of jobs, and I am sure the revere of the trade has changed over the centuries and varies in different cultures respectively. It reportedly has the highest levels of job satisfaction, which I can understand why. I find it incredibly rewarding and interesting meeting people and making them feel good about themselves. Furthermore, I believe that it is an animalistic and intrinsic part of humanity…essential for our health, wellbeing and just keeping bad bacteria at bay. Blue Planet II showed us the turtles getting groomed by the little fishes, primates pick off bugs and detangle each other, other animals rub against trees etc etc.

Working as a hairdresser is really empowering. You can be a single, self-employed Mum and work as and when you want and fit it around your own life. Working with other women in a salon, although often turbulent and bitchy I can imagine, can also be nurturing and lovely when with the right people. “In the olden days” women made trips to the salon because it was a social activity, I think that is something we are lacking a bit nowadays and why I would like to host more social events at the Salon…when I have time………. -_-  Elderly people too find it a sociable occasion, sometimes you know you are the only person they might talk to all week. Then there are kids, don’t get me started and teenagers. The spectrum of conversation throughout a day can be amusing!

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Meeting people, finding out about their lives sometimes is really inspiring, thought-provoking and beautiful. Sometimes it sucks, not every interaction with every person you meet is going to be a positive one, so neither will it be cutting their hair! It can also be a very intimate thing at times, touching people’s scalps and faces, washing hair. Masseuses discuss the ways to protect yourself from negative energy in their trade, and while speaking to one of my clients they brought it to my attention. They were right, some people who may be sensitive to energies may find this can be an issue. The mental energy required to maintain a positive conversation throughout the day with several different people can be quite draining sometimes too. I found the same when Teaching…it is exhausting. I guess that is how most people feel though about their job sometimes. However, as a Hairdresser, you may at times feel like a Counsellor and discuss deeper issues. You recognise people’s insecurities and they open up about their worries. You may have a client every month or so for many many years. I see my clients out and about all the time too in my community and even at gigs, and it is great sometimes! Obviously sometimes not so…but at least I don’t have to worry about them seeing me drunk or making a fool of myself because I am not in a Teacher/Student scenario!

I have used it as a side line for pocket money throughout my life, during university, living abroad, travelling, and even while I was teaching I cut my colleagues hair, and all my friends and friends of friends. Doing it full time now is very different, and I see how it gets when you are on your feet all day, getting a bad back from leaning over the sink, not eating enough, not getting a break and staying late some evenings. Perhaps because a dye job has not turned out the way it should and you need to find some solution so this person doesn’t want to kill you for charging them £100 for your valuable time and skill (even though it is not your fault).

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One of the main reasons for a lot of the narrow-mindedness within the industry is, as usual, EDUCATION. Hairdressers in the UK are not taught how to deal with curly hair or afro hair. This has resulted in total segregation, and I do NOT understand it. Sure we all have preferences and differing skills but…why isn’t it taught? You are doing a HAIR course, not a “Caucasian straight hair” course! I have heard of mixed girls walking into salons and being shouted at across the room “We don’t do YOUR kind of hair in here”…her hair wasn’t even a tight curl type. I find it utterly disgusting. This just sounds like apartheid times right there. Nope, “Great” Britain 2018! But I just don’t get why they rarely seem to teach how to cut curls, or encourage using an array of techniques. White girls can have crazy curly hair too! lol. Anyway, I am really loving the movement of reclaiming of Natural hair that has been happening for our black sisters. It has certainly contributed to it being more acceptable for many people to embrace their natural hair patterns, and a surge in natural and homemade hair product recipes and tutorials online. Thank you for leading the way.

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Also connected to education are the capitalist big pharma cosmetic companies that have brainwashed us all into slathering ourselves in their toxic concoctions on a daily basis. They have infiltrated the “education” and pumped money into producing little sheep who believe absolutely everything they are told and don’t research anything for themselves. I know that sounds extreme, but it is true. They are indoctrinated by salesmen for big brands with big money. We are wasting money, lots and lots and lots of it on things that are actually harming us, poisoning us, giving us skin conditions and cancer and respiratory issues…when we have the things we need to be absolutely clean and radiant in our kitchen cupboards and growing along the cycle paths and parks in our city!

Right now, an awakening is happening and people are becoming a lot more receptive to these ideas than a few years ago. Large online groups talking about No-Poo and Curly Girl methods are amazing in my opinion. A fountain of sharing knowledge and experiences and tips and tricks. However people still struggle, again probably because of education. These are things that should be taught in primary school, it would be a one off few hours teaching kids how they can look after their hairs at home properly. Along with gardening, cooking, how to pay taxes and mortgages and how to obtain clean water if you are stranded ever…just general life skills would be great! Self-sufficiency, self-reliance and self-care are not things that seem to be of importance for some reason.

So, as usual when something starts being seen as a fad, like veganism and more natural approaches are right now, companies jump on the bandwagon and start their SLS free, paraben free, and using buzzwords like organic and natural. Often they are anything but. Ammonia free dyes use other ingredients that are just as bad, if not worse. Lush and Faith are some of the harshest detergents I have had the joy of using on my hair (and for a long time too!). But you just think its ok, it has “Nature” in the name. The general public has no idea what the ingredients are, and to be fair you need a chemistry degree to really understand…but still even then, I have met chemists who don’t. However, we do live in the age of being able to research pretty much anything at the touch of a button and people still ask silly questions all the time!

 

I feel the poignant lyrics in this song are suitable for many of the themes here… My favourite, All Sisters unite song here…. if you really like it or any other tunes from the album 10% of the sales from this female vocal led Dub album go to Womankind charity. Or you can donate directly to Womankind if you don’t like great bass, rhythm and conscious lyrics with a meaningful message. 😉

All Sisters Unite – Vibronics Ft Nia Songbird

 

 

Hair Hacks

A list of hints and tips to keep your hair in tip top condition. 2f17527e5004e8f2b3d62bd17531e27a

  1. Treat it like the finest antique lace. Don’t rub at it super hard with a towel, just pat and squeeze. Don’t overdo heat, look into wrapping your hair up in a t-shirt or a scarf and leaving it to dry like that. If you pin it into place first that will help it to dry as you like it. Also look up headband curls for lovely overnight curls with no heat. (See photo on right)
  2. Dilute shampoos. You should always have to hand a condiment style squeezy bottle with a nozzle, this makes application to the scalp much easier and more directed at the roots. I usually add around 1/4 of a teaspoon of liquid shampoo with a splash of water (maybe 50ml) shake, and spread evenly through the scalp while massaging to stimulate all the blood vessels. This makes stronger shampoos less aggressive, and also means that you save loads of money! Even the gentler ones spread much more easily through the hair this way and is another way of combatting how hard water doesn’t create such a lather. Don’t just put it in and rinse straight away…let it be there for a few minutes and be mindful about how you are massaging your scalp. You don’t need to do a second shampoo usually, unless very greasy or dirty.
  3. If you are lucky enough to have a bathtub, make the most of it! “Mermaid rinse” isJsZQ-fxemzey4865758
    the current lingo referring to submerging your head in the water to rinse something out of your hair. It is my favourite way to wash my hair too…I like to massage any kinds of pastes of sugar scrubs into my scalp then rinse and massage my scalp whilst underwater! Also the best way to get henna out of your hair too.

4. Always do a final cooler rinse on your hair, preferably with a splash of apple cider vinegar (always remember to dilute your vinegar 1tsp/1tbsp to 1 cup of water!!) This helps to seal cuticle, restores the correct PH level of the hair and brings shine to the hair as hair is naturally very slightly acidic. Hence why fermented things such a rice water are also so great for your hair too!

5. Comb gently, and avoid combing when wet if your hair is difficult to comb when wet tumblr_inline_mrqtj0TXgO1r8jhu8(it is usually because it is porous). When trying to comb out knots, start from the ends of the hair and gradually come upwards. Use flaxseed gel to detangle if you need. Wooden wider combs are better for wet brushing too. If you have curly hair, combing when totally wet is the best option and obviously not brushing at all once its dry.

6. Saturate hair with soft water before you let it absorb any hard water. In the salon we have spring water which we mix with shampoos and herbal tonics, and I always try to make sure that the hairs are wetted by this water first, as it means less hard water will penetrate the hairs. The same thing applies if you go swimming, wetting it first means it will absorb less of the chlorinated water. I would advise you to do this if you swim regularly too. You can use bottled water, rain water, distilled, or filtered…up to you. Surprisingly you don’t need that much water to saturate your whole head. Again squeezy bottle comes in useful, or slowly tip using a jug. 1 cup should wet most peoples heads.

7. Use Teas and herbs! Add them to your wash routine. You can rinse it through your hair before washing, or between washes to extend the time between washing. Use them to dilute your shampoo if you want. Green tea, Sage, rosemary, nettle, dandelion, hibiscus…many of them have amazing hair benefits. Fresh feeling too! The caffeinated ones add an extra level of scalp stimulation, coffee rinses and coffee granule scalp rubs are great too for people worrying about hair loss. Keep the teabag or a little of the tea and rub it over your face before you throw it away! Just to get those nutrients into your skin too 🙂

8. Keep your rice water, leave in a jar for a few days to ferment. I dilute mine just like cider vinegar and rinse every other wash. It leaves a starchy integrity in the hair and feels like it strengthens it. Any aquafaba (bean water) from tinned chickpeas and beans etc can be used too as a rinse to add protein to hair. If you are not vegan, an egg once a month is a fantastic regular protein boost. Of course we encourage eggs from happy places.

Here is a great article about why fermented rice water is so amazing for hair and skin!

https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/rice-water-for-hair-and-skin/

Oat Conditioner

28340208_10159954113030291_774861688_oAn easy peasy one here! Next time you make some porridge, make a bit extra if you like and put a portion to one side for your hair and skin to thank you later. You would want to sieve out the bigger bits 🙂

 

For 500ml of water, take around 6 Tablespoons of porridge oats.

EDIT: add a heaped Tbsp of flax seeds to get a double trouble soft and slipper conditioner! Recently started doing that!

Try different coarseness of grains. Add more or less to adjust how runny or thick you want it to be. You can experiment! Once it has boiled and thickened to a yoghurt consistency, I sieve out the bigger pieces of oats. Afterwards I add 1/2 Teaspoon of avocado oil (Olive would be perfect too) and 1/2 Teaspoon of vegetable glycerin.

I choose more moisturising oils such as olive, coconut, babassu or avocado. The glycerin is a great addition for hair and skin (look it up!). If you want to you can add a little Apple Cider vinegar (no more than 1-2 tablespoons, start small). Again, feel free to get creative. Use it on your skin, to moisturise and on itchy irritated skin. Use to condition the ends of your hair or as a scalp treatment/mask for dandruff/psoriasis/eczema.

 

OTHER CONDITIONERS

Apple Cider Vinegar – you can infuse with herbs for added benefits. ALWAYS DILUTE (1 Tbsp to 250ml water) or it will be drying. It is a surprisingly effective conditioner for most hair types. It won’t leave a nasty stink either, promise, as it dissipates.

Aloe Vera – The second highest ingredient after water in many of the nicer organic conditioners. You can just rub into hands and rub through wet ends if you like. No need to rinse out as mostly absorbs.

Flax gel – one of its many purposes is as a conditioner. Leaves hair feeling baby soft and silky.

 

If you want to use a “normal” conditioner on your ends now and then, that is absolutely fine too! Have a look at what some things you may want to avoid might be…alcohol, for example, is a drying ingredient. Shouldn’t really be in the top 4 ingredients of a good quality conditioner! Also, avoid anything with Silicones or parabens. My favourite is Sukin which you can buy relatively cheap in TK Maxx at the moment.

Cuticle Talk

By FAY BURNS

CUTICLE TALK – Long post so get comfy.

We have had a lot of conversations in the salon about breakage and hair thinning so I thought I would write a little bit about the structure of the hair.
There are many reason why hair seems to be dropping or breaking significantly.
*DISCLAIMER* Please be aware that medical conditions and medication can effect the hair also, we cannot advise you on that but we can arm you with information about your hair strands.

The hair is made up of 3 layers – the CUTICLE, the CORTEX and the MEDULA.
The CORTEX is protected by the cuticle layer, and the medula runs through the centre. The cuticle layer can be likened to a tiled roof, the layers overlap, protecting the cortex and medular layer. Just like a roof, exposure to extreme conditions can overtime damage the roof tiles. This visual reference can help you to understand how the way we treat our hair, can eventually effect its structural integrity.
The CUTICLE layers are tiles which when exposed to the elements will begin to degrade. The tiles in your hair strand are made of a protein called KERATIN, an organic matter which although very sturdy, can still deteriorate in the same way as your roof tiles.For the cuticle layer life can be rough when working to protect the cortex of the hair. Many everyday factors; heat, UV rays, water with a high pH level, sodium filled shampoos, long term application of peroxide hair colour can all damage the cuticle layer – and who hasn’t done most of those things?!?

The CORTEX within the CUTICLE layer contains the colour information in the form of DISULPHIDE bonds. This is the part of the hair which is changed when your hair is permanently (in some cases semi-permanently) coloured. Hydrogen peroxide is used in the colouring process to LIFT the CUTICLE layer (imagine the roof tiles) so the colour can penetrate the cortex and make the necessary changes to the hair. Picture a straw filled with sand – this is your CORTEX and the DISULPHIDE bonds. These DISULPHIDE bonds can also deteriorate over time if the hair is regularly colour treated (or permed – but we don’t have many of those these days) as everytime the DISULPHIDE bonds are treated with a chemical process – they are permanently changed.
The MEDULA – the MEDULA runs through the centre of the strand. The MEDULA is a like a thread which can contribute towards the thickness of your hair (amongst other factors). The medula has little relevance in hairdressing as it is not maintained or meddled with in the same way as the cuticles and cortex.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY HAIR!?!

Most hair breakage and split ends are caused by the cuticle layer deteriorating and/or damage to the cortex through every day elements and processing the hair.
You can test your own hairs POROSITY- take a hair strand, run your fingers up your hair towards the scalp, if your cuticle is damaged, your hair will feel raised and rough.
Once this damage has occured, I am sorry to say, you will NOT return your hair to how it once was BUT you CAN treat your strands like the gems they are until they grow out. Serums, hot oil treatments, and regularly rinsing of the hair with a product which helps the cuticles to maintain their natural pH level (acid cider vinegar is our favourite) can all be used to successfully halt further damage and to prevent the cuticle from raising further. You will quickly notice the difference. REGULAR trims will also stop the hair from looking dull and lifeless (but I would say that right?!)
If the hair has been processed with chemicals and appears to be breaking/snapping, an ELASTICITY test will determine if the cortex is damaged. This test checks the strength of the cortex. When the hair is wet, take a couple of strands of hair between your fingers. You should be able to lightly stretch the hair and watch it return to its original state – if it doesn’t – the cortex has poor elasticity and will be prone to breaking because the disulphide bonds are not connected in a healthy way.

IS MY HAIR BROKEN?!? (We all scream!)

Yes, to some extent it is but it is definitely TREATABLE!!! But as I said, the hair cannot be returned to its original state, not in a structural sense.
But DO NOT DESPAIR!!!
As with the cuticle layer, maintenance is KEY. Protein helps! Protein can act like temporary filler for the cuticles and in turn will protect the cortex if damaged.
Yes you can buy keratin based products on the market but we prefer to make natural hair food because then you can know what goes in! And you can add ALL the good stuff!! Avocados, bananas and chocolate are all protein rich and make amazing indulgent vitamin rich hair masks. Yum! Also for moisture coconut milk, oats, almond milk……the list is ENDLESS!!!

Thank you for reading, I hope it helps to clear up some myths around hair.
AND have you ever had a better excuse for spending the weekend covered in chocolate and coconut milk 🥥

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Flaxseed

As I have repeated this at least a few times a day for the last 4 months…I decided putting it here would be easier!

1/2 Cup of Whole flaxseed/linseed

2 Cups of water (the purer the better and longer lasting, but you can use bottled/filtered/tap water)

  • Add to a pan and slowly bring to the boil. If you want to soak overnight you can too (That is actually preferable). Your aim is an egg white consistency, gloopy. When you lift the WOODEN spoon and you see a snotty dribbly line, you are good to sieve. Use a normal fine sieve. When its boiling keep stirring until desired consistency.
  • Sometimes it takes a few attempts. A common first mistake is to overcook the seeds. You will struggle to get the thick gel through the sieve. If this does happen…don’t throw away! Just put back in the pan, add more water (1/2 cup is good usually) and keep stirring. Boil again to thicken slightly and try to sieve again.
  • You may need to stir a lot to get it through the sieve successfully.
  • Save seeds, keep aside.
  • Beat/whip the gel vigorously. When slightly cooled, add 5-6 drops of essential oils to scent and preserve. You can also add fresh/dried herbs like rosemary, lavender etc, but do this when you are boiling the mixture or when it is hot to infuse the liquid.
  • Beat again to blend any essential oils (lemongrass/mandarin/lime/grapefruit). Decant into a clean sterilised jar and put in fridge. The product will last 3-4 weeks if kept in the fridge.
  • Once done, put the seeds back in the pan and add another 2 cups of water. You can do this up to 4 times with one batch of seeds.
  • Repeat first steps and soak/boil the seeds again. The 3rd/4th batch can be more liquidy if you desire and be added to shampoo to make a 2-in-1 poo/cond.

The first batch can be used as a styling/texturing gel. Add hairdryer heat to create more hold. Build up product and scrunch or smooth through hair. It leaves no residue, and can be easily combed out.

The second batch can be used as a conditioner (just as normal conditioner, apply a bigger quantity and then rinse) or a detangler. Great for kids hair! You can use any of if on your skin and face too as a moisturiser. Use it up as you will have lots and need to use it all within a month ideally! Probably great for sunburn too I would imagine, when it is fresh out the fridge…dreamy and silky!

It does “mature” and can be quite an amazing rinse on your hair (the 3rd batch which is runnier). If you have hair that tends to get greasy then don’t apply it to the roots. It is one of the only things I can compare to “normal” silicone packed conditioner. It leaves a kind of glossy coating. I do rinse it out after letting it sit on the hair for a little while.

What can I say, it is amazing and I am constantly finding more uses for it. Somebody suggested trying it as fabric softener…!!! I have also been told it is a grrreat lubricant.

Enjoy folks 🙂

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