Homecooking experiments

So I’ve gotten a new hobby, or should I say obsession? Since I have such a hard time locating haircare supplies that cater to my quite specific needs I’ve quite simply taken to cooking up my own.

A couple of nights ago I tried a concoction of the stuff I usually use straight (coconut, aloe, wheat germ oil and glucose) but this time I attempted to cook them into a emulgated hair cream. The process was quite simple really and the result turned out beautifully even though I lacked some of the ingredients to make it into a properly emulgated and preserved cream so it became a gel instead . My hair turned out well moisturized after I CO’d it out with some tresseme naturals and both ends and lenght were happy – yay!

So being the easily obsessed person I am I’m now looking further into the topic examining how to turn the deep treatment I made into a lighter leave-in product and perhaps even creating a CO friendly conditioner.  I just have to get some more ingredients in order to create a cream rather than the gel my first experiment resulted in.

I’m also curious about trying the caramel treatment which many of the finehaired longhair growers seem to swear by, however I’m not crazy about the idea of putting bananin it so I’m pondering whether it could be substituted for something else that has the same conditioning qualitites. When I look it up it seems that bananas consists mostly of sugar, vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and potassium all of which could easily be added to a conditioning cream without adding the actual banana… hmm…

1st length goal acheived!

Ok so my attempt so start blogging again didn’t go as planned, I don’t even have a decent excuse tbh I just haven’t felt like writing anything longer than a facebook update for a very long time.

However I hit one of my hair goals some time ago so I might as well record the numbers somewhere, at least that way I can keep track of what I do and what turns out to be successful and what doesn’t suit me.

I started keeping track of my hair length on the 8th of january 2011 when I’d lurked at longhaircommunity.com for a while and got interested in the options for long hair care that it offered. At the time I was at 53,3 cm (21 inches) and my aim was to try to hit BSL which for me is at 67,5 cm (26,4 inches). At the time I remember that it felt daunting. 14,2 cm until I hit my goal, it felt like it would take all eternity. Especially since I’m not exactly a fan of fairytale ends on babyfine, stick straight hair. As  “finey” I’ve always envied other peoples thick hemlines and I don’t even care to count the number of times various hairdressers have talked me into cutting layers in order to produce volume to my hair. Well people, let me tell you this. Cutting layers into thin, fine hair does not create volume. It does however create stringy ends that look extremely sad and worn, especially when the hair is also highlighted… So not only did I know that I would have to grow for a long time, I also had layers that needed to be evened out if I ever wanted my hemline to look healthy.

But guess what?

on the 14th of may 2012 I measured in at 68 cm! BSL! Not only did I reach my first hair goal, I actually overshot it! And I was still been able to microtrim every now and then order to even out those layers I’m moaning about above.

Ok so admittedly hair grows like crazy when you’re pregnant, but still. Growing 14,7 cm in approximately 16 months means growing 0,9 cm/month, even while trimming! That should make my new growing goal a piece of cake!

Continue to grow?

Yes of course I have a new goal (Hello childhood dreams of long princesshair), next stop is waist which I hope to hit sometime next year and after that hip and then on to tailbone. I think it’s not nearly going to go as fast to hit my next goal, not only because I’ll be lacking the extra growth rate that pregnancy gives you but also because the old wear and tear of my Pre-LHC hair is starting to show (not to mention that post partum-shed reduced my fabulous pregnancy hair to its old thin self). It’s not terribly bad but there are more splits than I’ve encountered earlier of which a fair share are white “spots” on the shaft of the hair and the ends get horribly dry and crave moisture but hates protein even though the rest of my hair loves both protein and moisture which makes for a weird combination imo. Anyway I’m thinking I’ll maintain for a while until I notice that my ends are healthy enough for me to start growing again.

Huh, that’s weird.

I’ve been thinking about that decision for a while now and I haven’t been able to make up my mind about whether to S&D my way to waist and then maintain, or maintain where I am but I guess all I needed to do in order to decide was to try and explain my thoughts to someone else (not that I believe anyone have actually read this far about my hair of all things but still).

 

So…hair!

So this is a bit weird but I figure that since most of the hair and nail blogs I read are in English I might as well keep the posts that are about hair in English as well,especially since I’ll be linking to my own blog as I comment on theirs, so…anyway: Hair!

Sometime last year (when I was supposed to be focusing on entirely different things of course) I found myself being drawn to forums and blogs about alternative hair care. I must admit that I was skeptical at first, could Water only and conditioner only washing really clean the hair as well as shampoo washes, and could it really work for me aka the grease ball? Well it could and it does! For me this was somewhat of a revelation, and I found myself wondering if it was perhaps possible even for me to grow long, healthy hair.

Now, I’d love to write: “Well I could and I am!” however..err… I’m not quite there yet. Especially now that I’m starting the infamous “four months postpartum shed” where I’m literally loosing a handful of hair for every shower I take. However, what’s left on my head definitely looks a lot better than it ever did before and as it grows longer I can gradually cut off the hair that is damaged taking care of my hemline.

At the moment I’m practicing ‘benign neglect’ with the occasional cassia treatment thrown in sticking to CO washes using Tressemé Naturals, oiling the ends with coconut oil and finishing off with a leave in balm to keep up do’s tidy ( I also like to imagine that it’s somewhat protecting the hair but who the hell knows if that’s actually true).

Anyway, I have this idea that as I finally reached BSL I’m going to maintain there until my hemline thickens up so I can go for waist with a nice thick(ish) hemline however to be honest have a hard time deciding.Part of me feels that since I finally got long(ish) hair I don’t want to cut it off and the other part of me feels that since my ends look like shite at the moment I might be happier if I just cut them but a third (yes really I, ponder these things far more than I probably should) have thought about going for some good ‘ol fashioned S&D in order to cut off what cannot be salvaged and still maintain length. Only problem is that while I think that tapering looks awesome on curly longhairs I’ve always thought that it just looks like unhealthy hair on people with fine straight hair such as myself.

Oh my, aren’t I the big philosopher?

Well time to feed the offscream*

 

*offspring that screams…get it?! Get it?! God I’m funny *laughs hysterically*