Several years ago, my hair decided that it was curly. It’s never been curly in my life – except the few times that it was chemically encouraged to be curly when I was in school. So imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, it started curling all on it’s own.
I was fortunate, for a long time, to have a water softener at my house. It was amazing for so many different reasons. The most noticeable changes were the brightness of my laundry and the softness of my hair. With my recent move, I no longer have access to softened water, and I am feeling the difference!
I’ve been in the new house for 5 weeks, and my hair has gone from being light, fluffy and curly-cute, to a greasy, flat, straight mess that I’ve relinquished to a bun on the top of my head, whenever I leave the house. It’s a sad, sad thing! I have spent years growing out my locks and keeping them cute and bouncy.
Yesterday I went on an internet scavenger hunt, looking for a way to regain my glorious mane. My first thought was a saltwater rinse, since that’s how the water is softened in the machine… salt! No such luck. Apparently, that’s NOT how the machine works! Salt is the magic ingredient, but there’s more to the whole softening process. Who knew?
I happened upon a couple of different articles with a recipe for a ‘detoxifying’ shampoo from former Miss California, Marianna Hewitt. Now, I take issue with anything claiming to be detoxifying. But that’s a different post! So, today I mixed up a batch of this concoction and tried it out – 2 parts clarifying shampoo + 3 parts coarse sea salt. Follow with a conditioner.
My results – My hair feels light and fluffy and the curls seem to be trying to come back. It feels good, but it looks a little dry and dull. The instructions clearly state not to use this more than once a month, as it can dry your hair. I have also read that it can wreak havoc on colored hair, which could explain the dull look to my hair.
The way it works : The salt is going to exfoliate your hair. I know, that sounds as ridiculous as detoxifying, doesn’t it? Salt also absorbs and carries away the excess moisture in your hair, left behind by products used to condition and style hair. That makes perfect sense in my head.
I think that the combination of conditioning my hair and the hard water has weighed my hair down, and the salt-shampoo pulled all of that gunk out of my hair. We will see how it works, over time.