Today I have begun the venture of lightening my hair so that I can transition to the red-brown/black ombre I used to rock. This was accidental after a few months of purple (after black), followed by red. I liked it, and it suited the hell out of me. I looked like some fierce classy vampire. The reason I’ve not gone back to red is my mother, and the likelihood that she’ll make some crack about imitation being the highest form of flattery.
Last time I got a hair cut, I lost 3 inches of solid, deliberate hair growth. Of course, I asked for a trim, letting her know to lose length on the top layer only but what did she do? Virtually shaved my head. So with an ex-hair dresser as a colleague, I’m fumbling my way into a semi-natural DIY at-home approach to hair.
What I’ve done is picked up some anti-dandruff shampoo from Aldi (Australian made! Don’t I feel better) and some bi-carb soda. Whacked about 1/4 cup of it into my shampoo, shook well.
Washed my hair twice through and conditioned with generic Tresseme conditioner for split ends because my hair hates me like that.
After I got out, I dried my hair to a damp state, rubbed coconut oil into my hands (half tsp at a time, you don’t want too much!) and ran my fingers all through my hair until I could feel the oil, but not too much- just enough that my hair was coated.
It does feel a little oily in parts right now, possibly because I overdid the coconut oil. Otherwise, it feels beautiful. I’ll be putting my hair through hell in the next two weeks, so it deserves to be a bit oily. Hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures so I can document this experiment. I’ll also report in on the state of my hair, which I should point out is quite fine and prone to breakage. Thanks, European heritage.
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