Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sugar and Vinegar

So. With this Organic Kick I've been on, I've been spending WAY more on some things than I can afford, in the long run, in an effort to see what is overkill, and what is really necessary. The biggest experiment for me has been with toiletries. They're expensive, waaaaay more than you prob'ly realize. For instance, a tiny 1 ounce tube of organic, preservative-free foundation is $37. A bottle of organic shampoo could cost upwards of $25, and don't get me started on the hair-styling products! They're SO far out of reach!

Now, I have really fine, difficult hair to start with, but take away all my mousse, sprays, and conditioners, replace them with just a $12 bottle of organic shampoo (all I could afford after the makeup), and I'm left with utterly limp, chronically static, cling-to-your-face hair, with too-long bangs, 'cause I can't afford the haircut, now!!! I didn't know I was so high maintenance until now!

But along comes a suggestion from my mother, bless her heart: Try Vinegar. I was dubious at first, I didn't want to smell all pickl-y, but she did say she'd heard of it from a hairstylist friend of ours, so I gave it a shot. I did my usual shampoo, then doused my head in ordinary apple cider vinegar, and gave it a rinse. My hair came out smooth as silk, moist, full, and behaved--JUST AS GOOD as it had been with the $27/bottle KMS volumizing conditioner I'd been using! I was totally thrilled.

To add to the amazing results, I googled a recipe for homemade hairspray---and found that the most common ingredients were sugar and water as a base. I figured I'd start there and add to it as I tested it out. I boiled water, dissolved a tablespoon of sugar in it, and sprayed it on my dry hair. It definitely weighed it down, being that it was primarily water. But, once it dried, it acted just like a gel! My hair stiffened up, but was "seperatable" still. Next, I tried it on my wet hair, treating it like a mousse or hair gel, and it worked SO much better. Between the vinegar keeping the static out and giving me glossy, obedient locks, and the sugar water giving me some serious hold, I have a completely successful regimen, now, for about a penny a day!!!! Not only that, but now I don't have to wash my hair every single morning, as I was forced to do with KMS mousse and conditioner. It tended to get pretty sticky and heavy by the end of the day. I know less washing is healthier for your hair, so I'm happy about that---but mainly it's just awesome to not have to style my hair from scratch every single morning!

So there's my completely natural, UBER-cheap hair-styling solution! Vinegar rinse, and Sugar-Water spray gel. It's actually better than KMS for me!!! Who'd-a thunk? :)

4 comments:

Joy G said...

That's so cool, Susi! Way to be creative and think outside the box.
I've been trying to think outside the box in other areas, too. Like home decorating.

Anyway, just think, if you get a sweet tooth in the middle of the day, you can just suck on your hair ;P

Susannah Forshey said...

LMAO! Wow, disgusting mental images.....!! Thank you, thank you, Joy.

Jenny said...

I think you're pretty brave wearing sugar in your hair in the PNW;)

Edith said...

Great tips!
Another one is beer. We're not drinkers but someone gave us a case of beer and I read that it was good for hair. After a wash, crack open a can and pour it over you hair, leave for a minute or two and then rinse out. The result is beautifully shiny hair. (I suspect beer drinkers think this is sacrilege but that's beside the point!).