This blog post idea actually came from one of my sister’s (who just happens to also be an intelligent reader of this blog AND who just happens to have a blog of her own that you should check out!)
She has two little girls, 8 and 6 years old, and is in that phase of Mommy life when she is constantly “fixing” their hair. The younger of the two has very fine hair that tangles easily, combined with a very tender head….so using some sort of detangler after hair washing (and even when her hair is dry) is a must! She ran out of her store-bought brand of detangler the other day and mentioned to me that I should do a post about an homemade alternative.
Well one thing led to another and in my researching of a hair DETANGLER, I came across some interesting homemade versions of hair SPRAY! As a matter of fact…you are not going to believe how simple it is to make! I mean really….you’re not going to believe it. I didn’t believe it until I made it AND tried it. And now….I believe! :-)
Let’s start with the hairSPRAY:
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
6-8 drops essential oils (optional)
Heat water to a boil and turn off heat source. Add 2 tsps of sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Then add 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (optional). Once again I chose Lavender…because I love it! :-) And THAT ladies and gentlemen…is it!
However, according to Diane at dkmommyspot.com there are 3 SIMPLE but KEY TIPS to make this work:
1) Find the right concentration for you.
2) Use a spray bottle with a very fine mist.
3) Wait for it to dry 20 – 30 seconds between applications.
I followed these 3 steps to the letter and was quite literally amazed at how well this stuff works! I figured I would have to use 4 or 5 applications before it was a strong enough “hold” (after all…it’s basically SUGAR WATER!) but after just ONE misting…it held my hair in place quite nicely. I didn’t even bother with a second application. And an added bonus…the sugar water actually adds a little extra shine to your hair. And really….who couldn’t use a little extra shine in their life! :-)
So that’s homemade hair concoction #1.
#2 is the…..
Homemade Hair Detangler
Did I say the hair SPRAY was simple to make??? Well………then THIS recipe is going to blow your mind! ;-)
Here’s what you’ll need:
A spray bottle
Hair conditioner of your choice
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Fill your spray bottle two-thirds full with water.
2. Add conditioner of your choice to finish filling the bottle.
3. Shake the bottle well, making sure the conditioner and water are thoroughly mixed.
4. Spray the mixture into your hair and brush as you would normally.
Are you OK? Do you need to sit down and taker a breather after that exhaustive process? ;-)
The fact that we spend SO much of our hard-earned money on these products that are SO SIMPLE and INEXPENSIVE to make at home continues to boggle my brain. Today’s post is the perfect example. It’s just a good thing I have such SMART READERS to point out the painfully obvious to people like me. :-)