Tuesday, April 27

Super Secret Hair Goodness

I had no idea SO many of you would be interested in my super secret beautiful amazing hair secret. Ok fine, really you want Asher's super-amazing-beautiful-soft-no-crying-when-combing-his-hair secret. Fine. Be that way.

Background: Not too long ago I ran across an article talking about natural body care. Stuff like going 'poo free. And it interested me. Not just because I think it would be funny to say 'poo free all the time. I mean, that would be fun, but that's not the point.  In my actual research I learned all sorts of things about how bad most cleaning agents are for your hair or your skin or the earth.

I also have this tiny idea that God probably gave us everything we need way back in the garden of Eden, and again, I guess, after the great flood. So I don't think we need a bunch of weird stuff we can't pronounce or spell to keep us clean or healthy or happy. (I am still enjoying the occasional Starbucks beverage or packaged and processed sweet, but I'm trying more and more to stick with natural stuff. )

Enter my adorable son. Oh wait, what? You need a picture? Ok. Here.

You see, he has adorable hair. It's soft and has the tightest curls I've ever seen. Which makes it a beast when wet and when it needs to be combed out. You know, because there's dirt or frosting or any other random assortment of yuck in it. And we spend a lot of time cuddling, so I want it to smell good. We'd been using all the Aveeno products as recommended, but his hair felt dry and crunchy sometimes. And in between washings it was nearly impossible to work with it at all. I'm talking big-giant-sad-face-tears here people. The kind you can't ignore.

So I started researching for alternatives. You can do that too, if you want, and you'll never want to shampoo or soap yourself or your children again. I can tell you some yucky things. Instead, I'll skip that and get to the good stuff. You can make your own natural stuff for your kid. And it will work better than anything else and be good for him and not cost you a fortune. Sound good? Of course it does.

Are you ready for the recipe? You are? Ok.
One cup of water and one tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Put it in a spray bottle from the dollar store. Shake it up.
You're done. 
No joke.

I use lemon juice because we were out of the APV the first time I made it, and lemon just says clean to me somehow (but I have used the APV, too and it works just as well). I also add some lavender essential oil because I love it and I have it and since we cuddle all the time, I thought it couldn't hurt. I spray this in his hair until it's damp/wetish and just comb through. It is so easy that many times my child does not even realize I am combing his hair. Did you read that? You other APs know what I'm talking about. Some of you sheared your children's heads because their hair was so much work. And they are so cute bald, but if you want to try this, it is awesome.  I also use this in between baths when his hair just needs a little "reworking" from where someone has rubbed all over it because it's so darn adorable.

My husband is hooked on it, too.  I also use it, just in a little different way.

Walk yourself into your kitchen, make some up and try it out. You will not regret it. I already convinced two other APs to try it and here's what they said:

"AMAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!  I have been looking for a hair solution for P for months now and everything on the market seems to leave his hair greasy and not really moisturized.  After one use, his hair is soft, shiny, detangled, and not greasy!
I too have a love affair with lavender and added a bunch of drops to the solution.  THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!  You're right, God did give us all we need in the beginning. I am thrilled.  Now we can get back to letting him grow an awesome 'fro b/c we don't have to worry about tangles."

"CONVERT!!!!!!!!!!  Tried it and loved it, who wudda thought?? I thought lemon juice was really drying, but it's really not."

So there you have it. I also made Asher some "soap" that I love way way more. And I don't have to use lotion anymore. Yeah. That's what I'm talking about. And wow, I can't believe how much this sounds like an infomercial. So please try it out, and let me know what you think. Or if you need more info, let me know. I'm a complete convert and we will never go back. : )

And here's another picture if you read all that. 


Erin said...

Well it certainly won't hurt to try, how easy is that! My Ash has quite a lot of hair, so a detangling miracle would be welcome around these parts!

Leigh said...

Love it darling! You're a wealth of joy and knowledge. Keep them coming! I have friends who are APs of a boy from Haiti, and I'm sending her this link right NOW so she can get in on your good ideas.

What's the soap recipe?? I just may have to make my own cleaning goodness. Love you!

nell ann said...

Thanks for your loveleigh support! Part of me wants to keep all the good secrets to myself so I can seem like a supermom, but then the rest of me squishes that part and I want everyone to know so we can all be supermoms. or dad. or aunties or whatevers. but super, none the less. : )

Mandy said...

Yay! Pictures of Ash! thanks for the hair tip. I'll have to try that. Your infomercial left us hangin for the soap recipe though. That was smart...keeping our interest peaked! Looking forward to that post, too.

JamieV said...

Hi! I am not an AP but I have a friend that is so I passed along the info to her. You mentioned that you use this on yourself too. I would like to know what you do differently and how it works on your hair. thanks!

emariestar said...

Hi! I've been stalking your blog recently (my hubby and I are in the process to adopt from Ethiopia - been on the waiting list 3 weeks!). Thanks for the advice! Would you mind sharing your soap recipe???

p.s. Your son is one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen!!!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

OK- going to try that! Now what is the recipe for the soap???

Tracy said...

Love that info! Will totally try it when we get our baby/ies!

Now I'm dying for the soap recipe! I'd love to use a soap that would allow me not to have to lotion afterward!

JonesEthiopia said...

Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm totally going to try it on R's hair, which is a beast to comb through even if with detangler, etc.

I'd love to hear about the soap you made, too!

Laurie said...

hhmmm...wonder if this would work on Vivi's beast of curls. I think I have the apple cider vinegar. I will now go check...

Josh and Kristi said...

Thanks so much, we will try it! I am in the camp of moms who just buzz the curls off because I don't know what else to do with them!

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