Easy and Healthy: Hair Gloop


I’ve been reading this book, (it’s really great by the way, you should read it) and for ages I keep thinking I need to try out the way for washing your hair it tells you.

I know shampoo is horrible. I know it actually makes your hair far worse over time, and you should use gentle, homemade soap instead.

You cant just go and use any old soap, or any old water. You should read the book if you want detailed explanations though. basically, If you have been using shampoo, your hair shafts will be brittle and the soap will all catch in it; it will be a mess.

Here is a way to use any old soap, though:

Elizabeth Francke say’s to put your soap scraps in a mug. Put some boiling water in, and let it go into a sludge. I added lemon and lavender essential oils. These are good for oily hair, dandruff, and all sorts of other vile things.

You can leave this cup of sludge in the shower, and keep adding little scraps of soap, and you will never run out. This is free, easy, and it is actually very very good for your hair. You can keep topping up the water in the shower, too.

To use the sludge, tip your head down, and put the mug of sludge on your head, and rub it around until you have enough. carefully take the mug off again, quickly though, so none gloops out.

You can shampoo (or soap) it twice. It wont hurt like shampoo.

Finish it off by rinsing with diluted cider vinegar. I didn’t like this idea at all, but when I tried it, it made my hair silky and the smell disappeared as it dried.

I asked my sister Emem what my hair smelt like, and she said it smelt nice and lemony. That’s that great lemon essential oil!

Oh, and if your hair feels strange the first couple of times you try this, don’t worry, this is because it need to adjust. It is used to being washed with harsh chemical shampoo.

Well, that was very long, but I hope not too boring.




Oh, and also, the homemade soap we have is a secret recipe. Some very special friends of ours gave it to us, and now we make our own soap too. It is so, so much better than the bought stuff. It hasn’t been stripped of all the goodness. 🙂 We love our secret recipe!



Soothing Hair Masque

My hair is so frizzy and dry, after a long lasting summer in New Zealand. Its supposed to be Autumn here! So I googled hair masques, easy ones that even  I  would have the ingredients for! I’ve always wanted to try making my own hair masque, but its the kind of thing you always put off.

Don’t put it off anymore though! This worked shockingly well…I’m SO doing it again and again and again.

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Creamy Hair Masque

1 ripe avocado

1/2 a banana

1 egg yolk

a dash of olive oil

Mash all this together and spread into dry hair. It went on really smoothly and didn’t dribble down my neck, by the way!

Then wrap your head in gladwrap, to seal in the warmth. Or a plastic bag, like me, who didn’t have any gladwrap.

I left it on for 20 minutes. Sit in the sun if your lucky enough to have some, to warm your head.

It works better that way.

Then jump in a cold shower and wash it all out. Thoroughly. You have to have a cool shower, unless you want to be picking cooked egg out of your hair later!

My hair feels so much silkier now. And it doesn’t frizz around my head as much!

You could also change a few ingredients round, using whatever you have.

We tend to have old brown avocados in the fridge, and fresh eggs, (my mum has a HUGE amount of chickens!) and bananas only sometimes.

Olive oil is great, but not too much! My friend told me that when she was a girl she put cooking oil in her hair.

It didn’t have the effect she wanted at all! She said she had oily pillows for weeks afterwards.

A drop of Lavender essential oil is good, and lemon, for freshening up your scalp.

And I found a lot of people use mayonnaise. I would only do this if you had real, homemade mayo, or good quality stuff. Not cheap-fake-egg-yolk stuff like we have in our fridge! I doubt it would have much nourishment.

This hair mask was a definite success. 🙂