Natural conditioner alternative-Catnip!

I think I got to page 16 LOL! My hair is extremely tangled without product that creates slip. For a week, while I detoxed, I learned to just blot my hair, scrunch in a little FSG and go. I can't run my fingers through my hair without SOMETHING to create slip.

I wanted to try to find something that would condition and detangle that was natural, hence the catnip, but I'm not sure it's possible. I think my hair is just that much more coarse than your, KM.

But we'll see what happens when I leave it in my hair for longer and after a wash. I'll update tomorrow.
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From my understanding of the LHC thread and catnip, the longer you leave it on the better it works. I've left mine on at least an hour each time. And it works better if you bag your hair too....body heat does wonders.

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From my understanding of the LHC thread and catnip, the longer you leave it on the better it works. I've left mine on at least an hour each time. And it works better if you bag your hair too....body heat does wonders.
Originally Posted by rymorg2
Yeah, I know. That's why I am going to use it tomorrow after a wash. I just couldn't wait to see if it would do anything!
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I read through that LHC thread ages ago, and I really wanted to try it. But I've had such success with the ayurvedic herbs to cleanse and condition, that I'm going to leave well enough alone for now. Thanks for sharing your processes--and re-stimulating my catnip interest so that I will most likely pick some up at my next health food store visit if I remember-I can always give it to my cats if it doesn't work for me, lol!
CGF, I haven't gotten through the whole thread, but the catnip from the pet store is supposed to be better--fresher. It's pretty easy, too. Very different then the Ayurvedic herbs. I did the one hour treatment on Wednesday, before going to get a haircut/highlight. My hair was a little greasy, but after the chemical process and a Deva nopoo at the salon--it was so soft. It continued that way yesterday.

I made more of the infusion last night. Used it as my rinse out today. My hair is continues to be incredibly soft. It's not a good day for hair around here--I checked and the dewpoint is minus 9 degrees! Pulls the curl right out of my hair!
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The jury is still out for me. I used the infusion after a wash this morning with my DW. Sat in my heat cap for 1 hour. Hopped back into the shower and rinsed it out. Not the worse tangles ever, but I could not run my fingers smoothly through my hair. Applied some of the DM curly jelly. Never used it before, so I raked through about a dime's size of product each for the sides, back and top, blotted a little with my curl-ease and it's still air drying.

I have surface frizz and the sides are just a little crunchy and almost dry but the back is still pretty damp. I'm really not sure what I am looking for. Everyone seems to get detangling effects from this. That has definitely NOT been my experience so far.

I was hoping for a more natural/organic option for detangling and conditioning. My hair may need more moisture to accomplish this.
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Did the catnip again today. I used my microwave heat cap and kept it on an hour or so. I didn't have to poo (bar) today, so I used the Ayurvedic herb infusion to rinse some of the oil out. It leaves my hair incredibly soft and adds more warmth to my highlights, covers gray, etc. I think I'll do it at least once a week.
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chrystal, how are you doing your catnip infusion--or I should say when? Are you using it like a rinse out, leave in???? Also, how often.

I did it today, as per rymorg2. I put it in my hair, left it in an hour, rinsed it out, etc. (I wrote it earlier in thread.) My hair dried fine--pretty tight curls. I thought it was a little greasy. Got the haircut/highlight--my hair was too dry to style, so I came home and rewet it. I have to say, it was incredible soft. It's not quite dry, but it's going to be frizzy--I can tell already.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Sorry it has taken this long to reply kathymack. I use 1 tsp catnip in 275ml water. I wash with bar soap, rinse with citrus rinse, and then pour catnip infusion over hair. I pin it up and finish showerly duties, then rinse. I don't think I have had it on for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Completely replaces conditioner for me. I only do this (wash, ect) routine 2 times a week, and I am planning on trying the bag and leave it for an hour, and see if it makes a difference. I will let ya know what my results are.
Serious question, but also silly. I have a cat. Is he going to start rubbing my head if I do catnip rinses? He loves his 'nip...
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This sounds interesting. I'm still at a loss though, what exactly do you do? Brew catnip and pour it on your head? Do you do this after you clean/rinse your hair out?
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I started hearing about catnip earlier this year when my hair suddenly broke out in split ends and breakage everywhere. My worst nightmare! I have long hair, was going to grow it longer again, and fell vulnerable to lots of advice.

I have talked to Ktani quite a bit about catnip, and it is definitely not sounding like you can get the same results she has if you use conditioners and hair products that build up. Also, avoiding shampoo is not going to help catnip work.


Since all I want right now is for my hair to be in good health, I decided to give up product junkyism and commit to shampoo, catnip and mineral oil. I don't know how it is going to work but so far I do have far fewer split ends (hoping for none soon!), even fewer midshaft splits and breakage. The best thing of all is that I do not moisturize my hair anymore to get those results and therefore my hair is not weighed down, I get all my volume.


I could probably have better formed curls but I like to finger out my curls daily because I am not there yet with the tangling issue, and also, I like the volume from fluffing my curls out. Personal preference, long hair is less volume! I only finger detangle exclusively now, also why my hair is quite low on splits now.
I think I got to page 16 LOL! My hair is extremely tangled without product that creates slip. For a week, while I detoxed, I learned to just blot my hair, scrunch in a little FSG and go. I can't run my fingers through my hair without SOMETHING to create slip.

I wanted to try to find something that would condition and detangle that was natural, hence the catnip, but I'm not sure it's possible. I think my hair is just that much more coarse than your, KM.

But we'll see what happens when I leave it in my hair for longer and after a wash. I'll update tomorrow.
Originally Posted by mpgirl
Okay, I had the same hang up! Actually, what I do is I no longer try to rake my hair. Take your tangles and pull them gently apart sideways. This is the safest way to detangle either way. It greatly lessens breakage.
Omg I thought I was the only weirdo that did that!! Yay and please do update

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Serious question, but also silly. I have a cat. Is he going to start rubbing my head if I do catnip rinses? He loves his 'nip...
Originally Posted by ljh34
That was the first thing that came to my mind as well when reading this thread. Does anyone who has used this have cats? They have excellent smell, so they should be able to smell it on your hair I think.
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