Anyone else ever discover their HG's or best techniques totally by accident? In other words, who are the curl dorkettes among us -- you know who you are! I found my one true HG (GF Leave-in) by accident -- I thought I was buying the gel.
And now I've discovered how to actually use mag. sulfate w/out it going on unevenly, plus making my hair dry & stiff the way I did when I used it in sprays.
So. I tweaked my back shoveling mountains of snow & thought "This is the time to make that neato bath milk recipe I found..." So soaked & read for an hour, then...forgetting that I was marinating in powdered milk & mag sulfate...I dunked my head under, conditioned, rinsed, & applied leave in & gel. At which point I remembered what was in the water. But I was also cranky b'coz my back hurt, so I thought screw it, I'm not starting over; if it sucks too badly I'll wear it in a French braid tomorrow.
FF 3 hours: shiny, ropey, very soft, perfectly defined spirals the like of which I only ever get coming out of the ocean. And zero frizz. Took a pix & will post once I upload. I'm just laughing at myself. All this effort, research, savvy consumerism, obsessively perfecting techniques. And I got awesome hair by accident.
Hmmm does it have to have the milk do you think? cause you know I want to try it now! This gives me a good excuse to soak in a hot tub yay!
Isn't this always the way? I buy tons of more expensive stuff and the stuff I like the best is usually at the drugstore. I could just kick myself! I just buy because it's cheap and it's the one thing I can't do without!
And don't forget to give us your milk bath recipe so we can all dunk our heads in the bath.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar. http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**
Sorry I haven't uploaded the pix on my camera yet... I've been crazybusy with Xmas fun.
The bath recipe is great, btw. I made it because I have had no luck finding the kind of bath oil that dissolves & gets milky in the water. I hate the stuff that floats on top like an oil slick. And I have dry, sensitive skin & this simple recipe passed the test.
Milk Bath recipe
2 cups dry nonfat powered milk
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup corn starch, optional (makes it silkier)
essential or fragrance oil to your liking (I used 20 drops cassis rose oil from the Body Shop)
It's definitely the epsom salt that gives me more intense curl. The milk is probably what keeps it from feeling so dry. I wouldn't do this daily, but when I want springy curl definition, & I'm already soaking in the tub, it's a winner.
medusa, you crack me up. Thanks though. I am lovin' that Silk Bath Milk recipe. Made it to give as Xmas gifts this year. It's a true find if you have both dry skin & stiff muscles as I usually do, & the fact I can dunk my hair in it & inreases curl formation is a bonus. It tightens the curl, but doesn't feel dry b'coz of the milk, which doesn't given me any protein type problems either. Let me know how you fare if you do try it.