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Old 04-21-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
 
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so i'm thinking of shaking things up a bit as i feel i'm in a rut. my hair isn't bad but it isn't as good as i want it to be so i'm gonna try a few natural things again.

i was thinking of doing a banana mashed up with some honey as a conditioning agent for my hair? maybe use a sulfate shampoo to perk up my curls as they're overconditioned and flimsy and then instead of conditioner leave in some banana and honey for a wee while, then rinse all out and style as normal. would this have not enough moisture for my hair? it's just i feel doing a banana pack THEN conditioner might overcondition it. and i'm trying to avoid that!

anyone ever used bananas? any tips?

also - if i wanted to add an essential oil for scent, is it ok to just mix it into the banana/honey mix or conditioner or do i have to dilute it? i'm interesting in adding jasmine oil as i LOVE the scent, but will one drop be too much and what else could it do to my hair apart from scent it?
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:06 AM   #2
 
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I tried a homemade banana DT years ago in my hair. Sorry I can't remember how it left my hair but I do remember it was tough to get all the banana out! Especially the part with all the little seeds.
I basically just mashed the banana up with a fork with some other stuff added to it but if you do decide to try it maybe putting it in a blender with some water and whatever else you want to add and pureeing it until it's very liquidy might help it to rinse out better.
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:08 AM   #3
 
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I tried it and had soooo many banana bits left in my hair!
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
 
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Haha good point, thanks! I never thought about all the banana bits hmmm. I just want to see if I can avoid overconditioning.

Jess (from jessicurl) has a recipie that has banana, avocado, oil amongst other things. I dont want to overload it but she doesnt seem to mention problem of banana bits. I wonder how she gets them out! Did you guys both just continuously rinse until every last banana bit was out?

I was thinking of mixing it with some VO5 strawberries conditioner since I think I will need a bit more moisture. and honey. so maybe that might help? I don't have a blender unfortunately, my flatmate took it to his friends house and hasn't brought it back grrr.

Oh darn, I really wanted to try this banana thing, but not with banana bits stuck in my hair!
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Lol. I have banana in my hair right now. I used Jessicurl's DT without avocado, because I didn't have any.

Jessicurl puts her DT in the blender to avoid the banana bits thing. (There's a post on it the Recepies forum right now)
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:29 PM   #6
 
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I was thinking it might depend on how ripe the bananas are too. In the CG book Masey calls for two VERY RIPE bananas for one of her recipies, so that must help them be more mushy and maybe rinse out easier? Well I can experiment I'm sure I'll get it all out eventually!
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I would make sure to use a blender, so you don't have bits left in your hair. Btw- I love Jessicurls DT, it left my hair very soft and it felt moisturized.
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I've tried the banana recipe from the CG book as well as the one from Jess.
The one from the book definitely perked up my curls significantly, but as others have said, getting the banana bits out was a true nightmare. It's very messy. I've done that one a couple of times actually. The recipe from Jess I've also used a couple of times, and while it was definitely conditioning, my hair actually felt a bit rough afterwards. I put honey in both of them, otherwise I followed them to a 't'.

eta: I always used a blender btw.
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Just rinsed out my DT.

I didn't blend mine because I made it last night and was too lazy to clean the blender afterwards.

I just squished up a banana with my hands and tried to make it into as little bits as possible.

It was kinda difficult getting the banana bits out, though not impossible. I used Activate Hydrating Shampoo and tried to get them out, as well as fingercombing with B2B Pom thoroughly. I do still have some tiny bits in...it might not have been a good idea to mash up the banana into tiny pieces because those are the hardest to get out! Also, I have dark hair and it kinda looks like I have a few stray bits of dandruff. ^^;;

Next time I would blend it to see if it helped.

My hair looks a little better than normal, but I don't know if it's because of the DT or because I used new stylers. Maybe both.
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I can't comment on what the banana does or does not do to your hair - I have the Jess DT MIxed up in the fridge right now, but I haven't had the time to use it yet.

BUT, as the mother of a toddler who ate nothing other than fruit for the last two years (seriuosly ), I do have a good bit of experience with bananas. Trick #1 is to throw them in the freezer once they start to get ripe, but you're not ready to use them just yet. (Frozen bananas make a great sub for ice in a milkshake, btw!) Trick #2 - when you're ready to use the banana (assuming you don't want it frozen) thaw it in the fridge until very soft. Then snip the end of the peel off, and gently squeeze the banana out of the hole, sort of like gel from a tube. It comes put a very nice pudding consistency, and (from what I can tell) no bits to get caught in your hair!

Maybe I can get around to actually using the DT tomorrow...
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:39 PM   #11
 
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As for the essential oil, it's perfectly fine to put a drop or two in your concoction. You don't need to cut it with anything first. If you think about it, you're cutting it with all the stuff you're mixing it with, know what I mean?
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Old 04-22-2007, 01:59 AM   #12
 
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Well I used a banana this morning. I didn't really follow any recipie, although i'm tempted to try the curly girl one. I think jessicurls' would be far too moisturising for me.

I only used about an inch and a half long of banana, as having heard all your warning i'd rather have a small amount of banana cut in my hair than whole one. I mashed it up with a fork, for ages. As when i saw big lumps that weren't mashing i picked them out. it literally was liquidy pulp when i'd done with it. Then i put a teaspoon of honey and a good dollop of VO5 sunkissed rasperries in.

I did a lemon rinse first, then followed up with this mixture. It didn't detangle well at all, in fact, little bits of banana were getting caught in my tugs and making it harder to get through them! But I finally got them all out. I was a little paranoid about getting the banana out so I applied a teensy amount of Aussie 3MM (Uk formula) to my hair after to help remove the banana. Then I rinsed after 2 mins. I saw one or two TINY bits of banana still in my hair so I just used my brush under the shower a few times, and it seemed to get them all out. It wasn't a nightmare, but it was a pain! I did only use a tiny bit of banana tho (compared to the 2 that massey calls for in CG!) so maybe that's why...

Anyway, hair is now drying. I can still smell the vo5 on my hair, mmmm i love it! We'll see whether the banana does anything...
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