EPSOM SALT RINSE



I'm reposting this here for those who are new. This is a very economical "curl enhancing" rinse.

1 cup hot water
1 tsp. Epsom salt

Dissolve the E.S. in the water and allow to cool down (may be used warm), pour over washed and conditioned hair, do not rinse off.

There are several variations that can be made to this rinse, here's the more common ones:

1) Combine with table salt, best to start with 1/2 tsp. of each and go from there.

2) Add 1 tsp. of honey as moisturizer and for shine.

3) For dry hair it works for some people to add to #2 2-3 drops of jojoba oil (or similar).

4) If you don't use oils, try a few drops of vegetable glycerine.

If you don't notice sufficient curl enhancement you can increase the amount of E.S., decrease if hair appears dry.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
thanks for the advice I am gonna try it, is it like a refresher spray? Or do you layer it on, under other products?
It's a rinse, so you'd just pour it over your head, then squeeze out the water and then put your products.
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

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Thanks Curlyjenn, I should've put that there. I think some people have used this as a refresher (in a spray bottle) BUT usually with 1 T. of CO dissolved in it as by itself it could be drying.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
I was wondering what the salt does to the hair and why this works, so I googled it. I found out that the salt absorbs excess oil and balances the pH, as I understand it.

So, would this be good for oily hair and should people who are trying to hydrate their curls stay away from it?
Here's a bit more of a "technical" explanation: Our hair contains sulfur which help form what's called disulfide bonds, these are links between the hair protein. These bonds give strength to the hair and help maintain its natural shape (straight, wavy or curly). Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, the sulfur in it can help create temporary synthetic bonds in our hair, that's why it has "curl enhancing" properties.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Aaahh. That makes sense. So does it dry out the hair?
If used in moderation together with a good routine, no, but you know the saying, too much of a good thing...!
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Half Wavy/Half Curly,

Thanks for posting this! I'm excited to see a recipe where I only have to buy one ingredient. I don't want to waste money on a bunch of stuff and then have the recipe not work for me. I'm going to try it this week and post how it goes. It this works well, I'll try adding jojoba oil.


Where do you buy Jojoba oil? I'll check my local health food store. Do you have to look for anything specific on the label, like "pure" as opposed to synthetic? I don't know anything about oils.

Thanks!
Sherry
After I read your post I was going to just tell you to check if there was a Vitamin Shoppe near you because I got mine there about 2 years ago at a good price.

I thought you'd also like to learn more about j.o. and I remembered a great website I had bookmarked at least a couple of years ago. They have the most complete information I've seen to date, so I decided to test the link first to see if it was still active. Well, it worked and it may be your lucky day :dance:dance.gif because I also decided to check their prices and noticed they not only sell the oil, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion at very reasonable prices BUT they offer 1 oz. samples of each for only $3.00 shipping. Using only a few drops of the oil here and there that sample alone could last you several months! All you have to do is click on the Order Form tab on the menu to the left in the home page.

Another thing I liked about this site is that in their ingredients page they explain where each one comes from and exactly what it does, so not only you'll get to learn a whole lot about j.o. but also more about hair product ingredients, how about that? Once you've navigated through it I'd like to hear what you thought about it, ok?

2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
I don't want to waste money on a bunch of stuff and then have the recipe not work for me.
And, hey, if for some reason it doesn't work for you, epsom salts rock in warm water to relax aches

The link to that site with the oil info doesn't seem to be working for me. . .
This 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)

Here's the site I got the recipe from -- I combined what I liked from each to make my own.
http://www.halderman.net/cgi-bin/showrecipe.pl?milk

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.
3B, bra-strap length
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HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
Gilraen:

Sorry about that, I fixed it so you can try it now.

CelcticCurls:

That recipe deserves it's own thread! It would've been better if you'd posted it separately and just made a reference here because a lot of people may not ever see it...
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Hi,

Thanks for the info! I do have a Vitamin Shoppe nearby...in a shopping cetner that also has a Sally's, Ulta, Borders and Target-a dangerous place for my visa card


Take care,
Sherry
Hmm, I checked the website for the V.S. and the j.o. has gone up about $1 since I bought mine, it's a 4 oz. bottle though. I don't use mine that much because I also have coconut oil, an oil moisturizer and Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil and when it's hot and humid here (at least 7 months out of the year...) my hair can barely take a "touch" of any oil so after 2 years I still have 1/3 of the bottle.

If I didn't have all of the above I'd order the samples, would love to see what their CO is like!

And girl, that is certainly one very dangerous shopping center alright!
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
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CelcticCurls:

That recipe deserves it's own thread! It would've been better if you'd posted it separately and just made a reference here because a lot of people may not ever see it...
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
HalfWavy, it actually was a thread...."Adventures w/ Mag Sulf" I think, but stuff moves so quickly I thought I'd toss it in here too.
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
You know, now that I think about it I believe I saw the mention of the "milk bath" somewhere else a few weeks ago...
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Halfwavy- I love the epsom salt recipe. I am going to make sure to try it, I cut and pasted it into my word documents. Thanks.

Celtic- I will make sure to try that milk-epsom salt bath, sounds wonderful. Thank you.
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