DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner – Yah, It Works

by Rebecca Simpson on September 9, 2017

I have the whole, entire house to myself for the weekend – and you know what that means?  Aside from being able to walk around naked whenever I want, it means I get to try out old-fashioned beauty treatments that would otherwise be too messy, weird, and drippy to use when there is a house full of men getting in the way and asking awkward questions.

So today, I am treating myself to a DIY all natural hair conditioner to see if it really lives up to the hype.  Ever since my mom chopped my hair to the shoulders when I was six because I would never brush it before rolling out of bed to go play in the dirt field, I have wanted long hair.  LONG hair.  Like to my butt, at least.  But alas, after all these years, I have never been able to grow it past my bra strap. I’ve been on a mission for the last two years to break my hair record, and experimenting with age old hair-nourishing beauty treatments is part of the program.

All Natural Ingredients

Taking a tip from the ladies of Youtube, I decided I’d try some kind of blend of protein, oils, and acids that I could find around the house.  Here’s what I could find:

  • Yoghurt, plain.  A fistful is a good amount.
  • Coconut oil. I have it around for… reasons.  Conditioning my long hair has now become one of them. Use as much as you think might make a nice sized spoonful of ice cream.
  • An egg.  Sadly, not from my own chickens, who are still too young, but one from the store.  Use whatcha got, we can get fancy later.
  • Juice of one lemon.  Thankfully my neighbor has a lemon tree that has been dropping lemons on my side yard for months.  So I was able to scrounge the least offensive looking one from under the boat and juiced it. Worked great.
  • Now, blend. Nuff said.

Applying Conditioner to Hair

I reasoned that the ends of my hair awere in the worst shape, so I grabbed them up in a bunch and dunked them into the mixture as if they were a big, fat frazzled paintbrush.  Amazingly, the ends soaked up a lot of the goop and it didn’t drip off too much.  With what was left in the bowl, I massaged my hair working my way toward the roots until the goop was all gone. Finally, I wrapped my goopy hair in a towel and let it marinade while I walked around the house naked and did whatever.

Rinsing

When it’s been a good 20 mins or so, or you’ve run out of things to do naked, wash the goop out under the faucet.  Then shampoo and condition your hair per usual. Easy.

Results

If you wash it well, your hair should not be greasy, or eggy, or dairy-y.  In fact, my hair came out very soft, although it seemed to have a little “heavier” of a texture than usual.  Not that I mind.  I enjoyed how soft my hair had become, how easy it was to braid, and that warm, fuzzy feeling I got when I knew I had done something nice for my hair AND found a DIY all natural treatment that actually seems to work.  I’ll be coming back to this one for sure.

Try it!

Give the above treatment a try and let me know your thoughts.  Or, if you have an all natural hair conditioner secret to share, I’d love to hear about it (and even try it!)

Here’s to long flowing locks to our butts and beyond!

 

Frogs arrive!

by Rebecca Simpson on August 28, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce we officially have frogs at SSA!
 
How do I know, you may ask? Because I could tell from what was left of a webbed back leg on my lawn that we definitely had a (former) frog on our hands.
 
I am sure Roxy (our Husky) has been hunting the frog for some time. It was a beauty too, (at least the part I could still see). After I scraped if off the lawn and put it in the trash, I was able to admire how fat (now flat) and colorful (now covered in dirt) this handsome (and smelly) frog once was. My chest swelled with pride (and so did my nostrils from the stink cloud).
 
As I measure my success in biodiversity, dead or not this frog represents a special first. Over six and a half years, and we are still new getting surprises.
 
If there is one, there are more. And I am hoping this is the start of a new froggy trend. Next they just need to learn how to avoid the wolves (Huskies).

Permaculture – Promises Kept

August 10, 2017 Uncategorized

The gardens at Suburban Stone Age have been strongly influenced by permaculture concepts. For those new to the term, permaculture is defined by Wikipedia as “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.” The promise is that if your follow Nature’s grand design, you […]

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Living with the Seasons – Stop Time From Flying By

August 6, 2017 Uncategorized

Time flies, doesn’t it?  In our hectic modern lives, the month is over before we were ready for it to start.  Days are just numbers that roll by on a calendar.  Children grow right before our eyes, and it takes but a moment before their precious childhood years slip away and they are grown. The […]

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Compost – The Dirty Truth

July 25, 2017 Uncategorized

Compost and me – we be mates.  It truly is Nature’s “Black Gold”. In my evolving love affair with compost, we’ve had our ups and downs.  I’ve done everything from actively hot composting wagon loads of material to barely being able to get my own coffee grounds onto the pile.  A lot depends on my […]

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Are Birds Eating your Fruit?

July 24, 2017 Uncategorized

July is such a lovely month at SSA.  Wander around, and you’ll find peaches, plums, apples, grapes, figs, and tomatoes, all becoming ripe. Trouble is, every bird in the village knows this too.  So word gets out, and bird friends invite bird friends – and bird kids and bird cousins and bird neighbors  – to […]

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6.5 Years and Counting

July 21, 2017 Uncategorized

My how far we’ve come! Suburban Stone Age is 6.5 years old and counting.  The transformation has been unbelievable.  We started as your traditional suburban home, full lawn front and back, some shrubs, and nothing much else of interest.  Now I am fortunate enough to live in the middle of a fully functioning food forest, […]

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Starting Anew and You’re Invited!

July 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Good Morning, Fellow Adventurers! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but it is time to come on home. For the last 3.5 years, I’ve been working full time in the corporate world.  Sure, it’s been great.  But I miss my farm, I miss my plants, I miss my wacky experiments, and most of all, […]

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