Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hippie hair care

The fourth (?) and final name of my blog is TheBombDotMom, but I've kind of been falling down on my duty to tell you about things that are, indeed, TheBombDotMom. I'm going to fix that right now.

Here's something that everyone should try, even if they aren't in the process of turning into a crazy hippie tree-hugging earth mama who considers organic apples to be a junk food (oh, hi!):

Stop buying conditioner, and instead spray your hair with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.

Am I telling you this because your conditioner is loaded with toxic chemicals that are absorbed through your scalp and mess up your hormones and give you cancer? Is it because the companies that make it are sexist and evil and destroying the oceans? (Actually, I have no idea. Probably?)

No, I'm telling you because it just works so doggone well for me. I spray the vinegar mixture all over my hair, particularly the ends, after I've showered and comb it through. (My hair smells like vinegar for an hour or so while it dries, but I'm usually sitting alone in my home office and no one is the wiser.) When it's nearly dry, I run a brush through it, and—I exaggerate not—my hair cascades to my shoulders in untangled pools of silky-soft waves.

I think you could use any kind of water and vinegar, but if you want to be fancy like me you could try distilled water and/or apple cider vinegar. I've also heard lemon juice works in place of vinegar, and would have the added benefit of smelling better.

Just try it and see what happens. Money-back guarantee: If you're not satisfied, you can use the same mixture to clean your bathroom sink.


  1. Keep in mind that lemon juice will actually lighten your hair (as the acid affects the cuticle layer). It's a teenager's trick when her mom won't let her bleach her hair in the 80s, and so lemon juice and sunshine means weird streaky "high lights." Not that it happened to me or anything one summer.

    1. Oooh, right, thanks. Maybe I'll try that this summer and see what I get.