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Hair Care tips:

  • If you have frizzy hair put two to three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda through your hair each time it is washed, this reduces the frizziness.

Jemma Louise Harrison.

  • For flyaway or hair that suffers with static electricity, take a sheet of your favourite dryer fabric softener (like Bounce) and rub it on your hair.  The static will disappear and your hair also smells nice.

As in most things, there are two points of view and  I have received the following interesting and informative responses to the featured tips -

1:  "I'd think twice about using fabric softener and/or fabric softener sheets for any reason and especially applying direct to one's skin.

Also don't be mislead by something that "smells nice".  Modern synthetic scents are not what they used to be, even if the synthetic fragrance chemical industry wishes with all its heart that you believe that.   An analysis done on six popular fragrances by one lab and on one of those six by a second lab, revealed toxic chemicals about which we know too little.  What we do know is these synthetic scents are irritants and sensitizers and some are known or suspected neurotoxins, carcinogens and teratogens (adversely affecting the development of embryo or fetus (foetus).

To learn more about the possible risks to your health and the health of everyone around you, visit this website.

2:  "I wouldn't recommend using bi-carbonate of soda, or bubble bath, face wash etc.. on the hair. hair is naturally acidic so by using a alkaline based product will dry it out. shampoos are properly formulated with an appropriate ph balance so don't put anything in your hair that is alkaline other than shampoo

Reasons lemon, cola and ketchup are good for the hair is because they all contain acid which won't change the ph of the hair."

Jack Hughes

  • To remove chewing gum from hair use peanut butter.

 Susan Peters.

I have received another method for removing chewing gum, but I don't know if you would want to try it. 

  • Break off a piece of chocolate and chew until soft, put gum affected hair into mouth (yuc, the "hairiest" part of this exercise), much for a few seconds and, presto, no more gum in hair.

Kimmo Linkama

  • After washing hair always wait until it is 70% dry before attempting to blow dry.  This will not only be a lot quicker but also give better results.

  • If you are left with dye on your skin after colouring hair, put some milk on a tissue or cotton wool and rub gently onto the skin, this will remove all traces or -

  • New - use hand cream with cigarette ash.  (for people who regularly dye their hair but do not smoke get hold of a cigarette, light it and allow to burn itself out, then keep the ashes in a film container for further use. 

    Mary Valencia

  • Alternatively, use cotton buds or balls and apply a little perfume on them and rub staining until removed. Depending on the make of dye, you'll probably have to do this two/three times.

    Alison Couchman

  • When using brown henna to dye hair add TEA to bring out the amber tones, COFFEE for chestnut tones or RED WINE for burgundy tones.

  • A crushed aspirin added to your ordinary shampoo will make a dandruff shampoo.

  • If you are growing out a fringe or have trouble with a long fringe, take a section of hair from just behind the ear, place it under the fringe section and back behind the ear: fasten securing with a small piece of sealing tape.  This will keep the fringe tidy.  (a bit like a curtain tie back).


Quick "Hair Freshener" - Put an old, clean nylon stocking over your brush and run it though your hair to remove dust and oil.   If your roots are greasy soak some cotton wool in witch hazel, cologne or skin tonic and rub all over scalp.


Out of conditioner, try one of these substitutes:-

  • Mix avocado and vegetable oil into a thick paste, massage into hair and leave for 20 minutes.  Wash out well.  This is an excellent deep moisturiser.

  • Mayonnaise

  • Natural Yoghurt

  • Warm up some corn or olive oil by pouring it into a small dish and placing the dish into some hot water. Comb the oil through your hair and cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic bag and leave for 30 minutes.  Rinse well with hot water, shampoo and rinse again.

  • Beat two egg yolks with a tablespoon of rum, rub into hair and leave for 30 minutes, rinse.


Out of shampoo:-

Try bubble bath or a gentle detergent.


Out of hair setting products, try:-

  • Use a solution of sugar and water on hair to create a sculptured look.  Beware of wasps though!!!!

  • Beer - this gives body, especially is flat beer is applied to damp hair.

  • Champagne - gives definition

  • Tonic water or red wine - FOR DARK hair

  • White wine - FOR BLONDE hair.

  • To create curly styles, wind sections of hair around a scrunched up tissue and then knot the ends of the tissue together.  When dry, unwind - hey presto!

Or, alternatively, drink the alcohol an let your hair flop.


  • If bleached hair turns greenish (especially after swimming) put tomato ketchup all over hair and massage in, leave for 20 minutes.  Wash out thoroughly.

  • Use mascara to cover the odd grey hair in dark hair.

  • To detangle hair pour over home made lemonade and then comb or brush through.

  • Hair spray - Quarter a piece of fruit (lemon for greasy, orange for dry hair), boil in 1 pint/570 ml of water until it has reduced to 1/2 pint/ 285 ml.  Cool and strain.  Keep in a spray bottle in the fridge.

  • A tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in the last rinse is good for greasy hair.

  • If you apply a small amount of coconut oil, wheat-germ oil or petroleum jelly to hair ends this will prevent sun and salt water damage.

  • To revive permed or curly hair, spray with water using a plant spray and fluff up with your fingers or a wide toothed comb.  Ensure the plant spray has not been used for "feeding" plants.

  • How to remove head lice easily and painlessly, without the use of chemicals.


To clean Hairbrushes and combs:-

  • Soak them in warm water and a little detergent.   Use the brush to clean down the teeth of the comb and the comb to remove hairs from the brush. Rinse thoroughly.  Leave to dry, bristles down, on a towel.

  • NEW - Clean out all the hair then run them through the dishwasher with load of dishes or put them in with load of whites you are going to bleach in your laundry;  either way they get clean and sanitized at the same time.

(I am a bit nervous about this one as I am not sure how hygienic it is to wash brushes and combs with dishes!)

Contributed by Louise B.

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