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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

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

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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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
    easily and painlessly, without the use of chemicals.


To clean Hairbrushes and

  • 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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