Part of my Christmas gift to my 16 year old daughter, Zoe, is Semi Permanent keratin hair straightening (a la Brazilian Blowout). As is my DIY loving nature, we are doing it at home. (Note to hubby: While we have spent $100 on product for this, we are saving you about $500 for two hair treatments, as we are doing me too!). The first important step of the straightening process is a clarifying shampoo, and as is in my frugal DIY nature, we are making this at home. It is super easy to make a clarifying shampoo at home, and it is really something you should do on a fairly regular basis, especially if you are a product girl, and use gels, mousses, hairsprays and God-knows-what-else in your hair every day.
All you do is take the regular amount of shampoo you would use for 2 washings, and add half as much baking soda to it (1/4 cup shampoo + 1/8 cup baking soda). Stir it up and wash your hair with it. First washing, leave it in for 2 minutes before you rinse, and wash twice. You will really be surprised how much gunk is in your hair after you think it is clean, and not only will your hair straightening go better, your hair styling in general will be better and your hair will be shinier and have a lot more body in it. Do this once a month.
To help get the *gunk* out of your hair on a daily basis, be sure and let warm water really run through your hair for a few minutes before you start the washing process. This will melt a lot of the product in your hair and rinse it down the drain before you even get out the shampoo, and will prevent a lot of the buildup that we are going to get out with the clarifying shampoo.
I think we are going to do the straightening this afternoon (if Zoe makes it out of bed someday soon), so much more to follow! I hope you’re all having a fun pre Christmas week! Joy to the world!
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