In my life, I’ve endured some terrible things just for a bargain. $3 wine that tasted like feet. Subpar imitation-Nutella. Ill-fitting flip-flops and terrible haircuts I gave myself. But I do eventually draw the line. Not at 2-for-$1 eyeliner or canned cheese, but at deodorant and hair products. Bargains are fine for any and every situation…until they start messing with my sweat glands or my hairstyle.
This is why I am recommending that you use my homemade leave-in conditioner only at your own risk. It may be cheaper than store-bought, but hair care is one area where a homemade bargain could mean the difference between life and death.
- Tresemme Split End Remedy (6 oz): $4.77
- PER OUNCE: 0.8/oz
- Glycerin (6 oz): $3.88
- PER OUNCE: 0.65/oz
While I was No Pooing, I found myself at a dead end after about four months. And I mean that literally. My hair was actually dead – at the ends and beyond. It had morphed – gradually and painstakingly – into a haystack. I couldn’t even stay out in the smoldering summer heat too long for fear of spontaneous combustion. True story.
I know I have touched on this in other posts, but I cannot stress enough what an ill effect No Poo had on my hair. Although the change was slow, I noticed it. Even when I’d give up for a weekend and shampoo and condition with my regular products, my hair was forever coarse and stiff. But when I really noticed it is when I got my real hair back from a cleanse and a haircut. I didn’t even realize what I’d lost until I had it back.
Now, I can’t say for certain that homemade, natural leave-in conditioner had anything to do with this. After all, I was using multiple natural products on my head at the time, and my hair was stressed to hell and back from all the constant changes. It could be that glycerin is the perfect leave-in conditioner when used in combination with the correct products (aka chemicals). After coming back from the brink of No Poo hell, I’m not ready to chance it. But like I said, feel free to use it at your own risk. It can’t be any worse than foot wine.