Welcome back to another edition of Stupid Things I Do To Be Green. This time around, I experimented with homemade beauty products: namely, olive oil.
Let me back up. Yesterday, my scalp itched like crazy. I tried to ignore it, but I kept going back and scratch scratch scratch. This happens almost every winter, and since I was cursed with super sensitive skin, I have to be uber-careful about what I use.
Enter the gay man. I blame him. Specifically, Kyan, from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (sidenote: Hubby hates his name, and likes to refer to him as Chai Tea Latte. Don’t ask). He was on the Today show recently, and said that olive oil was the best treatment for dry scalp. “Just rub a little into your scalp and then shampoo out in the morning,” he said.
So, as I scratched away at my head yesterday, I recalled Kyan’s words, and figured, why not? A chemical-free solution? Check. Free? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. Recommended by someone who knows hair and is fabulous to boot? Yup.
So I grabbed our handy olive oil bottle from the kitchen last night and marched into the shower. See, I shower at night. I love to get under my covers all fresh and clean, and spring out of bed in the morning and just throw some clothes on. Plus, with a young baby, showering at night is often the only chance I get. Then, in the morning, I just throw my hair into a ponytail, or, if I’m leaving the house, straighten it quickly with an iron – and I never have to use a hair dryer. Sweet, huh?
Once in the shower, I went to town. I poured oil directly onto my scalp, as Kyan/Chai told me to, and massaged like crazy. I even added a little to some baking soda (which I use to scrub my face twice a week) and went to town on my body. I was on fire! For the first time since Frankie was born, I was giving myself a little pampering time in the shower. Magnificent!
Then, right before I got out, I shampoo. Now, granted, Kyan told me to shampoo it out in the morning, but I shower at night, remember? So I took my normal shampoo and shampooed the crap out of my now oily scalp.
Or so I thought. Long story short, when I woke up this morning, my hair was a stringy, oily mess. Not only did I not get the olive oil yet, but I somehow had managed to make my hair clump together in weird knots. You know how you hair looks after you’ve had the flu for days and haven’t been able to take a shower at all? Yeah, it looked like that.
So I had to shower and shampoo my hair again this morning. Twice. And all of the water I used between last night and this morning probably negated any eco-savings that I had originally dreamed of. Although, my scalp doesn’t itch now, so it wasn’t a total loss. This wasn’t by far the stupidest green thing I’ve ever done, but I did feel a little extra stupid this morning.