I was in the mall the other day in search of a charm for a bracelet. I found it and was making a getaway when a woman at one of those mall kiosks distracted me. She wanted to know something about my curls. I saw the flat irons displayed on the kiosk and tried to wave her off.
“How do you get it so curly?”
She seemed surprised, but that didn’t stop her from showing me how a curling iron uses steam to make beautiful curls.
“I don’t use heat,” I said.
“So, what do you put on your hair?”
“Conditioner, and I seal with oil.”
The nice lady was hawking “European oil.” She squirted some in my hand, instructed me to rub my hands together, and scrunch it in my hair. I took a look in the mirror and was met with shiny hair.
I nodded. “What’s in it?”
She handed the bottle to me. The first ingredient was olive oil. The second and third were not-so-water-soluble silicones.
She thought she had me. The little bottle of oil could last me for three years and was great for my “ethnic hair.” It only costs … $39. What? For $39, an oil had better do more than quench the thirst of my dry hair.
“No, thank you,” I said.
She asked a few more questions and then offered the bottle to me for $29.
“No, thank you.”
“What would it take for you to buy it?” she wanted to know.
“Nothing,” I told her. “I use ayurvedic powders and just bought some.”
She looked at me like I was speaking another language – I guess I was — and thanked me for my time.
Five years ago, before I had kids, I may have been tempted to buy the overpriced oil. I didn’t know sulfates dry out hair or that silicones coat the hair. I certainly didn’t know I could find excellent hair products on grocery store shelves. I was, well, let’s not say it. What I know about hair I learned from these sites. Have a look for yourself.
Naturally Curly: The site is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A wealth of products, salon recommendations, and advice keep me coming back for more.
Curly Nikki: I get a serious case of hair envy when I visit the site. Curly Nikki is known for her beautiful tresses, the twist-n-curl, and henna. Those who are transitioning will feel at home here.
Mane and Chic: A mix of hair and fashion makes this a go-to blog. I always feel a little more hip after a visit.
From Nature With Love: This is a playground for mixtresses and wannabes like me. There are several sites online that cater to kitchen chemists. This one, though, has a page featuring ayurvedic herbs.