Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: It's Chic to Be Cheap {15}

Editing this oldie but goodie to link up to my friend Holly's Thrifty Thursday party!

Have you had to cut back on expensive salon treatments recently in efforts to be thrifty? I spent close to $20 on a mouse wax after my last cut and style, and it really hurt to fork over that cash. Have no fear! Michaela Byrd, my 17 month old, invented a fabulous new treatment today!

Here are Michaela Byrd's instructions for creating volume and lasting hold:

1. Find a sippy cup filled with whole milk.
2. Turn sippy cup upside down over your head until the milk soaks the desired area of your head.
3. Smile impishly as the authority figure in your life bemoans the mess you have created.
4. Style your mane as desired.

Seriously, who needs a mouse wax when you can achieve volume like this? The crispy texture of the dried milk adds a real touch to the style, no?
Really, spending $45 to $50 for a shampoo, cut, and style just drives me nuts these days. My hair looks fabulous (fabulous!) for about 5 minutes. I can rock the super-model volume and waves like no one's business when I'm with the stylist. But the second I walk outside of the salon bubble, my style goes flat again in the summer heat and humidity.
I did a little internet search for some home hair treatments and found a few conditioning recipes using ingredients you'd have at home.

Avocado & Egg Yolk
Mash a small avocado and combine with an egg yolk. Apply to hair for 15 minutes, then rinse and wash your hair as usual. This is a great moisturizing mask for your hair.

Castor Oil & Egg Yolk
Mix an egg yolk with 2 teaspoons of castor oil and massage into your hair. Rinse and wash your hair as usual afterwards.

Sunflower & Wheatgerm Oil
Mix 1 cup of sunflower oil and 1 cup of wheat germ oil. Warm the mixture and massage it on the head and hair. Wash off with lukewarm water in which one tablespoon of lemon juice has been added.

Mayonnaise Conditioner
Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to damp hair. Work into hair and then cover with a shower cap or towel for up to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.
I haven't tried any of these yet, so I can't vouch for them. At the very least, your hair might go well with a salad.
Anyone have any good hair tips? I had a little tutorial for some hair accessories, and with the right materials they could be updated for an adult. I'd wear a cute little flower in my hair like Ashley did in this post.

Until then, you can attempt Michaela Byrd's new treatment at your own risk. She'll be marketing the concept on an HSN infommercial soon!

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  1. Great post, Amanda! You have to have a sense of humor when the sippy cup goes awry. She's a cutie pie!

    We've not been to the salon in over three months. I've taught myself how to cut hair and am able to say that the entire family still looks good despite my freshman efforts.

    And, drum roll please, I colored my own hair yesterday! It looks fabulous and I paid under 5 bucks (store sale & coupon) for the color. To think all these years I was paying tons of money for color/cut/style. Sheesh!

    I wish I had some good hair tips for your Saturday post. Looking forward to it.

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips - I live in an incredibly dry climate, so my hair needs all the help it can get!

  3. You are hilarious, Amanda! :) Such a funny post, and also informative.

    I love your blog.


  4. Oh I only wish I had your problem. Be glad you don't have curly hair; the minute I step outside in the humidity my hair looks like it was combed with an egg beater.

  5. I don't have any good hair tips. I am at a loss, ALWAYS for what to do with my hair. But I will be coming back to visit to read everyone else's tips!

  6. I never do the homemade stuff - and what's up with eggs being in everything??

  7. I tried using mayo in my hair in high school and it was a smelly nightmare to wash out (let me just mention first that I hate mayo, but I was willing to try anything for beauty!)

    I'm with you - I love my $45 "fancy" cut, but hate the price!

  8. Milk treatments might be the next big thing. You never know!

    I'm guilty of spending a lot on my haircuts, but I've cut Dave's hair for years and years, so I can justify spending more on me. Yeah, right! But I'll keep thinking that!

  9. My tip: Never ever use hot water on your hair in the shower. Make it as cool as you can. If the coolest you can handle is still kind of hot-ish... rinse your hair at the end with cold water before getting out. Heat on your hair in any form will dry it out.

  10. Thanks for those homemade recipes, I love trying anything homemade! P.S. what did you think about SYTYCD last night? I know you love that show like me :)

  11. I mayo-ed my roomie's hair once (she had very curly hair that was dried crispy from coloring and flat-ironing) and it worked really great! It was fun to rub it in her head and then we wrapped it with plastic wrap, her hair was really smooth after.

  12. Great post :)

    Any tips for those dang Gray hairs?


  13. She is such a little cutie!! Our little monkeys are pretty close to the same age. It is fun and entertaining!:-)

  14. Hehe I love your daughters idea! My son has one just like it, except his usually involves pasta sauce!

  15. You're too funny. :)

    I've heard of using olive oil, but I haven't tried it. I've tried using leftover beer (left behind by a visiting acquaintance), but all that did was leave my hair smelling like a brewery. I stick with the commercial conditioners. :)

  16. Adorable girl, even with the milk 'do!
    Is is weird that the conditioner recipes make me hungry?
    Thanks for linking up :)


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