Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.
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My hair was a mess -- I had the frizzes. "I look like Broom Hilda
in the comics," I thought, trying to smooth it down without
success. I knew what caused it, but I didn't know how to fix it.
It was raining, or should I say drizzling or misting? Not enough for
an umbrella, only enough to be annoying. When I had a curly perm, I
would mist my hair to make it curl. Hair shafts absorb moisture or
humidity and it makes hair curl. The rainy drizzle had the same
effect, except my hair is supposed to be straight now.
I tried to salvage it by brushing and straightening, but it was no
use. I needed a heavy duty fix. Is there some sort of hack to fix
frizzy hair, some kind of home remedy?
I went to the computer and typed in "home remedy for frizzy
hair." The first thing that popped up seemed to pretty well cover
it by suggesting 10 remedies, most of which could be found in the
kitchen. First on the list was warm olive oil. Another suggestion was
apple cider vinegar. Oil and vinegar? Is my hair a salad? I don't
think I have any vinegar anyhow.
After that the suggestions became wilder and wilder. "Break an
egg and use it to shampoo, use mayonnaise, mash a banana." These
items all have protein or antioxidants or some kind natural ingredient
supposed to be good for hair. "Use avocado, coconut milk, honey
and lemon" -- this was beginning to sound more like a fruit salad
I could not imagine lathering up my hair with honey. What a sticky
mess that would be. However, I have seen olive oil in the beauty
product aisle of the drugstore and happened to have a bottle on hand,
so I decided to give it a try. Warm oil smoothing frizzes seemed to
I poured olive oil in a cup and warmed it in the microwave as
directed, then tried to figure how to get it on my hair and not all
over the bathroom. I dipped the split ends in the cup and poured the
rest over my head working it in. I covered it with a shower cap and
wrapped a hot towel on my head as heat was supposed to help my hair
absorb it. Even with the cap and the towel, greasy streams ran down my
neck during the 30 minute wait.
I suddenly realized that my head was full of grease and I was going to
have to wash out this mess. What if I could not get it out? Visions of
greasy hair tonic from the 50's flashed though my mind. Am I going to
turn out looking like Fonzie in Happy Days? After shampooing and
lathering several times, I was surprised to find that the olive oil
came out. What a relief. I blew it dry, as usual and proceeded to
style it, sure that any process as messy as this one had to be good.
My frizzy problems were over.
Not so fast, though. My hair didn't look any better or different than
it usually looked. All of that mess for nothing? Whatever the olive
oil added, the shampoo took outů so much for the oil treatment.
Next time maybe I will just pick up a deep conditioning item from
the hair products aisle of the drugstore like any normal person would
do. No more do-it-yourself ideas for me. There is a reason why women
use commercial products instead of home remedies. It is called
"ease and convenience."
It's all good, though. I can now eat my fruit salad instead of putting
it on my hair.
Copyright 2015 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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