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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

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Fighting Frizzes..

Fighting the Frizzes

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 every minute.
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 make sense.

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.


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