I cut my hair in Naples, Italy, this March after a sleepless night that started when I didn’t know when to stop drinking grappa. To say the least I was hungover and tired. And Naples is a wild city where I pounded cups of strong espresso and looked for a dark church to rest my eyes for a few moments. And then I decided to cut my hair. I had been thinking of cutting my hair for a few weeks. I was in the process of changing my life, and that process undoubtedly requires one to change also their appearance, right? I don’t know what I was thinking. I know it grows back. Just very slowly.
Now I am trying to make it grow a little faster. This is what I do every Monday:
Apply for 1 month, once per week.
Hair grows about 10 centimeters. (I don’t want my hair this long, but . . . )
Mask recipe is very simple and is based on the fact that mustard powder warms the skin of the head and causes a rush of blood to the hair follicles.
First, I rinse my scalp with full-strength Apple Cider Vinegar. I’m trying to treat my dandruff this way. I use a squeeze bottle, like for lotion, in my shower.
For the mask: 2 tablespoons of dry mustard powder (available from the department of spices) with hot water to dissolve 2 tablespoons, 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of olive oil (I also use coconut oil), 2 teaspoons of sugar (the more sugar, the meaner). Massage the mask into your scalp–this isn’t for your hair as much as for your scalp. You will feel a tingling sensation. I wrap my head with Saran Wrap to keep it neat. I’m so clumsy that this mask mix would end up everywhere. You can also wrap it again with a hot towel.
Use the egg white as the base for a facial mask. Or make an omelette.
While my hair is growing as fast as . . . mermaid hair
. . . . I treat my skin to a facial. I fell in love with Sumbody when I lived in California. Based out of Sebastopol, they serve as a major inspiration for my plastic-free skin care mantra. Deborah Burnes, CEO and founder, has a terrific book Look Great, Live Green that I carry with me when I go shopping for skin care products. She gives great advice, has a list of ingredients we should all avoid, and shares recipes for making your own (safe) products at home. Slowly, I am replacing my makeup and beauty products with her line of amazing, effective products.
I am using the Sumbody Deep Sea Face Mask to help detox my skin of the crappy products and silicone-based ingredients that I’ve been using for way too long. It takes time to detox. This is a powder mask that stays fresh until you activate it with a liquid. It lasts for a long time. Sometimes I whip it up with the egg white. I’ve also done fresh-cut aloe gel and honey, banana, and lemon juice. This last week I paired pineapple juice with fresh whey that I had left over from making ricotta cheese at home. Fruit acids plus lactic acid help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells. Also, try apple cider vinegar for oily skin, avocado for dry, or cranberry juice for a boost of antioxidants.
I use the Coal Train detoxcleanser from the same “detox” line of products.
I alternate this cleanser with honey or olive oil with brown rice flour. Here’s hoping for mermaid hair and clear skin!