Friday, March 26, 2010

The Spa in My Kitchen

This month in YW I was in charge of planning the combined activity. A few weeks ago I sat down with my girls to plan it all out and we decided to do a spa night. So I started making calls to try to get things donated or severely discounted. Do you have any idea how much a simple face cream can cost?! And to try to get enough for over 30 girls... there was no way! So, like I said I started making calls. I called Bath and Body Works, Cooper Day Spa, Massage Envy, and a few other random places I came across; And would you believe that none of them were willing to donate hundreds of dollars worth of "spa materials"? Before I thew in the towel I had one more place to check- trusty old sugardoodle! Bam! I found hundreds of other ideas for a Do-It-Yourself Spa Night. There was everything from chocolate facials to tropical salt scrubs. I went through and picked out a few things that I thought sounded good and started making plans. At the last minute our spa night had to be canceled due to a few scheduling issues. We were able to move a few things around though and re-schedule for April. So I had to put all my big spa plans on hold. This actually ended up working in my favor. You see I hadn't actually tried any of these recipes that I was planning on using. Now, poor me has to try all of these spa treatments on myself in the next couple of weeks. I know- it's going to be rough! ;)

Tonight was night one of A Spa in My Kitchen. I decided to start with my hair. Here's the original recipe and what the creator had to say about it:

I honestly expected this to be a disaster, even after shampooing it out. My hair felt weird, but I went ahead and dried it anyway (without any added product). And WOW. It was outrageously soft, dangled, and shiny. I'm a believer and I think I'll do this once a month now.

Sara's Hair Superfood
I have medium length hair. If yours is long, double this recipe.

1/2 avocado
1 T mayo (not light)
1 t extra virgin olive oil
1 egg yolk

And here's what the product should look like before you put it in your hair:

Yep- I tried this. Mayo, EVOO and all! The whole time I was preparing this "Super Food for Hair" I kept thinking "and then just a pinch of salt and into the oven..." Just a little hint, do not smell this mixture before putting it into your hair. It'll make you have some serious doubts! OH, and don't be fooled by the picture. It might look nice, smooth, and thin- just like shampoo. But no. It's very thick, and no matter how much you puree it, it's gunna have chunks. Anyway, I mixed it all up, lathered it into my hair, covered it with a shower cap and waited the full 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes was up I went to the sink and eagerly washed it out. I then proceeded to the bathroom to blow dry my hair and was fully expecting to be amazed.
Was I amazed?
Yep. I was amazed at how many people recommended this recipe, how much effort it took to make and apply, and how little it did for my hair. Was my hair shinier? Maybe a little. Does it feel softer? No, not really. Does it still stink, even after using my best smelling shampoo and conditioner? Yeah, it really does! So, how would I rate this Spa-in-My-Kitchen recipe? Deal or Dud? Sorry, but for me it was a definite Dud.
I'm still looking forward to trying all my other recipes. I'm going to try an oatmeal ex-foliating facial tomorrow night. This one is going to be especially difficult for me... not to eat. The recipe sounds like something you should be eating. That is until you add the baking soda. But this will all have to wait for tomorrow! I'll let you know how it goes!

I'm really glad my Spa Night had to be re-scheduled, giving me a chance to try these recipes instead of using the YW as guinea pigs. If any of you decide to be brave and try this hair super food for yourself let me know how it turns out. Maybe my hair was just already amazingly soft and shiny and nothing else could add to it ;) who knows!

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