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Beauty Blooper: Oil and Water Don't Mix

Beauty Blooper: Oil and Water Don't Mix

A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a relaxing essential-oil head massage. "You should really keep the oils on your hair for at least an hour," my esthetician said. Fortunately, I had worn a vintage scarf that day, and so I MacGyvered a do-rag out of it for the bus ride home. Yeah, I looked like Baba Yaga, but that's the price you pay for beauty.

Back home, when it was time to shower, I had a bout of craziness. "Wouldn't it be great," I thought, "if rinsing the oils out and not shampooing turns out to be really beautiful and healthy for your hair?" I won't lie; I had goals of making some huge hair discovery and sharing it with all of you. So I rinsed my hair thoroughly, then hit the blow-dryer. Success! My hair was shiny, smooth, and lovely.

I left for Sugar HQ the next day happily, showing the world my Breck-girl hair. All was well until mid-afternoon, when I finally looked in the mirror. Horrifyingly, the bouncy hair of the morning had mutated into a greasy, slick mess. You know the creepy girl in The Ring? Yeah, like that. And as the day went on, I worried that OPEC was going to lay claim to my scalp. I think it's safe to say that things didn't go as planned.

Lesson learned: As it turns out, shampoo exists for a reason.


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emilyann325 emilyann325 8 years
if you ever need to de-oil or de-product your hair, try dishwashing liquid, not the kind you put in the dishwasher, but the one you use for handwashing. it gets everything out. after you do it, you need a really good conditioner because it dries out the hair. only do this when absolutely needed because you don't want to damage your hair.
Milly-the-ninja Milly-the-ninja 9 years
oh im sorry i didn't work!:(
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 9 years
Looking like "Baba Yaga"?! Hey, that's my line! What fond childhood memories of Russian fairy tales, of princesses names something-oushka saved by prince Ivan from Baba Yaga (some times she would mete out wisdom from her one-chicken-legged hut). I love Baba Yaga more than I like Mojo Jojo!!
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 9 years
I want one of those treatments now! It just shows that those things happen to all of us!
Betsy-Gilfillan Betsy-Gilfillan 9 years
too hilarious that the creepy ring girl is the picture for this story...shes so cute in real life!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Haha, thank you Bella for the laugh and for making everyone else feel more human. What a funny story! I actually put olive oil in my hair sometimes. I heard that Julia Roberts does this, and since she and I have similar hair and I kinda love her, I decided to try it -- only on the ends though, and only when I'm not going anywhere for a few hours and have time to let it soak in or wash it out. It does give a moisture boost to curls.
mahalobeauty mahalobeauty 9 years
I think it really depends on your hair type. I love using a mixture of a carrier and essential oil and then rinsing without shampooing. I have very dry & course hair though.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I seriously spent most of my afternoon trying to remember the name Baba Yaga after seeing a character with a similar name in the movie Spirited Away earlier. Thank you for the unexpected help, Bella!
fredonica fredonica 9 years
I tried using olive oil as an alternative to high-priced natural conditioners on the others, I sported the wet look for a day or two. I had to shampoo every day for a week. However, olive oil is a wonderful moisturizer for your skin (and safe for your face!).
running-home running-home 9 years
Bumble and Bumble also makes colored hair powder/dry shampoo that is aerosolized. I looooove that stuff...dries the grease-ys up pronto!
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
LOL @ the Baba Yaga reference. I grew up with that story =D. My favorite shampoo-free "fix" to an oily scalp (if you're ever in the situation again) is some Burt's Bees baby powder (about a teaspoon full) mixed with half a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake, spray onto your roots, brush through and viola! Another great option is Batiste shampoo from Sally's. Just wipe the nozzle clean after each use to prevent build up. It's about $6 and also makes an awesome texturizer/volumizer. Having gone through a bout of severely damaged, bleach hair, I've had to learn tricks to keep shampooing at a bar minimum (I was scared I'd be bald otherwise!).
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I want to do an oil treatment but I definitely know it would need to be shampooed out. Maybe if you were wearing your hair up or it was winter or a day at the beach. I'm sure this wasn't the best work day hairstyle.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
Oh no! That must've been quite an experience. I've never had an oil treatment, sounds nice.
AlkalineSteam AlkalineSteam 9 years
I used to frequent a salon where they gave scalp massages with oil. It was soooo relaxing, but I can't say it did anything for my hair.
austerity austerity 9 years
I love the oil ritual for my hair, I use coconut and/or olive oil at least twice a week, followed by shampoo for curly hair :)
emalove emalove 9 years
LOL at The Ring comparison...eek!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
When I was probably 13 or 14 I tried to do an olive oil hair mask. I must have used waaay too much because I had greasy hair for days after that. Ugh.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I'm pretty sure I did something similar except I think it was using the shampoo before instead of after and then using conditioner after.
sldc sldc 9 years
Funny! Your minor beauty disaster brought me this flashback: Someone in early elementary school told me that baby oil in wet hair would make hair less frizzy. Let's just say I sported the "wet look" the next day at school. In seventh grade, I tried an egg mask for my hair (thanks to some book in the library published in like 1964). I rinsed with hot water and my hair smelled like ripe boiled eggs for a day. No amount of Salon Selectives seemed to take that smell away. Ah, the things we girls do.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am upset Bella for the do-rag on the bus ride home. You know better.
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
Lol, this brings back memories of my first olive oil hair mask that I tried at home...when I was 13, and already oily. It was a mess...I had to enlist Mom's help to find the most abrasive shampoo possible to get the ick out. Love shampoo!
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