This morning on my way to work, I was talking to my dad, who, bless his heart, is always reading the Sugar sites. While discussing what makes a good conditioner, he suddenly said, "You know, for years, your grandmother used ferns and milk as a conditioner." Say what, Daddy? "She'd go out and pick fern leaves, boil them, then mix in whole milk. And that's what she always conditioned her hair with."
My dad grew up on a farm, and his childhood was spent learning ways of doing things that city slickers lost a hundred years ago, so he comes out with stuff like this every once in a while. I understand the milk part — it has tons of great softening proteins — but I'm a bit mystified by the ferns. Were they in there just for shakes, or do they have some great conditioning property? I'm thinking of going home and trying this out, but I'm wondering: Have any of you ever heard of this recipe, or something like it? Or did my dad just tell me a family hair secret?
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