Friday, August 14, 2009


Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

Now I have your attention. In my last post, I mentioned the September edition of Whole Living Body + Soul. I really love that magazine, their helpful tips are actually, well, helpful. And the tone of the mag is just right for me, a nice balance between “I can really DO this,” greenie hints, and “wow, I can’t wait to be able to do THAT one day!” I’m not sure if I’m being clear, but it’s a groovy magazine and it really fits for me. So, what does that have to do with chocolate?

There was an interesting DIY suggestion in the September edition. Natural Color Booster for your hair. It’s been ages since I’ve had the time or the cash to get my hair done. One of my best friends owns an all natural Aveda Salon in Pittsburgh and after a few bad experiences, I honestly don’t trust anyone else with my hair. But, driving to Pittsburgh for a hairdo, it’s a commitment. Time, energy, money, time. These are a few of my favorite things, but they aren’t in abundance around these parts. No complaining, just trying to be more resourceful. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m naturally dirty blond, but I dye the tresses a darker shade of brown. It’s so much less maintenance than trying to actually be blond and well, lets just say that being blond never really did me any favors. So, I gave the DIY Natural Color Booster a shot. It has a cocoa powder base. Yum. The smell alone was enough to encourage a slathering of kitchen variety mush.

Cocoa Powder, plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Simple. Mix it into a paste and apply it to freshly washed and towel dried hair. The instructions said to leave it on for 2 or 3 minutes, but that didn’t seem like enough for me. I went with 10. Nothing. Not one single change. Maybe because my hair is naturally lighter? My expectations weren’t high, I just thought it would ramp up the color I already had on my hair, at least give it a bit more shine and vibrancy. Nothing.

Any ideas? Pittsburgh, here I come.

Thanks for reading,



Melanie Avila said...

Well that's disappointing! I was getting excited to try it if you said it worked well. I've been coloring and cutting my own hair for over two years now and I'm really hoping my mom will surprise me with a salon visit while I'm home. Of course, that might mean I'll have to mention it to her...

Have fun on your trip. ;)

chacha said...

That sounded very yummy, and, well, chocolate, need I say more? I want to find something that takes me away from chemicals so keep me posted if you would please! Thanks dear.

Nadine said...

I'm bummed it didn't work! I'm naturally dark brown but add blond to my hair and have done for the past 15 years.

Also - another DIY to stay away from is the mayonnaise trick. They say to put it on your hair to make it soft and get out tangles. It turned mine into straw. (and made me crave salad, but that's a whole other Oprah).

Sara Spock said...

It was disappointing! I was all prepared to have dark luscious tresses. Alas! Nadine, there was a light hair tip:

1 Lemon
1 Raw Potato
1/2 Chamomile tea, room temp.

Juice the lemon, shred the potato and mix the two, to form a paste. At the tea to the paste and stir. Shampoo and spread the mask on. Cover head with plastic (cap or wrap) and blow dry for 2-3 minutes. Rinse.

I wonder if the blond will work any better?

Char, I'll let you know if I find anything! :-)