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Adventure with magnesium sulfate

Anyone else ever discover their HG's or best techniques totally by accident? In other words, who are the curl dorkettes among us -- you know who you are! I found my one true HG (GF Leave-in) by accident -- I thought I was buying the gel.

And now I've discovered how to actually use mag. sulfate w/out it going on unevenly, plus making my hair dry & stiff the way I did when I used it in sprays.

So. I tweaked my back shoveling mountains of snow & thought "This is the time to make that neato bath milk recipe I found..." So soaked & read for an hour, then...forgetting that I was marinating in powdered milk & mag sulfate...I dunked my head under, conditioned, rinsed, & applied leave in & gel. At which point I remembered what was in the water. But I was also cranky b'coz my back hurt, so I thought screw it, I'm not starting over; if it sucks too badly I'll wear it in a French braid tomorrow.

FF 3 hours: shiny, ropey, very soft, perfectly defined spirals the like of which I only ever get coming out of the ocean. And zero frizz. Took a pix & will post once I upload. I'm just laughing at myself. All this effort, research, savvy consumerism, obsessively perfecting techniques. And I got awesome hair by accident. :lol:
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio

Comments

  • KeeweeKeewee Posts: 1,376Registered Users
    I use the fast food first, then the recoil what gel can i put over it??
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    Hi KeeWee, I don't think you meant to post that here, but I like B&A over both the products you mentioned. Gives extra softness layered over [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]Re:coil[/buylink]. :wink:
    3B, bra-strap length
    laidback, very-modified CGer
    HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Hmmm does it have to have the milk do you think? cause you know I want to try it now! This gives me a good excuse to soak in a hot tub yay!

    Isn't this always the way? I buy tons of more expensive stuff and the stuff I like the best is usually at the drugstore. I could just kick myself! I just buy because it's cheap and it's the one thing I can't do without!

    I can't wait to see the pic!
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FMedusahair%2F" class="Popup

    If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    And don't forget to give us your milk bath recipe so we can all dunk our heads in the bath.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • jcejce Posts: 507Registered Users
    Yes, please post your bath recipe. I'm curious now how much of your results are due to the mag. sulfate and if any are due to the milk in there.
    3b/c normally, 3a/b in the winter

  • jcejce Posts: 507Registered Users
    Yes, please post your bath recipe. I'm curious now how much of your results are due to the mag. sulfate and if any are due to the milk in there.
    3b/c normally, 3a/b in the winter

  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I gotta have the milk bath recipe...please...
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    Sorry I haven't uploaded the pix on my camera yet... I've been crazybusy with Xmas fun.

    The bath recipe is great, btw. I made it because I have had no luck finding the kind of bath oil that dissolves & gets milky in the water. I hate the stuff that floats on top like an oil slick. And I have dry, sensitive skin & this simple recipe passed the test.

    Milk Bath recipe

    2 cups dry nonfat powered milk
    1/2 cup Epsom salts
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/3 cup corn starch, optional (makes it silkier)
    essential or fragrance oil to your liking (I used 20 drops cassis rose oil from the Body Shop)

    Here's the site I got the recipe from -- I combined what I liked from each to make my own.
    :) /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.halderman.net%2Fcgi-bin%2Fshowrecipe.pl%3Fmilk" class="Popup

    It's definitely the epsom salt that gives me more intense curl. The milk is probably what keeps it from feeling so dry. I wouldn't do this daily, but when I want springy curl definition, & I'm already soaking in the tub, it's a winner.
    3B, bra-strap length
    laidback, very-modified CGer
    HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    OK, I put some pix in my fotki of the effects of this rinse. Lots more curl on the ends than I usually get & more shine.
    3B, bra-strap length
    laidback, very-modified CGer
    HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Wow gimme your hair!! NOW!!
    I'm going to have to try that bath with the hair dip, it sure looks good on your hair :D
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FMedusahair%2F" class="Popup

    If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    medusa, you crack me up. :lol: Thanks though. I am lovin' that Silk Bath Milk recipe. Made it to give as Xmas gifts this year. It's a true find if you have both dry skin & stiff muscles as I usually do, & the fact I can dunk my hair in it & inreases curl formation is a bonus. It tightens the curl, but doesn't feel dry b'coz of the milk, which doesn't given me any protein type problems either. Let me know how you fare if you do try it.
    3B, bra-strap length
    laidback, very-modified CGer
    HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio