Friday, February 25, 2011

Why DIY?

This is NOT, by any means, a post against DIY (do-it-yourselves). There are many reasons why somebody chooses to make something you could buy at the store, such as:

Craftyness - Some people really have a kick out of putting something together with their own hands, but I do not consider myself one of those. Unless, of course, it involves chocolate.

Non-Preservativeness - Some not only think it's safer to use everything as natural as possible, they also (to my confusion) truly enjoy things better like this. God bless you. I'm sure you're a million times healthier than I am, and probably prettier too. But I've become dependent of the store smell my cosmetic bottles come with.

Savings - Now, this is a reason that made me research this subject a bit longer. All to come to the same conclusion I've always known:

I cannot DIM (do-it-myself).

True, I haven't really tried all the things that you can DIY - the only thing I remember doing is some honey & sugar scrub, which left my bathroom smelling STRONGLY like honey for several days. (You'd think honey would be a nice smell, wouldn't you? I thought so too, but it was like somebody had literally plastered thick honey on the walls. Nauseating.)

Now back to the savings topic, I've been trying to think of what I spend with the most, and the answer would be hair product. As you might guess from my pictures, I have A LOT of hair, and could go through a bottle in a week. It's thick, thirsty and requires more stuff on it to tame the frizz a couple times a day. Now, for those of you saying, "why don't you just wear it straight?" - I tried DIM that too (giving myself a blowout), but the enourmity of my hair left me half and hour later sweating and frustrated that I wasn't even close to being done. I know it's possible because I've done it in a salon, but it takes about 40 minutes and someone really, really talented with a round brush.

I SO wish I was the kind of person who could use a 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner. That is my dream. I told hubby yesterday that I'm a low maintenance girl in a high maintenance body - I do not enjoy my LONG showers, because in them I'm not relaxing, I'm detangling my mane. If only I had stick straight hair, I'd cut it short and call it a day. Hubby, wonderful as he is, says it's in the marriage contract that I should maintain my big curly hair, and if I ever wear it straight and short, we should do counseling with the pastor haha. But sometimes I think I need counseling BECAUSE of my hair.

Anyway, I digress. So I've been researching on the internet about DIY hair products, and so far I'm not impressed. One person said she used a banana mask before a date, and afterwards her hair smelled like baby puke (like, as if a baby had puked gerber baby food all over her head). You can read her story and her experiences (successful and not) with DIY at her post 10 DIY Natural Hair Products: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Todra, I admire you. You must be one of the pretty, crafty ladies I mentioned. Part of me wishes to be just like you, but most of me is too afraid of the bad and the ugly to get to it.


Steph said...

I have that stick straight hair you mentioned. Even so, I hate out most days. My is really fine, so it tangles all the time. If I spend time trying to give it volume, it falls flat 30 minutes later. I don't envy you though. I'm lazy with hair and ponytail it most days.

Traci said...

I have the same dilemma with most DIY stuff, I even wrote a blog post about it.

Btw, I'm stopping by from Lady Bloggers society.

Vanessa said...

We should talk about hair sometime. I can relate!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!
I have very curly hair, too, and I totally understand what you mean! Mine looks different every day, even if I treat it exactly the same way every day. So technically, that means that every day I have to figure out a new way of dealing with my hair...

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