Category Archives: Hair care

Hair washing

Fonafrend from Lawrence in South Otago writes, Hair Washing. I wash my hair with Trade Aid soap. It’s $3 at New World and other places. It lasts for 2-3 months.

Hilary, Kaikohe.

I washed my hair with baking soda for a few times before I wondered how much good it was doing my hair, since I also use baking soda to clean my oven. I did some research and found others had had the same thought. One lady had done some scientific research and found that rye […]

Jaysee, Waikouaiti.

Being an oily ragger myself I stopped buying shampoo nearly three years ago and now just wash my hair in warm water while showering. But once a week I beat an egg, pour it onto my hair and massage it into my scalp. Result – lovely soft and bouncy hair. Follow that with a vinegar […]

Julia, Melbourne.

Buy the cheapest hair conditioner that you can find. Smother it on dry hair – completely saturate the hair. Then comb through with nit comb, depositing contents on to tissues. Keep combing until no nits or eggs are coming off. Wash thoroughly. A few days later check – by hand for any remaining nits and […]

Hair cuts

Cut the families hair yourself. At worst, put a pudding bowl over their head and cut around the edges! (Just joking.) Most parents can do a reasonable job without turning young Johnny into the school clown. If you find a family revolution results from your hair cutting exercise, look around for cut-price hairdressers operating from […]

Nits and lice

Question please, a cheap way for dealing with head lice in my two granddaughters long hair. I’ve just bought yet another expensive product to try and break this cycle. Even after 10 days at the beach swimming in salt water, still the nits are there. This is war. – C.S, Auckland

Canny Scot, Christchurch.

Dyeing to save money. When using colour on your hair get a small clean plastic container and divide the liquid in half then just use half the stuff in the tube to mix with it. As long as they are kept separate they will last till you need the next treatment instead of using the […]

Margs, North Taieri.

I have been using this for some months now. My hair didn’t need to “adjust” and I just mix the baking soda in a little warm water and add the white vinegar neat after rinsing the baking soda off with water- seems to work very well and saves heaps on shampoos and conditioners!

Janis M, East Providence.

My daughter turned me on to a real gem! We use one to two tablespoons of baking soda in some warm water to shampoo our hair. We use it almost as a paste. Just massage it gently through your hair and scalp and then rinse with apple cider vinegar, distilled white vinegar or lemon juice. […]