Friday, January 8, 2016

Why Your Pinterest-Inspired DIY Shampoos/Conditioners Are Crap

So, let me begin by saying that I'm all for the chemical-free movement. I think that, as much as possible, steering clear of chemicals of any sort is a good thing. So I tested out 3 Pinterest conditioner recipes, to see if there's anything to the hype of all this nonsense.

At the very least, I figured, I could use this type of thing if there were an apocalyptic societal-breakdown type scenario, right?

Well, you see, I love Pinterest - but Pinterest is a mixed bag of Genius and Garbage.

Here's how the three recipes turned out, and why I don't like them.

Recipe #1: 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar & 1 cup water
Verdict: There did seem to be a bit of a noticeable moisturizing effect, but not enough to make me want to use it after the first time. Doesn't hold a candle to the store-bought stuff.

Recipe #2: 1 can coconut milk & 2 tbsp. olive oil
Verdict: Has a satisfying thickness and clean smell to it. Seemed to be working. BUT...because it contains coconut MILK, it goes rancid quickly. Cannot make large batches and store it or anything.

Recipe #3: 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Verdict: It smells good, but that's it. It's lemon juice, not conditioner. AND now, there is the very real possibility of getting lemon juice IN MY EYES!!! WTF!

In closing, it was a noble idea. But in the event of a societal breakdown, the last thing I will be worrying about is conditioner, anyway. And as for the chemical-free argument, other people are using that very same store-bought shampoo/conditioner that you chose to forego, to make DIY lotions and shave gels, to cover way more surface areas of their bodies. It's a hopeless mission, this, and the world is a strange place. But it's just gonna be so much easier, to keep buying the store-bought stuff that actually works.

*Takes A Bow*