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Day 129: Frugal hair care experiment + Lauren Conrad, frugalista

Lauren Conrad: Frugalista and fashion icon!
You guys! So, first things first, Lauren Conrad (who has, interestingly, turned into one of my favourite celebrities/role models) has launched a new website called The Beauty Department. She, along with her makeup artist and hairstylist, post great tips and tutorials practically every day.

For instance, this past weekend I did my hair in a ballerina bun (from their tutorial) along with cat-eye eyeliner (from their tutorial) while wearing skinny jeans with platform shoes (as advised by Lauren in this month's Allure magazine, to lengthen my legs). Anyway, I was in a full-on Lauren Conrad costume, practically, and felt great.

And I did all these things with stuff I already had at home! I didn't have to buy anything! If you have eyeliner and a bunch of bobby pins, you can do basically anything.

Anyway, Lauren recently posted this: The Kitchen Beautician. It's about using olive oil and coconut butter as a moisturizer. I have been using coconut oil for awhile as a moisturizer (it's SO GREAT) and, misremembering what she had posted about, last night I put olive oil on my hair as a conditioner.

It works SO WELL!!

Lauren's shiny, shiny hair.

My hair tends to get really, really tangley (this may be because I only brush it once a week, but that's just because it's so tangly it's hard to brush). Like, so tangly that my hairbrush and my comb are missing numerous teeth from breaking off in my tangled hair. So, I thought, rather than just washing my hair and doing my usual ripping-out-the-tangles-with-my-fingers procedure, I did the THRIFTY thing and put olive oil in my hair.

And then I got lazy (and caught up in watching the latest drama on The Killing and Game of Thrones - so sue, me, I have TV for one more month and have to make the  most of it). So, the olive oil stayed in my hair for approx. 3 hours until I finally got up and shampooed it out (first, of course, de-tangling).

End result? Fantastic shiny, tangle-free, conditioned glorious locks!

Oh, and while I was watching TV and deep-conditioning, I was also working on my owl sweater. DIY MAY is still underway, and I think I will finish Owly later on this week. Hooray!

But anyway - Forget conditioner - hello olive oil!


laura@nomorespending said...

Great tip...I'll try using olive oil tonight.

Niki said...

I have done this (the olive oil) and I love it.

I am trying to make a hat with that exact owl pattern.

Are you loving Game of Thrones? I think it is amazing.

Annabelle said...

Niki, the hat is so cute! I can't wait to finish my owl sweater. And Game of Thrones is so good! My BF loved the books, but it's all new to me.

And I'm glad to have inspired you, Laura! I'm quite impressed with how well the olive oil worked.

Katy P said...

OMG this site is so helpful - she has a recipe to fix "piecey" whispy bangs! God bless you LC!

Super Frugalette said...

I discovered organic coconut oil as an eye make up remover...I guess I could try something else, but why bother. It works splendidly.

Annabelle said...

Katy, I know, right? The article on bangs is a total life-saver. I've been taking their advice and it works SO WELL.

Super Frugalette -- I hadn't thought of this! I'm almost out of my pricey eye makeup remover and was going to try using Vaseline... but I already have coconut oil so I'll see how that goes. Thanks for the tip!

fabulouslyfrugirl said...

Wow! I gotta check that out!

I've been using jojoba oil on and off as a conditioner/moisturizer. I'm still not completely sold - I love my Marcelle water based moisturizer... :P

inmintcondition said...

Thank you soooo much for turning me onto thebeautydepartment. I put my hair up in a ballerina bun for work last night - it was SO awesome! I'm gonna try that twisted sister/pin up messy bun look next.

Annabelle said...

No prob, inmintcondition! It's kind of the greatest website ever. I went out the other day with ballerina bun and cat eyeliner, in full LC disguise. Felt fabulous!

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