I’m at an odd place with my hair currently. I have thick, naturally curly hair thanks to my dad and my mother has thin, fine hair. So she had no idea how to care for my monstrous amount of hair and thought it was cute to keep it in short curls while I was a kid, so I never really had it long in elementary school and envied girls that had long, flowing straight hair. Can’t say I blame her now, but I hated it then. In junior and high school, I typically never let it grow more than a few inches past my shoulders before the new style bug bit, so it was never super long.
Because I can and I’m at a point in my life where I can deal with it, I’ve decided to grow it as long as I can before it drives me nuts. Currently it’s at my elbows and it’s taken about 2 1/2 years to get it there with regular trims. That may not sound that long, but keep in mind I’m 6′ tall and that would probably be butt-length for someone like Kristen Bell. :-P However, I got another nasty hair trait from my dad’s side – going gray early. I hate that in my early thirties I already have a significant amount of gray hair. What’s worse is my natural color is dark brown, so it’s hard to not miss white/silver hairs shooting through here and there.
Part of me wanted to just go natural and ignore the gray, but it’s just too soon, I can’t stand seeing them in the mirror and the conflicting age message they send with my occasional facial breakouts. I’ve been having my hair highlighted and lowlighted for the last few years to cover them up, but if I continue this insane journey to grow it out, the damage of regular dying will guarantee frail, crusty ends. So I’m trying to find a good semi-permanent, non-damaging hair tint to bridge the roots between dye jobs and/or I decide what to do for a more permanent color solution – like ditching the expensive salon dye jobs for a natural permanent color.
I tried the first solution last night, a Changes Semi Permanent Hair Color I got at Whole Foods for $15, I selected color 7GB to bridge the graying roots with my existing blonde hightlights and add a golden shine to my dark brown roots. Sounds good in theory, right? I grabbed my digital camera and took some very unflattering pics of my roots, which I’ll spare you from :-), and went to town following the instructions exactly – which I read through several times prior to starting. I shook the mixture, thoroughly coated my hair with it and left it in for 45 minutes and washed it out. I gotta say … it did not work. At least not like I was hoping. The grays are still very noticeable with only a slight blonde tint and the darker roots have no golden shine. Sigh, so strike one of natural organic hair color solutions, if you’re covering grays, I can’t recommend Changes. Next I ‘ll probably try Natural Instincts when I have time.
Anyway, dinner was a monster salad with Miso Hemp Butter dressing from Kristen Suzanne’s ULTIMATE Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes, an amazing, ranch like dressing with a creamier, zingy taste that coated the salad nicely.
But, it required hemp butter and my last attempt to make it in the Vita-Mix didn’t go so well. Thankfully I’ve learned and did it in the food processor this time. :-)
I can definitely see why the Vita-Mix is not the right tool for the job, it took 5 minutes of processing with several stop-and-push-downs to get it to a smooth, nut butter texture and the Vita-Mix would have heated it way too much at that point. Also it would have been a job scooping it out from around the blade. But, success finally on hemp butter! The taste? Not bad, very nut butter with a not-too-strong hempy flavor, it tastes a lot better than it looks. It can go sweet or salty, depending on the recipe and there are quite a few in Kristen’s book that call for hemp butter.