Monday, August 2, 2010

Already late..

I already missed the mark on starting my experiment, which I am pretty bummed about.

After church yesterday I began intensely cleaning our kitchen and before I knew it I had to leave to babysit. I have to be at work by 7:30 Mon - Wed, so I didn't feel like staying up to blog last night either. Anyway, no one cares for the excuses, so let me lay out my experiment for ya!

The specimen: my too fine, too oily, blonde hair (I'll post a picture at some point?)

The goal:
Debunk some oily hair remedy myths while discovering which works best for me!

Procedure: I will try a new remedy each week starting Tuesday August 3

Dependent Variable: I will (to the best of my subjective ability) keep a log of when my hair begins to feel heavier, oily, and so on. This is obviously (and painfully) subjective, but this experiment is mostly for my own sanity because of how much my hair drives me crazy.

- Wash hair every other day (I am too lazy to stray from my lifestyle)
- Amount of Shampoo/Remedy = 2 silver dollars worth
- Amount of Scrubbing (scrubbing too much stimulates hair follicles which creates more oil!) = about 30 seconds
- Time w/ shampoo in hair (leaving shampoo in for longer supposedly destroys more build-up) = about a minute
- Amount + placement of Conditioner (I will use the same conditioner throughout..posted below) = 1 silver dollar worth on bottom 2 - 3 inches of hair
- Time between shower and blow dry = about 10 - 15 minutes - Blow dry with round brush + straighten every other day
- Use silver dollar size of these 2 products:

The first is Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends, which is self explanatory. I put it on my ends!

The other is Catwalk Fashionista Smooth & Shine, which is supposed to protect my hair against the heat of the blow dryer and straightener. I use it all over but try not to get any on my roots.

Other details:
I will keep track of the weather conditions because that will greatly affect my hair. This is obviously something I can't control (Seattle looks to be very cloudy this week, but we'll still go for it)

You may already be bored and be thinking...why do we care about this? You don't have to care. This is more to document for my own sake and anyone who thinks this may be fun. I don't mind if this category only includes my parents (and Kevin for sympathy sake).

I am going to establish a baseline (figure out how quickly my hair becomes oily with a typical shampoo) with my current shampoo (along with conditioner) which is this:

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo & Conditioner for Color-treated or Permed Hair (Yeah...I used to think my hair needed moisture. What a mistake).

If you are even still reading, I will begin this tomorrow and post next Monday on the results of the first week. Let me know if you can think of anything else I may need to control! I realize that this is silly (and crazy nerdy), but humor me as I put my countless hours of learning the scientific method to practical use. (even though I know this experiment would make my thesis adviser screech...)