Preparation: I mixed up a batch of both Baking Soda and Catnip. I’ve found that I get the best results with the catnip when I take the time to shake it when it’s still hot. Here’s what I do: I put the hot water in a plastic container with the catnip, screw on the top, then I open the cap (or pop top? I don’t know what else to call it) and squeeze the container a little before I close it back up (I do that because hot water expands when you shake it, I had it explode on me once!) then I shake it. I spend about 5 minutes shaking it, letting the air out, and then closing it back up and shaking it again. I also let the catnip remain in that water until it is completely cool (several hours) before I strain it.
Routine: I poured the Baking Soda over my hair and massaged it around. My mixture was a little weak, so I ended up using more then normal. Once I rinsed that out and squeezed as much water out of my hair as possible I poured on the catnip. After all the excess had run off I clipped my hair up and let it sit. It ended up sitting for about 10 minutes, then I rinsed it out.
Results: Pretty good hair. Not fantastic, but better then just ok. It was a little dry until I put some coconut oil on it. Now it’s smooth and sleek.
Comments: I think I need to start measuring the Baking Soda. I’m not going to get consistent results if I don’t always use the same amount. When I go to the store this week I’ll pick up a container that I can use to exactly measure out the amount of water, and I’ll also start measuring the baking soda it self.
Shaking the catnip really seams to help. I think that maybe it ends up drawing more out of the catnip this way. I think just pouring it in the container only gets a small amount of the oil out of it, but by shaking it you are pulling more out. Like if you are making tea, if you just place a tea bag in the water it will make tea, but it won’t be very strong. But if you repeatedly dunk the tea bag, or even use a spoon to press the tea bag to the side of the cup, then you get a much darker and stronger tea. I think the same applies here.