Thank you for all the hair help!
I pondered them all while running earlier and was so excited when I remembered that I had some coconut oil in the back of my pantry!
Wait….that’s not coconut oil. That’s coconut butter? You all know my thoughts on butter in general (three sticks in my frosting, one in my hair?) but I just wasn’t sure if my hair could handle that. Instead, I dug deeper and brought out the olive oil. Someone said olive oil works in hair, right? Please speak up…my sanity is at stake! Or maybe don’t speak up….the damage has already been done. I’ll try anything once.
I just poured it on the ends anyway. And I figured its already fried; what’s the worst that could happen? Errrr don’t answer that again.
I washed it out after about fifteen minutes. I’ll keep you posted on the results. It sort of reminded me of the time I cooked fried chicken on Easter and got chicken grease in my (brown) hair……….
This afternoon I relieved some stress by running two miles then coming home and doing push-ups and ab work on the floor. Jillian briefly crossed by mind but I shut her out. I just can’t handle shredding with 8 lb weights….it hurts. And not in a good way….more in a “I’m actually causing damage to my triceps way”.
I wasn’t really hungry this afternoon for some reason but I did go to town on some strawberries while I got some work done on the computer.
Also, dinner was simple and from a can.
Trader Joe’s tomato soup with another bagel thin and hummus. I’ve decided that these bagel thins will just have to do. But every time I eat one I yearn for the real deal even more. I might just have to take matters into my own hands and make my own. Desperate measures, people. Desperate measures.
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly VegApril 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm
If your hair is REALLY fried, it might be time for a chop…I’m just sayin’ 🙂
JenApril 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Jenna or other California people!
I am going on vacation in San Diego this week and have NEVER been. Jenna I know you don’t live in San Diego but do you have any restaraunt recs? Anyone who knows healthy and fun places to eat (veggie places are a plus) I would be SO grateful. Looking up stuff online doesn’t compare to the trust I have in all of you! Thanks so much anything will be helpful 🙂
LauraApril 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm
I definitely recommend the not washing hair tip. Some people think ewe but I really wash mine 2 (maybe 3) times a week and I always use a deep conditioner with it. If it does get really greasy and gross before the next wash, just use conditioner. Something will work!!!
P.S. I have to agree with many other comments…I’m loving your blog lately even more than I usually do!!! :D:D
MMillerApril 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Olive oil should help! I remember seeing on TV recently that mashed avocado is great for your hair! Even your simplest foods look so yummy! Glad you got a nice run in today!
Nora@LiveLifeEatRightApril 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm
ahahhaha I LOVE your coconut butter decision! At least you will smell delicious!
LauraApril 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Hey Jenna! I agree with the other Laura on the whole ‘not washing’ thing. I recently went from dark brown to blonde and my hair is pretty fried. I only wash it once a week which seems to be helping, I apply heaps of conditioning treatments in between washes and could not live without Dry Shampoo, it really helps when the roots start to get a little greasy.
Evan ThomasApril 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Is there anything coconut can’t do?
eatmoveloveApril 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Haha too funny Jenna!!
Actually I just read in a magazine today that blending yogurt and a banana and applying that to your hair works wonders!! Use full-fat yogurt though (thicker the better)….so maybe that would be a nicer alternative than resorting to oil??
My hair is fried too – but one time the stylist used a really good conditioning treatment and it was silky soft…for awhile anyways….maybe you could ask your stylist about something like that??
Good God – you and your frosting…I’ve eaten half a jar tonight with muffins – and it’s only the start of the week…..oh Dear God Give Me The Strength…:0
EricaApril 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm
I have really curly hair that I straight iron a lot… and it’s a mess. I’ve started to use mayonnaise in it (put it in dry hair, let soak for 20 minutes before you wash it) and it really seemed to help! Good luck with the hair issues 🙂
MicaelaApril 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Does your TJ’s not carry bagels? They might not be New York quality but I like them, especially toasted. I’m obsessed with the mini cinnamon raisin ones, but they’ve been out of them lately. I’m going through withdrawals!
Heather (Heather's Dish)April 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm
yikes, i didn’t realize your hair was that fried…maybe angela at oh she glows will have something? anytime i’ve fried my hair i’ve just cut the horrible dead ends off!
sarah (more olives please)April 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Someone mentioned this earlier in the comments, but you should DEFINITELY get this stuff called Psssst spray-in dry shampoo. You can get it at any drug store. Just spray it in, and it makes your hair look nice and clean even if you haven’t washed it in a few days. That way you can get those natural oils working without looking grungy!!
JennaApril 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Hope it works!!
Beth @ Beth's Journey to ThinApril 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm
I love the bagel thins too but i agree, it REALLY does make you want a real bagel.
Also, at first I thought you put coconut butter in your hair and I was worried for you. Glad you went with olive oil! 🙂
KerryApril 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Pureology is the best for hair dilemmas!!
MandieeApril 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm
good luck with your hair 🙂 and your picture of the strawberries is so beautiful. i don’t know why, but the lighting just just amazing.
have a lovely day!
JilApril 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Your oil idea is a good one – if it’s really really fried – I’d honestly say that it’s worth the cash for a really great deep conditioning treatment from a quality salon.
maria @ Chasing the NowApril 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm
If you want to do The Shred, but don’t have lighter than 8 lb. weights, try using soup cans. I promise you’ll still feel it the next day!
Jessica @ The Process of HealingApril 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Yikes, life without bagels? No thank you!!! Desperate measures, indeed!
Those strawberries look deeeeliscious!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and HopeApril 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm
You MUST give these two Fekkai products a try!
I had a similar incident after coloring my hair blond, it turning orange, then having to color it back dark right away. Trust me, my hair was pure straw too. Both of these products are available at Bath and Body Works. THEY CURE THE STRAW!!! And also try not to shampoo for a couple of days… only condition!
MicaelaApril 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Oh, and Jen, where in San Diego will you be? I hope I’m not hijacking your blog, Jenna, but I am from San Diego (and a vegetarian) and know tons of great places. Some of my favorites:
Filippi’s Pizza Groto in Little Italy-best pizza in town in my opinion http://www.realcheesepizza.com/
Sipz Cafe-all veggie/vegan http://www.sipz.com/
Cafe Athena-great Greek place http://www.cafeathena.com/
Mandarin Dynasty-best pan fried noodles ever and a huge veggie menu http://mandarindynasty-hillcrest.com/about_us.html
SarahApril 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Best hair product ever:
MicaelaApril 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
One more 😉
Rancho’s Cocina-mostly veggie/vegan Mexican food
KateApril 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
For the past 5 years I dye my hair with henna, and I always add olive oil to the mix. It moisturizes while the henna dyes. If you need to deep condition I bet you could do a straight olive oil, but then rinse it out with a combo of coarse salt & shampoo.
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]April 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Why do is it that your hair so ‘fried’ in the first place? Do you blow dry/flat iron it a lot? I hope the EVOO works!
mmm…strawberries – great pic!
JennyApril 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Good night from the east coast!
ChristineApril 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm
I have been a stylist for 12 years. First, get a trim. There is only so much a product can do. Next, don’t wash your hair everyday. Be good to it when styling as well. Heat will damage it even more, so air dry when you can. When you do style with heat, use Moroccan Oil. It will make your hair feel like silk. It is a little spendy, but SO worth it. (They have a deep conditioner too!)
ashleighApril 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm
I love loveee bagel thins! I don’t wash my hair every day and it’s still fried! To help me heal I use Bumble and Bumble Deeeeep Conditioning. Eventually it will get back to normal.
stephApril 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm
the BEST hair mask (and super cheap) is egg yolks, olive oil, and honey. i usually do three or four yolks (i have long, thick hair), a tbsp or two of honey, and a tsp or two of olive oil.. the amts dont matter all that much, but use a higher ration of oil vs honey if youre going for moisture. this makes my hair soo shiny and soft. just slather it on dry hair, cover your head in saran wrap and leave it on for at least 30 minutes- the longer the better! then shampoo it out and condition as normal.
KatherineApril 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm
I wish my pantry was one that I could just pull coconut oil out of so nonchalantly
so chic and impressive
mary annApril 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm
a few things…
this is going to sound absolutely disgusting, but its the one thing that has done WONDERS to my hair and comes from this lady Deeana: our cook when i was on a mission trip in sumerton, sc. This woman knows. her. hair care. I thought it was the butter she consumed (shes a woman on the larger end of 300lbs, dont judge dont judge-she makes the best damn fried chicken and sweet tater pie you e’er had), but no, she uses MAYO in her hair!! Be it the combo of protein, lipids, fats whatever, the stuff is the cheapest gem for your hair ever. just apply and leave on for a good half hour or so, even applying a little hair dryer to steam it into the follicle-you wouldnt believe how soft and silky your hair becomes. I actually like to combine it with some almond oil for a better scent. wash it out and voila, hellman needs a beauty line.
other thing, where do you get your frosting tips? I love that classis flat edge you used on the cupcakes, but william sonomas arent doing it for me. suggestions?
Run SarahApril 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm
I find not washing my hair as often really helps with dryness! Shredding with 8 lb wts sounds torturous!
JenApril 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Micaela- Thank u so much! Was hoping I would get at least one response 🙂 Can’t thank you enough wil google these now!
Diana @ frontyardfoodieApril 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Seriously I have never heard anyone say something good about those bagel thins! Always wanting more. haha
I hope your hair feels better. Olive oil is good but mashed bananas are better:)
Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)April 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Coconut oil on hair?? I may have to try that. I also saw mayo suggested, though I’m not a huge mayo fan and the smell of it on my hair may not work. Maybe a mayo & coconut oil combo? When the weather is better and I straighten my hair more, my ends slowly become very straw-like. I may have to give those remedies a shot tomorrow!
Callie @ OneLittleOnigiriApril 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm
I LOVE that picture of the strawberries in the mug! I’m not sure why I love it so much, but it just makes my heart happy 🙂
I’ve heard that egg is really good for repairing damaged hair – something about the protein in them? But you apparently need to be careful that you don’t use hot water when you wash them out, or you’ll cook them into your hair!
CandiceApril 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm
Well, I definitely can’t help much with the hair problem because my ‘do is so short it couldn’t possibly get fried! Good luck with your debacle, though! I’m sure it will turn out fine. And remember, hair always grows fast, so it won’t be fried forever!
Kellie@obsessivelyhealthyApril 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm
I am so glad I don’t live in the south because I would seriously be 900lbs. I went to Georgia for a friend’s wedding and I ate all the southern food and was hooked. I have never had grits and they were so good, butter..cheese..mmm. Also amazing wafflehouses. Living in Southern CA we have nothing remotely close to that.
Danielle (Coffee Run)April 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm
My hair is completely fried too so if you try a good remedy, please share 😀
I haven’t had tomato soup since elementary school! That must change
BlaineApril 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm
Girl! Honey + avocado. Your hair will slurp it up and thank you for it.
GlitteratiApril 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm
Okay, by the end of all this, you will have the most delicious hair ever, even if it’s still fried! Eggs, avocado, yogurt…. yum! 😉 Keep us posted on the results, hope the olive oil worked!
BethanyApril 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm
When I lived in England, my host mom was Indian and always used olive oil in her hair to make it soft and smooth!!
Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)April 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm
I’ve heard wondrous things about the miracle of coconut oil on skin and hair, it may be worth giving a whirl. Also, this is a deep conditioning treatment I used to do all the time (and still should, especially now that I highlight my hair):
2 TBS Mayonnaise
Spread throughout hair, (focusing on ends). Let sit for 20-30 min while wrapped in aluminum foil. Wash out with shampoo and conditioner.
I’m telling you, your hair will look as sleek as a shiny new car afterward!
Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.NutritionApril 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm
Love your apron!!
lolaApril 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Today I put a lot of a mayo-olive oil-placenta (wtf?) deep conditioner treatment i bought in the drugstore on my(straw, orange) hair, made a bun and put a cap on and then I ran 80 minutes (at my home of course!) and after that I took a shower!
It’s a lot softer, but we’ll see 🙂
Lizz @ Leading the Good LifeApril 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm
I think I might be with you on the bagel thins. I LOVE a good New York bagel with cream cheese. I’d be pretty upset if someone handed me a ‘bagel thin’ instead! 🙁
Freya @ Brit Chick RunsApril 20, 2010 at 12:09 am
coconut in your hair would smell DIVINE! I wish I had some tips but alas, I do not! Haircare is not my strong point..
TamiznApril 20, 2010 at 12:29 am
I sometimes put olive oil on my hair it makes it lovely and soft x x
AnnelineApril 20, 2010 at 12:40 am
Don’t worry about the olive oil, it’s really good for your hair! You should even leave it in longer, I usually leave it for at least 3 hours, wrapped in a towel, but in Morocco the women sometimes leave it in the whole day!
If you don’t think it’s too gross, you can also make your very own hair conditionner with 1/2 cup yoghurt and an egg yolk. Just don’t rinse it with hot water or, this may sound silly but… the egg will cook! I do it about once a week and, combined with the olive oil, it’s miraculous! ***
JulieApril 20, 2010 at 12:43 am
I have to say that olive oil works here as well. Otherwise I can recommend using an all natural conditioner with jojoba – or simply jojoba oil. My hair is permanently like straw, and this is the only thing that works!
BeckyApril 20, 2010 at 1:19 am
I agree with the reader who said that a “liberal trim” is the best way to combat hair-is-like-straw syndrome (and we have ALL been there!). The problem is that once the hair is fried, any conditioning treatments will just deal with the outer most layers of the hair, and won’t deal with the inside. The only real fix is to wait for it to grow out and start again with “new hair.”
Kelly (Foodie Fresh)April 20, 2010 at 3:12 am
If the olive oil doesn’t work out for you or if you just want to try something different, the women in my family has always used Queen Helene Cholesterol on our hair (http://www.queenhelene.com/haircare_product_detail.php?id=8). On beach trips I would comb it into my wet hair at lunch before heading back to the beach. It is super greasy but it definitely will do the trick and make your hair feel really amazing once you rinse it out. It’s a super deep conditions.
Jessica @ How Sweet It IsApril 20, 2010 at 3:16 am
I have tried the olive oil in my hair and it usually works great!
LauraApril 20, 2010 at 3:44 am
You could always try the luck of the Irish- you know the lovely, shiny, black Irish hair? Washing it with beer, or no, more specifically Guinness. It works! As does the olive oil trick- although don’t do a me and keep it far, far away from your roots, otherwise you may end up with the pubertal perennial greasy hair again! Good luck 😉
M(a different M than the other M!!)April 20, 2010 at 3:59 am
Eggs, mayo…..guess you can work on making your hair glossy while snacking on an egg salad sandwich? 😉
Look forward to hearing what works best for you…
ArielApril 20, 2010 at 4:12 am
You should try a kerastase deep conditioning mask (the orange one)… it’s about 50$ for a small tub but it works really well for fried hair.
StacyApril 20, 2010 at 4:17 am
Just have to say that you inspired me to take up the 30 Day Shred again…with 5 lb weights. I’m in a similar situation to you currently, I’m definitely not overweight, but a few pounds heavier than what I prefer, so I’m just trying to make my current size clothing fit a little more comfortably. Thanks for the inspiration!
MLTApril 20, 2010 at 4:24 am
Can’t you just buy regular bagels at the store where you bought the bagel thins? I used to live in Norcal and they definitely sold bagels (Thomas, Lenders, etc.) in the bakery isle. The safeway usually made fresh ones too. Or could you only find the “thins”?
diana@mymarbleryeApril 20, 2010 at 4:36 am
If you toast the bagel thin it’ll taste better..I swear. 🙂
amandaApril 20, 2010 at 4:44 am
I have never heard or seen coconut butter till now. What else can you do with it?
StephanieApril 20, 2010 at 4:51 am
Jen who is going to San Diego:
If you like mexican food, go to Pokez. It looks sketchy on the outside but really isn’t. They have a million vegan, vegetarian and meat options. It was AWESOME.
Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)April 20, 2010 at 5:10 am
Sometimes simple dinners are the best. Especially on chilly nights, all I want is a big cup of soup with bread on the side. (For dipping, natch.)
Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)April 20, 2010 at 5:11 am
Olive oil is good for hair- and yes, just put it on the end part, it will make your roots greasy! But if they’re super-fried… get a trim!
MidgetkeeperApril 20, 2010 at 5:28 am
I actually love bagel thins. I have always felt that regular bagels are too thick and dense. Bagel thins are perfect.
Jenn @ LivewellfitApril 20, 2010 at 5:32 am
Olive oil is my savior for super dry hair! Get as much in there as you can. Soak every strand with the oil. Then I wrap my head in a plastic bag- it’s such a cute look, don’t worry. Then I finish that with a towel wrapped around the plastic. Leave this in as long as you can! Even work out to Jillian with it- the heat is great on your hair with the oil. Do that a few times a week for a super deep treatment!
jennaApril 20, 2010 at 5:37 am
EVOO really works!! i put it in my hair on my skin!! its great. don’t use too much though on your hair especially the roots.
TriciaApril 20, 2010 at 5:46 am
Ugh, scorched hair is the worst! I have naturally dark hair and have gone back and forth between brunette and blonde several times. I know not washing your hair is a great way to help remedy the situation…but I run every day and sweat like a fat kid so that’s not going to happen!
Morrocan Oil realllly helps, as does Aveda’s Damage Remedy products, but usually a nice chop is the big winner!
(ps, I loveeee your blog lately! I think you just sound way happier than usual and it’s awesome! So screw everyone that is giving you a hard time 🙂 )
KatieApril 20, 2010 at 5:50 am
Don’t you love Trader Joe’s soup?! So good! Have you ever tried their chicken sausage?! Delicious!
Paige @ Running Around NormalApril 20, 2010 at 6:14 am
Good luck with the olive oil! Jojoba oil works well, too. Mmm the strawberries look amazing. So happy it’s berry season once again!! 🙂
VioletApril 20, 2010 at 6:14 am
So many suggestions for your fried hair dilemma ! You can go ahead and try the mayo, oils, eggs, avocado…….heck you can make a salad on top of your head LOL
In my opinion, I think a good hair cut is the next best thing.
JenApril 20, 2010 at 6:16 am
Thank u Stephanie!
TiinaApril 20, 2010 at 6:29 am
I actually like the bagel thins, I was seeing those Arnold Sandwich Thins everywhere, but wouldn’t buy them because they have sucralose in them. These are a little better. But also, I don’t love bagels, so that could be it! I hope the olive oil works!
A @ Please Don't Eat Me!April 20, 2010 at 6:34 am
sweet look at all the hair answers! : )
i forgot about the mayo thing, i guess if you dont want to put Hellmans on your head, there is some stuff at the drugstore in the ethnic hair section that is VERY cheap, hair mayo ; ) thats the other thing my stylist suggested.. good luck!!!
Heather @ Side of SneakersApril 20, 2010 at 6:42 am
I’m pretty sure I’ve dumped about everything in my fridge & pantry on my hair at some point or another- olive oil, coconut oil, egg, oatmeal, honey… if you find something magical please share 🙂
LizApril 20, 2010 at 6:43 am
I just wanted to say, your posts are so entertaining!!! =)
claire!April 20, 2010 at 6:44 am
Jenna – I HIGHLY recommend Pureology as a daily shampoo routine (but they also have leave-in condititioners). It is pricey (around $25 per bottle), but it’s highly concentrated (and vegan!) so you don’t have to use nearly as much as normal shampoo/conditioner. I find that a bottle lasts me at least 2 months.
I have naturally “dirty blonde” hair, that gets an awful ashy look to it when not in the sun, so I get my hair highlighted every 3 months. For awhile, my hair was fried (I have really fine hair to boot), but I started using this stuff and it works wonders. Seriously – wonders. I also did the shampoo every-other-day thing, and it seems to work pretty well, too!
Just a suggestion!! Love you blog!!
claire!April 20, 2010 at 6:44 am
woops…. *your, haha
Kelly @ Healthy Living With KellyApril 20, 2010 at 6:49 am
Your hair my be fried but it always looks great in all your pictures!!!
Beth @ DiningAndDishingApril 20, 2010 at 7:02 am
Life without bagels sounds terrible!! Perhaps you can request a dozen in the next care package you get from home :). Einsteins power bagels with peanut butter are my FAVE!!
Cait (Cait's Plate)April 20, 2010 at 7:12 am
I’ve seen the bagel thins recently too and almost picked them up – but I too, then decide that there’s nothing better than the real thing, so I always end up going with that 🙂 Good to know that they do in a pinch though! And I say, DEFINITELY make your own…I wish I had that ability! There’s REALLY nothing better than homemade bagels 🙂
allison @ thesundayflogApril 20, 2010 at 7:27 am
there really is no difference between coconut butter and coconut oil. go with it. avocado works well. mayonaisse does NOT. do not try it. it will be greasy. i read an article from a baker one time, who said she cannot use hand creams or lotions because of the dough, but working with dough makes her hands dry, so she rubs them with olive oil all day. also, Ojon hair products work WONDERS.
RhodeyGirlApril 20, 2010 at 7:33 am
The olive oil will work. You might have to do it one more time.
Love your posts these days.
TryshaApril 20, 2010 at 8:45 am
Olive oil works wonders on my hair. I heat a little in the microwave and it’s an at home hot oil treatment. Sometimes it makes my hair a little static-y, so I have to watch what time of year I use it (no joke, spring hates my hair)
Our water is reeeeaaaallly hard so I use some on the hubby too. (just don’t let him know I shared his manscaping secret with you, LOL)
AmyApril 20, 2010 at 9:37 am
I was the one who mentioned olive oil yesterday! 🙂
Hope it helped! I forgot to mention to apply to dry hair. And I usually don’t wash it out that quickly – if I can, i leave it on overnight or throughout the day. I just don’t use a ton. Usually I pour about a nickle-sized amt into my palm, rub it around (moisturize my hands too!) and then scrunch it in. And repeat.
I do it once or twice a week.
Probably should have given details yesterday… Oops.
Holly BApril 20, 2010 at 10:03 am
There are no mom and pop bagel shops in cali?!?!? the horror!
KatiApril 20, 2010 at 11:04 am
Not sure if anyone mentioned this or not because I only read through a few of the comments….if you are looking for something to help your hair out in the long run I would definitely recommend Biotin or Hair, Skin & Nails supplements. You need to take them pretty religiously (3x a day), but in just a couple weeks I noticed my hair was healthier and had more shine! I’ve never tried any of the food or “natural” ideas mentioned, but I have heard mayonnaise works! good luck
CaityApril 20, 2010 at 11:18 am
Have you tried Noah’s bagels yet? The closest one to you is in Petaluma, but they are divine (and freeze well). Much tastier than the bagel thins and better than any bagel that I have found in Santa Rosa…
Salah@myhealthiestlifestyleApril 20, 2010 at 11:48 am
I’m interested to hear about your hair
Salah@myhealthiestlifestyleApril 20, 2010 at 11:48 am
I’m interested to hear about your hair
Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/April 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Sorry your having hair problems I’m guessing from the color changes. Keep greasing it up 🙂