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A blue bird being held.

Beautiful Birds
I helped your picture along a bit because I really wanted to see the hummingbird in your hand. I know exactly what you are experiencing. I get a strange and wonderful feeling when I'm holding a wild creature and they seem quite content, somehow sensing that...

 

A farming machine in a backyard.

What is This Farm Equipment?
I may well be wrong but I believe this is not complete, but just part of a hay press. Sorry, no idea of it's value.

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
I do like the idea of using cherry juice. Back when I would have a nip or two, I used to make a delicious Manhattan. I always added a bit of cherry juice. It's been years. i may just try that again. Thanks!

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
I read this, Judy. Sounds so good. If I do make it, I will be sure to use fresh mandarins. The canned ones just don't get it. Thanks

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
The Perfect Manhattan Stop. You're pushing me over the edge. Here's the way it was. The recipes say any good whisky will do. Instead, I used Crown Royal, probably the smoothest you can buy. You can use dry vermouth or sweet vermouth. I used equal parts of each...

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
This sounds like the perfect combination of ingredients. Some recipes don't list grapes. I can't imagine ambrosia without them.

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
Seeded and peeled, of course.

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
Interesting you caught that, Jess. My spelling came from verifying the makers of Crown Royal who apparently use both spellings. Had I been asked how to spell it, offhand I would have thought 'whiskey'. You are sharp!

 

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Ambrosia Recipes
As there are no hard and fast rules for making ambrosia and each recipe is a variation on a theme, I'll draw from each what I like best for formulating my own version. I would use canned mandarins only as a last resort. As long as a good naval or other orange...

 

Woodburned Mandala Box - mandala design on the top of the box

Woodburned Mandala Box
I don't know what to say...except that is beautiful!

 

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Substitute For Pork Chop Fat
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will try to try them all. I wont cook a Boston Butt though til I'm cooking for more than one. Sounds interesting. I've never had this cut of pork.

 

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A white flower with deep pink/red marking in teh middle.

White Flower
Is this a woody shrub? If so, Google Lil' Kim Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus I'm sure you have a Hibiscus Syriacus, or Common Hibiscus. But in your case, a hybrid. Read up on their care. You should be able to get it to bloom again. They are really easy...

 

Make Your Own Box Fan Air Filter - filter taped to the fan

Make Your Own Box Fan Air Filter
I had this in mind but didn't follow through with it. So, I pinned an open weave material to the back of the fan. It works pretty well (for the larger airborne particles) and the material is washable but it's a pain fitting the material to the fan. My original...

 

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Etiquette Regarding Family Visits?
During my 'growing up years' all of our guests were unexpected, and all of them were welcome. Neighbors were always dropping by, maybe to borrow a cup of sugar for a cake they had started and found out at the last minute they didn't have enough. Or in the cool...

 

A yellow orange rose in a bouquet.

Yellow Orange Rose
Such intense color. Very nice.

 

A small chihuahua lying on the ground.

What Breed Is My Pup?
Please tell me, why does it matter? It's a beautiful dog. I would take it in a skinny minute. Sometimes we pay too much attention to detail. And sometimes we misinterpret those details. I had a pure bred chihuahua. I would have loved her just as much had she...

 

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Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?
Thanks, but no. I don't have one.

 

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Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?
I've never used a ricer so one never came to mind. It could well be just what I need. I'll check into it. Thanks.

 

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Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?
I checked the ricer. The concept is perfect. The prices are good. I've been forcing the potatoes through a sieve with a nylon spatula. It's hard work and takes forever. The ricer should give me lots of leverage. Now, if I can just find one with holes as small...

 

The baked pan of French Onion Chicken.

French Onion Chicken
Well, Sandy did an improvisation of a recipe found on the Internet. Then bryguy suggested several changes that would serve to improvise Sandy's improvisation. What with Suum cuique and all that jazz, I couldn't resist my hand here; bearing in mind, my additions...

 

The baked pan of French Onion Chicken.

French Onion Chicken
Sorry Sandi If your picture of the finished product had been a snake , it would have bitten me. It does look very good!

 

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Sharing Expenses with a Live-in Boyfriend?
The man is entitled to receive payment for your share of the expenses. You should start making those payments and back payments as soon as you can. You should expect ongoing issues over money; issues that will lead to termination of the relationship. The fact...

 

DeKay's Snake - small brown snake in a man's hands

DeKay's Snake
Harmless and cold blooded, the little fella might appreciate the gentle warmth of your hand. But you had rather not. Oh, the Human element.

 

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An unpaved country road.

Silence Is Golden
I did some research on those telephone conversations 'leaking from telephone wires'. Actually, there were gadgets called 'repeaters' placed along the wires, 40 to a mile. They were to strengthen the signal on its journey. Maybe the voices I heard were coming...

 

An unpaved country road.

Silence Is Golden
Those repeaters, 40 to a mile, contained Bell Diaphragm Receivers (I don't know why) much like the one you mentioned. I agree, I didn't hear voices from the wires. That's where they seemed to originate. Until I am told differently by an expert lineman technician...

 

Identifying Small Black Insects? - small long black bugs

Identifying Small Black Insects?
There are about 9300 species of Click Beetles worldwide. I think you have one of those. I found pictures of a few species that look very similar to your photo. I have encountered click beetles, large and small, all my life. I have never known them to be a problem...

 

Taking a check out of an envelope.

Frugality And A Question Of Morals
Thanks for all the replies. They were helpful and set me to thinking and to doing more research. If there's a 'fine print catch' here, I can't find it. Still, I have decided not to cash the check. The company has had several complaints. My opinion is that that...

 

What Type of Flower Is This? - large 5 petal flower

What Type of Flower Is This?
hibiscus coccineus

 

cut Yellow Cake 7 plate of strawberry shortcake

Yellow Cake from Scratch
Enjoy plain? Yes! We often gathered around the table and enjoyed a layer, still warm from the oven, with a tall glass of chilled milk. We called it 'sweet bread'. For a more 'delicate' cake, I sometimes leave out the egg yolks. I whip the whites into a stiff...

 

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Remedy for Brassy Hair Color When Dyed?
Could you tell us what color you are aiming for when you apply the color?

 

Blue Beauty (Butterfly on Sedum flower) - brilliant blue butterfly on pink autumn sedum flower

Blue Beauty (Butterfly on Sedum Flower)
Lovelivewell, You did well. Actually, you did great! This is a keeper. Thanks

 

A strawberry pot filled with herbs on a front doorstep.

Strawberry Pot for Herbs
Looks nice. What with the herbs being aromatic, slugs might not be a problem. If you ever decide to try strawberries again you might want to try placing the pot in a large terra cotta saucer. with a layer of sharp sand or crushed egg shells added. Non toxic...

 

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Catching Fruit Flies In The Kitchen
Thanks, Pam, I needed that.

 

Buttermilk Muffin on plate

Buttermilk Muffins
They look so good. I can see by the recipe how they would almost have a cake like texture. I must try this. I like any breads with a buttermilk flavor. Thanks

 

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Beware of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak - tall poison ivy plant

Beware of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
I'm glad I'm not allergic to any of these plants. For those who are, a good rule to follow is the old saying: 'Leaved by three, leave it be'.

 

Biscuits in basket

Biscuits
Lookin' good!

 

Biscuits in basket

Biscuits
Oh, I wish you could, too. I never knew anyone other than my family to toast biscuits. First, we split them in half. Takes me back 70 years. Sometimes we added a pat of butter before toasting and after toasting we topped them with homemade jellies, jams and...

 

Biscuits in basket

Biscuits
Oh, I wish you could, too. I never knew anyone other than my family to toast biscuits. First, we split them in half. Takes me back 70 years. Sometimes we added a pat of butter before toasting and after toasting we topped them with homemade jellies, jams and...

 

Buttermilk Falls - woodland waterfall

Buttermilk Falls
Hoagy Carmichael gave us Buttermilk Skies. Now, you give us Buttermilk Falls. Sounds a bit strange at first but the name does suit. Oh to be sitting on a tree stump by these falls in the cool of the evening. Just thinking about it is relaxing. Thanks

 

Identifying Tiny Bugs Outside

Identifying Tiny Bugs Outside?
This could be a ladybug larva. There are many types of ladybugs. All their larvae look different. I was about to exterminate hundreds of them. I sent a pic to my Ag agent. He said, 'Don't, they are one of the most beneficial insects in the garden.

 

Echinacea and Bee - bee on purple cone flowers/echinacea

Echinacea and Bee
Maybe the unusual position is due to some symbiotic effect?

 

Tree Tops - Oahu  - tree tops with mountains and sky in the background

Tree Tops - Oahu
Almost surreal. Beautiful.

 

A heart shaped Earth.

Cleaning Plastic Containers Used For Powdered Drinks
Thanks for the tip, but I don't have denture cleaning tablets. As for the safety of my mixture, I have been mixing ammonia and peroxide for years on a near daily basis. So have others. The two mixed together serve as a catalyst for most all developer hair colorings...

 

What Breed Is My Puppy? - small black puppy

What Breed Is My Puppy?
Occasionally, you'll encounter a dog with unusual behavioral traits, but for the most part, you can expect the dog's temperament to match the way you train it and care for it. He doesn't know whether he's a stray mutt or a champion sire. All he knows is, he...

 

DIY Corona Face Shield - woman wearing the shield over a face mask

DIY Corona Face Shield
Could you tell us more about the acetate, where it's available, etc.

 

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk - bottles of frozen and thawed milk

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk
My name is not Virginia and there is a distinct difference in the taste of frozen milk. To me, it tastes diluted and sweeter. Worth doing though for cereal and baking but not for having a big chilled glass of cow juice, IMHO. How do you keep the bottom of the...

 

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk - bottles of frozen and thawed milk

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk
So freezing your liquids in bottles in freezer door will prevent rounding of the bottle bottoms? Great. And thanks for the link. I now know that among other things, I can freeze ice cream. My sister was discussing the ages and birth dates of two of her great...

 

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk - bottles of frozen and thawed milk

Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk
I was not trying to be sarcastic.There's no reason to assume sarcasm just because you didn't understand the comment. Apparently, I made a vain attempt at being funny. You did help. At least I know I'm not alone with this bulging bottom issue. I freeze water...

 

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Allowing Your Daughter to Date at 11?
WHAT? It's hard to believe what I'm reading! As far as I am concerned, there are no decisions to be made. No daughter of mine would date at the age of eleven. What are you people thinking? The word 'date' should not even be in the vocabulary of an eleven year...

 

Onion Smoothie Cold Remedy in glass

Onion Smoothie Cold Remedy
I'm sure you're right. I think quite a few folk would have trouble gettin' this concoction passed their swallow pipe. And if they did, I don't know how long it would stay put. If they can't keep it down, they could always grease their jowls with it and if they...

 

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Allowing Your Daughter to Date at 11?
Some people are steadfast in their convictions and opinions. Others appear to be indecisive, giving them leeway to attach to the most popular stance, should one arise. I think I see both sides here. http://explorevenango com, September 3, 2016 : 'Sixteen years...

 

Re-Cycle Planter - finished planter

Re-Cycle Planter
That is no less than ingenious. I love it. With an imagination like that, I doubt you'll run out of ideas any time soon. If you ever need inspiration, check out a friend's work. https://www.facebook.com/clivemanuel.sculptures.9

 

A person thoroughly washing their hands.

Why Soap is Better Than Sanitizer
I'm sure studies were done to confirm these findings. That's why I like this kind of tip. Thanks

 

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Issues with an Adult Child & Rent?
Dear tx, I have read every response to your post, to date. All have given you some excellent advice. If I may, I'd like to add my two cents worth. I'm sure you will not like it. You did not raise your son properly. If you had, more than likely, none of this...

 

Cheap Yarn Bowl Idea

Cheap Yarn Bowl Idea
Simple. Elegant.

 

Grow New African Violets and Succulents from Cuttings - closeup of a violet let with new growth

Grow New African Violets and Succulents from Cuttings
Glad you're having success! Bell jars or equivalent (Mason jar, etc,) are a great way to insure proper humidity during the rooting stage. Those new to this method should know that too much humidity is worse than too little. If moisture condenses and collects...

 

Apple Butter in jar & on plate

Instant Pot Apple Butter
Great. Do you know how long it will keep and how best to store it?

 

DIY Counter Cleaner - spray bottle and supplies

DIY Counter Cleaner
I just use ammonia in a spray bottle. There are no streaks and no need to rinse. I like the foaming of peroxide, too. I have a tiny spray bottle I got from Dollar Tree, 2 oz. I keep it at the kitchen sink. I spray all around the faucet. It foams and kills bacteria...

 

DIY Counter Cleaner - spray bottle and supplies

DIY Counter Cleaner
I don't dilute the ammonia as I don't have any problems with its strength. Of course, I would not use it in a tightly enclosed space. You could dilute the ammonia if you chose. It's almost all water, anyway.

 

Succulent Plant Starter - bottle with leaves in place

Succulent Plant Starter
I've gotten many new plant starts using many different techniques. Your method is new to me and I can't wait to try it. Thanks

 

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Hydrogen Peroxide for Removing Stains
For years I have washed my white, mostly cotton, briefs separately in hot water to which I have added detergent and peroxide. I let them soak til the water cools. My briefs stay white. I have revived old dingy white cottons, (pillow slips, etc.) by treating...

 

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Hydrogen Peroxide for Removing Stains
Jess, Readers should also know that contamination and heat will cause h2o2 to lose its potency. I keep mine in the refrigerator and never put anything, such as swabs, into the bottle. I pour out what I need into another container. From my days as a hair burner...

 

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Hydrogen Peroxide for Removing Stains
Forgot. I don't know if this is in your list of uses. Peroxide is perfect for cleaning tooth brushes. It will boil out anything at the base of the bristles. Rinse and it's ready to use or store away.

 

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Prevent Squirrels Digging in Flower Garden
If people only knew the vast damage done to my flower beds by squirrels, they would not consider your method extreme, at all. Too bad I don't have a cat or dog.

 

Identifying Old Farm Equipment - old rusty bucket looking piece of equipment

Identifying Old Farm Equipment?
It may be seed hopper used to disperse seed.

 

A cooler with ice in recycled bottles.

Using a Cooler During the Holidays
LG You always share the most sensible and simple tips. Thank you. Now do tell me this. I like to keep containers (usually gallon milk jugs) of frozen water in the freezer when not full with food. My fridge runs less. But these containers usually break when...

 

Meringues in bowl

One Minute Microwave Meringues
Simple indeed. Thanks And this has to be so very versatile. They could be topped with most anything. I have been eating lots of oranges lately and reluctantly throwing the peelings away. I'm going to try this with orange zest as a topping.

 

A Christmas tree with no presents underneath.

No Present Christmas
I think your views on gift giving at Christmas, although maybe not readily accepted by the general public, are indeed, healthy views. I do not buy Christmas gifts for anyone and ask that they not buy them for me. Exchanging gifts at this time is a man made...

 

Our Pond - in-ground goldfish pond with water lilies and flowers planted around the sides

Our Pond
If you can find or make the time to watch your goldfish in an outdoor pond and actually enjoy it, I'd say you're probably smarter than the average person. Ironically, it's little known is that today(the 2nd) is National Kiss A Carp Day. As I can't be there...

 

Loaves of bread with paper towels inside the bags.

Keep Frozen Bread Tasting Fresh
I buy bread in bulk and freeze it, too. can't wait to give this a try. Thanks, Judy!

 

Refurbishing A Lampshade with Jute Cord - lamp turned on

Refurbishing A Lampshade with Jute Cord
They look great and go well with your decor. (From someone who has made many thousands of lamps and shades).

 

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How NOT To Bake Individual Pies
Thanks for the comment. The ready made pie crust I used was Pillsbury. It used lard as the shortening. believe me it tasted like lard, very old lard. I wouldn't advise anyone using it. I checked the date. It still had two months left. Maybe if it was fresher...

 

Two old socks and a Swiffer floor cleaner.

Sock As Swiffer Pad
I once had a floor wax applicator with a chenille pad. I used it damp to go over my kitchen floor every day (2 mins. max). I never had to actually mop the floor. I've been looking for something similar ever since. I'll check out the Swiffer pad and I have plenty...

 

An old house surrounded by trees.

This Old House (North Carolina)
The people who owned this house may have lived through some very hard times. We'll never know. But for some reason, every time I see an old dilapidated place such as this, my whole mood changes. I become a little quieter inside. I think of close knit families...

 

A tropical sunset on a beach in Tahiti.

Tropical Sunset
Beautiful

 

Refurbishing a Fire Pit

Refurbishing a Fire Pit
Glad you had the foresight to make use of this piece. It's beautiful.

 

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Side Effects of Quitting Smoking?
The Human mind/brain is the least understood thing in the Universe. And though a lot of research has been and continues to go on regarding addiction, to date, little has been discovered about this area of the brain and it's functions. I do know for a fact there...

 

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Using a Vinegar Rinse on Grey Hair?
Vinegar will not change the color of your grey/white hair. It's acidic property does have the ability to help strip the hair of hard water deposits. The removal of these deposits, particularly if they are heavy, should result in shinier, more translucent hair...

 

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What Is This Herb?
You may well be right. I've crushed rosemary leaves with my fingers at the garden center and smelled them. It is hard to imagine anyone putting that in food. Scents and tastes are so subjective. I mentioned the bread tasted like moldy dirt smells. I detest...

 

Haunted Tree Decoration

Haunted Tree Decoration
Cuter than a bug's ear!

 

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What Is This Herb?
That bread has long been gone. This post has been in Drafts for months. Thanks for your concern, though. I'm surprised no one mentioned my touch of synesthesia. I said the herb(s) tasted the way moldy dirt smells'. (And certain chocolates taste the way a wet...

 

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Household Bleach Review
Update I was in Dollar Tree the other day. I saw pint bottles of Clorox. I said, maybe I should get a pint. It will hold me til I can find full strength half gallons at a bargain price. Looking at the label, I saw that the strength of the active ingredient...

 

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Trying to Repair My Damaged Hair?
Many hair relaxers contain (or did contain) sodium hydroxide which is lye. It is also found in depilatories, in a more concentrated strength. This could burn your scalp under certain circumstances. Other ingredients in other relaxers can do the same. You should...

 

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Dehydrating Liquids in the Kitchen?
Apple question. No. I meant a bite of apple with a bite of biscuit. But sometimes if on sale, I get Stouffers frozen harvest apples, cook them a few minutes in a saucepan with a pat of butter, a tiny pinch of allspice and a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar...

 

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Dehydrating Liquids in the Kitchen?
Something to think about. Thanks, Judy.

 

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Dehydrating Liquids in the Kitchen?
Thanks, Jess I tried the oven but it didn't work. My oven will not go any lower than 175. It sort of cooked the milk.

 

A crazy quilt made from scraps of material.

The Most Frugal Of All, Free Memories
And here's the baby that was on the gurney when I was three and a half.

 

A crazy quilt made from scraps of material.

The Most Frugal Of All, Free Memories
Click on this picture, Y'all. I had no idea it would blow up so big.

 

A crazy quilt made from scraps of material.

The Most Frugal Of All, Free Memories
Yes, I remember the frosted windows and trying to stay warm by huddling up to the cook stove or fire place. Seems you would freeze on one side and roast on the other. It took a long time to get accustomed to central heat. It never seemed warm enough.

 

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair - long dark bug with very long legs

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair?
A heavy coating of petroleum jelly applied to the whole scalp and then the scalp wrapped in plastic and left in place for 24 hours should suffocate and kill the bugs. If nothing worked, I would shave my head before I would walk around with 6 nests of bugs in...

 

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair - long dark bug with very long legs

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair?
A dear friend once said to me, 'Doug, don't you know a piece of paper will lay there and let you write anything on it'? (Same goes for keyboards and MS notepads).

 

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair - long dark bug with very long legs

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair?
This is too funny, A girl named Febreze with a cousin who uses Dawn. You wouldn't happen to have a cousin named Joy who uses Palmolive, would you?

 

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair - long dark bug with very long legs

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair?
Or maybe a half step sister-in-law who uses Gum Out?

 

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair - long dark bug with very long legs

Getting Rid of Bugs in Human Hair?
"A heavy coating of petroleum jelly applied to the whole scalp and then the scalp wrapped in plastic and left in place for 24 hours should suffocate and kill the bugs". One would be hard pressed to imagine why she wouldn't leave her scalp in place anyway, wrapped...

 

Deep Fried Cauliflower Appetizer

Deep Fried Cauliflower Appetizer
I have never cared for cauliflower. I find the taste too bland. If your recipe does for cauliflower what it sounds as if it would do, I wouldn't need a dipping sauce. I'd like to try this. I'm ready for something different. Thanks

 

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Hair Breaking After Home Perm?
Acid perms were all the rage for a while during the time I was in practice. They were processed with the heat of a dryer. The most popular of these had a urea acid base. Many a customer left the salon with their head smelling like urine. These perms were gentler...

 

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Using Henna After Removing Hair Color?
Yes, you can. But, unless there is some reason you can't use regular hair color, I don't see any advantage of using henna. I do see a lot of disadvantages. And too, there's no such thing as black henna. A product with that name probably contains indigo dye...

 

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Using Henna After Removing Hair Color?
Yes, you can. But, unless there is some reason you can't use regular hair color, I don't see any advantage of using henna. I do see a lot of disadvantages. And too, there's no such thing as black henna. A product with that name probably contains indigo dye...

 

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Hair Breaking After Home Perm?
Considering your hair type, I would think Velcro rollers might be the best for you when setting your own hair. They're likely to be easier to use. If I were setting your hair, I probably would use magnetic rollers. It's just a matter of choice. Using them for...

 

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