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her beauty: Tami Gormady shares organic hair treatment tips, recipes

Having hair trouble? The solution might be in your pantry.

Welcome to the world of organic hair care, which focuses on homemade hair treatments with ingredients like honey, baking soda and more.

Before turning last night's leftovers into a leave-in treatment, you might want to consult Tami Gormady. She's a 20-year hair industry veteran who specializes in hair color and organic hair care.

During the day, you can find Gormady at Chromatics Salon & Color Bar in The Landings in Columbus (706-507-6796). She also owns Organic Hair Studio Mobile, which has evening and weekend hours (706-593-6605;

In beauty school, Gormady got interested in organic treatments. "Mayonnaise became my favorite hair treatment then. It saved my hair but it didn't smell very good," she said. "Later I learned about essential oils and how beneficial they are to good hair health. From there I just started experimenting."

Intrigued? Gormady shares two of her favorite organic hair treatments, which she says will leave your hair soft and shiny.

"Sometimes your scalp has an adjustment period to this way of being cleansed," she warns, recommending that you avoid applying the treatments more than three times a week. "Work toward twice a week," she said.

Will the treatments strip hair of color? "I have dark hair and it doesn't lighten any faster than when I was excessively shampooing my hair," she said.

"Bee Buzz" -- used as a pre-shampoo treatment on dry hair

3 tablespoons organic honey

10 tablespoons warm water

3 tablespoons organic coconut oil (add more for longer hair)

4 drops lavender essential oil (some believe this stimulates hair growth)

Blend all ingredients well. Apply to hair with a bottle or brush. This is quite messy and you might want to ask a friend to help. Cover with a plastic cap or wrap your head with Saran Wrap and then a hot towel. Let sit 25 minutes or longer. Shampoo out. Spritz ends with aloe juice and water blend to detangle.

"No poo" method of cleansing hair

2 tablespoons of baking soda in a large cup

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large cup

Wet hair thoroughly. Fill first cup with warm water and baking soda. Pour over head and scrub like it's shampoo. Rinse well. Fill second cup with vinegar and water and pour over head. Don't rinse. You can use a leave-in conditioner or aloe and water for detangling.