Well, wouldn't you know it. The week after I complained that Boo's hair was feeling a bit dry we are hit by 100+ temperatures here in Southern California, due to the lovely Santa Ana winds making an early appearance. I think summer got ticked off that we moved into to fall without waiting for her so she decided to hurl some Santa Ana's at us out of spite.
For those who don't know about the Santa Ana winds, these are extremely dry winds that blow offshore. We live 5 miles from the ocean and regularly enjoy an onshore breeze of damp, salty air. This is perfect for keeping Boo's skin and hair nicely moisturized. But the Santa Ana winds gobble up every last drop of water out of the air, and then start slurping what they can out of Boo's hair and skin. Just imagine sitting in a house that has the forced air heater running until it's about 100 degrees. My sinuses are tingling as I type.
Time to put the elephants to work. Yes, that's right, the elephants: Our trusty herd (does 2 count as herd?) of elephant humidifiers!
These little guys have been the saving grace of Boo's hair more often than not. And compared to some of her hair care products, they cost mere peanuts to run! *ba-doom cha!*
Are humidifiers miracle workers that solve all hair woes? No. But we can definitely tell the difference between when we use them and when we do not. They really do help keep Boo's skin supple and her hair full of moisture. We have 2, one for her bedroom, and one for the room within which she spends most of her time playing when not outdoors. We usually pull them out when we start running the heater, but with the Santa Ana winds kicking in the way they have today I had to put them to work early. So it may be 100+ degrees of hot dry air here in San Diego, but Boo's hair thinks it's a balmy 76º.