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A miraculous discovery.






I have this client. She has a huge density of fine hair. It is silky soft and heavy and straight. When she first came in to me she brought a picture of a young Robert De Niro  for inspiration.

I tried to get to the bottom of what it was she wanted out of her hair, because the photo she brought looked to me just like an example of an Italian man’s thick wiry hair.

The next time she came in, she brought this picture of Patti Smith. Same thing- Thick and textury, and sticking out of her head in all directions.I gave her the mullet-y shag that she wanted, but no amount of texturizing could make her heavy hair stick out like she wanted.

We experimented with products, and found some that would give her the look, but not the staying power. I jokingly told her that what would really give her results would be to go work on a construction site for a day, and try and get as much drywall and cement dust in her hair as possible (My man is a home builder, so I have experience) and It will stand on end for days!

Around this time, I had taken a camping trip that left me covered in bug bites. I was up for days itching like a mad woman, and tried every cream and remedy to no avail. Buffalo gnat bites are the itchiest damn bites I have ever experienced. And the more you itch, the itchier they become. And they last for weeks! I could go on and on about how they ruined my life for a month but I will spare you.

Anyhow, a good friend of mine suggested I go to the local health food store for Grandpa’s pine tar soap.
I was desperate so I went for it. The first thing I noticed was the dark rich color and campfire smell of it. Intrigued, I jumped in the shower and washed my itchy skin with it.

When I got out of the shower, My skin had a strange sticky, tacky, dusty, tightness to it. It kinda felt like drywall dust all over me, and the Itching was relieved, and I smelled like i’d been camping. Weird.

Next time I saw my Patti Smith client, I suggested she might try to shampoo with pine tar soap. She is very up for anything, and was desperate to beat the soft and silkyness out of her hair and exchange it for rough and wild texture. ( The grass is always greener!)

When she came in 6 weeks later for her trim and massive texturizing/bulk removal, her hair was sticking out from her head like she had been electrocuted, and she smelled like a campfire. She had been using pine tar soap in her hair for several weeks, and was so very pleased with her new hair texture. Her hair felt like a completely different head of hair. I could push it and pull it and it would stay exactly as I manipulated it. It felt coarse and gritty and had an awesome matte finish. We had discovered a gold mine! Here’s a photo of her hair….

What a cool product! The only thing I can kind of compare it to is the thickening powders you see on the market today like Powder Puff by KM, but times 10! I would recommend trying this if your hair is…

  • Fine and short and needs a body/texture boost
  • Super soft and won’t hold a curl or a style
  • Extremely edgy with lots of played up texturizing
  • Heavily layered
  • Very oily
  • Planning on dreading
  • Very oily bangs

I would not recommend it for…


  • Long straight hair
  • One length hair
  • Very light colored hair
  • Very dry hair

Here are some facts about Pine Tar.

To use in hair, wet hair, work soap into a lather in hands, and apply lather to hair. Repeat until you have worked in enough to saturate all the hair on the head, then rinse. Condition optional. It is important to note that the more you use it, the better it works, as it slowly builds up to create the desired effect. Try it!

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  1. sarah jane

    I love you for this! I have honestly spent the entire morning just reading your amazing posts, wish i’d discovered you earlier. I want to try this on my limp, fine, blah hair… and then try a few of your short hair ‘dos for my growing-out pixie. Thanks for this wonderful site, and i can’t wait to purchase a few of the tutorials.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thank YOU for visiting me here! glad you found HTHG:)

  2. Courtney

    This is just what I needed! I’m growing my hair out and I’ve been wanting to try kind of a short beehive type thing, but my hair is so fine and soft that I can’t get it to tease the way I need it to and hold its shape. I also have very oily hair, so when I brush it a lot, I can have oily looking bangs the morning after washing it. Grrrrr! Going to go buy some pine tar soap today!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      great! hope it works for you. Let me know what you think.

  3. Meg

    Hallo! This sounds like exactly what I am looking for. I also have hair that’s very fine and limp, never holds a style and won’t stick up for anything. One question though, I have just started doing no-poo cos I thought this might help. Will washing with this screw it up like washing with shampoo? Or can I wash with it sometimes and wash with no-poo baking soda sometimes?

  4. Wendybird

    Meg, it’s basically coating your hair and skin with a micro fine layer of pitch. It won’t mess it up by itself… but if you decide you don’t want to use it anymore you’ll have to clarify your hair just like you did when you were purging the cones and other buildup off of it.

    On a slightly different note, I wonder what effect this would have on dandruff?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      My guess is that it would be great for any dandruffy scalp conditions.

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