Homemade Hair Aides

Now that I am building a new hairelationship, I am finding myself experimenting more and more. The trial and error process can be fun and exciting, but it may also be disappointing and overwhelming. Wearing Sisterlocks meant that I only needed shampoos and conditioning agents, nothing else. My conditioners were herbal rinses that sometimes included 4-10 drops of essential oils. I rarely used cream conditioners and I never used hot oils treatments. I would, however, combine oils to put on my scalp and hair prior to washing it (the night before or at least 4 hours before). My new hair goals are to clean, nourish, condition, moisturize and only apply products 1-2 times a week. I have decided to document hair regimens and share in hopes that I will assist others in their natural hair journey.

4/20

Shampooed with Love and Happiness Coconut and Jasmine followed by Carols Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo. (I generally shampoo my hair at least twice)

Applied homemade conditioner – one overly ripe avocado, 1.5 tablespoon mayonnaise (I’ll use 2 next time), 1.5 tbsp honey (use 1 next time and add 1-2 tbsp oil next time)

*I did not have any disposable shower caps so I wrapped with cling wrap and covered with grocery bag for 10 hours

Rinsed out, no shampoo, followed by rice water (sprayed on)

The avocado turns a brown color, don’t be alarmed.

Rice water was made by soaking rice in water for over a 22 hour period, sparayed on, sealed with cling wrap for 1.5 hours

Rinsed hair and sprayed herbal leave in rinse (herbs – nettle, sage, coltsfoot, horsetail; oils – olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, glycerine, roman chamomile (e.o.), lavender (e.o.) and lemon(e.o.))

4/21

Sprayed the herbal spray leave in rinse

Made cream based moisturizer/curl definer – shea butter (a little less than ½ cup), glycerin (1 tsp, use more next time), my mixture of coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, dried chamomile and lavender, oils of lavender, lemon, rosemary, (I also added 1 drop of jasmine, 4-5 bergamot, lemon grass 2-3; I’ll add tea tree, more lavender and rosemary next time), and fresh aloe from plant.

4/22

Sprayed herbal conditioner and then applied moisturizing cream that I made.

I am noticing my hair has not drawn up as much as it would normally have. Now my hair is starting to curl up and spiral. It is well moisturized but greasy. This would be great for hair that quickly absorbs oils and moisturizers.

I was very happy with the results, minus the greasiness. I recorded my part of the “Don’t Rush Challenge” video a week after and as you could see, my hair was still lustrous and my twist out was gourgeous.

Stay tuned all week for more product reviews!!!

Thump out!

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