DIY: African Black Soap Shampoo for Natural Hair

If you frequently do-it-yourself and have thought about creating a replacement for your shampoo, try this easy recipe from Naturally Fit QT. It uses African Black Soap, a natural cleanser made from the ash of roasted plant materials such as plantain skins, cocoa pods and the leaves and bark of palm and shea trees. It is especially great for those with sensitive, dry skin or conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In general, African Black Soap tends to lather, so a little goes a long way with this shampoo.

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3 Must Have DIY Hair Recipes For This Fall

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Looking for an all-natural/organic substitute for your shampoo, facial, leave- in conditioner, body lotion, and natural hair moisturizer?!  We got you.  Check out the quick and easy recipes below via CurlMix.

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DIY: Citrus and Chamomile Soapnut Shampoo

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by Emilia Obiekea of

Soap nuts are a great cleansing fruit. The fruit pulp creates suds that result in gentle, effective cleansing, body and shine!  This is a great cleansing recipe for those with skin sensitivity and scalp issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Check it out!

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Hibiscus and Rooibos Anti-Itch Tea Rinse

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by Emilia Obiekea of

There are tons of hair teas and rinses out there to try. Hibiscus + Rooibos tea are one of my favorite combos. The red color is beautiful and the blend is beneficial.

Hibiscus comes in many different varieties. I tend to use the red hibiscus (easily available). It is great for slip because it releases a light amount of mucilage when used in hot infusions. This flower also aids in hair loss prevention, soothes the scalp, nourishes the hair, reduces frizz and leaves the hair with a healthy shine.

Rooibos Tea is a South African red tea. It is a great ingredient to incorporate in hair rinses for those that have dark or red hair (naturally or dyed). It is very calming to an irritated scalp, enriches hair color, stimulates the scalp, and contains a high amount of anti-oxidants and minerals such as copper.
This rinse can be used before or after deep conditioning.

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5 Conditioning Ingredients You Have In Your House Right Now

by WestNDNBeauty of ConfessionsofaBlogVixen

Experiencing dry, brittle, or frizzy hair? You may be in need of a moisturizing, conditioning treatment. Sure you can purchase a pricey concoction from your local store, but nothing beats the convenience of your own kitchen! Here are 5 ingredients that make excellent DIY conditioners.

Eggs are rich in lecithin which both help to strengthen and moisturize. The yolk is the primary ‘active ingredient’ in eggs when used on hair. The yolk acts as a serum, helping the hair to reflect light for an appearance of shiny hair. Rinse hair with cold to luke warm water to avoid the egg yolks cooking.

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3 DIY Natural Hair Masks That Are Good Enough to Eat!

by Jascmeen Bush of

For my hair there’s absolutely no way around regular deep conditioners. Even when I’m not in the mood, I know that without some sort of deep conditioner, my wash-n-go will be dry and frizzy, my roller sets will look like hay, and I’ll be compromising my precious, precious, ends. Here are a few of the DIY hair masks I use that you can actually eat. These are super easy, you don’t even need a recipe, you can totally eyeball it. Just mix, apply, and use your idle time to snack.

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The Best Oil Mix for Natural Hair Growth and Shine

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One of my favorite discoveries along my natural hair journey has been finding my love for hair DIY recipes. Oils, butters, tea rinses... you name it! If any of you out there are self proclaimed, “mixtresses,” this one’s for you.

My most loved hair oil recipe is one that has helped me increase length retention and add a little shine without looking greasy. Not to mention, my thick and often wild type 4 hair is softer than it's ever been.

These days, almost every hair oil recipe has coconut oil or EVOO. While these two oils are tried and true favorites, I think it’s time to let some other oils share the spotlight. You can find any of the oils featured in this video at your local health food store and you can store it in an applicator bottle for easy use.

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DIY Pomade

Lots of times, it’s just easier to mix up something at home for your curls. A quick and easy solution for getting great hold without added chemicals found in store bought products is a DIY pomade. Have you been looking for the perfect recipe for a DIY pomade that won’t leave hair crunchy? Well, this one's for the girls in our midst looking for that perfect homemade all-natural hair pomade for popping waves! Best of all, this DIY pomade is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.


A DIY Caramel Treatment To Soften Your Natural Hair

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

I often get asked about whether there are any natural hair softener options for natural hair and if henna is a good choice. Although henna may soften some curls, it can be hit or miss and seems largely dependent on the thickness of the hair strand and the existing curl formation. Henna tends to loosen the curls of those who don’t want loosening! It’s also a time-consuming process and essentially permanent, so it’s not for the faint of heart! *lol* Finally, if not done right, henna can cause damage and so I always suggest that anyone interested in trying it do their research before making the leap (I read everything I could on henna for 2 months before finally deciding to try it).

That being said, when I was in the CurlyNikki Presents Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge (whew … that never gets easier to write!), I read a rave review about a natural hair softener. The young lady called it a caramel treatment. This treatment was generally made with molasses (which gives it the caramel color and consistency – hence the “caramel” moniker), honey, banana baby food and oils, but there are variations on the recipe that can be found online.

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DIY Recipes for Long, 4c Hair

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While the natural hair community is booming with lots of products that are organic, paraben-free and sulfate-free, it is still bursting at the seams with mixtresses who create their own hair remedies. It sure does not hurt to mix up your own hair treats once in a while. In fact, many well established brands began right at home by mixing up ingredients that proved to produce great results. These three DIY recipes are easy to make and are budget-saving.

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DIY Balanced Protein Treatment for Stronger Hair

by Emilia Obiekea of

Our hair needs a good balance of moisture and proteins. Protein treatments are wonderful for maintaining that balance. True protein treatments are done using hydrolyzed proteins. They are able to penetrate the hair and provide strengthening. The cheapest, most easily accessible and effective hydrolyzed protein I've found is gelatin.
Yes gelatin!
It is much more effective than mayo, eggs, peanut butter, etc... Those items molecules are too large to penetrate the hair. Gelatin is able to penetrate the hair beyond the cuticle making this an ideal DIY protein treatment. Many have their own versions. This treatment is one of my favorite recipes I have created to date.

The 3 Most Basic DIY Hair Masks You Should Know

by Petra of Emily CottonTop

When it comes to my hair, I am the ultimate kitchenista. I just cannot justify buying a thirty dollar bottle of magic-protein-potion when I have a dozen eggs in the fridge. I have made a few hair masks in my time, some of which I just threw together out of experimentation, others I stole from hair blogs, magazines and the ideas from my girlfriends. Here are three of my favorite homemade hair masks to date:


Rinse Your Way to Moisturized Hair

 by Emilia Obiekea of

Wash day sets the tone for how my hair will behave during the week. This is true for many of us. I created this rinse to addresses my hair's needs. It is great for the hair from root to tip. Check it out.

Instant Relief for Your Itchy Scalp


by Emilia Obiekea of

Many of us suffer from scalp irritations. This can be something that you have always dealt with or only occur at the start of cooler seasons. While this can be is still aggravating. This is my quick resolve for an itchy scalp. No need to wait for a full wash day to get some relief. This can be done anytime.

DIY Coconut Milk Cleanser for Natural Hair

by Emilia Obiekea of

Some naturals enjoy complete DIY regimens but struggle to find an effective yet simple cleanser. This one is so simple it only has 2 ingredients and helps to restore the pH balance of your scalp.

How to Use Shea Butter to Soften Natural Hair

Packed with vitamin A, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, raw shea butter is an all-around hair and skin care product with origins in West Africa. For decades, it has remained a favorite ingredient in the hair and skin care industry for multiple reasons.

The shea butter that most of us are used to is a butter that is extracted from shea nuts of the shea-karite tree. This buttery substance is usually then further processed to meet the needs and demands of the end user. However, many naturals have started purchasing the butter online in its raw form and whipping up their own product into a consistency that might be easier to apply to their hair or skin. Doing this can also provide DIYers the opportunity to add other carrier and essential oils to help enhance the natural properties of shea butter.

While there are many benefits of Shea butter on natural hair, here are the top 3 reasons why so many community members love this all-natural ingredient.

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DIY Natural Hair Care- Safety First, Tho!


by Emilia Obiekea by

I love DIY and all that can be done with it. Using organic ingredients in their rawest form and combining them in different ways to become something new is fun. Customizing products to work for friends, family, coworkers or myself. The bonus is making items that work without adding unnecessary harmful ingredients.

Who wouldn't love that?
Interest in DIY has increased significantly along with the popularity of natural hair increasing rapidly over the years. I find it is of the highest importance to know how to create products, at home, in the most sanitary ways possible. The following are things that I find to be very helpful for the home beauty diy-er.

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Essential Oils and Natural Hair Care

If you are an avid DIYer and a fan of aromatherapy, you certainly know about essential oils.

Also known as ethereal oils, essential are very concentrated liquids derived from plants containing their aroma. They contain the essence of the plant and are obtained by an extraction process that uses mostly steam.

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The DIY Hair Care Recipe Buyers Guide

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by Kim of

Too many people have told me that DIYing is too much work. Hardly anyone wants to expend the effort that DIYing takes but most people would love the results of all natural ingredients. For this reason I’ve put together a “DIY Buyers Guide”, this way it can take out the guess work in shopping for your next DIY hair product. At the very least, you’ll save some time with shopping, especially since I spent 2-3 hours shopping for my last DIY adventure. If shopping and deciding between recipes is too much, you can always just buy the DIY subscription box for curly hair, They send you a different DIY hair project each month in a box with all the necessary ingredients. They basically do the work for you.

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Green Tea Rinse for Natural Hair

by Emilia of

Hair teas have grown in popularity in recent years. If you are having issues with growth, strength, shedding or softness it is defiantly worth a try. It is very simple and inexpensive.

Teas are also rich in antioxidants, amino acids and contain some caffeine. The rinse naturally softens hair, increase sheen and restores lusters to the strands. Also works wonderfully for calming scalp issues and irritations.

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