DIY: Flaxseed Gel Curl Defining Custard



I believe that using natural, homemade ingredients are the most beneficial things you can put in your hair. I liken it to eating processed food versus raw fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are quality products out there, but sometimes it is nice to give your hair a treat by using homemade products. Here is a basic flaxseed gel, modified to be a custard. The custard aspect of it makes the gel a little creamier, which is something my hair loves.

What You'll Need
-¼ cup flaxseed gel
-1 tbsp aloe vera gel
-1 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
-½ tbsp shea butter
-½ tbsp coconut oil

DIY Natural Hair Recipes- 3 Quick and Easy Cocktails!



When the curly community can’t find what it needs in a product, we tend to take matters into our own hands. We’ve been blown away by women concocting their own gel out of flaxseeds and creating whole product lines right from their kitchen. But, if you're new to curly mixology (yes, it's a thing) we know flaxseeds can be a little daunting, so here are three favorite curly cocktails for beginners.

Coco Aloe Spritz

Natural hair is prone to frizz, so this moisturizing cocktail provides light hold that won’t weigh down looser curls or fine hair.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (or your favorite rinse-out conditioner)
  • Aloe vera juice or gel
  • Coconut oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner is an ideal detangler because it has plenty of slip and absorbs easily into hair. The tea tree oil smells refreshing and stimulates the scalp, which can promote hair growth. Aloe vera gel provides light hold and definition as well as natural, moisturizing benefits. Coconut oil is highly effective at penetrating the hair shaft to give it moisture, but it is also light enough to apply to fine hair.

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DIY: Creamy Custard Styler for Natural Hair


by Alex of TheGoodHairBlog

What's better than a good DIY that will leave you with a plethora of product you can keep, share or both?! I've been itching for a new creamy hair custard that was easy to whip up and smooth on my strands, FOUND ONE.  The Creamy Custard is super smooth and infused will all sorts of goodness.

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Yogurt Hair Mask Benefits- DIY



If you are looking for an effective and inexpensive deep conditioner for your hair, head on over to your local supermarket and pick up a container of Yogurt! You want to get yogurt that is plain, non-flavored and with no added fruit.

Benefits
Check out the benefits of what deep conditioning with yogurt can do:
  • Leaves hair feeling soft
  • Adds extra shine
  • Provides extra moisture/replaces moisture in moisture lost hair
  • Makes hair easier to detangle
  • Helps fight frizz in warm, humid months
  • Can promote hair growth due to the zinc and lactic acid when massaged into scalp
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Essential Oils For Natural Hair



Nature has given us all sorts of healing solutions since the beginning of time. With so many great solutions available, it’s no wonder we experiment with different oils to see what works for our skin, nails, and definitely our beautiful curls. Essential oils are usually from plants and have benefits that can improve our overall health, as well as help with common hair and beauty concerns. Below is a guide of top 20 oils that can be used in our beauty regimens and overall lifestyle routines. These essential oils for natural hair and health benefits could be the perfect solution to your woes!

*Note that many essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.  As a general rule, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil (vegetable or nut oil, like cold pressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil).*

1. Tea Tree Oil

One of the most popular essential oils for natural hair, tea tree oil is a cleansing and purifying oil that comes from tea tree leaves. By diluting tea tree oil with a carrier oil and massaging into the scalp, you can stimulate hair growth. Tea tree oil can also be used for spot treatments for acne breakouts. It’s a healthier option than using acne skin products containing alcohol and other drying agents.

2. Peppermint Oil

The refreshing peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant. The scent of peppermint oil can aid in alertness and help retain focus. Aching from a hard workout? Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on aching muscles can help relieve soreness. Peppermint is also great for dealing with scalp issues since it has antibacterial properties.

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Usage, Storage and Shelf Life of Carrier Oils for Natural Hair



Believe it or not, many carrier oils, which are often used directly on hair or in products, expire. Changes can be observed in the texture, color, and scent of these oils as the fats breakdown. Once the odor becomes unpleasant, it’s time to dispose of it. Typically, there is a best used by date or expiration on the packaging. The way you store oils can contribute to improved shelf life. Some oils are best refrigerated which can sometimes almost double the already pre-determined shelf-life. Your best bet would be to make sure your oils are stored in air-tight containers, in a cool, dry, dark place. Here is a list of commonly found oils in skin and hair products:

Aa


Almond Oil (unrefined)
Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Prunus dulcis
Origin: USA
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Light gold to clear
Obtained From: The kernel
Contains: Glucosides, minerals, vitamins, oleic acid and sterolins
Uses: Can reduce shedding and help with dandruff

Argan Oil
Shelf Life of 2 years
Botanical Name: Argania spinosa
Origin: Morocco
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Light/medium golden brown
Obtained From: The nuts
Contains: Considered a very rich and nutritious oil high in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Contains sterols with anti-inflammatory properties.
Uses: Good source of vitamin E, adding shine and luster

Avocado Oil (unrefined)
Shelf Life of 1 year
Botanical Name: Persea gratissima
Origin: France
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed / Unrefined
Color: Rich, dark, thick green
Obtained From: Fruit
Contains: High in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols
Uses: Known for it’s healing, anti-bacterial and anti-wrinkle properties

A Simple Lavender Spritz for Soft, Moisturized Natural Hair



It's early in the morning. The alarm goes off and you need to get out the door, FAST. You just noticed your hair isn't bouncy and pretty like you'd want it to be. Of course, there’s always the coveted "bed-head" look. Maybe not so coveted for work, though.

Any of these scenarios are common for you curly girls? There’s a quick, soothing fix...lavender mist. Not only is a lavender mist easy to make, it’s beautiful fragrance and carries medicinal properties can do wonders for your mind and your hair!

Lavender promotes a hair growth; it's amazing for your scalp. Its anti-inflammatory properties ease dandruff issues, too. Lavender has been known to bring about a more tranquil state of mind and lessen anxiety. A good scalp massage with a few drops of this oil can do wonders for a stressful day.
Ok, so what if you don’t wake up with bouncy, happy curls? No fear! Your mister bottle and clips should be near!

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DIY Whipped Shea Butter for Natural Hair and Skin



Like to keep it simple? This one's for you.  With a few drops of your favorite essential oils and a little bit of shea butter you can whip up a super creamy mix that's great for sealing moisture into your skin or hair! Give it a try and report back!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
-8 oz raw unrefined Shea Butter
-1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
-Spearmint Essential Oil
-Lemongrass Essential Oil
-Electric Beater
-Ziploc bag

Tips for the DIY Natural Hair Product Mixtress


by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics
  • Less is More-- Products with no preservatives do not have a long shelf life (1 to 2 weeks, depending on the ingredients). When mixing up batches of your favorite hair food, be sure to do so in small quantities and small batches to ensure you are able to make use of it all.
  • Refrigerate-- Products without preservatives should always be kept in a cool place. Since most DIY products are natural ingredients without preservatives, they must be kept at a certain temperature to avoid spoiling and potential for microbial contamination.

Shiny and Defined Twist-n-Curl With Homemade Flaxseed Gel



@SamirahxGilly shows us how she achieves defined, big curls using using olive oil, whipped butter and the key to this all, homemade flaxseed gel.

Flaxseed hair gel is a natural, inexpensive hair product particularly suited for curly or wavy hair. It defines and moisturizes curly hair without creating stiffness or crunchiness. Many additional ingredients can be added to homemade flaxseed gel to customize it for the particular needs of your hair. The following process takes approximately 7 minutes.

Laila’s SheaBiscus Rainforest Deep Treatment




If you are a DIY natural looking to change things up, Laila from Fusion of Cultures has a deep conditioner that leaves you with a sweet tooth for raspberry sorbet. Her conditioner is named SheaBiscus Rainforest Deep Treatment because it incorporates shea butter, hibiscus and a steamer. Laila uses the treatment as a pre-poo but is can be used as a pre-poo or deep conditioner.

Peppermint & Coconut Oil Pre-Poo- Homemade Natural Hair Products


CurlyConundrum shared her recipe for a DIY pre-poo, and it's super simple and effective! With just two ingredients, you can "deliver a blast of moisture to your scalp and hair." She finds that it helps to untangle curls, as well as protecting your hair from being stripped of natural oils.  Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp to promote growth while coconut oil nourishes, reduces hair fall and detangles.

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Manuka Honey: Benefits for Natural Hair & Skin

Alex of TheGoodHairBlog uses Manuka Honey in her mixes, so I thought I'd share a piece on its benefits!



Since the days of the Egyptians, honey has been used extensively for a variety of tasks: cleaning wounds because of its antibacterial property, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek ‘dos and much more. While your everyday honey is great for all of these uses, there is a new type of honey out there that is quickly gaining popularity for its purity and potency: Manuka honey from Australia and New Zealand.

Manuka Honey for Skin

Many women who suffer from dry skin due to harsh commercial cleansers, acne and rosacea swear by the use of honey for washing their faces. Honey is suitable for use as a daily cleanser because of its antibacterial properties which allow it to gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of all of its natural oils. But the benefits of Manuka honey come from it’s increased antibacterial potency. Since honey is has a low pH of around 4.5 it is said to be pH balanced and helps to maintain the optimum pH of the skin.

To use Manuka honey as a cleanser, place a dime sized amount on your hand and rub it on your face using circular motions. Then grab a wash cloth and soak it with warm (not hot) water and place the cloth on your face. The heat of the cloth should open up your pores for deeper cleansing. Remove the wash cloth from your face and rewet it and gently wipe the honey off of your face. The heat of the water and the wiping motion should remove all the honey from your face. Then feel free to moisturize your face like normal.

Manuka Honey for Hair

When it comes to hair care, honey has many uses and can be used a plethora of ways. To know how to get the most out of your Manuka honey check out these yummy recipes:

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Peppermint Hair & Body Pudding- Natural Hair Care



by Alex of The Good Hair Blog

Yesterday, I decided to whip up some hair and body butter for me and CharBaby. Lately, peppermint has been my favorite essential oil to use in my spray bottles, butters and even by itself on the inside of my wrists as a "perfume," It smells so yummy to me!



In this pudding I used:
5 big chunks of Shea Butter
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1 teaspoon Manuka Honey
2 teaspoons of coconut oil (optional, you can replace this with something else.)
8 drops of vegetable glycerin
3 drops of jojoba oil
Essential peppermint oil (add to your liking or replace with a different EO.)

Fun fact about peppermint oil: This oil is antiseptic in nature. When massaged on the scalp it helps to remove dandruff and lice in addition to its usual cooling effect. When applied on the skin, peppermint oil keeps pimples at bay and keeps the skin healthy and blemish-free.(source)

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The Perfect Natural Hair Cream- DIY!

Flaxseed Gel (FSG): Natural Hair Recipes



by Shelli of Hairscapades

About a year ago, I shared a post about the benefits of flaxseed oil and gel for hair (see it here). I tried making the gel in 2010 with disappointing results and last year, I tried Botticelli Botanicals pre-made Flax Gelee with very nice results (and boy did it smell amazing!!). But, being the PJ that I am, it was a passing fancy and I forgot about FSG for a while.

Well, this past weekend, I decided to revisit making my own flaxseed gel (FSG). But, this time, the plan was to make an flaxseed cream gel. “Cream Gel” you ask? Well see, I mentioned here that my last attempt at making FSG resulted in it being too thick. CrystalJ commented on the post and suggested that I whip the gel with a little oil to create a cream gel if that happens again! Well, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a creamy, moisturizing gel, so I decided I wanted to make one regardless of whether I “overcooked” my flaxseeds.

But first, I needed to be reminded of the ratio of seeds to water again, so I reviewed this well-known tutorial, which I’ve watched many times in the past:

via Naptural85


Okay, got it.

Basic Flaxseed (FSG) Gel Recipe

1/4 c. whole flaxseeds
2 c. distilled water

optional: Vitamin E oil (preservative), essential oils, carrier oils

As to what I decided to add to make my FSG cream gel, I decided to add a scoop of coconut oil that was mixed with Maychang oil and a scoop of shea butter.






The BAD (meaning, the mistakes I made):
  • I tried to whip the gel, solid coconut oil and solid shea butter together at once. Not a good idea. It was not working. If using solid oils/butters, whip those FIRST into a smooth consistency, THEN whip in the gel.
  • I probably used too much coconut oil and shea butter. I threw in about 1/4 of a cup each. CrystalJ suggested that I use a “dollop.” The reason I think I used too much is because, when I refrigerated the gel, the coconut turned solid and made little tiny chunks all through the gel.
  • Because the coconut oil solidifies, I am not able to squeeze the gel out of the bottle. It’s too thick, so I have to open the bottle to extract it!
  • As I used a decent amount of oil/butter, the gel doesn’t have as much hold as I think it would have with less oil.
Now the GOOD:
  • It’s very moisturizing!
  • Although the coconut oil made chunks in the gel, the coconut oil does melt from body heat when emulsified in my palms! (I have also placed it in a cup of heated water and that makes the coconut oil melt in the gel.)
  • It has not left any flakes in my hair.
  • I’ve been wearing a bun almost all week and it has provided my edges with a light hold.
  • I’ve been applying it to my edges every morning and it doesn’t seem like I’m getting product build-up.


So, I plan to keep using this and may make some more gel with the leftover seeds to add to this bottle in order to give it a little more hold. Next time, I’ll definitely use less coconut oil, will add some Vitamin E oil to act as a preservative and will use liquid oils like grapeseed, jojobo and/or EVOO instead of shea butter. I also want to try the cream gel on a braid-out set!! So, I may do that this weekend!

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Have you tried/do you use FSG? What do you think of it? If you make it regularly, what’s your favorite recipe?


Master Moisture Mix- Natural Hair Recipes


by Natalie Phillip of Three Naturals

Have you ever wanted to have a multi-purpose natural mix than can be used for the entire family? I have recently concocted (by trial and error) a Master Moisture Mix that works wonders for me and my family. I am never disappointed with its use as a moisturizer.

We use it to moisturize dry or damp hair, both natural and relaxed, leaving hair shiny
and soft. My mom noticed that it reduces breakage of her hair when she is due for a relaxer. It also gives an amazing twist-out/braid-out. We use it on our baby’s hair as well. We combine it with our regular body lotion for extra moisture especially as the cold weather approaches. Due to the high content of oils used in the mix we avoid the face.

It does wonders for feet, elbows and knees. We use it to quickly repair our baby’s dry skin after a diaper rash. We get results after a couple applications. We mix it with the baby’s body lotion as well for daily use.

We use it on chapped lips from the cold weather or while sick and it restores moisture, repairing the skin quickly. I’m sure there are many other uses we have yet to discover or ways that the mix can be tweaked to be even better. It’s still a work in progress but for right now, it does the job.

Making The Mix

Firstly, I apologize because all the ingredients are added freehand. Supplies include…
  • Shea butter (solid state)
  • Liquid Coconut oil and any other oils
  • Fragrance oil (optional)
  • Jar(s)
  • Hand mixer
  • Knife for stirring
  • Deep bowl
1. Whip the shea butter (from its solid state) with the hand mixer until it becomes very light and creamy. You need a deep bowl as the shea butter does quite the dance until it softens.
2. Add the castor oil and fragrance oil. Continue whipping until everything is blended completely. Add any other oils you prefer as well.
3. Prepare the jar(s) by pouring a large amount of liquid coconut oil into the jar(s); about a little less than half the jar.
4. Manually and gradually stir the shea butter mix into the coconut oil with a knife until it is blended completely. Start slowly then increase the speed as it blends together. Keep adding the shea mix and blending until the jar is full or until the desired consistency.
5. Let it stand for a few minutes as the consistency will change slightly. The end result should be a light, fluffy, moisture filled mix that can be used for everything. Note than when using this mix, a little goes a long way.

Give it a try if you’re willing to try something different and please feel free to come back to let us know how it worked for you or how you tweaked it to make it your own. We look forward to hearing some feedback. Hopefully I’m not just late on this amazing find.

Whipped Shea Butter Recipe for Natural Hair

Ginger writes:

I really love this Fusion of Cultures vid on Youtube. She shows you how to make a delicious shea butter mix and it's wonderful! My hair is beyond soft when I use it, so I just had to recommend it.   I'm newly natural, just big chopped, and it's crazy trying to absorb all of these styling and care tips... so I just favorite everything that looks like it may work for me, lol!  But this is one that has been tried and approved by my dry, 4c self.  Hope y'all enjoy! 

Homemade Detangler Recipes for Natural Hair


 by NaturallyChelsea via NaturallyCurly

As curly girls, we all have those days when no detangling tool can make it through our hair. After lots of tugging and pulling you may want to give up, but have no fear. Just take a deep breath, relax and grab your favorite detangler. If you don’t have one or if you are just looking to save a buck or two, here are four easy homemade detangler recipes you can try yourself.

Aloe Vera Gel Detangler

Our first homemade detangler is a very simple one to make and will help to get out the easy tangles. All you will need to do is combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
  • 8 oz distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops glycerin
  • 1-2 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender, jojoba)
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
To use this detangler, spray it on sections of your hair and detangle as usual.


Diluted Conditioner Detangler

This is also another easy homemade detangler to make. Combine your favorite conditioner with a few drops of oil in a spray bottle. Then add water until it is thinned enough to be sprayed. 


Marshmallow Root Detangler

Marshmallow root is known for its detangling abilities because of its mucinogenic properties which soften the hair naturally and give good slip. The prep work for this detangler is a little more involved, but it’s still super easy to make. To get started grab:
  • 1 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or jojoba oil
  • Grapefruit seed extract or any essential oils
To Make It: 
  1. Place the marshmallow root in a pot with the water and heat it for 15 to 30 minutes on low heat until it begins to thicken and form a gel. The longer it heats the thicker it will be. Make sure that you stir the mixture throughout to ensure that you have an even consistency.
  2. When your mixture is as thick as you want it to be, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. To strain it, place a knee high panty hose over a cup and pour the mixture over the pantyhose. Remove the pantyhose from the cup and squeeze it in a downward motion to strain the gel and separate it from the dried marshmallow root.
  4. Add vinegar, oil and the grapefruit seed extract to the marshmallow root gel.
  5. You can use the gel as is to detangle provided that it is not too thick, or you can pour the gel into a spray bottle and add water until it is thin enough to spray. Remember to shake well before each use.
Please note that this mixture must be stored in the fridge and will last for about 3 weeks.


Flax Seed Detangler
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 2 cups water
  • Grapefruit seed extract or any essential oils
To Make It: 
  1. Place the flax seeds in a pot with the water and heat it on low heat until it begins to thicken and form a gel. Make sure that you stir the mixture throughout to ensure that you have an even consistency. The longer it heats the thicker it will be.
  2. When your mixture is as thick as you want it to be turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. To strain the mixture place a knee high panty hose over a cup and pour it over the pantyhose. Remove the pantyhose from the cup and squeeze it in a downward motion to strain the gel and separate it from the seeds.
  4. Add the grapefruit seed extract to the gel, stir it and store in an airtight container.
  5. You can use the gel as is to detangle provided that it is not too thick or you can add the gel to a spray bottle and add water until it is thin enough to spray. Remember to shake well before each use.
Remember that this mixture must be stored in the fridge and will last for about 3 weeks.
Enjoy these detangler recipes and as always remember to have love, peace and curly haired bliss.



Do you have your own homemade detangler that works well for you?

Shea Butter Sealant and Styler- A Recipe!

updated and reposted from 4/11/11




by Precious of Precious Curls

Here is a mix I did just a while back. It acts as both a sealant and a styler! Since shea butter has some great benefits, I decided to make it shea butter based! Enjoy!

 


You'll need:
- 6oz (3/4 cup) of your favorite butter
- 2 teaspoons of your favorite oil
- 1 teaspoon of another one of your favorite oils (optional)
- Three teaspoons of aloe vera gel
- A few drops of fragrance oil (optional)




I used 100% unrefined shea butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, and Vanilla Fragrance Oil. Click the links to see where I purchased each product from.

I also used an empty 8oz container to mix everything in.


 I first scooped out the shea butter and put it into the empty 8oz container. If the butter is too hard to scoop, submerge the container under hot water for a few minutes to soften it. Be sure that NO water enters the container.




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