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DIY Curl Conditioning and Defining Serum

By January 27th, 202118 Comments
DIY Curl Conditioning and Defining Serumby Dawn Michelle of Minimalist Beauty

Curly hair can be very unpredictable, yet once you figure out the best way to manage your curls it can be so much fun. I have found that the products you use are only part of managing your curls. It is also about treating them well by not fighting with them, but allowing them to be themselves.

As you know, I love making my own beauty products. I have found that it saves me a ton of money and works just as good if not better than products that I have bought. One of the best benefits is that you know exactly what is in the product because you made it yourself. This DIY Curl Conditioning Serum is truly easy to make and won’t take long at all.
What you will need:
Aloe Vera
Vegetable Glycerin
Agave Nectar
Coconut Oil

Mix three tablespoons of aloe vera, one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar, and one teaspoon of coconut oil thoroughly. After you hair has been washed and conditioned apply your DIY Curl Conditioning Serum throughout your hair first then add a leave-in conditioner of your choice to style. All of the ingredients to this serum add moisture and nutrients to the hair. (This recipe is for 1-2 applications. Depending on your hair thickness and length, you may want to double the measurement to make more. Store any remainder product in the refrigerator.)
I have found that the best way to create frizz-free curls is by defining your curls with the Tightly Curly Method. By styling your hair this way, your hair remains fresh and free of tangles until you wash again. At night braid or bun your hair and cover or sleep on satin material. To refresh your hair in the morning simply spritz with water then add more conditioner. No brushing, combing, or even finger combing needed. Add serum to any frizzy areas if needed. If you have very dry thick curls add a bit of shea butter to your hair while damp to keep your hair moisturized and weighed down. I love the unrefined shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Happy curls are moisturized. Although many use gel, I have found that it only dries my hair over the long run and can be damaging. This Curl Conditioning Serum will give your curls the moisture and definition that it desires.
Embrace your curls!

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  • mangomadness says:

    Honey can replace agave nectar. I don't what can replace vegetable glycerin…

  • fashionspy says:

    What type of aloe vera was used? Gel or juice? And where can I buy it? Everytime I look in the store or online for the gel or juice they are mixed with all sorts of ingredients. Even 100% aloe gel. I don't know what is okay to use on my natural hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    What else can you use instead of agave nectar & vegetable glycerin?

  • Anonymous says:

    Do you have to use agave nectar?

  • Anonymous says:

    Since I found this recipe, its the only product I use on my hair. It really does work but I was wondering if my hair will become frizzy when the humidity kicks in because of the glycerin and agave nectar? Does anyone know?

  • Anonymous says:

    I have everything from 3c to 4c coils all over my head and this is the ONLY conditioning and defining serum that works for my hair!!! I used aloe vera gel and didn't have agave nectar on hand so I skipped that ingredient. But since using this, my hair has bounce, curls to make you sea sick, sheen and at.ti.tude! You are a hair genius! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Dawn Michelle @ Minimalist Beauty says:

    Hey Beauties!
    This recipe adds moisture to the hair and does seal the hair cuticle. Agave nectar is an extra humectant to hold moisture in the hair. This also works on dry hair period regardless of curl pattern. Use whatever your favorite leave-in or oil of choice afterwards. I'm so glad that this has worked so well for you Moni Knits.
    Best Wishes,
    Dawn Michelle

  • Anonymous says:

    The acronyms stand for Kinky Curly Curling Custard, aloe vera juice, and Kinky Curly Knot Today. Hope that helps!

  • Anonymous says:

    wish i knew what kccc, avj.kckt meant……. too much jargon for me:) Someone translate please.

  • Anonymous says:

    KCCC has agave and AVJ in it.

    My 4c tight coils love KCCC/KCKT by demonstrating smoothness along the hair shaft.

    Has anyone with tight 4c coils tried this? What were your results?

  • Anonymous says:

    You can buy agave nectar from Trader Joe's. I have also seen it a Kroger & Publix in the organic section.

  • Anonymous says:

    Does it have to be coconut oil? My hair doesn't like it :o(

  • Amber Elise says:

    Ooh I wnat to do try this! Can I ask what the agave nectar does for the hair?

  • Danielle says:

    Sounds like a pretty good mix. I may give it a try for wash and gos this summer. Where do you purchase agave nectar?

  • Taneica says:

    I love your hair, but that necklace is speaking to me. It's saying "I would look fabulous on you too". You can ship it to me as an early Christmas present :-).

  • Moni Knits says:

    I pinned this recipe a few weeks ago and shortly thereafter started using it. All I can say is wow!I have noticed a major difference in the way my hair behaves. I can tell that my cuticles are closed and my hair is left soft and bouncy. This curl conditioner has quickly become a staple in my regime. Most of the time, I don't even follow up with a leave in conditioner, because my hair feels wonderful without one. I'll just apply the curl conditioner and seal with castor oil. I like to mix it up in a squeeze bottle for easier application because it is very loose. And I use aloe vera gel (because that's what I have on hand). If you have the ingredients on hand, give it a whirl.

  • Kysa says:

    What kind of leave in conditioner do you recommend?

  • Anonymous says:

    When you say "aloe vera" do you mean the juice or the gel?

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