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.
DIY Moisturizing Conditioner
This conditioning mix is great for naturals who suffer from dryness,
because it is loaded with natural emollients and moisturizers. Honey and
glycerin are humectants while Greek yogurt and olive oil contribute to
locking in the moisture in your strands.
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. pure vegetable glycerin
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a hand or stand mixer. Whip
for 3-5 min., ensuring that all ingredients are well mixed. Transfer
your mixture to a mason jar or any other recycled bottle of your choice.
After shampooing your hair, apply your conditioner to the length of
your hair. Begin at your ends as these as the most delicate and prone to
damage. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for 20 minutes
covered with a plastic cap. Your body heat will aid in the further
absorption of the product, leaving your hair fully hydrated. Rinse off
thoroughly and continue with your regimen.
DIY All-Natural Detangler
This recipe here has been a lifesaver for me. It melts away my knots
and tangles. The secrets to its effectiveness are the emollients. Each
ingredient adds lubricating properties to this mix.
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
- 2 Tbsp. glycerin
- ½ Tbsp. coconut cream
Mix your ingredients in a bowl. Make sure that they are fully mixed
for an even consistency. Apply to the length of your hair, saturating
your strands from root to ends. Wear your plastic cap and leave the
mixture on for 25-30 min. This allows the concoction to settle into your
strands. The high moisture content will soften your strands and make
DIY Moisturizing Leave-In Spritz
Many naturalistas commit to spritzing their hair at least once a day,
in order to give their strands an extra moisture boost. I’ve found this
particular recipe as effective as a leave-in mix.
- ¼ cup-water
- 2 Tbsp. aloe vera juice
- 1 Tsp. glycerin
- 1 Tsp. olive oil
Pour the ingredients into your spritz bottle. This mix is great for
when your hair is feeling dry or crunchy. Whether you are outside
playing a sport or simply running errands in hot weather, this spritz
will give your hair added moisture.