While I love to try a store bought moisturizer or leave in conditioner as much as the next product junkie, I’ve recently started to make my own. This recipe I will share is my most favorite, so far, and really works at conditioning my hair while sealing in moisture. I also like to apply this to my ends before I go to sleep at night using the LOC method described in this article. Also, for my naturalistas, this YouTube video is a great way to incorporate your DIY leave in conditioner/sealants into your hair at night (not every night, maybe every other night or so).
2 tablespoons of mango butter
1 tablespoon of shea butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
1 teaspoon of Jamaican black castor oil
5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil *
*solely for the smell
You want to mix all these ingredients together into a boil with an electric mixer, until you get a nice whipped consistency. I know these directions are vague so I have a YouTube video that shows how to ensure you get a nice whipped texture with your DIY!
HOW I USE IT
I like to use my DIY leave in’s on freshly washed hair. First, I spray on Nothing But Curl Wake Up Spray and detangle. Next, I apply one of my DIY oil mixtures. These are generally a mix of almond, avocado, castor, jojoba and castor oil. After that, I apply my DIY leave in conditioner to lock in all that moisture. This combination is perfect for wash and go’s. The last step would be to apply a curl defining creme of your choice! Again, this article does a great job at explaining the LOC method which is what I just described.
WHAT TO STORE IT IN
I like to put my DIY’s in little jar or containers that were previously used for sauces or hair care products. It’s a lot cheaper than buying them at a store and it’s a good way to recycle jars. The one that I used for this DIY (pictured below) was actually given to me by one of my sisters and I love it!