Rosemary Moisture

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Today was new recipe day!! I decided to try a new deep conditioner recipe today because I purchased some rosemary oil, needed a new DIY concotion and I’ve been trying to perfect the whipped consistency shown in this YouTube video. I think I finally mastered it (pictured below) but first, the recipe.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons Mango butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
5-6 drops of rosemary oil

This recipe will provide your hair with GREAT moisture, shine, and smell! As always, however, when applying my DIY deep conditioners to my hair I like to mix a small amount of store bought deep conditioner. This provides slip that eases detangling, very important!

Below is a picture of this pre-poo treatment in different stages. Looking counterclockwise, the first pic is the mixture after it has been melted down, the second is after it has been taken out of the freezer (10 minutes), the third picture is how it looks after it has been whipped (with an electric mixer) for 8 minutes, and the last picture is what the final product looks like after I put it in a container.

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DIY Leave In Conditioner/ Sealant

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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).

INGREDIENTS

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!

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Homemade Deep Conditioners

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Although I’m a huge product junkie, if you can’t tell by now, I do love organic products and using essential oils (jojoba, avocado, almond, etc). Therefore, I have lately begun to dabble in making my own homemade deep conditioners. Here is a YouTube video that shows a great way to make your own DIY deep conditioner as well as the way to effectively apply the mixture.
Below I have a list of recipes that can be used to make your own deep condtioners. These recipes do NOT have to be duplicated exactly and you can make remixes of them of course!

Honey Humectant

2 tablespoons of mango butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of shea butter
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil

Coconut Conditioner*

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of shea butter
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
1 teaspoon of avocado oil
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Almonds & Avocados

1/2 mashed avocado
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon almond oil

When applying these DIY’s, I like to mix them with store bought deep conditioners but you can also use them without any store bought additions. My favorites to mix are Beautiful Textures deep conditioner OR the Anti Breakage Masque from SheaMoisture. When applying, after a fresh shampoo and conditioner, I like to part my damp hair into four sections. Within each section I will apply the store bought deep condtioner FIRST (paying special attention to the ends of my hair) and then the DIY second as it acts as a sealant, locking in all the yummy moisture that the deep conditioner is providing to my hair’s cuticle. As mentioned in a previous blog, I like to use the Tangle Tamer (available at any Sally’s) or a wide tooth comb in order to ensure equal distribution throughout my hair. Once I have done this, I pile all my hair into a top knot and cover with a plastic cap. At this point I like to sit under a bonnet dryer for about 25-30 minutes but recently I have begun using my Secura hair steamer as the steam opens up the hairs cuticle allowing for deeper penetration of both deep conditioners. A bonnet dryer, however, works just as well! Once the 30 minutes is up, rinse well and apply leave in’s and style prep products and you’re golden!

*very hydrating!

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