Rosemary Moisture

Standard

20140104-184124.jpg

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.

20140105-123942.jpg

Peppermint & Coconut Oil

Standard

One of my favorite pre poo treatment lately has been this recipe I discovered on Curly Nikki!! A peppermint and coconut oil treatment! While this treatment can be used as a deep conditioner, I prefer to prepoo with coconut oil overnight because it penetrates so deeply into the hair shaft. This treatment promises to “deliver a blast of moisture to your scalp and hair,” while helping 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.

When making this treatment you’ll need 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (I prefer two, the more the merrier!) and 5-10 drops of peppermint oils. Peppermint oil can be purchased at any local GNC! Eucalyptus oil is also a great natural oil as well but may not stimulate the scalp as effectively as peppermint oil.

When applying this treatment you want to make sure hair is damp but NOT shampooed, if using as a pre-poo treatment. Then, mix the ingredients together either in your hand or a small bowl and apply to scalp and hair from root to tip! If not sleeping overnight with this pre-poo you can cover hair with a plastic cap and sit under a steamer or bonnet dryer for 30 minutes. If sleeping overnight with this treatment, put hair in a loose top knot and place a plastic cap over the hair. Sleep. Wake up and shampoo and condition per usual!

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 last picture is how it looks after it has been whipped (with an electric mixer) for 8 minutes, and the third picture is what the final product looks like after I put it in a container.

20140105-124107.jpg

Homemade Deep Conditioners

Standard

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!

20131229-234617.jpg

20131229-234623.jpg