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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Mango Butter

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THE USE OF MANGO BUTTER

Many naturalistas and product junkies everywhere know about and have generally used shea butter but few have actually heard or used mango butter. Mango butter is a great substitute for those who are allergic to shea butter due to its natural latex content. Like shea, mango butter has emollient properties, thus helping to soften the hair and seal in moisture. It also contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C, and E. Just 1 cup of mango can provide you with 80% of your daily vitamin C intake and 25% of vitamin A. It has been proven that vitamins A and C have a direct influence on hair growth making this ingredient a very important contributor to healthy hair. This natural butter also helps shield against harmful UV rays protecting both the hair and scalp from potential sun damage, making it an extremely effective sunscreen for the hair. Mango butter is also a better sealant to use in the winter time because it does a better job at sealing oils within the hair than shea butter. This tidbit of information is one of the first things that stood out to me when researching mango butter. And mango butter does not disappoint in this area BUT I find it helpful to use mango AND shea butter in a DIY treatment in order to acheive maxiumum sealing. The winter time can be especially harsh on hair. I mean, think about it! You’re coming from cold air into hot air when coming back and forth from inside, zapping moisture from your hair. You’re also wearing thicker fabrics, such as wool, that cause breakage and snagging of the ends and lower layers of hair (near your nape) that can affect length retention. Major no no!

USING MANGO BUTTER

Here is my recipe when mixing mango butter! This can be used as a leave in sealant or in a deep conditioner/ pre shampoo treatment

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

I also found a YouTube video that does a great job at explaining the wonders of mango butter and how to make your own recipe!

PURCHASING A NATURAL BUTTER

When purchasing a natural butter, it is important to look for a butter that is extracted using natural methods to ensure maximum nourishment to the skin. Look for the words “unrefined,” “cold-pressed” or “crude.” This means that the product was extracted from the shea nut, cocoa bean or mango using natural methods that don’t overheat the ingredient during the process, thus destroying some of its nutrients.

One of my sisters told me about this great website called Butters-N-Bars that I use to order natural butters and essentials oils from and this is where I ordered my mango butter (pictured below) from! I highly recommend this website.

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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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