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August 2014

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Mixology 101: Natural Hair Moisturizers

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Dry, under moisturised hair is the bane of every naturalista’s life. It knots up, is a nightmare to detangle and has no discernable curl pattern.

When I first went natural I spent a fortune on the “Perfect product”-something that would keep my hair well moisturized till the next wash day – some worked and others didn’t. Being a mum of two little natural girls I had to find something that worked for all our assorted 4B and 4C heads – believe you me this is was tall order!

Despite all the cleansing, deep conditioning and LOC/LCO that I did my 3 year old’s 4C in particular hair would dry out after a couple of days.

Necessity is the mother of invention

The mixologist in me was born and the quest begun for the ultimate moisturizing concoction (and probably a growth portion along the way too).

This led to my obsession with oils and butters, I loved the fact that you could use them to tweak products that were not working for you. I started out with the basic whipped shea-coconut sealant.

Effective Moisturizer / Detangler for my girls

As I grew more confident with my mixes I sought out bigger challenges since the Organics range for kids worked well on one and did nothing for my other daughter. I whipped up the following:

  • 2 ounces of raw shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil then added
  • 4 ounces of  my moisturizing leave-in/detangler (I love aunt Jackie’s silicone and paraben-free Knot On My Watch).

The results were amazing, it softened up those tangled knots like butter. But I still needed a recipe that would meet my deep conditioning needs.

Perfect Deep Conditioner

So after a couple of hits and misses I finally landed on the perfect mix;

  • shea butter(moisturizing, emollient, healing )
  • one tablespoon of olive oil(moisturizing and DHT blocking properties)
  • half a teaspoon of glycerine(humectant properties)

Deep Conditioner Application

1. Mix it up really well and apply to freshly washed hair then cover with a shower cap.

2. Add an egg yolk to the mix for a protein treatment to strengthen your strands.

* I have substituted glycerine with honey (a natural humectant) and the results are just as amazing.

** For those who are wary of using glycerine/honey in cold weather another amazing substitute would be aloe vera gel – this particular mix is very soothing especially for those with very itchy scalps.

*** Feel free to use aloe vera juice in place of the gel, that’s what I use because I tend to have the juice at hand rather than gel.

A dollop of the mix added to a cheap conditioner packs a moisturizing punch.

A  pal of mine swears by this mix added to her regular leave-in, she says it turns the ordinary leave-in into a potent moisturizer and detangler

For yet another pal whose hair knots up like crazy I usually advise her to add either apple cider vinegar or aloe vera juice to the mix to help lay down her cuticles for easy detangling.

I draw lots of my DIY inspiration from Hair and Health, Black Girl Long Hair and Crunchy Betty. They post a lot of recipes free of charge which you can customize to suit your hair needs.

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June 2014

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May 2014

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Onion Juice PrePoo for Natural Hair

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Onions have been used for centuries because of their natural medicinal value. They contain sulphur which is responsible for their amazing hair, health and nutrition benefits. It’s important to note that most of these benefits will be seen over a period of time with continued use of the juice.

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Tuesday

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May 2014

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March 2014

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