I don’t know how many of you have the same problems i do when it comes to hair care and maintenance.
Firstly, i don’t like to spend money on my hair. In as much as i really want beautiful hair, at the end of the day it is just hair. So, for the past year and a half I have been on a mission to find cost effective ways of taking care of my mane. Yes, i said mane. what i have are not tresses, i have a full on mane and it is as unruly as they get. Now because my hair is natural if i go to any salon to get it done they always charge me more (i do not get their logic). And as if that isn’t bad enough I do not know who told hair dressers that heat is their best friend. They jump at every opportunity to use anything that has heat on my hair. I have learnt that heat is my worst enemy.
To cut down on costs and hair breakage & damage (from heat exposure) i have started doing my own hair. It was scary at first, but now i have a handle on things,well somewhat. The first thing i stopped doing was exposing my hair to unnecessary heat. That is, i don’t blow dry it if i don’t have to and i have found alternative ways to straighten it with using a flat iron.
What i do is, after washing my hair i plait singlets using wool. This helps straighten it somewhat. Also, every time i was (at least twice a week) i always deep condition, this helps soften it.
Also, i have learnt that most of the shampoos on the shelves are not really made for natural hair (at least not in Botswana). So, i use shampoos that have few harsh chemicals (at the moment Tresseme is working for me). Now black hair is usually naturally dry. To try and keep my hair oiled up i have started using 100% natural oils. What i do is i mix my conditioner with 100% almond oil and coconut oil. Coconut milk is also very good for conditioning. Now, this got me thinking, why not just make my own hair products.
And this brings me to problem number 2, MONEY!! Hair products can get very expensive. SO, i have started making hair products with ingredients from the kitchen. I even have a small herb garden out back where i grow some herbs just for my hair.
Ok, so here is my receipe for one of my many conditioners:
*this conditioner contains de-frizzing, re-hydrating and protein enriching ingredients and a lasting shine.
WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 can coconut milk
-i ripe avacado
-2 0r more tablespoons of honey
-2 or more tablespoons of olive or another natural oil.
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Honey creates sheen and olive oil will hydrate your dry scalp. these ingredients can be amended according to your hair needs.
add all the ingredients to a blender. Mix at a high speed until concotion reaches a smoothie consistency. divide your hair into four segments and apply conditioner generously, from roots to ends. Make sure you drench the ends of your hair, this is where the splitting and damage happens most often. Put hair into a protective style like a single braid and wear it like this for an hour before rinsing it thoroughly.
The mixture can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up the hair smoothie before next application but not too much.
*look for essential oils. Rosemary encourgaes growth, lavender and tea tree are anti-septic and help fight dandruff.
*if an ingredient is safe to eat,it is PROBABLY ok to apply it to your hair as well. Mashed fruit, honey, apple cider vinegar, etc.
*homemade mixes for hair coloring are NOT recommended.