DIY Hair care

I always say, “If it’s safe to eat it’s safe to put on my hair.” That’s why I love whipping up my own hair treatments in the kitchen. Its cost efficient and my hair loves all the healthy goodness.  Here are some fun recipes you ought to give a try…you’ll thank me later!

(Adjust measurements to suit your hair)


Pre-Poo Recipes


Simple Pre-Poo


4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


This is my favourite pre-poo recipe. It’s simple, no fuss and gets the job done. You can use any combination of your favourite oils but my hair responds really well to coconut oil and olive oil. Mix the two oils in a bowl, apply to your hair, cover with a plastic cap then throw on a heating cap or sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. After, wash and condition as usual.


Greek Yoghurt Pre-Poo


1 cup of plain Greek yoghurt


Putting yoghurt in your hair sounds like a strange thing to do but the benefits of Greek yoghurt are great; shine and strength from the protein, ease in detangling, soft  shiny hair, the list could go on. Section your hair and apply the yogurt to damp or dry hair, cover with a plastic cap and leave in for 30 minutes with or without heat. Then wash and condition as usual.


Conditioning Pre-Poo


2 Tablespoons of your favourite conditioner
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.


This recipe is a conditioning treat. The conditioner provides a lot of slip making detangling a breeze. The combination of the conditioner and oil leave the hair very soft and manageable afterwards. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to damp hair (just spritz with water before). Cover with a plastic cap, and then sit under a heating cap or hooded dryer for 30 minutes. After, wash and condition as usual.


Tasty Pre-Poo


2 Tablespoons of honey
2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil


This is a good treatment for adding moisture and protein to your hair. All four ingredients are very moisturizing, while the yogurt is both moisturizing and strengthening. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, apply to hair and cover with a plastic cap. Then sit under a heating cap or hooded dryer for 30 minutes. After, wash and condition as usual.
*If you don’t have a heating cap or hooded dryer, just cover hair with a plastic cap/shower cap, wrap a towel around it and let it sit for an hour.


Shampoo


Enhanced Shampoo

 

1 Tablespoon of shampoo of your choice (preferably a shampoo you want to use up)
1/2 Tablespoon of glycerin
1/2 Tablespoon of jojoba oil
1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil
1/4 cup distilled water


I love this recipe that I found on Black girl with long hair. If you have a shampoo in your cabinet that is a bit drying, then here is one way to make it usable.  Mix in some glycerine (humectant), jojoba oil (lock in moisture), coconut oil (lubrication and moisture), and distilled water (for dilution) in a separate bottle. Shake the bottle well and use as you would use any other shampoo.


Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera Shampoo


1 ½  cups of coconut milk
1 cup of pure aloe vera gel


This recipe is for maintaining a healthy PH balanced scalp. Mix the two ingredients well in a bowl. Work a small amount into your scalp (it won’t lather) and then move toward the ends of your hair. Let it sit in your hair for a minute then rinse out completely. The shelf life of this shampoo is very short, so put the rest of the mixture in a bottle then store in the freezer.

African Black Soap Shampoo


4 Tablespoons of African black soap (crumbled into pieces)
1 cup hot distilled water
1 Tablespoon of glycerine
2 Tablespoons of grape seed oil


Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle. Shake the bottle well and allow the mixture to cool before using. All the ingredients are great for hair. The African black soap isn’t as harsh as shampoo, the glycerine is a humectant, the grape seed oil helps to lock in moisture, while the distilled water creates a cleansing, non-stripping shampoo.


Aloe Vera Gel and Honey Shampoo


¼ cup of aloe vera gel
2 Tablespoons of honey
2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar


Your hair will reap the all rewards of these ingredients! Work a small amount into your scalp (it won’t lather) and then move toward the ends of your hair. Let it sit in your hair for a minute then rinse out completely.

Deep Conditioner


Honey and Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner


4 Tablespoons of honey
4 Tablespoons of coconut oil


This is my favourite DC recipe because it strengthens and thickens my hair. Mix the honey and coconut oil in a bowl, warm it up a little and coat your hair. Then cover with plastic cap and heating cap or hooded dryer. Let it sit for 30 minutes then wash out.


Mayonnaise and Avocado Deep Conditioner


1 cup mayonnaise
½  an avocado


This is a great one for dry hair that I found on Naturally Curly. Mix the mayonnaise and avocado until you have a paste. Rub it on your hair and cover your head with a plastic cap. Wrap a hot towel around it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash.


Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut Oil Deep conditioner


¼ cup of aloe vera gel
¼ cup of coconut oil


This recipe is for moisture. Mix the aloe vera gel and coconut oil well, apply to hair and cover with a plastic cap. Wrap a hot towel around it or put on a heating cap or sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes before washing out.


Egg and Mayonnaise Deep Conditioner


1 egg
1 cup of mayonnaise

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar


Mix the egg, mayonnaise and ACV.  Apply mixture onto hair then cover with a plastic cap. This recipe doesn’t require heat, just leave the conditioner on for about 45 minutes then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Rinse


Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse


1 part apple cider vinegar
3 parts water


Mix together in an applicator bottle then apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing. Massage into hair and scalp and pay special attention to the ends. Let it sit for a couple minutes then rinse out.
Sometimes I use the rinse by itself in-between washes to remove any product build up in my hair.


Beer Rinse


1 can of warm flat beer


Rinse your hair with the beer after shampooing. The protein from the malt helps repair damaged hair, and adds body and shine.


Cider Vinegar and Beer Rinse



½ cup of distilled water
1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
½ cup of flat Beer
5 drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Pour the rinse in your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Leave-in


KimmayTube leave-in


2 Tablespoons of Kinky-Curly Knot today leave-in
2 Tablespoons of aloe vera juice
2 teaspoons of castor oil
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil


I swear by this leave-in! It leaves my hair super soft and well moisturized. Mix the ingredients in a container, shake it well so they are properly infused and mixture forms a runny paste. Apply to hair after washing and conditioning and leave it in. Store the rest of the mixture in the fridge.


Aloe Vera Gel Leave-in Conditioner


1 cup of water
1 cup of aloe vera gel
A few drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)

Mix the water and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again.


Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner


½ cup of unrefined shea butter
½ cup of your favourite leave-in conditioner
¼ cup of jojoba oil


Moisture, moisture, moisture!! Whip up all the ingredients in a bowl with a mixer. Store what you don’t use in a container.


Daily Spritz


Aloe Vera Spritz


½ cup of aloe vera gel
½ cup of distilled water


2 Tablespoons of your favourite leave-in conditioner
Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well until thoroughly infused and spritz hair at least twice a day.


The Works Spritz


½ cup of aloe vera juice
½ cup of distilled water
1 Tablespoon of castor oil
1 Tablespoon of glycerine
1 Tablespoon of jojoba oil


Mix thoroughly in a spray bottle and store in the fridge.

*If you don't have any distilled water, boil some water then wait for it to cool down before you use it.

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