For many people, making the transition to wearing their natural hair is all about growing strong, healthy, chemical-free hair. For some, this may mean eliminating the use of any products that contain chemicals, or turning from the chemical relaxers and/or chemical hair dyes to more natural alternatives. Some just enjoy making their own products. Whatever your reasons, mixing up DIY hair care recipes at home is a cost efficient and much healthier alternative to using a lot of products that you see on the shelves.
- Scalp & Hair Cleanser
- Hair Rinse
- Deep Conditioner
- Gels and Stylers
Pre-Shampoo: Moisturizing Oil Treatment
A pre-shampoo oil treatment is simply leaving natural moisturizing oils on the hair for a period of time before shampooing. Some shampoos can be harsh on the hair, especially those that contain sulfates and can strip the hair of its natural oil. Adding oils to the hair before shampooing can create a barrier between your hair and the shampoo to help prevent that stripped feeling you can sometimes get after cleansing the hair.
You may choose to use one type of oil such as Avocado oil or Extra Virgin Olive oil, or you could combine two or three different oils and throw in some essential oils for added benefits.
DIY Oil Treatment Recipe:
- 1/3 cup coconut , olive or any moisturizing oil of your choice
- 1 tbsp Grapeseed oil
- 3-5 drops Rose Hips oil
Directions: Be sure to blend the oils well. You can apply the oil to your hair at room temperature or you could warm it in the microwave for a couple of seconds before applying to your hair. Sit under a conditioning cap for at least an hour before cleansing your hair.
STEPS 2: CLEANSERS
DIY Scalp & Hair Cleanser:
Bentonite Clay Hair Mask Bentonite clay is great for natural hair because it detoxifies, prevents fungus, combats itchy and dry scalp, restores luster to the hair, and provides extremely beneficial trace minerals and nutrients such as magnesium, silica and potassium.
- 1 cup Bentonite clay
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera juice or gel
- 1 cup hot water(or more as needed)
- 2 tbsp Bragg’s liquid amino acids(optional)
- 3-5 drops tea tree oil or peppermint oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool and apply to slightly damp hair with a dye brush, if available. Allow hair to dry for at least an hour(the mask should harden), rinse and follow up with your deep conditioner. Click Next Page for the next recipe
African Black Soap Recipe
The Soap, a natural cleanser made from the ash of roasted plant materials such as plantain skins, cocoa pods and the leaves and bark of palm and shea trees. It is especially great for those with sensitive, dry skin or conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In general, African Black Soap tends to lather, so a little goes a long way with this shampoo. To read more about the African Black Soap, click HERE
5 oz. raw Black Soap
2 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil
2 teaspoons pure honey
2 teaspoons vitamin E
essential oil of your choice
GRATE or break the black soap bar into small pieces and place into large mixing bowl.
BRING your water to a boil.
REMOVE your water from the heat and pour it over the soap in the bowl.
STIR slowly and then let the mixture sit until it is totally melted.
TURN off the stove’s heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
ADD 10 drops of vitamin E, 10 drops of essential oil of choice (rosemary, peppermint, lavender or tea tree essential oil) and the honey and olive oil to your mixture.
Once it reaches room temperature, some of the ingredients will settle or separate, so gently stir it with your spoon till it mixes again.
STORE away in your airtight container for later use during your next wash.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
Combine the water and ACV into a bowl or cup. Slowly pour over hair, scrubbing scalp and hair to remove buildup. To smooth the cuticles and restore PH balance, you can also use this rinse as your final step after washing, conditioning and detangling.
A good ACV rinse can remove product buildup, restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair, promote blood circulation in the scalp–which can stimulate new hair growth–and give the hair a soft, healthy sheen.
Baking Soda Rinse
2 cups warm water
½ cup baking soda
Allow to dissolve, and apply to scalp and hair. Massage. Can be used after regular shampooing or in place of it. The consistency shouldn’t be gritty, it should be smooth and easy to apply.
Herbal Hair Rinses
Ingredients (pick the ones that you need):
Chamomile: Softens hair, soothes the scalp, lighten and conditions (people use it with honey to bring out natural highlights). Chamomile is also known to stimulate growth.
Lavender: Stimulates hair growth
Nettle: conditions, improves texture, helps with dandruff, irritated scalp, and dry scalp
Plantain: great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Peppermint: stimulates the scalp
Rosemary: Acts as a tonic and conditioner, one of the best herbs to use, gives luster and body, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out dark highlights in the hair.
Sage: Very effective in restoring color to graying hair, excellent for weak brittle hair
Saw Palmetto: good for thinning hair and hair loss
Thyme: good for oily hair and dandruff
Witch Hazel: cleanses hair
After you’ve decided which herb(s) will get the job done, follow the steps below:
- Place the herb(s) in a pitcher (glass is ideal).
- Pour boiling water over the herb(s), cover, and steep for 10-20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and allow the liquid to cool.
- Pour over your head after your regular shampoo, condition, and detangling session. Do not rinse.
Honey Deep Conditioner
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of olive oil
Mix honey with olive oil. Heat in microwave oven to melt and apply to hair, then cover head with a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes. To ramp up the moisturizing benefits, sit under a hooded dryer or don a micro heat cap.
Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Mask
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 egg yolk
Combine ingredients in blender blend until it has the consistency of lotion.
Apply to entire head-root to ends.
Sit under dryer for 20 mins or longer with a cap. Rinse.
Pumped up Deep Treatment
1 cup of your favorite Deep Conditioner
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil
Mix and apply to hair in sections. Cover with a shower cap and sit under a bonnet dryer for 15-30 minutes. Rinse, and style as usual.
MOISTURIZERA AND LEAVE-INS
Curl Defining Leave-In with Aloe Vera Juice
8oz Light conditioner (Suave, Tresseme, V05)
5oz Distilled water
3oz Aloe vera juice
1-2 oz Coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in a bottle, shake, and apply to damp hair. This mix provides moisture, definition, and shine.
Water – Distilled Water is best (Fill the bottle 3/5th of the way)
Olive Oil (Add about 1 tablespoon)
Essential Oils (Add as much or little as you want)
Rose Water (Add about 1 tablespoon)
Combine all ingredients in a bottle, shake to emulsify and apply to damp or wet hair.
8oz pure yellow unrefined shea butter
can of coconut milk
Use a hand mixer
Put all of the shea butter in a large plastic bowl
Add a few large spoonfuls of coconut milk and whip until smooth.
Add more and more, bit by bit, mixing after each addition until it’s light and fluffy.
Add a spoonful or so of each oil and mix again.
Add a healthy squeeze of glycerin, and voila!
Curl Defining Spritz
9 oz of conditioner (VO5 Extra body, Suave Bio Basics, or Suave Naturals)
3 oz of setting lotion (use lotta body for extra body)
1 oz of glycerine (optional!)
1-2 oz of sweet almond oil/coconut oil/olive oil, etc.
Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake to blend…
Add water until the consistency is to your liking.
This concoction results in a light styling lotion that would leave my hair soft, crunch free, defined, and moisturized.
2 tbsp leave-in conditioner (your choice)
4 tbsp aloe vera juice
4 tbsp distilled water
3 tsp avocado oil (or) 2 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp evoo oil
5 drops rosemary oil
** you can also substitute this spritzer as a creamy hair milk by substituting the (4 tbsp) aloe vera JUICE with (3tbsp) aloe vera GEL and eliminating the (4 tbsp) distilled water.
Mix together in an 8oz spray bottle.
Flax seed Gel
1 cup water
2 tbsp flax seeds
(optional) coconut oil
Bring water and flax seeds to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Strain and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. Some people add other things, EO, Aloe, etc. But I just use the above recipe. Add a pinch of citric acid as a preservative
This will de-frizz, provide hold, shine, and definition.
If you’re a mixtress, please heed this warning, and make sure you’re adding preservatives to your concoctions, and/or keeping them refrigerated. Tonya McKay of Naturallycurly.com suggests the following:
- Make up a small amount of solution daily or every other day.
- Make up enough solution to last for one week and store it in the refrigerator when not in use.
- Make up enough solution to use for 1-2 weeks and add either natural or synthetic preservative drops to it in an amount specified in the literature.
When whipping up your mix, she directs us to use boiling water, clean hands, and a sterilized container. You can purchase grapefruit seed extract (a popular natural preservative) from many health food stores. Even your properly preserved mixtures should be placed in the fridge for safe storage. To read more from this article, click HERE.