Category Archives: Haircare Recipes

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Healthy Tea and Vinegar Hair Rinse

I’ve mentioned before how much I really like tea hair rinses, and how great they make my scalp feel.  I’ve also used an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to close up the hair cuticle, and help prevent split ends. So recently, I had the brilliant idea to combine both into one healthy hair rinse!

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DIY Protein Deep Conditioner

I have a confession to make. Between work, family, the house and the holidays, things have been kind of stressful lately and I haven’t been taking very good care of my hair. I hadn’t deep conditioned in ages, it was brittle, dry, generally unhappy and so I knew it was time for a protein treatment. I was at my mom’s this past weekend and I decided to do my Hair Guacamole treatment. One problem.

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Olive Oil Pre-Poo Method

I was telling my cousin that I was looking for a new deep conditioner and she mentioned that she used olive oil to condition her hair and scalp.

Well duh.

I always have olive oil in the bathroom, whether I’m using it as a body oil or on my face for my Oil Cleansing Method I’ve used other oils in my hair, I don’t know why it never occurred to me to use olive oil as a pre-poo. A “pre-poo” is a hair conditioning method that you do before you wash your hair. In other words, you deep condition before cleaning your hair instead of after. I started Continue reading

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Guest Vlogger: missymistique’s Henna tutorial

I mentioned missymistique in my last post My Henna Gloss Recipe, and here is the video as promised. Missy uses some interesting ingredients like “purple antioxidants” that I’d like to try. For those of you with natural hair that are new to/struggling with henna, this tutorial video will be very helpful to you.
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My Henna Gloss Recipe

It’s been awhile since my last henna. One of the reasons is that the process is rather time consuming. You really need to block out a chunk of your day or night to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth it, as you can see in my My First Henna and subsequent So I Tried Henna Again posts.

I decided to try Henna gloss for 2 reasons, from what I’ve read the process is shorter, and because you’re mixing the henna with conditioner, clean up (of both your hair and your bathroom) is easier.

It’s true.

Here’s what I did:

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DIY Hot Oil Treatment

I got this great idea from fellow blogger and naturalista Yoli Ouiya after meeting up for tea and coffee one day. (She has beautiful locs by the way). I’ve done oil rinses before, and I’ve made my own deep conditioners, but it had been ages since I actually did a hot oil treatment. Yoli made two great suggestions. Don’t use more than 1/4 cup of oil, unless you have really long hair and apply most of it to a wet scalp, pulling the excess through your strands.

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Hair Guacamole

This is my favorite deep conditioner, and although I use store bought DC a lot, I keep coming back to this one!

Avocado/Mayo Deep Conditioner

Ingredients:
1/2 of a RIPE soft Haas avocado meat mashed with fork well
1/2 cup regular mayonaise (DON’T leave this out, otherwise you’ll have pieces of avocado left in your hair!)
2tbsps of oil (I use raw coconut oil, but you can use jojoba, olive, grapeseed, etc.)

Directions:
Put the avocado and the oil in a mini food processor or blender and blend, then add the mayo until smooth. Apply to hair from root to tip and cover with a plastic bag or plastic shower cap and wrap head with a towel. Leave on for a couple of hours, then rinse out with warm water.
Put any extra in the fridge (or add chopped tomatoes and urn it into a dip!)

Try it and tell me whatcha think!
NOTE: This Deep Conditioning Treatment is NOT to be used with heat. I wrap my head in a plastic bag and a towel, and let it sit while I clean my house. A couple of hours later, I wash it out.
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DIY Daily Leave-in Conditioner

Pour 1/8 cup of conditioner into a small spray bottle

Pour in a little oil (oilve, sweet almond, avocado, coconut, jojoba or any other natural oil that you choose)

Pour in a few drops of glycerine

Add a few drops of essential oil (optional, but I like tea tree, peppermint or jasmine)

Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake vigorously.

Shake and spray on your hair daily, to keep it hydrated and moisturized!

This is a great way to use up those little bits of conditioner left at the bottom of those conditioners you’ve been trying out. Some of my favorites to use are:

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner  *
- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
- Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner

-Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

* I no longer support this product because they reformulated the ingredients.

 

Do you make your own leave-in conditioner? What are some of your leave-in conditioner mixes?