I have very fine, thin, curly strawberry blonde hair. I take a great deal into taking care of it. Thanks to my mom for sharing her hair loss genetics with me. So the healthier it is the better. About three years ago, maybe almost four, I began to take a deeper interest to take care of my hair and really learn about it. Hair with body has a harder time with natural oils moving down the shaft, and it is more susceptible to damage caused by products.
Through my investigations and experiments I have come to realize that spending a ton of money on hair products isn’t always necessary. In fact, you can do the right things to keep your hair in tip top shape for almost no money at all!
Hair really is all about experimentation. Every one’s hair is not created equally, and your hair will not like the same sort of products that my hair will.
These recipes (I will add many over time) are to be used as deep conditioning treatments. Once every couple of weeks it is a good idea to let a deep treatment sit on your head for 30-60 minutes.
Common items found in a home made recipes.
Oils: Oils are the number one conditioning agent for hair. Olive, Coconut, Almond, Jojoba, Argon, etc.
Humecants: These are ingredients that help attract moisture to your hair. In the summer time most people stock up on humecants in their products.
Butters: Butters are often moisturizing sealants that help trap moisture in your hair and keep it from escaping. Winter time is the most common time to use a lot of products with butters.
Protein and other miscellaneous nutrients: Your hair needs nutrients, but what your hair needs can vary from time to time.
What’s so great about these ideas is we often have them in our kitchen. The nutrients we put IN our bodies is also good on the OUTSIDE of our bodies too. Makes perfect sense right!?
Let’s start with a very basic first step to a night of hair love
Before you introduce a nice deep treatment you want to help restore some of the PH balance in your hair. This recipe also helps with fighting dandruff, getting rid of harmful bacteria, remove gunk and build up, closes the hair cuticle restoring your hair to a much shinier and smooth state. It is not the most pleasant smelling thing, but the benefits out weigh the smell by 100 fold.
Apple Cider Vinegar RinseWhat you need: -Spray bottle or storage container -1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (Ratio is typically one part vinegar with three parts water) -3/4 cup of distilled water -Optional; 5-10 drops scented oil What to do: On unclean damp or dry hair, spray mixture generously to hair and scalp messaging scalp firmly to loosen dirt and build up. Continue to spray hair down working from the top to bottom. Allow the mixture to sit in your hair for approximately 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment v. 1 (This Method Is CG Safe)What you need: -One container for the mixture to sit in. -Shower cap and saran Wrap -1 tablespoons olive oil -3 tablespoons coconut oil -1 tablespoon dark local honey -Optional 3 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (This is a protein, for those who are protein sensitive skip it.) What to do: Mix your ingredients together in a container. On already wet hair apply generously throughout your hair and message into your scalp comb fingers through your hair. Use saran wrap to wrap your hair closely to your hair and then top with a shower cap. Allow treatment to sit in your head for 30-60 minutes. The natural heat from your head should be efficient enough heat for the deep treatment. Once you have reached your time, rinse out your hair thoroughly.
IF you are like me and you’re coconut oil sensitive use a little bit of shampoo (just a tiny bit) that has NO SULFATES in the shampoo. Condition as normal. If you are UNLIKE me and you are not coconut oil sensitive do not worry about shampooing (Technically the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse cleansed your hair for you and you do not need to shampoo, water scrubbing should be sufficient.) Condition as normal.
This is one of MANY hair deep conditioning treatments I will post. I will continue to add different recipes to this particular post as I experiment more.