Maintaining natural African American hair can be a chore.
Split ends, frizz, and oily hair can ruin any woman’s day. While there are a number of products on the market today that claim to tame and control natural black hair, many just don’t make the cut.
If you are tired of spending outrageous amounts of money on products that don’t live up to their claims, you might want to consider the following natural recipes.
You can make these recipes at home in the comfort of your own kitchen. No prior cosmetology experience is necessary for these recipes. If you know how to stir and measure, you have all the skills needed to make your own natural hair care products.
Extra Conditioning Hair Masks
The following extra conditioning hair masks can be used weekly or monthly to add additional nutrients, and luster, to your hair.
- Fruity Tooty Hair Mask
Combine one half of a banana, one fourth of an avocado, one fourth of a cantaloupe, one teaspoon of wheat germ, and one tablespoon of yogurt together in a bowl. Use a mixer to blend the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. Using your hands gently work mixture through your hair and leave for at least 15 minutes.
- Olive Oil and Honey Mask
Combine three tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl with half cup of honey. Mix until smooth. Coat hair slowly covering one area at a time until the whole head is covered. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave in place for over thirty minutes. Shampoo and rinse well to ensure removal of all the sticky substance.
Do It Yourself Hot Oil Treatments
For those with dry hair and a dry scalp, hot oil treatments can be the perfect solution. However, many commercial hot oil treatment brands can leave your hair feeling greasy or slimy. The following do it yourself hot oil treatment works wonders for moisturizing, and they also quickly and easily washes out of your hair.
Stove Top Hot Oil Recipe
Combine one forth cup of cooking oil with one tablespoon of conditioner, in a small saucepan. You can use any cooking oil you prefer whether it is olive oil or plain vegetable oil. As for the conditioner, you can use any brand or type, as long as it is not a leave in conditioner. [homemade hair conditioner]
Heat the mixture on medium heat for approximately five minutes, or until the mixture is fully combined and warm. Do not bring to a full rolling boil, and make sure you cool the mixture before applying it to your head. Once the oil mixture is cool enough to apply, work it throughout your hair ensuring that each strand is covered.
Leave the oil on your hair for thirty minutes, or up to an hour, depending on how dry your hair is. Wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo, and condition as usual.
This mixture can be used weekly, or monthly, depending on the condition and amount of heat you use when styling your hair. For over-processed or damaged hair the mixture can be used twice a week until improvement occurs.