Over the years, I’ve met with several naturalistas who believe that caring for natural hair is expensive. Some of them thought that going natural was going to help them save all the money spent on chemical relaxers and weaves only for them to go natural and realize otherwise. The money spent on buying all the natural hair products can add up quickly without us even realizing it; before you know it, you’ve spent so much on buying several products that do basically the same thing. That said, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have long and healthy natural hair without eating deep into your pocket. How? By using homemade products. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the homemade products that have worked for me and their recipes.
One thing I always tell people is that what matters is how well they know their hair not the products they use. You can give your hair all the love and care it needs with raw oils and butters that are affordable. These are some of them that have been helping me lately.
- Moisturizing dry hair: We all know that water is the best moisturizer for natural hair. All you need to do is divide your hair into sections, spray some water on each section and seal in the moisture with sheabutter. Make sure you focus on the ends of your hair for best results. You can also use this method to prepare your hair for styling. I’ve used only water and sheabutter several times for my twistouts and braidouts and they came out well defined.
- Deep conditioning: You can make a deep conditioner using avocado pear, egg, sheabutter and olive oil. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until it forms a paste then apply to your hair from ends to root. Cover with a shower cap and leave for as long as desired (I recommend 2hrs) then rinse out and wash with a mild shampoo to remove excess oil and the smell of the egg.
- Protein treatment: When your hair is experiencing excessive breakage, it could be a sign that you’re due for a protein treatment. You can do this with raw eggs. Break one or two eggs into a bowl and whisk, you may use more depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Apply to your hair from ends to root and cover with a plastic cap. Leave for at least 2hrs and rinse with cold or lukewarm water. Wash with a mild shampoo to remove the smell of the eggs. Make sure you thoroughly moisturise your hair after doing this protein treatment as your hair will become brittle and break off if you don’t.
- Detangling and scalp massages: For detangling, you can apply a light oil like olive or coconut oil. This will give your hair some slip and make detangling time a lot shorter. You can also use these oils for scalp massages. If you cannot get the raw, unrefined oils, you can use the ones processed for cooking.
- Treating dandruff: If your hair is prone to dandruff, you can apply some fresh lime juice to your scalp 30 minutes before washing on every washday. This will help eliminate dandruff. Make sure you moisture your hair properly after washing to prevent dryness.
- LOC method: For those of you who like to use the LOC method for moisturizing your hair, you can use raw oils for this too. Water will serve as the liquid (L), olive oil or coconut oil as the oil (O) and sheabutter as the cream (C).
- Laying down edges: You do not always have to use a gel to lay your edges down, you can use water and sheabutter instead. Spray some water on your edges, apply sheabutter and brush in the direction you want your edges to lay. Tie a scarf around your head and leave overnight. Your edges will be cutely places in the morning. Make sure you wrap the scarf firmly so that it doesn’t move as you sleep. I was told that raw aloe vera juice can serve as a gel for laying edges too but I’m yet to try that out.
Even if you do not want to base your hair care routine on DIY products, these recipes could help when you suddenly run out of products.
Ladies, have you tried any of these products? Please share your experience and any other DIY products that have worked for your hair.
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