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mixologySo, here lately I’ve been thinking about the present state of my hair and trying to figure out what I can do to get my hair as healthy as possible. The more I think about it and do the research, I feel myself being pulled toward using less commercially manufactured products. Well, at least I think I want to give it a try, to see if using products with more natural ingredients will help repair my damaged hair. That being said, here are some recipes that I plan on trying soon.

Homemade – Natural Castile Soap & Coconut Milk Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice
  • For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Shake before each use. Will last about a month.
  4. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  5. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water.

Castile soap is 100% vegetable fat based. It has no harsh chemicals and it’s gentle on the skin. In earlier times, it was thought to be the highest quality of soap. The coconut milk in this shampoo will provide protein for the hair as well as acting as the foaming agent. In addition to shampoo, there are tons of uses for castile soap. Because this soap is rich in oils, it may not be the best alternative for oily hair. That’s just my thought.

 images6 Protein rich conditioners

* 1 avocado (peeled), 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil

* 1 cup coconut milk, 1 peeled and mashed avocado, 1 tbsp of honey

* 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey,1/4 cup of yogurt (I use this one weekly) I also mixed in a bit of my conditioner

* 1 cup coconut milk, 1 peeled and mashed avocado, 1 tbsp of honey

* 1 raw papaya, ½ cup yogurt

*  Puree half a papaya with some olive oil (amount of oil depends on how dry your hair is) and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to damp hair and leave on as long as you like.

Papaya is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help nourish hair, remove unwanted residues, and add shine and softness. Papaya also has various other health benefits such as Papaya helps prevent constipation, premature aging, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

TIP: When using avocado, it may be worth taking the time to use a mixer or blender to make sure that it is a nice and smooth consistency. This will prevent clumps of avocado getting stuck in the hair. The same is true for the papaya.

Rinses

Green Tea Cleansing Rinse

  • Organic Green Tea
  • Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • Raw Honey
  • Purified Water
  • Applicator or spray bottle
  1. Steep one green tea bag in 2-3 cups of water for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Add 2-4 tablespoons ACV and 1 tablespoon honey.
  3. Mix thoroughly until honey is dissolved. Then let cool and pour into the applicator or spray bottle to apply to hair.
  4. Let sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Do a 2nd rinse with cool water to completely remove the smell of the vinegar.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and soothes dandruff, psoriasis, and other scalp irritations. It contains Vitamins C, D, & E. Green tea stimulates the hair follicles which promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural antibiotic with antibacterial properties that balances the hair and scalp’s pH. It helps prevent hair thinning, hair loss, and dandruff. It is great for clarifying hair as it removes build up, excess oils, and chemicals, without drying the hair and leaves it conditioned and tangle-free.

Tip: This rinse has no slip, so if detangling is needed, a conditioner or other leave in will need to be applied afterwards. Also, other teas such as orange pekoe, black tea, green tea, chamomile tea, or any other type of herbal tea you may prefer, can be used instead of green tea.

References:

Drbonners.com

blackhairmedia.com

naturallycurly.com

wisegeek.org

minimalistbeauty.com

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