Natural hair is a lot of things. It’s fun, bold, lovely, funky …. and expensive. Being a teenager, I (unfortunately) don’t have to spend on the latest Shea Moisture products. So I had to get smart. I researched several DIYs to use on my hair that help me save money by using ingredients around my house!
Although naturals often remember to condition and deep condition our hair, protein treatments often slip our minds. But they are crucial! Protein treatments strengthen the hair, which prevents breakage and retains length. It also keeps the hair soft and shiny.
I use a recipe from Youtuber, CurlyinColorado: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5cYyqn9WvU For medium length hair, just mix:
2. About ⅓ cup of conditioner (adjust to preference)
3. About 1 tbsp of olive oil
I apply this mixture on dry, sectioned hair. Afterward, I sit under the dryer with a plastic cap for about 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water (hot water will make the egg cook)! Super simple. To learn about the importance of protein treatments when using heat, clink this link: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/heat-and-natural-hair-the-411 If you want to know the importance of protein treatments for low porosity hair, check this out: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/understanding-porosity
This one is really easy and only needs 1 ingredient: mayo! I've used this on my hair a couple times when I was out of deep conditioner. It has oils that nourish and give shine to the hair and it coats your strands to protect from harmful rays. I loved how soft it left my hair! I usually apply about 4 tbsp of mayo to damp hair. Definitely start off using less and then add more if needed. I wasted a LOT of mayo because it spread more than I thought it would. Then I applied a plastic cap and sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. Simply rinse with cold water and voila! You’ve deep conditioned your hair! To find out the importance of deep conditioning for high porosity hair, check out this link: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/understanding-porosity
Flaxseed gel is typically used, well, as a gel. However, it’s proven to be a great detangler, especially on my sister Bailey’s coarse, 4c hair. It’s very quick and simple to make.
All you need is:
Flaxseed gel is again the answer! It works great for defining curls, especially when applied on small sections.
Apple cider vinegar is a great, natural cleanser. I especially use it when my scalp feels dirty, but I don’t want to use shampoo. Using this natural ingredients keeps me from stripping my hair of nutrients while also removing dirt.
It works great! It does have a smell, but it doesn’t linger on your hair.
I hope these DIYs work for y’all! They’re so easy, smart, and really, really cheap. I love them all!
For more tips for natural hair, check out the NotJustAnotherBlog Pinterest board: Natural Hair Tips! https://www.pinterest.com/AdeylaK/natural-hair-tips/
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