I get a lot of comments and questions from both guys and girls on how I style and manage my hair, so I will be telling you all about my inexpensive routine to how I manage healthy hair.
Your hair is the crown you are born with, so it is important to maintain a well groomed healthy hair. Over the years, I have learnt how to best manage and keep my hair healthy by trying out various products on store shelves as well as using products from my cupboard. On this post I shall be sharing DIY organic products that are suitable for every hair type there is, be it Afro, Caucasian or Latino.
Most hair care products contain seed oils, such as almond, coconut, sesame etc. The most easily accessible is coconut oil, which can be obtained from your local grocery store. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and lauric acid. Its’ ability to be able to deeply penetrate the hair shaft is one reason why it is commonly used to prevent hair breakage, give shine and increase hairlasticity – see what I did there LOL!!! I buy a tub of pure coconut oil for less than £10 and this lasts me several months.
How I use it
After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I would normally blow dry it. I would apply a generous amount of coconut oil to my hair and massage it deeply into my scalp, when doing this I see that tangled hair naturally begins to loose and my hair begins to feel more elastic and softer. I would then blow dry on medium heat using the comb tooth on my hair dryer which runs smoothly through my hair due to the new softness and elasticity achieved by use of the coconut oil. Doing this also prevents my scalp from becoming flaky and dry until my next hair wash which is usually a week away. One of the best parts about this is the amazing scent it gives my hair. This process preps my hair for the next stage of styling.
I use shea butter as a hair mask usually. The night before washing my hair, I would deeply massage a generous amount of shea butter into my hair. I am not a fan of the smell, but the fact it only stays on my hair overnight means I can deal with it. Shea butter nourishes and rejuvenates my scalp from the days I had gone without washing my hair. It breaks down any built up flakes that may have been caused by the styling products I have used over the week. I find that shea butter works very well with shampooing as most times I don’t find it necessary to use a conditioner after shampooing. Shea butter also works great with hair growth, so if you use a lot of heat, hair extensions and other things that could stunt hair growth, shea butter is a great way to naturally stimulate hair growth.
Honey is one of the most wonderful products nature has given us. Its’ got a lot of properties that suits different purposes. I use honey as a conditioner. After shampooing, I would towel dry my hair and part it into two sections, maybe more depending on the length and volume of your hair. I would then massage honey into my hair, my advice – honey has got the tendency to be quite messy, so make sure you have a towel to hand when using it. I would then wrap cling film or cellophane bag round my hair, what this does is allows the natural heat from my head open up my hair follicles. I would normally leave this on for about 30 minutes while I go about doing other things ( like writing a post for you guys) before rinsing it out. Honey restores shine and softness to your hair, it is also great for repairing damaged hair.
These natural products work great for me, you will find that every manufactured hair care products contain at least one of these natural ingredients in small percentages, and then other chemical and artificial products in greater amount.
Our bodies are able to process natural products a lot easier, so if you wonder why my hair is always on FLEEK, now you know my secret. I will have an upcoming post on the manufactured products I swear by and also how I cut, twist and achieve my curly hair.
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