Sunday night, I entered my science lab and created a weekend concoction: a DIY deep conditioner treatment. I had a hiatus and some minor problems trying to make my own homemade deep conditioner masque. However, overall, I was very satisfied with the results. Usually, I do this before braiding my hair at night.
I like to braid my hair in order to allow for less work while it grows. The African hair braids are low maintenance and it reduces how often I must style or comb my hair. Thus, there is less hair manipulation.
Combined with the knowledge of what is already known about hairstyles for natural hair, homemade deep conditioners and herbal ingredients, thrown in with a little bit of love for everything scientific, I’ve come up with a potion that I think will benefit everyone whether natural hair, braided hair, twists or whatever your choice.
Homemade Deep Conditioner Masque Ingredients
Green Clay or Calcium Bentonite/Montmorillonite. Clays are used in popular natural hair care masques such as the clays found in Indian Secret: Healing Clay. I came up with this idea from a blogger, who used this healing clay to restore moisture and bring back defined coils. Green Clay is also great for drawing out impurities, which is why it smooths and tones skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I have used green clay before, and I notice that when I use this with a water mixture it dries up like the Mohave desert. I was afraid that if I allowed this to take place then I would run the risk of ripping my hair out or drying out my braid. So, instead of using water, I thought it appropriate to use olive oil, which kept the mixture moist.
For Your Natural Hair Journey
Willard’s Water. Ok, this one was a bit random, however, we are thinking about the qualities here. Willard’s Water is known for being a catalyst to enhance different supplements, ingredients, etc. It’s also known for its qualities to help heal the body and cell structure for your natural hair types. In a “60 minutes” report, Willard’s Water has been shown to be beneficial for just about every part of your body, even down to the cells.
Deep Conditioning After Rinse Out. I am a natural hair product junkie, and no one can tell me otherwise. In this homemade deep conditioner process, I used pretty much everything under the sun to retain moisture and shine once I rinsed out the masque. Shea Moisture’s Shea Butter Shampoo and Curling Souffle, as well as Kera Vada’s Deep Conditioner and Shea Butter moisture sealant.
Proportions When Making A Homemade Masque
I am sorry to say that I hate measurements and I think this may not be new to other black women. Therefore, I do not have specific ones. With the green clay, I added enough olive oil to create a nice, pasty consistency. Willard’s Water, however, must be used sparingly. One capful (and the cap isn’t that big) is what I used to pour into the paste. Mix until you receive the consistency you want. In any case, the mixture should provide a thick coat for the whole head.
Homemade Deep Conditioner Downside
The only thing I can honestly complain about when it comes to this homemade deep conditioner is the part where it must be rinsed out. Warm water and TLC were not enough to get the mixture completely out of my natural hair. I found myself doing two shampoos and one co-wash to get it all out.
Overall, I was glad about the result. For my natural hair type, it left my hair soft and shiny hair, and I had an easier time styling. But, I have just one piece of advice if you are to try this. Be sure to test it on a piece of skin to ensure that you have no allergies to any of the ingredients.
What homemade deep conditioners have you tried out for your Natural Hairstyle or African Braids?
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