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DIY Haircare Products for the Natural, Short Hair Stunner

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Over the past couple years, there has been an explosion in hair care lines geared toward women with natural hair. Whether it’s established hair care lines such as Pantene creating special collections, or newer lines such as Shea Moisture who began with natural hair in mind, there’s a plethora of products to buy and try. My shaved hair doesn’t require many products (YAASSSS!), but my mom has cabinets, baskets and shelves full of products that she’s tried, only to begin making her own, all-natural products at home (which has saved her time and money). The ingredients for each of these products can easily be found at your local natural foods store.

Here are a few of her favorite recipes:

Flaxseed gel

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Flaxseed gel is a natural alternative to our old-school favorites such as the JAM or Eco-styler gels. Flaxseed gel defines curls and twists, and tames edges while providing lightweight moisturization.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Slowly boil a cup of water in a pot.
  • Add a quarter cup of whole flaxseeds to the boiling water.
  • Stir constantly until the flaxseeds thicken and create a mucus-like consistency.
  •  Remove the seeds from the heat, strain and let it cool.
  • Add lavender and rosemary essential oils, and olive oil to the flaxseeds.
  • Put the mixture in a squeeze bottle.
  • Can use daily.

 

Moisturizing hair butter

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This easy-to-make butter is perfect for the winter months when our hair needs extra moisture to prevent breakage and damage from harsh winds and friction from hats, scarves and other winter accessories.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mango butter (quarter cup)
  • Shea butter (quarter cup)
  • Kokum buttter (quarter cup)

Directions:

  • Put a quarter cup of each butter in a glass or ceramic bowl.
  • Boil a few cups of water in a pot and take the pot off the stove.
  • Place glass bowl in the pot  so the steam can melt the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, take the glass bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Take the bowl out, and blend the butter until it becomes fluffy.
  • Can use up to three times a week.

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The scalp is essential to growing and maintaining healthy and beautiful hair. Here’s a quick recipe to keep your scalp moisturized and stimulate growth.

What you’ll need:

  • Jojoba and Olive Oil
  • Lavender and Peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  • Mix a quarter cup of Jojoba and Olive Oil together.
  • Add in two drops of lavender and one drop of peppermint.
  • Place in a squeeze bottle and apply twice weekly.

*Note: My mother has fine, 3B hair. Also, her hair is gray, which means it is prone to getting dry faster. You may need to tailor these recipes to best suit your hair-type, porosity and other hair needs. Check out these two articles on hair type and porosity to see what may work for you.

What are some of your favorite DIY haircare recipes? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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