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by Mary Wolff

When looking for a quick fix for you curls, sometimes the answer is lurking in your kitchen. Many naturals enjoy playing mixtress and creating concoctions for the health of their hair. Making a DIY curl cream is one of the easier ones to create to get great results.

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While there are lots of DIY curl cream recipes, this one will give definition while adding moisture to strands. It uses all-natural ingredients that are easy to find so you don’t have to search a bunch of sites to order things. In fact, you might even have these ingredients on hand already if you are skilled in mixing DIY solutions. The shea butter and coconut oil are rich in moisturizing properties to leave hair soft and hydrated. The aloe vera offers a sealant that will lock in hydration while helping with holding the definition. Rosemary oil is used to aid the scalp in circulation which leads to healthy hair. The apricot kernel oil is rich in linoleic acid which helps to moisturize hair. This DIY curl cream can be used as a pre-styler or a moisturizer. It will fight frizz, define curls, and leave hair hydrated.

Ingredients



  • 1/4 cup of raw shea butter
  • ¼ cup of pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp apricot kernel oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

  • Directions

    1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can make one with a pan half way full of water and a bowl placed inside the water. Be careful to avoid burns!
    2. Stir until the two oils are evenly mixed into one.
    3. Place the bowl containing the melted mixture of the oils in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquids are partly solidified.
    4. Using a hand mixer, whip the oil until it takes on a creamy consistency.
    5. Add the apricot kernel oil and continue blending until mixed in.
    6. Add the pure aloe vera gel and continue mixing until all elements are evenly combined.
    7. Add the Rosemary oil as the final ingredient.
    8. When you are finished, the finished products will be a soft white mixture that is smooth and easy to work into strands. If it’s still lumpy, keep whipping until its fluffy and airy.
    9. Transfer to a mason jar or other closed container with a lid. You want to avoid letting water get into the mixture since it may cause things to separate.

    by Mary Wolff

    Hair gels can have some questionable ingredients in them that make many curlies think twice. Why waste time studying labels when you can make your own DIY natural hair gel? Whether looking to make your own DIY natural hair gel as a fun project or because you simply ran out of product with no time to run to the store, these recipes are easy and effective.

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    Two Ingredient Gel
    This is an easy gel recipe to pull together. The gelatin will give hair solid hold and the only other ingredient is water. How easy is that?

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin 
    • 1/2 cup hot water 
    Combine gelatin and water in a saucepan until hot enough to dissolve the gelatin. Stir until evenly combined. Transfer to a clean container. Store in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let it firm up enough to use and voila! You now have two weeks of hair gel ready to go!

    Aloe Vera Gel 
    For a recipe that will give hold while offering moisturizing properties, this one is the way to go. The aloe vera and vitamin E offer moisture while the gelatin provides the hold. This recipe will give you a medium hold, but if you want a stronger hold, you can use 1 tsp of gelatin as opposed to the 1/2 tsp the recipe calls for.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
    • 10 to 20 drops essential oil
    • 4-5 drops vitamin E
    Combine water and gelatin in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until evenly mixed. Remove from heat and add the aloe vera, vitamin E, and essential oil while still hot. Stir until evenly blended.

    Vegan Recipe 
    If you are taking the organic and vegan approach, you might want an option that stays away from gelatin. There isn’t anything wrong with gelatin, but it is partially created using animal products. A vegan-friendly option would be this recipe that uses agar agar flakes instead. This is a type of gelatin that comes from plants, like seaweed, instead of animals.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 teaspoon agar agar flakes
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
    • 4-6 drops essential oils
    To make this recipe, simply bring the water to just below a boil in a medium saucepan. Add your agar agar flakes and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. When all the flakes are dissolved into the water, remove from the heat and add the aloe vera gel and essential oils. Stir until well blended. Allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to a clean container. Move to the refrigerator to allow it to thicken. After a few hours, you will have up to 2 weeks of hair gel ready to go!

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    by Alexandria Jones via SeriouslyNatural.org

    What’s a Naturalista to do when her hair is being crazy and uncooperative? A hot oil treatment!

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    A hot oil treatment is the perfect option when your hair has become dry and damaged because of chemicals, heat tools, and the environment. The purpose of these treatments is to strengthen the hair and restore moisture so it’s back to being healthy and shiny.

    The treatments are also good for the scalp because it’ll soak up the oils and increase blood circulation to the follicles. Massaging the scalp with oils containing Amla, Brahmi, Olive, and Avocado oils is effective, especially for reducing hair shedding.

    Other benefits include:
    1. Prevents frizz
    2. Prevents drying of the hair shaft
    3. Great for scalp issues and dandruff
    4. Better elasticity
    5. Length retention

    Hot oil treatments are super easy to do and can be done in the privacy of your own home. They’re easy to apply and aren’t time consuming at all. Of course there’s always the classic VO5 bottle, but, of course, there are alternatives to everything.

    Some great oil alternatives are:
    1. Coconut-stimulates growth, softens hair and scalp, and eliminates dandruff
    2.Olive-high in vitamins A and E for anti-aging and disinfectant; also moisturizes, soothes, and heals
    3. Castor-adds strength and is great for those with thin hair that breaks easily.
    4. Almond-helps condition, nourish, and softens hair while stimulating growth
    5. Jojoba Oil-leaves hair light and soft

    Depending on your hair’s needs, you can do them either weekly, biweekly, or monthly.

    What do you use hot oil treatments for? How often do you use them?
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    by Mary Wolff

    When it comes to taking your beauty into your own hands, you can’t beat do it yourself hair masks. A homemade hair mask is not only affordable and effective; it can be really easy! When using products from the store, you never really know what might be lurking under the label. With do it yourself hair masks, you can use the most natural ingredients, and all from your kitchen, for a hair care treatment you can feel good about.

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    Hair masks are usually made of a few key ingredients. These main ingredients are the main course for your strands because they are packed with nutrients and protein.  The most commonly used items are super moisturizers:
    • Eggs
    • Yogurt
    • Honey 
    • Avocado 
    • Olive oil 
    These powerhouses offer superior moisture and help fight dryness and frizz. They work as a base to help create a mixture consistency easy to work into hair. As long as you have one of these in your DIY mask, you can combine nearly any other element to make something more personalized. Some other key ingredients used in homemade concoctions for hair are bananas, apple cider, strawberries, milk, and lemon. These add extra vitamins and proteins to keep hair beautiful.

    When making a do it yourself hair mask, the main goal is usually to moisturize and offer hair a booster. As long as you use one of the bases mentioned, you will have the moisture aspect covered. After that feel free to experiment until you find the recipe that gives you the best results. Everyone’s hair is different and needs different things. Maybe your hair needs vitamins found in milk while your curlfriend needs a potassium boost from bananas.

    As with any mask, whether store bought or homemade, make sure your hair feels soft and non-greasy once you wash and dry it. No one wants hair they can’t touch! If it is still greasy, you may be using a mask that has too much oil as a base. Try using less or adding lemon to help cut some of the oiliness.

    Looking for a few of my favorite recipes for nourishing your curls? Check these out!

    The Only Three Hair Masks You'll Ever Need

    DIY Natural Hair Masks That Are Good Enough to Eat

    When it comes to making your own hair masks at home, don’t forget to have fun and experiment! It can be a great way to get to know your hair and what works for your beautiful strands.

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    Many woman want longer, thicker, shinier hair. We always see women flaunting their bouncy tresses in shampoo and other product ads. However, we buy into the advertisement without stopping to think that maybe there’s more to their hair care that using the branded shampoo or conditioner. Let's face it...people have different types of hair. Some people have thick and coarse hair while others have soft and thin hair.

    Even growing pollution has increased our worry about hair. We have forgotten nature and its many ingredients that help us to make our hair soft and shiny. No shampoo or conditioner can stand in front of natural ways of nourishing hair without any side effects. I personally believe that treating hair issues naturally helps to keep the hair healthy and shiny. In this article, I am going to share some natural ways to treat your hair. Let’s get to it...

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    Oil Massage
    Oil massage is a great way to provide nourishment to hair. With modernization, we have neglected the benefits of oil and opted for chemical products to treat our hair issues.By oil massaging in the root of the hair, we can provide strength and nourishment to our hair and make them strong and shiny. Oil also helps to revitalize the dead hair shaft [1].Hair massaging with oils like coconut oil or almond oil is one of the simplest, most easy and chemical-free treatments to improve your hair health.

    Recipe:
    Take coconut oil or almond oil in a small bowl. Dip your fingers and massage them on your hair roots. Leave the mixture overnight or for 2 hours. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Oil has the nourishing benefit that not just nourishes the hair but also moisturizes the scalp.

    Yogurt
    Yogurt can be found in any home. Applying it all over the hair helps to keep the hair soft and promotes hair growth. It is one of the best ways to condition your hair naturally.

    Recipe:
    Blend half a cup of yogurt and make it smooth. Apply all over your hair. Cover your hair with a towel and wash after 15-20 minutes.Yogurt is high in probiotics which promotes hair growth.

    Bottle Gourd Juice
    Bottle gourd is good for your health and also for your hair. You can use bottle gourd juice to treat hair issues such as hair fall etc. It helps to prevent grey hair, hair fall and improves the overall condition of your hair. To thicken your hair drink bottle gourd juice.

    Recipe:
    Just take out its juice and apply it on your hair. Leave for 30 minutes and wash it off.

    Apple Cider Vinegar
    To make your hair bouncy and shiny, apple cider vinegar is the best natural way to treat your hair.

    Recipe:
    (This is the best natural treatment to make your hair bouncy)
    Add apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water to your hair. After 5 minutes, wash it off. Following this treatment will make your hair bouncy.

    Baking Soda
    If you have styled your hair or used hair spray the previous night, this will make you feel that your hair has weighed down with the residue from harmful chemical sprays. To get rid of the residue, baking soda is the best natural way to treat your hair.

    Recipe:
    Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with water and make a mixture. Apply it all over your hair from the scalp to ends of your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash. Use this treatment twice a month for deep cleansing.

    Olive and Lemon
    Having an itchy scalp will make you feel irritated while working. You can treat your itchy scalp with a mixture of lemon and olive oil.

    Recipe:
    Mix olive oil, fresh lemon juice and water and apply it to your hair. After 20 minutes, wash your hair. This treatment will add extra moisture to your dry scalp and reduce flakiness.

    Coconut Butter
    Coconut is full of nutrition that is good for your hair and body. Just like eggs, it has high protein and fatty acid content. You can reduce the UV damage on your hair with coconut butter.

    Recipe:
    Just apply coconut butter on your hair and leave it for few minutes. This is a great method to moisturize your hair.

    Final Words
    Natural ways are the best ways to treat your hair issues. Whether you have oily hair or dry hair, hair fall or dandruff issues, all of them can be cured and treated with natural remedies. Regular massaging of hair with oil not just nourishes the hair but also make hair roots strong. If you use any of the above mentioned treatments once or twice in a week, you will soon notice the benefit of these natural remedies.

    Miranda
    Miranda is a professional hairstylist based in New York. She has been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and has been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field.