Creating your own hair recipes not only keeps money in your pocket, but it allows for a more intimate relationship with your hair. You now gain a much better insight as to what your hair craves, prefers or rejects with your at-home experiments. When I’m bored, I like to get creative. So I want to share with you ladies a few tips to finding your own perfect hair concoctions:
- Don’t mix too many things at once.I personally like the start with simple recipes. This way it’s much easier to determine what works & what doesn’t when your ingredient list is limited.
- Try starting out with two-ingredient mixes until you find a mix that works well on your hair. When I first went natural, I already had two ingredients I felt could get me started along my natural hair journey: Water + EVOO. I mixed the two & used it until my spritz bottle was done. I learned my hair loved both ingredients, so in my next batch I added a new ingredient: Argan Oil. If you find a mix that works great on your hair, continue using it. If it’s just okay, retry with a new ingredient until you reach perfection.
- If there’s a particular ingredient that you find always works well on your hair, make it a staple to your hair recipes, adding it as a standard part of all your recipes. For me, I try to incorporate EVOO into anything that touches my hair since my hair loves it so much.
- Alternate the way you apply the mixes to your hair. This is how I figure what recipes work best on dry hair and which ones work best on wet hair. Once again it’s a game of trial & error until you find something that works best for you.
- Take note of what works for you & how it worked. Some recipes may be better for deep conditioning while others make great for clarifying.
- Do your research! If you’re hectic about putting bananas in your hair, make use of resources available to you before doing so. This was how I found out that using banana baby food works just as well as using a regular banana. Search through blogs & forums for your particular ingredients. You’ll find others who have probably tried the same type of recipe share their success or horror stories.
- Take a trip to your local grocery store & explore! I don’t think anyone gets as excited as I do now whenever I pass a Whole Foods or a GNC. I encourage you all to experiment with essential oils and powders that you wouldn’t normally find at your beauty supply or drug stores.
So remember, a recipe failure is a good thing — it’s just your hair letting you know that it doesn’t respond well to certain ingredients. The worst thing that can happen is you’ll need to rewash your hair, so I encourage you all to get creative!