I’ve never been obsessive about my hair. It took me years to start going to a beautician on a regular basis and that was more for convenience than vanity. I can remember growing up, getting my hair done always felt like a trial. I hated it. My poor mom hated doing it and it was something to dread. When I was thirteen, I nagged my mother into allowing me to get a chemical relaxer. For those that don’t know what that is, it’s a lye based chemical treatment that straightens the natural curl pattern of ethnic hair. You can buy them at any drug store and do them yourself. You mix them, slap them on your hair, wait until the appropriate time has passed, and rinse them out. If you leave it on too long or if your scalp is irritated, they burn like the devil and can cause hair breakage, chemical burns, and permanant scalp damage. Fun huh? When I moved to Nashville I found a great beautician and delegated that chore to her every 4 to 8 weeks.
Last year I started having some scary health issues. My hair started falling out and what wasn’t falling out was breaking off at an alarming rate. My doctors never found out conclusively what caused it (I think it was my thryoid) and luckily it’s stopped but it changed the way I thought about my hair. I stopped getting relaxers and three weeks ago, I chopped off all of my chemically straightened hair. Now I read shampoo bottle ingredients like some people read ingredients on food packaging.
Some of the things that are being put in our hair products are scary . I’ve been searching for more natural products – no sulfates, no parabens, no silicones. I’ve found some great products but the best way to know for sure what’s in your products is to make them yourself. I don’t use these products everyday but I like putting them into my regime every now and them to mix things up. most of these products can be found at a grocery store or drugstore. Your local health food store is a great place to find high quality oils.
1/2 cup water
1/4 castile soap
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
Cleanser – to remove product build up
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup hot water
Combine soda and water and mix well. Let mixture cool and pour or spray onto hair. Leave it in for a few minutes and rinse well. Shampoo and condition.
Homemade Protein Deep Conditioner
½ cup mayo
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup greek yogurt
2 tsp essential oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup yogurt
3 tablespoons jojoba oil
3 tablespoon honey
Put on your hair and cover with a conditioning cap. Let it stay on for an hour or longer. Rinse well and shampoo and condition.
Hot Oil Treatment
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp jojoba oil
Mix in a microwaveable container (I use a glass measuring cup). Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warm – not hot. Apply to hair and cover with a conditioning cap. Leave on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse and shampoo normally.