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Okay so I’ve been doing some researching and seeing what i can add to my hair regimen, first strenghten my hair and second to maintain moisture. In a previous post I had lamented how dry both my hair and my scalp felt.

So I have changed a few things in my regimen:

  1. I no longer deep condition over night, it was causing build-up on scalp which then led to my scalp being itchy and dry.
  2. I use okra has a deep conditioner, which i then follow up with a moisture rich deep conditioner.
  3. Im trying to minimize how much i manipulate my hair so for the last week and some, i’ve worn buns and puffs and just today a french braid type hair style.
  4. Im moisturing about every other night.

Umm thats it so far.

So I bet your wandering okra, why? It is apparantly a good protein treatment and can help strenghten and grow your hair. regal bal did a post on her blog that you can check out to see the process. So far its okay. The first time i did it, i left the okra in , not a good idea I ended up with dry flakes in some parts of my hair. Today is the second time ive tried it. My hair after washing, treating and deep conditioning felt really soft. So for now the okra is sticking around.

Second the crisco, this one is just an experiment, I had first heard about using this as a moisturizer on urbancurlz blog, its something that she does and loves. So I decided to try it today, I added my moisturizers and then sealed it with the crisco, after which i put my hair into like 18 bantu knots. I hope my hair is left soft and not greasy. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. 🙂 I’ll let you guys know how it turns out.

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I came across this recipe while surfing the net (of course, i was looking for hair cream recipes, so it wasnt just random. The recipe is from sweet sassafras.org)

Rosemary hair cream

4 oz shea butter
1 tablespoon amla oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon castor oil
1 tablespoon almond oil
10 drops of rosemary oil
2 tablespoons of aloe vera oil
Melt the shea butter in the microwave. Add in all of the other ingredients and mix. Put it in the fridge overnight to firm up. Take it out and allow it to come back to room temperature.

It is very creamy and thick, so you want to use it very very sparingly. I rub a tiny bit in my palms and apply it to my hair when it’s damp, or put a little on just the ends when it’s dry. It can help smooth ends for pincurls too. Just don’t use too much.

This recipe makes a lot, so you may want to cut it in half. You can also add other essential oils in there if there are particular scents you like

So i made my oil today i used avoado, sunflower, grapeseed and olive oil.
I put in dehyrdated onions, 2 cloves of garlic, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, sage, rosemary, marjoram and oregano.

Yes i raided the spice cabinet.

*Edit* Okay so that was last monday, my “growth” oil is officially finished. The one complaint that i have, yes i have a complaint already, is that it is smells like jerk seasoning. For those of you who have carribean background, you’ll understand what im saying. It’s not just me, my sister thinks the same thing.

I took pictures of the finished product, i totally forgot to take some before pics, while all the herbs and stuff was in it, oh wells maybe next time.

I put some in my hair already, it feels soft, not oily but soft, hopefully my hair will stay that way.

My hope for this oil is not that it grows my hair (regardless of the name) but that it can help keep my hair healthy,if growth follows awesome, but its not my main goal.

Oh i also added some aloe vera gel and some tea tree oil ( i was hoping it would help with the smell, it didn’t)

So i came across this growth oil recipe, it originated from somebody named mo, if you google mo’s growth oil you’ll get a ton of hits for it.  The original recipe is pretty basic, 6oz of oil 2oz of aloe vera gel and some herbs, the ones that she used were horsetail and burdock root i think, but since then many variations have been made.

The other day i went and bought some herbs unfortunately there was no horsetail, burdock root or nettle available so i just picked up sage, rosemary, marjoram and some dehydrated onions, simple i know. I also bought some oilve oil, avocado oil, sunflower and grapeseed oil, and some aloe vera gel. i think that I will do about an ounce of each oil.

It is suggested that if you use an oil that is thicker you apply the recipe once a week and if you use one that is not as thick you can use it a few times a week. It all depends on your personal preference.

So you take the herbs and the oil, boil them in a glass jar let it cool, store it for three days after which you add the aloe vera gel and start using, simple no?

So this week that is what im going to try, whether it grows my hair we’ll see, i do hope its moisturizing though, I also want to add some coconut oil, I know it may be too much 🙂

So I was thinking if body butters are good for ones body, wouldnt they be good for ones hair.  Here is a selection of some body butter recipes that I found, that I think would be great dual purpose butters. Please note, has depending on your hair you may find that these are too heavy for your hair and weigh it down.  The recipes were found using google search for body butter recipes.

Shea & Mango Body Butter
(Makes about 10 oz.)

6 oz. Refined/Unrefined Shea Butter or Mango Butter
1 ½ oz. Olive Oil
1 ½ oz. Jojoba Oil
1 oz. Babassu Oil
1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
1-2 tsp. Coconut Fragrance oil (to your liking)

Place Shea Butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat just until melted. Add Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Emu and heat just until mixed and translucent. Add Vitamin E Oil and blend with stick blender. Let cool for about 10 minutes, and then place in freezer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Blend again for a few minutes and place again in freezer for another 5-10 minutes. When mixture begins to thicken, blend your Fragrance Oil in and pour into clean sterilized containers.

*This recipe does NOT require preservative. This recipe will make a body butter with the consistency of tub margarine. Olive oil is used because of its ability to reduce the effects of sunburn.

Luxerious body butter

Ingredients
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup mango butter
2 tablespoons evening primrose oil
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon rosehip oil

Directions
1  Melt all the butters over a double boiler until just melted.
2  Take off the heat and stir in all of the oils.
3  Let the mixture stand for a few minutes and then use an electic mixer and whip the mixture until fluffy and cool.
4  You could also put all the ingredients in a jar and let it sit in the sun until melted.
5  Put in pretty jars and use up with in about 6 months.

  Moisturizing Body Butter

Ingredients:

2 lbs. cocoa butter
1 lb. beeswax
1 lb. mango butter
16 oz. sweet almond oil
0.8 oz. silk amino acids
0.8 oz. Dry Flo
3.2 oz. fragrance oil
0.4 oz Vitamin E T-50
Instructions:

Melt cocoa butter and mango butter together in a double boiler. Melt in beeswax. Mix in fragrance oil and sweet almond oil, add to butters. Mix in liquid silk and and Vitamin E oil. Finally, sprinkle in cornstarch, mix thoroughly. Makes 20 4 oz. jars. (For a softer butter, you can use less beeswax, or add more sweet almond oil.)

A recipe that i found on make your own cosmectics.com

Hempy Chick Pomade

Ingredients:
6 ounces organic hemp seed oil
2 ounces babassu oil
1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce shea butter (unrefined, Ghana)
1/8 ounce ylang ylang essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
1 drop sandalwood essential oil
1 drop neroli essential oil
Blending Procedure:
Combine hemp seed oil, babassu oil, beeswax and shea butter in a heat proof measuring cup (Pyrex is nice to use). Place the cup containing the oils and butter into a pan of boiling water and heat until wax is nearly melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat once the wax is nearly melted.

Stir the mixture to make sure all wax has melted into the liquefied oils. Add the essentail oils and stir again to ensure the mix.

Pour Hempy Chick Hair Pomade into clean jars and allow to cool before capping. You can store this for up to about 3 months. As always, be sure to use clean fingers to dispense the product to minimize contamination.

To use Hempy Chick Hair Pomade, massage it into the scalp and hair ends while your hair is still wet from shampooing. Comb through and enjoy the curls, volume and radiance!!

I was thinking that it would be fun to create my own fantasy recipe with all the ingredients that I would love. Have you ever heard of some ingredients, wanted to use them but a, you couldnt find it or b, it was way too expensive.

Well with this fantasy exercise you can make it, and not worry about the cost or location problem. For my hair cream, I prefer the consistency as oppose to the butter, I want a cream that is moisturizing, conditioning, provides sheen and softness and isnt greasy. I hate when I use a product and end up with greasy hair that is dry and crusty. I dont mind my curls hanging so it can be a little weighty but not too much. Its going to be a long list, with the amount that this would make I would definately have to share with family and friends, not that I think they would mind 🙂

Lets begin.

  • Emu oil of course
  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil- love this stuff, it makes my hair soft, and im using a watered down mixed version to boot.
  • olive oil
  • honeyquat-
  • Myrrh oil- umm yeah!
  • Aloe vera gel and lots of it
  • dl panthenol
  • vitamin E
  • corn starch- to help keep the greasiness down
  • pumpkin seed butter- has rejunventating ablities
  • grapefruit extract
  • tea tree oil
  • babassu oil- moisturizing but without the oily feel
  • argan oil
  • hazelnut oil
  • vegetable glycerin
  • pomegrante oil
  • for scent Id like maybe vanilla and lemongrass

Umm, i think this it, my one of a kind, personalizied whipped hair cream, yes it must be whipped so that its fluffy and nice, even if its just for a short time. Im not sure of the exact amounts, with the amount of oils on the list I think butters would have to be substancial, the cornstarch and aloe vera gel would help give it a smoother texture I think. Maybe I’d even put some flaxseed gel in there too.


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