Have you ever felt like whipping up your own hair recipe? It’s easier than you think. Start by gathering things that your hair likes and mix them up. Or maybe its easier to look at ingredients in the products you like and try to re-create them for yourself. Kitchen chemistry is fun and there are many easy recipes for beginners. Just grab your your favorite oils, butters, herbs, essential oils and whatever else you have on hand and start mixing! –
Winter Weather Deep Conditioner
- 4 Tbsp conditioner
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp whipped Shea butter
- 1/4 c. coconut milk
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave for 15-20 seconds. Apply to hair and cover with plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
This recipe is packed full of ingredients that nourish and condition your hair. Coconut milk is very rich in protein, iron, and essential fats, while humectants are used to promote moisture retention. These compounds have a chemical structure that attracts water from the atmosphere and binds it to the hair shaft. Vegetable glycerin and honey are good examples of organic compounds that act as humectants.
Humectants are great for thick, coarse, curly, kinky, dry or damaged hair simply because of their strong moisture binding capacity. However, in some circumstances they might do more harm than good because weather can severely impact their performance.
Since humectants work by attracting water from the air around you, in extremely low-humidity conditions such as cold, dry winter air, there isn’t enough moisture in the air for the humectant to attract. In dry climates you run the risk of the humectant actually stripping moisture from your hair. This increases the dryness problem you were trying to prevent in the first place!
That doesn’t mean that you can’t use humectants in the winter, but you should avoid them if you live in DRY winter air. They work best in moderate climates and medium humidity. Now that you’re informed, get to mixing! –