No matter what your hair type is, you need to moisturize your curls! Many curlies have a hair care routine that includes using moisturizers such as leave-ins and curl creams. Depending on the length of your hair, its porosity, and your budget, using such products can be costly. Did you know that you could make your own homemade hair moisturizer for a fraction of the cost? As a bonus, you’ll be able to whip up a batch on an as-needed basis (or give some away as gifts!), and you can apply your moisturizer generously since you can always whip up some more! If you like to cook things up in the kitchen, these hair moisturizer recipes are for you.
Glycerin comes from the liquid and fats of vegetable oil. While it can be tricky to find, I’ve found it in the grocery store near rubbing alcohol and facial astringents. It’s a great ingredient for adding moisture to your skin, and you can use it as a detangler as well! Bev from The Make Your Own Zone shared a glycerin-based detangler complete with before and after pictures that are astounding. Stir together 1/4 cup glycerin with 1 cup distilled water. Then add in 1 tsp of your favorite essential oils. Keep the mixture in a spray bottle for easy detangling, and you're set!
For you type 4s out there wondering how these treatments will work in your hair and if they will have any effect on the things you struggle with, fear not! Natural hair blogger TheMBess has a recipe that is just the mixture she needs to keep her hair moistened and dandruff-free. Combine 1 cup purified water with 1/2 cup aloe juice, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, water from a can of coconut milk, about 3 tbsp lime juice, 5 vitamin E capsules (just pop with a needle and then squeeze into your mixture), 2 tbsp glycerin and a couple tablespoons each of essential oils that you know work well with your hair. Once mixed, you can store it in a spray bottle. She likes using this on hair at night before bed so that her hair can soak in the moisture overnight.
Just Add Water!
We know that for some of you, gathering up all of these ingredients can be near impossible if you don’t already know where to go to get them. For you curlies, there is something a little easier for you to do at home. MoTown Girl’s leave-in conditioner is just for you, curlies! All you have to do is add some distilled water to a few ounces of your favorite conditioner. You’ll need about 2 oz. of a store-bought conditioner, 1 - 1/2 oz. of distilled water, 1/8 cup olive oil and 1 tbsp glycerin (which is optional if you’re using a thick conditioner). If you want, you can add in 1 tbsp silk peptide powder and some essential oils, but these are not necessary.
Keeping curly hair moisturized is an absolute must, especially during the summer months when our hair sees hotter temperatures than its felt all year. This summer have fun with making your own moisturizer!
Have you discovered any homemade moisturizer recipes that work well for your hair type?