To those using the 50:50 water:aloe vera combo, are you using aloe vera gel or aloe vera juice? I have pure aloe vera gel, not the juice. And sorry if this sounds stupid, but where can you get the juice? Is it something you can actually drink?
Just starting CG (04/18/13)
2C/3A hair, medium texture, normal porosity (I think!)
Trying out: Suave Naturals wild strawberry (co-wash) Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean fortifying conditioner, Redken crystal curls 6, Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment, Pantene curl shaping gel
Thinking of trying: Live Clean Argan oil conditioner or Live Clean Bali Oil conditioner....who recommends them?
Lately I've been using a spray with a little epsom salt and glycerin dissolved in water to enhance my waves. After I finish this batch, I think I'll try using some kind of oil instead of glycerin.
If I can find the unused oil mister in my house (or maybe buy a new one, if my mom got rid of it), I think I will make my own sheen spray once I finish the one I have. It seems like the brand I own (Profectiv Mega Growth) is the ONLY brand on the market that doesn't contain mineral oil. But I'd like to try my own custom blend of oils!
mostly 2a/2b hair, fine, medium density, low porosity?
First day with it. I used it with a little fsg for day one but I might add more later during the day or as a day 2. I has Epsom salt, aloe Vera gel, distilled water, a little conditioner, and some sea salt.
I've made different recipes and I think they could work for you depending on your hair.
I've used diluted honey. It helps with definition, moisture cuz it's a humectant, and lightening (just heat it up or microwave it if you dont want lightening)
Infused vinegar or just plain vinegar if you can stand the smell.. I've infused tea bags and orange peels or lemon peels with it and it really helped with the smell. Some people even said it smelled nice and I've tried different recipes too. It could be citrusy if you used lemon or orange peels or floral with chamomile hibiscus.. Whatever you want. Or you could add cinnamon sticks, but it can also lighten. Just a table spoon in water is enough. Make sure you dilute it when you need it. And you dont need to refrigerate it until you add water.
You can use plain rosewater - you can infuse it too like with the vinegar.
Aloe vera - im not sure but I've heard good things about it. Some say it's really moisturizing and some say it has traces of protein. Just try to get it as pure as it can be.. Some have alcohol in them.
Tea - chamomile is supposed to be conditioning and lightening, hibiscus is supposed to be conditioning, black tea is supposed to help with shedding. You should probably refrigerate it cuz it goes bad. My chamomile went bad in a week
Oil and water - lightly and a little is enough.. No one wants greasy hair.
You can even try a mixture of this if you want. Ask me questions if you have any, pretty much all of this is from experience..