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It's been an exhausting week, and one of the many things still on your to-do list involves washing your hair. Sure, you may not be up for it - but someone has got to do it.

You reach for your favorite moisturizer. Empty. You reach for your normal protein treatment. It's empty too. What's a curly girl to do?

It can be much easier to buy new hair products while we're out and about, but when you run out unexpectedly, it doesn't mean you need to reschedule your wash day. Many DIY natural hair products can be found and created within minutes in your kitchen.

One of the many benefits of creating your own curly hair products? You can customize them to fit your curls' current needs. Need moisture? Add olive oil. Need scalp relief? Add a few drops of peppermint oil.

In addition, because you made the products, you'll know the exact ingredients. No need to try to pronounce those long, complicated ingredient names on the back of hair care products.

Kiss those days goodbye.

Create your own protein treatment

It will make just a few minutes to whip up your homemade protein treatment, but how do you even know if your curls need it?

Protein treatments help rebuild hair by making it stronger. If you've experienced lots of breakage, shedding or dryness, you may find this treatment helpful.

Here's your recipe:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Combine all of the ingredients and apply to hair. Cover head with plastic shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.

This recipe will supply protein with the use of egg and greek yogurt, while also providing moisture.

DIY all-natural hair moisturizer

There are tons of moisturizers, twist butters and curl creams on the market, but there is nothing like using a product specifically made for your curls. That is exactly what you'll make when you DIY your own moisturizer.

For those with kinkier hair types:

  • 2 cup whipped shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops essential oil (for fragrance)

For those with looser curls:

  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops essential oil (for fragrance)

The use of aloe vera gel will supply tons of moisture for hydrating your curls.

Having trouble retaining length? Listen up.

The secret is, curly hair thrives when you give it a little TLC. We all know our curls can have a mind of their own, so you'll want to treat it as such. You can retain length by following these tips:

1. Find a quality deep conditioner that you love

Maybe it has amazing slip or contains great ingredients. Whatever it is, become friends with that conditioner because you'll want to use it often - at least a couple of times a month if not more.

2. Care for your ends

Many times our curls get caught on necklaces, wrapped up in scarves and covered by jackets. They are exposed to elements often, which is why you should give them extra care. Be sure to check often for split and dry ends along with single strand knots.

3. Don't forget your scalp

The scalp is where it all starts, so it can't be neglected. Apply light oils like jojoba if needed, give yourself a scalp massage and keep it clean to prevent product buildup.

Do you like to DIY? What are some of your favorite DIY moisturizers and protein treatments? Let us know in the comments.