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I love being able to use ingredients in my kitchen to make healthy mixtures for my curls. I enjoy seeing how bouncy and shiny my curls are after use, especially knowing that it did not cost me so little! I am a huge fan of putting carrier and essentials oils in my mixtures. During my curly journey of four years, I came across an array of hair products and hair recipes. Like most things in life, some products or recipes came and go. The ones that did not make the cut either had a weird consistency, did not give me the results that I wanted, or the process of making them was entirely too long. These are the recipes that managed to stand the test of time. Check out my favorite DIY recipes!

Whipped shea butter 

Naptural85 shares a fluffy shea butter recipe that is super moisturizing and easy to make:

  • Unrefined shea butter at room temperature 
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. castor oil
  • 1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vitamin E
In her video, she shows how to make a fluffy butter and a crème. I prefer the fluffy consistency more; I love how smooth the texture is. I use this butter to help seal my ends. Since it’s winter, this is a great time to check this recipe out. Using shea butter is a great way to maintain moisturized curls in the colder months.

Deep conditioning treatment

Hey Fran Hey shares a raw hair smoothie recipe that you can use to deep condition your hair. These ingredients can be found in your kitchen and mixed these with your food processor or blender. She explains in her video to play around with the recipe so it can suit your hair’s needs. This recipe is easy, healthy, and has a loose consistency to easily distribute throughout your hair.

  • ½ cup of EVOO
  • 2 Tbsp. of organic raw honey
  • ½ cup of organic coconut milk
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ banana

My favorite oil blend

Essential and carrier oils play a huge role in my hair care and skin care regimens. Due to my dry scalp, I enjoy using an oil blend to help control flakes and give myself a scalp massage. Scalp massages help with circulating the blood flow in your scalp, which can help promote hair growth. I use oils that work best with my hair to keep it moisturized. I also include tea tree oil to help my dry and itchy scalp. Lastly, I added lavender oil for fragrance. Below are the oil selections and the amount that I use:

  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 2 oz. sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
  • 1 oz. avocado oil
  • 8 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil

I add these oils in a color application bottle and mix them together. When the oils are in the bottle, I lightly shake the bottle to mix them up and use the applicator tip to section and apply the oil on my scalp.

What are your favorite DIY recipes? What ingredients are must haves on your list?