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justdoingme 04-26-2013 01:59 PM

Home made leave ins
I have stopped using a leave in for a while now. This is due to the extreme lack of leave ins in the uk. i was using a leave in, however i think it had something unagreeable in. so basically, i want to make my own. could anyone reccomend me some really simple basic recipes of a leavein, only 2 or 3 ingredients? i mean, would something as simple as diluted herbal essences hello hydration work? suggestions please, i really need some!

ps,my hair is low porosity, 2b/3a

lucyprimrose 04-26-2013 03:11 PM

I haven't done any homemade leave in's, I'm sure someone will chip in with some ideas on that though.

But I'm in the Uk too - it depends on your hair properties/type of leave in you prefer, and if you're ok to order online. The Keracare natural textures leave in is available in several places online - light texture and protein free. Also online you have lots of choices at British Curlies emporium, Giovanni Direct leave in is available lots of places online, the Lovea spray leave ins online, the Naked leave in is available at Boots. The Alba Botanica leave in is available online and is CG. I don't think the Herbal Essences is CG - if you're not CG you'll find a few other choices probably in high street shops.

You can use your lightish rinse out conditioner or co wash as a leave in, diluting a bit if you want.

justdoingme 04-26-2013 03:24 PM

ok, oh, i checked and i couldnt see anything uncurlygirl, and yeah the naked leave in has a poylquat i think so i dont use it.

PomegranateCurl 04-26-2013 08:04 PM

Remember that any CG conditioner (rinse-out) can be used as a leave-in as well. Have you tried online? Curlmart does intl shipping but their shipping prices are quite high. can be a good place to start also. Sorry I'm not of more help; I don't know any recipes for leave-ins...

If you do want to place an order for iHerb you can use my discount code: CFN646. It's $5 off under $40 or $10 off over $40 for first time customers. :blob7:

Firefox7275 04-27-2013 07:29 AM

If you want something rich and creamy several of the Garnier Fructis conditioners are CG friendly and work fine as a leave in even tho they are supposed to be wash out. Otherwise loads of CG friendly products in the British Curlies store. I am experimenting with Curls Milkshake right now which is much lighter than the Fructis, more on the humectant side (moisture = water).

justdoingme 04-27-2013 01:10 PM

would you mind naming some?

Firefox7275 04-28-2013 09:54 AM

Edit to my last message, several of the Fructis products WERE silicone free, but they have been reformulated. Repair & Shine now contains amodimethicone but no palm oil so no wonder I've had bad hair lately!

Others that are silicone free are the Curls Milkshake, Curls Coconut Sublime, AFAIK the whole Jessicurl line and the whole Devacurl line are silicone free. Plus others: all the ingredients lists are in the store, you are looking to avoid anything with the suffix -cone, -conol, -xane, check and double check as you can see from my post things change and people give you out of date information. On the high street there is Tresemme Naturals, at least some of the Naked range and probably a few 'organic' brands.

This seems fairly up to date but it does have the R&S included
High Street CG products | Curly Hair Forum by British Curlies

PomegranateCurl 04-30-2013 12:20 AM

Have you tried making your own flax seed gel? It's not a leave-in... it's a gel/gellee, but you can add emollients to it (like shea butter or oils) to make it moisturizing. If you have issues with oils you may find a specific amount to add that gives you moisture w/out greasiness or weigh-down. Start w/ 1/2 tsp to one cup water + flax seeds and take it from there. There's a lot of recipes on this site.

I've used it on its own as a single styler and it helps w/ the moisture level and frizz.

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