There are several things that a person can do when they have dry damaged hair, one option is to chop it all off and then watch it grow back. However, if the damage was caused by your hair habits in the first place then it might be prudent for you if you try to fix those habits so that your hair can flourish again. The remedy does not have to be expensive or elaborate. We all know that there are some things that are needed in black hair to make it supple and healthy. Whether the hair is natural or relaxed, one of the main things is to infuse moisture back into the hair strands and to pamper the hair. The following are four homemade recipes that can really point your hair in the right direction.
In an eight-ounce spray bottle combine the following ingredients:
- ½ cup vegetable glycerin
- 2 ½ cups filtered water
- 10 drops Vitamin E oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 1/8 cup moisturizing conditioner
The recipe can be altered to suit your hair length by putting more or less water or glycerin. Shake together the ingredients before application. Use this on hair as often as hair feels dried out and brittle and then seal with natural oil.
Basic Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Most deep conditioners need to penetrate the hair shaft so that it can swell and enter the hair and feed it with well needed nutrients. Moisturizing deep conditioners in general are very beneficial to dry hair. This recipe is creamy and can be used once per week for a good moisturizing condition of the hair. You will need the following ingredients:
- ½ cup honey
- 1 ½ cups water
- ½ cup organic coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (olive oil can be used instead but coconut oil is more penetrative)
Blend the ingredients thoroughly in a food processor or blender and heat in sauce until warm. The mixture should be able to be handled without burning your fingers. Do not overheat. Apply to hair from root to tip and then cover with a plastic cap and then let it steam for an hour. You can leave it on for more if you want your hair to be super soft.
Basic Protein Deep Conditioner
Moisture is extremely important to dry hair but so is protein. A mild moisturizing protein treatment will do wonders for hair especially if you want to increase the volume of the hair. You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 egg
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup plain unflavored yogurt
- 5 drops of your favorite essence oil (a scented one such as jasmine or lavender would make a difference to the scent of this concoction)
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and apply to wet hair. Allow the hair to steam under a plastic cap for a ½ hour or more. Do not use heat with this recipe because eggs scramble when they are heated.
Commercial shampoos contain several harsh chemicals so before a good hair wash, it is best to protect the hair from the harsh effects. Using a pre-shampoo can do this wonderfully. You will need:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup coconut oil (or 1 cup of either oil)
Warm the mixture together in a saucepan and apply to damp hair. Put hair under a plastic cap and leave on overnight. Wash out the next day with your shampoo.
These recipes are very nourishing for hair and most of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket.