Hair

DIY deep conditioners

If you follow most of my posts I am sure by now you have realized how much I just love to DIY. From before I began my natural hair journey I have always been a sucker for deep conditioning concoctions. Avocado ๐Ÿฅ‘ has always done wonders for my hair even during my creamy crack days. My favorite DIY deep conditioner (DC) is a mixture of Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), avocado and banana. I had a hair colour disaster during the early days of my big chop. I tried to tint my hair but besides coloring my scalp for a few days my hair was literally the same so I resorted to bleach and that stripped my hair so much. It was left dry and brittle. I was so scared that it was going to be damaged. I needed something to leave my hair manageable and to give it life. I deep conditioned with these three ingredients and gosh my hair loved it. It was softer, shinier, moisturized and my coils were so defined. However, my experience with this DC had a downside. The banana left stringy residue on my hair that took days to come off. Trust me it’s not fun seeing bits of banana on your hair brush๐Ÿ˜‚
Now let’s look at the benefits of each of the ingredients in the deep conditioner:

Avocado

It is naturally moisturizing and it will leave your hair silky, soft and shiny.  The vitamin E in avocados stimulates hair growth. It also prevents hair loss.
Olive oil

It is rich in fatty acids which are good for the hair and scalp. It contains antioxidants which block free radicals that damage healthy cells and cause premature greying of the hair.
Banana

It is rich in potassium, carbohydrates, natural oils and vitamins that nourish hair leaving it soft and manageable. It protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing breakage as well as split ends. Banana promotes growth and controls dandruff. It also leaves the hair shiny.
The three ingredients have so many benefits for my hair. I guess that’s why I love the deep conditioner so much. I will list down three other deep conditioning recipes that are good for different hair needs. You can also try them out.

For dry hair
Banana+EVOO+Honey+Plain greek yoghurt
For severe hair breakage

Whipped egg+Castor oil+Plain greek yoghurt+coconut oil 
For detangling

Avocado+Shea butter+EVOO+ACV
There are so many other DIY deep conditioning recipes that you can look up on the internet. If you’re like me and love to experiment you can simply mix and match your favorite ingredients until you get something that’s really good for your hair. You can also add aloe (gel/juice) or glycerine to the mix. They are humectants hence they draw in moisture into your hair and retain it. If you have any secret concoctions you’d love to share with me you can just drop them in the comments. I am always open to learning and trying new things.



    Hair

    AFRICA’S BEST HAIR MAYONNAISE

    IMG_20170606_150945_511I recently started my natural hair journey. Did my big chop on the 9th of January and when my hair was still very short I’d switch between products just to maintain and keep the shine. Hell I am guilty of using a shampoo full of sulfates because I honestly felt like my hair was too short to damage anyway๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (Don’t judge me).

    So fast forward till now. I had to get a weave for my graduation and well I literally had dry untreated and neglected hair under the weave. I felt like I needed something to treat it soon after I took out the weave as I feared damage. My hair had been a victim of hair dye and bleache prior the weave so I knew it needed some TLC.

     

    So I took out the sew-in weave last night and I shampooed my hair with love ๐Ÿ’–. We will talk about the sulfate free shampoo I use in another post. I towel dried my hair(Oops) well I couldn’t find an old tshirt near by and my hair is still ย a bit too short to get tangled up with towel fibre but anyway!!!!!! I am still getting the hang of this natural hair thing so forgive me if I break some of the rules here and there.

     

    Anyhow, I deep conditioned my hair using the product thats the topic of this post, Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise. I applied it to towel dried hair, covered my hair with a plastic bag, 2stockings and a woolen hat to retain heat for about an hour which is more than the 10minutes they tell us to keep it in for but yeah again I really suck at following rules.

    I rinsed it off using warm water and to be honest I loved the feel of my hair. It felt soft, well moisturised and I could easily comb through. I couldnt believe that a product I got at such a reasonable price at clicks could leave my hair so manageable. I have 4C very kink and course hair so anyone who has the same hair type knows and understands the horror I go through with that hair.

     

    When I applied my oil and cream to seal in the moisture my hair was behaving so much that my mom didnt struggle when she was doing the african threading to keep it stretched till i get my PS for winter this weekend.

     

    I have read some of the reviews of this product by others and most condemn it because of the mineral oil and the strong herbal scent but for those that dont mind either just like me please try it. Your hair might love it.I havent tried it as a leave-in because of the scent but you can try that too and maybe give me feedback on how its been working out for you.