Guest Blogger Crystal & DIY Hair Concoctions

Today’s guest blogger is my good friend Crystal, you may remember her from the ‘New Up Do (Protective Style)‘ post. Crystal is always whipping up different hair concoctions in her kitchen. See just how she does it below:

IMG_1019

While I enjoy my fair share of store bought products…..every now and then I like to get in the kitchen and mix up a few of my own concoctions. Last weekend I whipped up my favorite deep conditioner,  scalp oil, whipped shea butter and flax seed gel.

Here are the products & materials I used for everything that I made:

Elasta QP Soy Hydration Anti-Breakage Moisture Rich Deep Conditioner

Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

Shea Butter                                             Flax Seed

Olive Oil                                                     Vitamin E Oil

Almond Oil                                               Tea Tree Oil

Jojoba Oil                                                 Peppermint Oil

Avocado Oil                                             Rosemary Oil

Castor Oil                                                 Lavender Oil

Mixing bowl                                            Strainer

Hand mixer                                             Pot

Teaspoon                                                 ¼ cup measuring cup

Conditioner:

I use the following mixture as a deep conditioner. If I have the time, I like to let it “marinate” overnight. If not, I put the conditioner on my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 or 45 mins.

16oz container

4 tsp of each conditioner

1 ½ tsp Castor Oil

1 tsp Olive oil, Almond oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil

½ tsp Vitamin E oil

9 drops Peppermint oil

7 drops Rosemary oil and Lavender oil

5 drops Tea Tree oil

I mix the conditioners together first then add the oils and mix until well blended.

Word to the wise:  Be very careful not to get this in your eyes!!! The peppermint oil is not your friend when it gets in your eyes…. and yes I know from experience!

Scalp Oil:

I use this in addition to the conditioner as a hot oil treatment

4oz bottle

1.5 oz Olive oil

.5 oz Castor oil

5 squeezes Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Avocado oil

7 drops Peppermint oil, Rosemary oil and Lavender oil

5 drops Tea Tree oil

As with the conditioner, be very careful not to let this get in your eyes! Again, the peppermint oil is not your eye’s friend!

Whipped Shea Butter:

10 oz Shea Butter

1 tsp Coconut oil

¼ tsp Grapeseed oil

2 squeezes Castor oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Vegetable Glycerin

5 drops Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil

Break up the Shea Butter before adding the oil, then start whipping!!! I start with the mixer setting on 1 and then increase gradually to help smooth the butter out (I typically don’t go past 3 or 4).

Note: Be careful not to start out with the setting too high because you will end up with Shea Butter all over your kitchen! Don’t ask me how I know that lol

This is the result after being whipped for about 7 mins. For a smoother consistency, whip longer.

Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 8.15.15 PM

Flax Seed Gel:

2 cups of water

¼ cup flax seed

3 drops Vitamin E oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil

2 drops Castor oil and Jojoba oil

Bring water to a rolling boil and add the flaxseed. While stirring, allow the water to come to a boil again (This was about an 8 on my stove). After it began to boil again, I turned it down (to about a 4) and let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about the first 5 or 6 minutes. The mixture should begin to thicken as it cooks. It should start to become slightly slimy. I cooked mine for about 7 mins. However, the next time I try making the flax seed gel I think I will cook it a little longer because it was looser than what I wanted it to be once it cooled.

Once it is done cooking, remove the pot from the heat and pour into the strainer. (Note: Make sure you rinse the pot immediately, you don’t want this stuff to cool down and start to harden in the pot). I used a spoon to press the rest of the gel through the strainer.

And there you have it! Flax seed gel! It should be kind of slimy and gooey. Once it cooled just a little, I added about 3 drops of Vitamin E oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil and 2 drops of Castor oil and Jojoba oil and stirred to mix.

This is my first time making this but I would definitely make it again. From what I have read, this should be stored in the fridge and will be good for about 3 weeks.

Thanks again Crystal! Looks like all of the at home hair concoctions turned out great! Do you have any DIY hair recipes?

The Greene Sisters! We share the same values but different viewpoints. We talk about healthy relationships, fab hair & our own unique experiences.

5 Comments

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply