Today’s guest post comes from Sally over at ThinkOily.com and she’s sharing some of her best DIY recipes for curly hair.
It’s a known fact that every woman on the planet dreams of having gorgeous, manageable, soft and silky hair. Sadly, millions of women have spent their whole lives relying on commercial hair products like shampoos and conditioners that contain ingredients that damage hair over time. What these women are left with is hair that is dry, frizzy and dull.
Women who have naturally curly hair have to be especially careful with what ingredients they put in their hair. Hair that is naturally curly is more prone to dryness and frizz.
That’s because when it comes to curly hair, each hair shaft is structured in a way that makes it more difficult for hair’s natural oils to distribute themselves evenly.
What’s So Bad About Commercial Hair Products?
The problem with commercial hair care brands is that they often use ingredients that are inexpensive to mass produce. These cheap ingredients are not healthy for our hair.
For instance, most commercial shampoo products contain a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate. This chemical is what gives shampoo a rich and foamy lather.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh detergent that is often found in car engine degreasers and commercial floor cleaners. It aggressively strips our hair of its natural oils, leaving hair dry, damaged and frizzy.
Most commercial hair care brands also use synthetic fragrances. These harsh chemicals dry out hair as well as the skin on the scalp, leading to problems like dandruff.
Why Use Essential Oils For Your Hair?
For centuries, people have been using essential oils for everything from household cleaning to pain relief. These oils are derived from plants that are known for their healing properties.
Essential oils boast many incredible healing properties that can benefit hair immensely. Plus, essential oils are affordable, incredibly safe, and highly effective.
Best of all, using essential oils in your hair care routine will leave your hair smelling wonderful.
DIY Hair Care Recipes for Curly Hair
Any of these hair care recipes will leave curly hair feeling healthy, soft and free of dreaded frizz.
Hydrating Rose Hair Mask
Rose essential oil is known for its hydrating properties and its ability to eradicate frizz. This oil has also been shown to encourage hair growth.
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 40 drops rose essential oil
- Combine the two oils together and massage this combination into the scalp. Then, comb your hair so that this mask reaches all the way down to the ends of your hair. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.
Chamomile and Lavender Anti-Frizz Rinse
Chamomile essential oil has a calming effect on the hair just like it does on the body and mind, eradicating frizz and leaving hair feeling smooth and soft. Lavender essential oil makes hair shinier and helps control dandruff.
- 1/2 cup of witch hazel
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of chamomile essential oil
Combine all three ingredients in a small bowl. After you are done washing your hair, pour this combination over your scalp. There’s no need to rinse this combination out of your hair.
Rosemary Shine Boosting Hair Growth Spray
Rosemary is known for its ability to provide hair with lots of shine. Those with curly hair know how easy it is for hair to become dry and lose its luster. Plus, rosemary has been shown to promote hair growth.
- 1 cup of water
- 40 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 1 small spray bottle
- Combine the water and rosemary essential oil and pour this combination into the spray bottle. Spray this into your hair whenever you want a boost of shine.
Lavender and Clary Sage Leave-In Conditioner
Lavender essential oil is known to boost shine while clary sage oil helps soothe sensitive skin on the scalp. Vegetable glycerin is a natural, plant-based moisturizer that draws moisture from the air to keep hair looking soft, silky and shiny.
- 50 drops of lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of clary sage
- 1/4 cup of vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 cup of witch hazel
- 1 small spray bottle
- Combine the clary sage and lavender essential oils with the vegetable glycerin and witch hazel. Mix this combination very well before pouring it into a spray bottle. Spray this into your hair after you wash it.
These four easy DIY hair recipes will leave your curly hair softer, shinier and healthier than ever before. Plus, your hair will smell amazing!
Sally Wong is a manual therapist and massage therapist. She also practices yoga and tai chi in her spare time. As a child, Sally grew up in a small town in China. From her grandmother, she learned the ancient art of aromatherapy. Today, Sally devotes her time to teaching people about the incredible benefits of diffusing essential oils.