Natural Hair Care December 03 2014
I have extremely oily hair and a super dry, itchy scalp. Like, scratch your skin off itchy! I have wanted to try the no-poo thing for a while, but was just not sure how that would work for me since my hair is so oily. I tried an organic shampoo for dry itchy scalp for well over a year and when that just wasn’t cutting it anymore; I decided to give the no-poo thing a try. I searched the internet, my usual go-to for information, and everything I found said to use diluted baking soda for shampoo and diluted apple cider vinegar for conditioner. They said that the ph of each balances out the ph in the scalp, which kind of made sense to me, but I was still skeptical. It just seemed that baking soda would be really drying to the hair. But, that was all that I could find, so I decided to give it a try. I thought I would try it on my daughter’s hair as well because her hair is super dry and needed a change.
After 1 week of using this no-poo method, our hair was nasty! Not really super oily because the baking soda was getting rid of the oil, but really ‘fried’ feeling, very tangled; you could barely get a brush through it, just awful. So, I asked a question on a local fb group to see if this was normal, and someone pointed me to The Hippy Homemaker’s blog site. I read through all of her hair posts and decided we would give her recipes a try.
That weekend I made the hair mask. It was incredibly messy my first time around, but it made my hair feel awesome! I also made the shampoo and conditioner she recommended. I love the way my hair feels after washing with the clay shampoo. It’s very soft, very clean, and free of tangles. The only problem is it’s still a little dry feeling after I blow-dry it. I think I may add a little more oil to the recipe next time and see if that helps or switch to the rhassoul clay instead of the bentonite clay to see if that helps.
The conditioner that I use after using the Mud Shampoo is:
1 Tbs Aloe Vera
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
8 Oz Water
These are the bottles I use for my Homemade shampoo and conditioner. These work great for getting the mask in your hair with less mess also.
The clay recipe wasn’t really doing anything for my daughter’s super dry hair. So, I went back to the website and did a little more digging. I decided to do a mask on her hair as well and then do the Coconut Milk Shampoo for her. We did our hair masks this past weekend, and I have never been so amazed with the results of something on my daughter’s hair! Her hair is soft, silky and smooth! It has been fried for so long, and no intense conditioners have ever worked for more than a couple of days. Her hair is still a little bit oily at the scalp now, but I am still using the rest of the hair mask (with the oil in it) instead of shampoo because I didn’t use all of the mask on her hair. I have also been using the Herbal Detangling Spray on her hair and have loved the results that we have gotten with it. (As an added time saver, the herbal mix used for the detangling spray is the same mix you use for the mud shampoo.)
We are now able to wash our hair 2-3 times a week! Do you know how much time that is saving me? I love it. The Hippie Homemaker says that it can take 1-2 months for your hair to detox. So, for now, we are going to do the hair masks every 2 weeks if we need them, and keep washing every 2-3 days as needed. Hopefully we will be able to start stretching that out and end up only washing once per week.
This is what I made for my daughter’s hair:
Natural Hair Mask for Dark Dry Hair
1 can Coconut Milk
1 Tbs Molasses
1 Tbs Jojoba Oil
¾ cup Aloe Vera Gel
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl or bottle (mix eggs up before you put them in the bottle), soak hair with mixture, put a shower cap on your head, wrap with a hot towel if you want to, let sit for 1-2 hours, then rinse. No need to ‘shampoo’ after this treatment.
Natural Shampoo/Conditioner for Dark, Dry Hair
1 can Coconut Milk
1 ¾ cups Aloe Vera Gel
Essential Oils for Scenting optional
Directions: Mix ingredients in a bowl, pour in ice cube trays and freeze. Store in freezer, taking out 1-2 cubes the day you need to shampoo. The shelf life of each cube is about 1 week in the fridge.
These are my before and after pics. My hair turned curly! And look how rich the color looks. I have not chemically died my hair in about 12 weeks! I am loving my hair. I can wash just twice a week and do not get very oily at all until day 3, at which point it looks a little oily, and feels a little heavier. My scalp is not itchy at all! Which is the most amazing feeling ever. I still have a bit of gunk coming off of my scalp when I scratch though. Hoping that will clear up soon! For my second batch of shampoo, I added an extra Tbs of Jojoba oil and cut the ACV back to 1/4 cup (the ACV smell was a little overwhelming before.) I have ordered Henna and Rhassoul Clay for my next batch of shampoo. I'm hoping that will allow me to be able to use the clay shampoo on my daughter's hair as the current clay shampoo is too drying for her hair. My daughter's hair is feeling so much better and is not all poofy at the bottom anymore. The coconut milk shampoo leaves her hair looking a bit oily, but after washing with just water, it usually looks much better. I am only 'washing' her hair once a week with 1-2 water rinses in between.
Once I found out that my hair was curly, I discovered that the Herbal Detangling Spray was a great way to help scrunch up the curls and tame the little bit of frizz that was there. It also really made the color pop.