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It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Ever since I started my healthy hair care journey, I noticed that there's always new products being made for our hair. This means you spending more money on the possibility that the product might work. Excuse all the italics. Anyway, the point of this post is to tell you that you don't have to buy products all the time, you can make your own hair products at home! It's really simple to do and you'll be happy you did. Now, just so you know, the ingredient lists for both the moisture and protein products are based on the fact that the ingredients are commonly found in said products.

Making a Moisturizer/Moisturizing conditioner
The main purpose of a moisturizer or moisturizing conditioner is to penetrate the layers of the hair to increase its hydration, make the hair more pliable, and to soften it. Moisturizing products usually consist of humectants, emollients, lubricants, and natural oils.

The ingredient list:
  • glycerin(e)
  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • jojoba oil
  • aloe vera juice/gel
  • rose water
  • vitamin e oil
  • panthenol
Making a protein based product
Products that contain protein are used mostly to strengthen the hair. The strength of the protein can vary. You can have a mild protein based product or a heavy protein product. Protein based products penetrate the layers of the hair all the way to the cortex (in some cases) to strengthen the structure of the hair.

The ingredient list:
  • silk amino acids
  • amino silk acids
  • silk protein
  • hydrolyzed protein
  • hair keratin
  • keratin
  • avocado oil
  • eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • glycine
  • collagen
  • fibroin
The very best tip I can give is to TRY TO MAKE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS! Recently, I've been just moisturizing my hair with a mix of just plain old glycerin(e) and water. My hair feels amazing and I'm glad I've been doing it. My next hair mixture will be a mix of glycerin(e), rosewater, and aloe vera juice. So, go to your nearest health food store, and try it for yourself!


Ms. S says
September 15, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Yesterday I made my own leave-in hair spray... all natural ingredients... I plan to post about it in a few weeks (after 2-3 more uses). But I will post pics of the results of my set on my blog tonight. Hair was soo soft... the curls were delicious! =)

Anonymous says
September 15, 2008 at 8:49 PM

u are too right. i slap on any leave in conditioner i can find and my hair is still dry.

then i spray my 50/50 water and glycerin mix and it ALWAYS does the trick. I'm going to give a couple more products a try, then i'm going to call it quits and stick to my own.

Product Junkie Diva says
September 16, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Great post Belle!

I like the idea of making my own products and I have been mixing things up recently and I plan on doing much more in the future.
Thanks for this post.

SuzieC says
September 16, 2008 at 11:39 AM

I've just started using glycerin, rose water and water to spritz my hair and I really like it. I made a Shea butter aloe vera gel Castor oil concoction and my hair didn't like it at all, I'm trying to figure out if it was the gel or the combo of gel and Castor oil.

Jamie @ Rural Glamour says
September 16, 2008 at 1:05 PM

I saw a rosewater and glycerin mix at the BSS by ilora that I almost picked up. I'm going to get it the next time!

Sophia says
September 17, 2008 at 1:27 AM

I buy my shampoo from the natural food for over a year now.

I have made my own gel back when I was natural.

Since I have went natural I buy my leave in conditioner and wrap lotion from whole foods. I use a conditioner that I have been using since natural and it is also from the natural food store and has zero chemicals.

I make a treatment that is a mixture of avocado, coconut oil, and banana.

Anonymous says
September 17, 2008 at 3:26 AM

what is the leave in conditioner you get from whole foods sophia? giovanni didn't work for me.

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