There’s nothing better for my coily curls than a deep conditioning mask. This is one of the most important steps when it comes to caring for and maintaining natural hair. Conditioners are renownedly known to make your hair hydrated, shiny, soft, smooth and de-frizzed. Also, they balance out the pH level of your hair, closing the cuticle that magnifies shine, all while minimizing frizz. Deep conditioning mask (allowing the conditioner to soak in your hair for a minimum of 30 minutes) are the secret weapon for reversing the damage from a multitude of hair sins. Not only do they cover the benefits I previous listed, but they restore elasticity to your hair, strengthens it and helps to prevent future breakage by temporarily covering up the damaged areas with amino acids, proteins and oils.
There are tons of amazing deep conditioners on the market that will bring your hair back to life - mines being Camille Rose’s Algae Renew Deep Conditioning. However, we think it goes without saying that a homemade deep conditioner always does right by your curly strands. We’ve listed three homemade conditioners below that are easy-to-make and will rejuvenate your hair:
1. For Detangling: Water, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Powder, Aloe Gel, Argan, Rosemary Oil, and Horsetail (optional)
This homemade detangler/leave-in conditioner works wonders because it's thick, heavy and creates mucilage for the much needed slip when detangling. The marshmallow root and slippery elm powder produces the high mucilage herb in this mixture. It also, strengthens, moisturizes and adds shine to the hair. Additionally, the aloe gel aids in balancing the pH levels - promoting growth and flattening the cuticles for easy detangling. Lastly, the omega 3 & 9 fatty acids and vitamin E in the argan oil combined with the rosemary oil offers additional strengthening, restorative and slip properties while separating strand by strand.
- 3 tablespoons of Marshmallow Root
- 1 tablespoon of Slippery Elm Powder
- 1 tablespoon of NO PRESERVATIVE Aloe Gel
- 1 teaspoon of Argan Oil
- 15 Drops of Rosemary Oil
- 2 Capsules of Horsetail
- 3 cups of Water
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2. For Strengthening: Coconut Oil, Avocado and Honey
This conditioner is perfect for restoring the natural shine in hair and elasticity. Coconut oil is a major component in the mixture because it unblocks clogged hair follicles and strengthens them while honey, a natural humectant, nourishes the hair follicles. The avocado oils and Vitamin B and E contents aid in prevention of split ends, hair growth and strengthening as well.
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon of pure Honey
- 1/2 Ripe Avocado
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3. For Manageability: Banana, Avocado, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Juice
This conditioner enhances the manageability of hair for styling after rising. The special ingredient in this mixture is the banana - especially for us ladies that experience shrinkage while rinsing and styling with no heat. Bananas hydrate and moisturizes dull hair and - wait for it - has a way of helping to minimize shrinkage! Don't have a panic attack if you notice a slight loosening of your curls; the effect is temporary until your next wash day. The Aloe Vera Juice and Olive Oil aid in penetrating the hair follicles and contribute to the shine and hydration of the hair. Finally, our favorite ingredient, the avocado aids in the strengthening of the hair, promotion of hair growth and prevention of split ends.
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Avocado
- 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice
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What homemade natural conditioning mask will you be using for your hair?