Category Archives: DIY Deep Conditioner

Caramel Hair Softener – Recipe from: Hair Care Rehab

Hello Maicurlies,

I have come back with ANOTHER DIY!!! 

DIY Caramel Hair Softener from "Hair Care Rehab" - Audrey Davis Sivasothy

DIY Caramel Hair Softener from “Hair Care Rehab” – Audrey Davis Sivasothy

I can not take credit for this gorgeous, delicious, luscious looking DIY  recipe though, all credit goes to the talented author and Naturalista Audrey Davis Sivasothy and her wonderful book Hair Care Rehab. You can read all about how much I love this book in my review here.

I contacted Audrey to check if it would be alright for me to use her recipe in a “how to” video/blog post and she was happy for me to share, so here it is! And Thank You Audrey!!! 

According to the book (and my own personal experience) this recipe will:

  • Soften & hydrate the hair
  • Reduce Frizz
  • Strengthen the hair
  • Lengthen curls
  • Improve curl definition

I also found it:

  • Provides shine
  • Reduces tangles 
  • Provides bounce

Now before I move on I will reiterate what the book says: you will want to do this on a day when you have “me time”, so I suggest doing this on a “pamper day” when you know you will not be rushed simply because for some of you after application you might want to follow up with shampoo and a quick Deep Condition (more about this further down). 

Ingredients/Tools:

Caramel Hair Softener Ingredients

  • 2 overripe Bananas (the more ripe they are the better)
  • 4 oz Water 
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice (in the original recipe it mentions using 2 oz but I use less*)
  • 2 oz Raw/Natural Honey
  • 4 oz Maple Syrup or Molasses
  • 2 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 oz Plain Flour
  • Mixing container
  • Blender
  • Sieve
  • Spoon
  • Pot

*I use less Lemon Juice because it tends to be too acidic for my hair and can dry it out, I suggest for your first attempt using less than 2 oz and then increasing if you so please.  

Ratio/Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Replace Honey with Agave Nectar
  • Use either Maple Syrup or Molasses
  • Use any carrier oil you wish in place of the EVOO (e.g. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil etc)
  • Use Corn Flour in place of Plain Flour
  • Baby Banana food in place of real bananas (I always find real bananas work better)

You can use half the ingredients mentioned to make less.

Mixing Instructions:

I first cut the bananas into 2 – 3 pieces and then blend them, you want to make sure they basically turn into banana “mushy juice”. (This is where using overripe bananas come into play because the more ripe they are the easier it will be to get a smooth mix without too many bits). Next I add the water and lemon juice and re-blend. After this I highly suggest using a sieve, this will help further eliminate banana bits (which are so difficult to get out of curly/kinky hair). You then can add the honey, maple syrup, EVOO and stir. The last ingredient is the flour which, should be done in halves and blended in between to make sure it is lump free.

The last step is warming up the mix. You only want to lightly warm it up, NOT boil it! The warming up will only take a few minutes and as soon as this happens you will notice the mixture thickening. Turn off the stove as soon as you notice the thickening otherwise you will be left with a lumpy and thick hard to use mix. 

Application:

You must allow the recipe to cool down to room temperature before you apply (please do not burn your fingers or scalp!) I prefer to apply onto damp hair (doesn’t have to be freshly washed) and then cover with a shower cap, plastic bag and scarf for 1.5 hours (you can leave it on for 45 minutes – 1.5 hours no more time is required). I normally only follow up with a conditioner to rinse my hair and then move onto styling without the need to Shampoo or do an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse or a Deep Conditioner.

Of course I have a video of my mixing process:

Things to keep in mind:

  1. This is NOT a temporary relaxer! I have seen a few videos/blog stating that the caramel treatment works as a “mild/temporary relaxer” for the hair….I don’t know how one could come up with that but NO! The recipe provides the hair with so much moisture and nourishment that dry hair (at least my dry hair) basically absorbs all that goodness which ends up making my curls “heavy” (for lack of a better word). This heaviness makes my curls appear longer which I guess is why some people claim it is a “temporary relaxer” but again NO, it just leaves your hair not dry!
  2. If you can know you will not be able to use all the mix in one go either use less of the ingredients, give some away or as a last resort store the remaining in your freezer. Do not leave it in your fridge for more than a few days because it will go moldy!
  3. If you store it in your freezer, I suggest gently double broiling in a heat proof glass bowl over water since it will become really thick and almost impossible to manipulate onto your hair once it has been frozen. 
  4. Some of you might feel the need to follow up with shampoo afterwards or perhaps an ACV rinse. If you use shampoo then you might consider doing a quick 10 minute deep condition just to make sure your hair doesn’t feel stripped because of the shampoo. 
  5. If you are allergic to ANY of the ingredients please DO NOT USE THEM! There are always alternative ingredients, such as those mentioned above or other recipes you can use without risking your health.
  6. If any of the ingredients are new to your routine, please do a patch test before you apply it all over your hair, to avoid any unforeseen allergic reactions. 

I would love to hear what you think if you give this a try, or if you already have used the Caramel Hair Softener please let me know what you thought!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Moisturizing & Fortifying DC (Pink CoCream Hibiscus – update)

Hey Maicurlies,

Yup, I’ve got an updated Deep Conditioner I would like to share with you!

DIY Moisturizing & Fortifying DC

I’ve actually updated most of my DIY products (I do this whenever I feel like my hair is no longer responding as well as it use to). Sometimes our hair can be accustomed to a product/treatment and needs a change. I’ve posted my previous DIY Moisturizing DC that I used routinely on a weekly basis in case you want to compare the ingredients of both concoctions. 

A lot of the ingredients I use now are also part of my “old” mix with one new ingredient and a twist to my old oil. What I LOVE about the DC is that it’s packed with moisturizing properties and also has a kick of strength to help fortify the hair at the same time. My hair feels absolutely fabulous after I rinse it off (as we speak I just rinsed mine out after using henna…it feels sooo good!) Aside from all that, it is so pretty isn’t it?! 😀 And it smells AWESOME (Yup i took a ton of pictures just to prove my point). 

I make A LOT of the DC and freeze part of it in silicon molds and then put the DC “bars” into a sandwich bag that’s stored in my freezer for future use. The freezer helps “preserve” the DC and also means I don’t have to remix every single week. When I want to use them all I do is take out the amount I need (3 – 4 bars to cover the length of my hair completely) and place them in a heat proof bowl to gently warm it up in a double broiler (the DC is cold if it is not warmed up and my hair likes slightly warm DC and so does my fingers and scalp lol). I am NOT cooking or boiling the DC just letting it melt and lightly warm up. I then apply as usual, starting from ends to root. I cover my hair with cling film or a shower cap, a plastic bag and then layer on a scarf too. I also warm up a facecloth by dunking it in warm water, wringing  out the excess water and placing it over the cling film/shower cap for a few minutes. The point is to keep my scalp and the DC warm since this helps to open up the cuticle of the hair and allows the moisturizing and fortifying properties of the to DC penetrate the hair strands.

So without further ado here are the ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 11 oz. Moisturizing Conditioner – provides the base for the moisturizing DC (use your favorite moisturizing conditioner – you can use less if you don’t want to make extra DC) 
  • 1.8 oz. Plain bottled water provides additional moisture for the hair…H2o a naturals bestie!
  • 0.2 oz. Hibiscus powder* – provides strength, shine, luster and conditions the hair
  • 2 oz. Organic Coconut Cream – provides strength 
  • 0.8 oz Rosewater – provides moisture, shine, soothes the scalp & re-balances the pH of the hair (smells AMAZING)
  • 0.2 oz. Rose Infused Oil (I use rose infused almond oil but you can use any carrier oil of choice) – a light oil that helps to seal in the properties of the DC, provides shine, softens the hair, provides luster and smells AWESOME
  • 0.1 oz. Glycerina humectant the draws water in the air to the hair (if you hair doesn’t like glycerin you can omit it or replace it with Honey/Agave Nectar/Aloe Vera Juice)

*try to use finely sieved hibiscus powder. I make my own hibiscus powder but didn’t sieve it a lot on the day but once I rinsed out the DC I had absolutely no “bits” in my hair (I only rinsed my hair once). Note: Hibiscus gives off a red/purple tint to the hair and is most obvious on blond/bleached/light hair therefore if red undertones are not something you want do not add hibiscus. 

Mixing Instructions

Mix everything together in a large container in any order. After you have combined everything I suggest whisking the DC to ensure everything is well combined. (Split the mix in 2 containers to avoid your kitchen and yourself from getting splashed)!

Video explanation

 

I am not a doctor, dermatologist nor a medical professional. The information provided here are for informational purposes only and should not be used as medical advice. Please consult with your personal doctor/dermatologist/medical professional before using any new ingredients/products. 

Do you store any of your DIY Deep Conditioner mixes in your freezer? I would love to hear what you think as always Maicurlies! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protein boost for shed hair

Good Evening Maicurlies! 

Recently I started noticing that I might have a little more shed hair than what I consider “normal” (for myself). I have an article on Global Couture about the difference between hair shed and breakage here. I will quickly explain below about shedding just  in case you are a “newling”, 

What is shed hair?

Shed hair is “old” hair that falls out because its life cycle has ended. We know that hair is not “alive” per say but even so it has a life cycle. The life cycle begins when it forms under the scalp to when it sprouts from your scalp and finally falls out. On average hair grows for 2 – 8 years before falling out but it depends from person to person. 

You can identify shed hair due to the bulb at the end (where it fell from your scalp). It has a white round shape to it due to the lack of melanin (color) that occurs right before the hair is about to fall out. It is said that it’s normal to have 50 – 100 pieces of shed hair per day so if you start seeing much much more than that you might need to investigate. 

What can cause excessive shed hair?

The number one person why you might experience excessive shedding is because of a lack of protein. But this is not the only cause of excess shed hair:

  • Health/medical issues
  • pregnancy
  • not enough exercise/improper eating
  • stress
  • new products
  • reactions to medicine

can also contribute to excess shed hair. It is important to try and pin point when you start noticing the difference and what exactly could be causing it. This is where a Hair Journal can come in handy. I have written about keeping a Hair Journal here.

My hair is long and when double or triple folded it can look deceiving like a lot more than just 1 piece but regardless, there has been more shed hair than normal and I think it might be my conditioner. I am now researching to find another conditioner (that’s a whole other story)!

I do want to reinforce my protein treatments which is why I have come up with a “fortified” Deep Conditioner (DC).

My normal protein treatment consists of:

Protein DC for strength

                             Protein DC for strength

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon Grape Seed Oil

New “fortified” Protein DC:

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Conditioner

I will of course follow up with my moisturizing DC afterwards to re-balance my hair. Hopefully with a stronger protein DC and a new conditioner that will help keep the shed hair in line!

What is your favorite Protein DC? What do you do if you notice excssive shed hair? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Simple DIY Deep Conditioners

Hello Maicurlies

As you well know, I am a DIY freak! I love the whole research and mixing process (some trails are a fail but that is part of the fun right?!) Anyways, I came across a post in Natura Magazine by TyLisa which covers the topic of DIY Deep Conditioners. 

photo credit: Chiot's Run via photopin cc

               photo credit: Chiot’s Run via photopin cc

I of course have my own concoctions that I mix up for Moisture, Protein and Strengthening

It is important to have a balance of moisture and protein so that your hair is neither dry nor “mushy” or “stretchy” when it is over moisturized. Having a balanced routine means that your hair is receiving the right amount of nourishment to be healthy, thrive and grow.

There are three really simple yet effective DIY Deep Conditioners in the article “The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners“. If you are not the biggest fan of mixing a bunch of ingredients together these recipes are so simple and you probably already have the ingredients at home that you have to give it a try. Trust me once you get the DIY bug in you, you won’t want to stop!

Maicurls

Maicurls

              

Tresemme Naturals Conditioners (Review)

Good Evening Maicurlies! 

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter 🙂

Before I start I want to point out one thing:

  • I was not paid/compensated or requested to do write this “review”
TRESemme Naturals

TRESemme Naturals Conditioners

Right, now that that’s out of the way let’s get down to business shall we. This will be my first “product review” if you can call it that, so please bear with me (it is long)! I wanted to provide as much information as possible.

I had to change my “go to” conditioner because long story short I noticed an ingredient that was either newly added or I never noticed it in the list before. I will not mention the name of the conditioner but the ingredient is Paraffinium Liquidium!!! (Mineral Oil!) Said conditioner was my staple for a number of reasons. It is paraben, silicone and phenoxyethanol free, contains 98% ingredients of natural origin and has a gentle pH. Aside from that it contains Shea Butter and Olive Oil, detangles my hair and deeply nourishes it.

So Why?? Why?? WHHHY??? I do not get it! You go to the lengths of being all of the above and then have that in there?!?! I was even a fan of the Hair Mask/Deep Conditioner from said company. Ok enough of my rant.

This brings me to my product review of TRESemmé Naturals. This is an old friend from back when I was transitioning and even after I was initially fully natural. I think during my product junkie days I sort of forgot about this conditioner. So I revisited my longtime friend and like it! 

I went over some product reviews to see what other natural-heads had to say before I retried it and of course there are two sides to every coin. There are rave reviews and some who were not too fond of it. Apparently at some point the ingredient list had been changed without warning and this caused quite a stir! Some ladies said that they preferred the “old” conditioner better. For me, I remember being fond of it a few years ago and my hair still responds well to it.

Before you continue reading please note: while the name says TRESemme Naturals it is NOT 100% natural! So ladies/gents please read your ingredient lists and then read it again to familiarize yourself with the product and to know what you are applying all over your hair and scalp.

TRESemmé Naturals Review: 

I tried both the: Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner and the Moisturizing Conditioner over a few weeks to get realistic results. I used both in the same way I used my previous conditioner: to wash/co-wash, as part of my DIY Deep Conditioners (DC) and my DIY Leave-In Conditioners.

Packaging

Both bottles have a clean and simple design with a big green leaf and a description of what each conditioner is supposed to do for your hair at the front. The back of course gives more details. The bottles are quite large (900ml) which is both positive and negative because while you get A LOT of conditioner the bottles are a little “bulky” in case you want to take one with you on vacation. *Read my Curly Travel Tips post to see how I solve this issue when I travel.

Price*

Both conditioners are the same price (in my area) and both are affordable (again in my area) so when it comes to price I think you get your monies worth especially as they are large bottles. *Price depends on where you live in the world but from what I have read online it is a seemingly cheap conditioner worldwide.

Consistency & Scent

They are both reasonably thick (not to the point that it is hard to squeeze them out of the bottle) and give me great slip. The color of the conditioners is white, the scent of both are neither strong nor overpowering but they do have a light ‘perfume-ish’ smell.  F.Y.I they both contain (PARFUM) fragrance (ingredient list below) in case this is an issue for you.

Results

TRESemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner

Moisturizing Conditioner

Moisturizing Conditioner: My hair really does feel moisturized after using the conditioner as a co-wash/DC/Leave-In Conditioner. It cleans my hair but does strip it (technically a conditioner should not but there have been cases of this happening). As part of my DIY DC’s I enjoyed the results because it left my hair feeling moisturized and soft. Since it was not developed as a DC I add additional ingredients for more benefits. My hair does not feel or look weighed down when used as a Leave-In nor does it coat my hair. Instead, I get really moisturized curls with a nice sheen, good clumpage, curls that pop and are really shiny. Note: when used as a DIY Leave-In the ratio of the ingredients used can determine if you do/do not get buildup. Therefore make sure to use measured amounts and ration the amounts used.

TRESemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner

Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner

Vibrantly Smooth: My hair feels moisturized, slick (not greasy) and not stripped at all. My hair does not feel or look weighed down instead, it does a good job of clumping my curls, moisturizes my hair and giving it a smooth finish. As part of my DIY DC’s I enjoyed the results because it again left my hair feeling moisturized and soft. Since it was not developed as a DC I add additional ingredients to maximize the results. I noticed the most frizz reduction when I use it as a part of my DIY Leave-In Conditioner. Notewhen used as a DIY Leave-In the ratio of the ingredients used will determine if you feel like you have buildup or not. Therefore make sure to use measured amount and ration the amounts used so not to cause buildup or clogged scalp pores.

Ingredients

Green = “good” ingredient/alcohol (some include natural ingredients)

Orange = “average” ingredient/alcohol (some include natural ingredients)

Red = “poor” ingredient/alcohol

Moisturizing Conditioner – Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyrceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Aspartic Acid, Lauroyl Lysine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol,Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol.

Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner – Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyrceride, Stearamidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Lauroyl Lysine, Aspartic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Ethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol,Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance).

NOTE: when looking at ingredient lists sometimes we get confused about the alcohols in them and think all alcohols are “bad” when that is not always the case. Examples of “good” alcohols are fatty alcohols such as: Cetyl Alcohol & Stearyl Alcohol. Benzyl Alcohol is considered more of an “average” alcohol, whereas alcohols such as: Ethyl Alcohol & Isopropyl Alcohol are “poor” alcohols as they can cause the hair to feel dry. Therefore if your product contains “poor” alcohols try to make sure they are at the bottom of the list as this indicates there is a low percentage of it present. (The higher up an ingredient is listed the more prevalent it is in the product.) Also make sure to do patch tests before you apply conditioner all over your head. 

Additional details

  • Silicon Free
  • Hypoallergic
  • No added colour
  • “Makes your hair 10x stronger after just one use” (I cannot attest to this)
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin (*You should do a small patch test first before applying it all over your scalp)
  • Can be used on color treated hair
  • Not tested on animals
  • Avoid contact with eyes. Can cause skin irritation in which case you should flush thoroughly with water

Verdict

In all honesty I really like both products but I would say the Moisturizing Conditioner is my favorite because it does what the label says! It makes my hair feel great, cleans yet still leaves it moisturized and really really soft. I will never have frizz free hair (I am not looking for that It) and the Moisturizing Conditioner seems to give me just that extra moisture.  Also since I am an ingredient fanatic I prefer its ingredient list over the Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner since all of the “poor” ingredients are listed right at the bottom of the list. 

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Do you use TRESemmé Naturals? Which one? How do you like it? If you do not like it why? I would love to hear from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls