There is a whole industry dedicated to hair and a million, probably billion, products out there. But after sifting through my fair share of products, I have found what works for me, and generally speaking, you can’t find them on the shelf at many stores.
I used to spend a pretty penny on the products I used in my hair, but after a while of using things and not getting the results, I decided to go the simpler route. I literally looked up hair care recipes I could make myself, and it turns out my hair is actually less maintenance than I thought. No need to spend so much money on deep conditioners, shampoos and all of that. It doesn’t take much to make my hair happy (manageable), and you’re hair might be the same way, so here’s what I use.
Previously, I used Pureology among other brands, but I found that all my hair needs are ACV and Bentonite Clay. For some, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, so let me explain. ACV, better known as Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure-all for many things, but if you know anything about hair, it makes for a great rinse, leaving your hair shiny and soft.
Bentonite Clay, it’s actually well known in the beauty world and is a powerful clarifying clay. It’s often used in many clarifying face masks, but can actually be great for stripping the dirt out of your hair.
So really it’s just those two ingredients. I wish I could say I was fancier, but just put 1/3 a cup, or less, of Bentonite Clay in a bowl and then pour in ACV. I don’t have measurements because it’s pretty hard to mess this up. Just pour, stir and repeat until you find a consistency you like and that you can easily work into your hair.
Head to the shower and apply, focusing it on your scalp and rinse it out thoroughly when you’re done (i.e., make sure the water runs clean). From there you can proceed with conditioner, but most likely you’ll question if you even need condition because your hair will be so soft.
Side notes: If you have any left over, you can use it as a clarifying face mask. Just apply, let it dry and then rinse it off with warm water. Vuala! Bye, bye pores! Also, make sure you use ACV and not water. I found that water makes it lumpy and hard to use, but if you think water will work best for you, give it a try.
Okay, so this step isn’t au naturale, but it works. I would love to recommend an avocado, banana, and honey mixture, but every time I’ve tried that chunks have gotten stuck in my hair. IT WAS A NIGHTMARE! So if you have an amazing blender (probably a Vitamix) or don’t mind picking chunks out of your hair for some time, then go ahead. But I have been pleased with the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask. It’s not super cheap, but definitely not as expensive as it was years ago. Honestly, if you’re hung up on the price, I promise the results will make your purchase worth it. It’s the only deep condition I swear by because it’s the only one that works for me, and I’ve tried a lot.
Here is where the fun happens. After leaving the shower, I do a mix of store bought and homemade leave-in products to make sure my hair stays hydrated and happy for as long as possible.
My first step is to use Maui Moisture Shea Butter Hair Mask. Okay, I know it says a hair mask, but to me, leave-ins are whatever you actually “leave in” your hair. For some people, this might not work. It could be too heavy or not moisturizing enough, and I completely get that. I have 4b/c hair, and I need all the (heavy) moisture I can get. But on the same note, we might have similar hair, and it might not be moisturizing enough for you. All I can say is give it a try and if it works stick to it.
I’ve used many Maui Moisture hair masks, and the Shea Butter version is my favorite.
After applying Maui Moisture, I mix both Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (like the one you cook with), heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or less, and then apply it to my hair. You don’t need a lot of this because it is oil, but this step is critical for locking in moisture and keeping my hair soft.
Also, it’s crucial that you do these leave-in steps in the order I outlined above. Doing them in reverse might dry out your hair, or at least it does that to mine. Again, do what works for you. You know your hair best.
I will say I’m no hair expert, but ever since I simplified my hair care routine, my hair has been softer and healthier than ever.
As of right now, I haven’t found a curl definer that I really like, but once I do, I’ll do an update post.
Finally, I can’t end this post without talking about a supplement that has really helped my hair, skin, and nails. I’m not a big hair supplement person. I really don’t believe in them, but this one isn’t a hair-specific supplement. It’s Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Collagen is a protein our body uses to support our hair, skin, nails, tendons and much more. The older we get, the less of it our body produces and this supplement helps to bridge the gap. It’s tasteless and can dissolve into anything, from hot coffee or tea to a cold smoothie or even soup.
It’s a great way to help your body out, but in this case, it can help your hair out too. Also, it’s not the cheapest supplement I’ve ever purchased, but I have seen great results in my overall health while taking it, so if you’re interested, think of it as an investment in your health.
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