Many naturals have been getting into using all natural products in their hair regime. They can be mixed to create your ideal moisture retaining product or they can be used on their own. Store bought products work great too and it is really up to personal preference but there are so many benefits to using natural products. They are free of parabens, safer for long term use, healthier for your hair and healthier for you. Here are a few great natural products that you should consider adding to your hair care routine.
Avocado oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and olive oil are all amazing, nourishing and moisturizing oils. They are all great sealants to retain moisture in curls. Castor oil is among the heavy oils so they don’t penetrate the hair shaft but they do lock in moisture externally. It should be used sparingly so you don’t get too much build up. Jojoba oil is popular because it is so similar to the oils our scalp naturally produces. Olive oil and avocado oil penetrate the hair shaft and to help seal in moisture which is why they are usually recommended if you use the LOC Method for moisture.
Coconut oil is one of the many beneficial oils like the ones listed above. But it’s so popular and diverse in its uses that it deserves its own section. Because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties due to fatty acids, it can prevent hair loss or scalp conditions that are caused by a bacteria or fungus build up on the scalp. It also prevents breakage and damage when applied as a pre poo and at post- wash and it reduces protein loss in hair. Each time you wash your hair you lose a bit of protein so a 15 minute pre poo treatment with low heat will keep this from happening reducing the amount of breakage and split ends.
Hair teas have been growing in popularity recently. They are great for growth, length, shedding, shine and softness. They are rich in antioxidants, and amino acids and they calm scalp irritations and issues. Green tea is rich in B5, C, D, and E. It stimulates blood flow and reduces shedding, increasing hair growth. Black tea strengthens the hair reducing shedding and brings out your hairs natural highlights. Steep 2-3 bags of green or black tea in in 2 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon of honey. While it cools to room temperature cleanse your hair with your product of choice. Pour it into a container and apply to dry or wet hair. Leave for 5-15 minutes and gently massage it into scalp. Then rinse with cold water. You can do this this on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Shea butter is a rich, thick butter that seals in moisture and soothes dry itchy scalps. It absorbs into the hair strand and coats the hair shaft which makes it great for protection against heat. It also has a low SPF that can protect your hair against the suns ultra violet rays. There are two types of shea butter, unrefined and refined. It is best to use unrefined because it retains all of the above benefits whereas refined shea butter, after processing, only retains some of its beneficial properties.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel can be great as a natural gel for your hair. It smoothes the hair cuticle ,attracts and seals in moisture. It has a mild hold but keeps your curls looking fresh through most of the day. Aloe vera is also a great leave in conditioner that provides a layer of extra protection under your styling products.