Today’s guest blogger is my good friend Crystal, you may remember her from the ‘New Up Do (Protective Style)‘ post. Crystal is always whipping up different hair concoctions in her kitchen. See just how she does it below:
While I enjoy my fair share of store bought products…..every now and then I like to get in the kitchen and mix up a few of my own concoctions. Last weekend I whipped up my favorite deep conditioner, scalp oil, whipped shea butter and flax seed gel.
Here are the products & materials I used for everything that I made:
Elasta QP Soy Hydration Anti-Breakage Moisture Rich Deep Conditioner
Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream
Shea Butter Flax Seed
Olive Oil Vitamin E Oil
Almond Oil Tea Tree Oil
Jojoba Oil Peppermint Oil
Avocado Oil Rosemary Oil
Castor Oil Lavender Oil
Mixing bowl Strainer
Hand mixer Pot
Teaspoon ¼ cup measuring cup
I use the following mixture as a deep conditioner. If I have the time, I like to let it “marinate” overnight. If not, I put the conditioner on my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 or 45 mins.
4 tsp of each conditioner
1 ½ tsp Castor Oil
1 tsp Olive oil, Almond oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
9 drops Peppermint oil
7 drops Rosemary oil and Lavender oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
I mix the conditioners together first then add the oils and mix until well blended.
Word to the wise: Be very careful not to get this in your eyes!!! The peppermint oil is not your friend when it gets in your eyes…. and yes I know from experience!
I use this in addition to the conditioner as a hot oil treatment
1.5 oz Olive oil
.5 oz Castor oil
5 squeezes Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Avocado oil
7 drops Peppermint oil, Rosemary oil and Lavender oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
As with the conditioner, be very careful not to let this get in your eyes! Again, the peppermint oil is not your eye’s friend!
Whipped Shea Butter:
10 oz Shea Butter
1 tsp Coconut oil
¼ tsp Grapeseed oil
2 squeezes Castor oil, Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Vegetable Glycerin
5 drops Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil
Break up the Shea Butter before adding the oil, then start whipping!!! I start with the mixer setting on 1 and then increase gradually to help smooth the butter out (I typically don’t go past 3 or 4).
Note: Be careful not to start out with the setting too high because you will end up with Shea Butter all over your kitchen! Don’t ask me how I know that lol
This is the result after being whipped for about 7 mins. For a smoother consistency, whip longer.
Flax Seed Gel:
2 cups of water
¼ cup flax seed
3 drops Vitamin E oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil
2 drops Castor oil and Jojoba oil
Bring water to a rolling boil and add the flaxseed. While stirring, allow the water to come to a boil again (This was about an 8 on my stove). After it began to boil again, I turned it down (to about a 4) and let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about the first 5 or 6 minutes. The mixture should begin to thicken as it cooks. It should start to become slightly slimy. I cooked mine for about 7 mins. However, the next time I try making the flax seed gel I think I will cook it a little longer because it was looser than what I wanted it to be once it cooled.
Once it is done cooking, remove the pot from the heat and pour into the strainer. (Note: Make sure you rinse the pot immediately, you don’t want this stuff to cool down and start to harden in the pot). I used a spoon to press the rest of the gel through the strainer.
And there you have it! Flax seed gel! It should be kind of slimy and gooey. Once it cooled just a little, I added about 3 drops of Vitamin E oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Tea Tree oil and 2 drops of Castor oil and Jojoba oil and stirred to mix.
This is my first time making this but I would definitely make it again. From what I have read, this should be stored in the fridge and will be good for about 3 weeks.
Thanks again Crystal! Looks like all of the at home hair concoctions turned out great! Do you have any DIY hair recipes?