Natural hair can be a glorious thing, but it does require care to keep it healthy and happy. There are lots of products on store shelves that target natural hair, but you can make your own DIY treatments to save money and target your specific needs. Any of these should give you lovely hair any day of the week.
1. Treatment to Relax Hair
If you want to tame some of your curls, this treatment will get the job done in no time.
1 jar coconut milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Juice of 2 to 3 limes
Heat the coconut milk and lime juice, then slowly stir in the cornstarch until you a conditioner like consistency. Apply the mixture to your hair, cover and wait one hour before rinsing.
2. For Detangling
If you battle a lot of tangles in your natural hair, this mask should help smooth things out so your comb slides right on through.
1 cup hot water
4 teaspoons shredded marshmallow root
Steep the marshmallow root in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Strain and use the liquid as a rinse on your hair.
3. Curl Defining Treatment
When you have natural curls, it makes sense to take good care of them so they always look perfect. This treatment will help you do just that.
8 ounces light conditioner
5 ounces water
3 ounces aloe vera juice
1 to 2 ounces coconut oil
Place all the ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Apply to damp hair as a leave-in treatment.
4. Shea and Honey Styler
Styling natural hair can be a daily struggle, but it looks fabulous when properly cared for. Here's a great styling product to help you have a good hair day, every day.
1/4 cup raw shea butter
2 teaspoons raw honey
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
Melt the shea butter, but do not boil it. Freeze for about 15 minutes. Whip with the rest of the ingredients. Keeps for a couple of weeks.
5. Homemade Deep Conditioner
Natural hair is prone to dryness, which causes brittle strands, split ends and frizz. Use this homemade conditioner to combat all of those problems all at one time.
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons honey
Blend all the ingredients together in the blender until well combined. Massage the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes.
6. Hair Growth Rinse
Want to grow out your natural hair and add some length? Use this rinse to help you get there.
2 handfuls nettle roots
2 quarts cold water
Wash and dry the nettle, then soak in the cold water overnight. Then boil the mixture, strain the roots and rinse with the remaining mixture.
7. Dandruff Treatment
Anyone can suffer from dandruff, but you don't have to put up with it. Use this concoction to battle the flakes and keep your natural hair healthy and beautiful.
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Press the ginger to get 1 tablespoon juice. Mix with the other ingredients, then massage into your scalp. Let dry, then wash.
8. To Get Long Hair
Long hair is really pretty, but that doesn't make it easy to get. Use this treatment to help your natural hair grow long and lush.
2 to 3 eggs
Whip the eggs in a bowl. Massage the mixture through your hair and wait 5 minutes before rinsing.
9. Coconut Milk Treatment
This DIY recipe is great for conditioning and strengthening your hair. It smells really good too!
1 cup coconut milk
1 avocado, peeled and mashed
1 tablespoon honey
Combine the ingredients and apply to clean hair. Cover your hair and wait 15 minutes to one hour, then wash and rinse.
How do you take care of your natural hair? Which of these masks are you most excited to try?