- First of all, try not to straighten your hair! It’s really damaging!
- Don’t dye your hair, it’s a killer.
- Do not dry your hair with a hair dryer! Unless you have a diffuser
- Do not brush your hair!
- Do not use shampoo!
I don’t buy products, as I found they just make my hair worse, so my hair is only fed natural stuff. A friend told me how coconut oil could help revitalise my hair. They recommended cold pressed virgin coconut oil, so I thought I’d give it a try as it was 100% natural.
It produced really great results too. But first, you must get a haircut!! They aren’t expensive and without a good haircut, your hair is a lost case. I got my curly hair layered and thinned. This is the first and essential step.
After the hair cut you will need to buy:
- Buy some virgin coconut oil as it moisturises and has no added ingredients. Healthboost.com has some good information on how it can help the hair.
- Aloe vera gel! The 100% or 99% pure kind. I use the fruit of the earth, try to get as close to 100% pure as you don’t want alcohols and other drying ingredients.
- Honey. You know the sweet stuff bees make.
- Jojoba Oil. It might be a bit expensive, but if you can afford it go for it.
- Aloe Vera juice the 100% pure kind or 99% as close as you can get. This too might be a bit expensive, but you don’t use too much of it at a time, so it lasts a long while.
- Satin pillowcase. When you sleep at night, this will minimize the frizz that you get from moving your hair around while you sleep. This really helped reduce my frizz!!
- Glycerin. It’s not an essential, but it isn’t too expensive either.
- A mister, like a spray bottle. An empty one.
- A comb!!!!!!!
- A hair dryer, and a hair diffuser. Why? Well, I go to sleep straight after my shower, and if I go to sleep with wet hair, I wake up with poof and frizz. This way I can dry my hair so it doesn’t break up and smoosh while I sleep. It dries your hair quickly and doesn’t harm the shank while and heating it up. Attach the diffuser and use it on the coolest setting. It’s perfect for curly hair! Diffusers can be really pricey, but like the haircut it is a must! Otherwise, you will have to do with air drying your hair, but never sleep with wet hair.
- Vinegar, any vinegar but preferably apple cider vinegar! It adds shine and softness and doesn’t damage your hair.
- Epsom salt. A natural curl definer.
First, I get a bowl, then put in a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of aloe vera juice, and then one and a half tablespoons of cold pressed virgin coconut oil, whatever suits you, and then mix it all up. Mix it really really well, and it will all combine.
You now have super moisturising conditioner.
Then you get your empty mister/spray bottle ready. Now get a measuring cup and put in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of aloe vera juice. You can add more to suit your needs. Then add a teaspoon of jojoba oil and a teaspoon of glycerin. You can afford to leave the glycerin out if you don’t have it. Now fill the measuring cup up with water up until it reaches half a cup. You can double the ingredients to get more mixture. Now pour it into the spray bottle.
This is a spray to reduce frizz and add shine.
NOTE: before using the spray you must shake it because the oil and the aloe separate.
The next one is optional but I choose to do it as it defines your curls at the same time. It also makes your hair soft and shiny.
Get 3-4 tablespoons of vinegar and pour it into a jug, and then add a teaspoon of Epsom salts. (You can add more once again to suit your needs) then pour in warm water, about one cup and the mix until salt has dissolved. The salt and vinegar rinse.
This last recipe is just one I use for second-day hair, to help with frizz, it works really well. It also lasts a long while because you only need to use tiny bits at a time, otherwise it gets too oily. Get 1/3 of a cup of aloe vera gel, a tablespoon of jojoba oil and a tablespoon of glycerin. This is jojoba jelly, you just whip it up, cover up with cling wrap and use it when you need it. DO NOT REFRIGERATE! It doesn’t spoil, and if you put it in the fridge it will turn into a block.
How to use it:
In the shower, use the super moisturising conditioner and massage into the scalp. With coconut oil still in your wet hair, comb your hair until there are no knots, then rinse it. Now get the salt and vinegar rinse and pour it over your hair, tilting your head back. Then wash the rinse out completely. Get out of the shower, dry yourself, get a towel and (lightly) scrunch the water out of your hair. Do not rub your hair with the towel! Then get the hair spray, shake it and spray it evenly over your hair, now combe your hair, getting rid of knots while distributing the spray all over.
Now get the aloe vera gel, and squeeze a dollop into your hand and scrunch your hair in sections. Once done with your dollop in one section, put another dollop in your hand and scrunch another section and etc.
Now diffuse your hair, while scrunching constantly. You might still need to let your hair air dry for about 10 min.
Voila!! Now you can keep your hair like this, or sleep and when you wake up, all the crunch will be scrunched out during your sleep. If there is any crunch left, just scrunch it out with your hands.
Now if there is any remaining frizz, either use the jojoba jelly, or smooth a little bit of aloe vera gel over the frizz. Or you can also use the hair spray.
I hope I helped!
Now your hair might be really damaged. So it might need some healing time before looking really great. You also really need a deep treatments once each week. I usually do it on those lazy weekends when I am staying home all day. You mix 4 tablespoons of conditioner with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, you might need to melt the coconut oil a little bit first, and mix the condish and coco oil together. Now wet your hair, apply the mixture evenly, wrap your head up in a towel and leave for two hours, then wash it out. It really helps to heal your hair and reduce split ends.
If your hair gets too oily or heavy from product build up, use this recipe:
- Tablespoon of baking soda, and one warm cup of water
- Mix until dissolved, and pour over head in shower, before conditioning. Wash out, condition and then do your usual method.
I do this about once a month.
I really hope I helped!
I know it’ a bit of work, but curly hair comes at a price!
I hated my hair but now I love it 🙂