Using a moisturizing DIY leave-in conditioner for natural hair is one of the best things you can do for your mane.
DIY hair recipes are ideal because they’re fun, affordable, and you control the ingredients. That means you can avoid chemicals and keep some coins in your purse by buying and blending a few high-quality ingredients yourself.
This is not to say that you can’t benefit from using store-bought products, like our Mango Moringa Moisture Max system. It’s just that it’s good to experiment with both purchased and homemade products for your natural curls. That way, you can see what your hair likes best.
Why Use a Leave-In Conditioner?
At first glance, a leave-in conditioner may seem pointless because you’re applying a conditioner after you’d already used one in the shower. And in fact, you may go months or years before you realize that it’s a good idea.
Adding a leave-in conditioner into your regimen will help to give you the soft, moisturized curls you want.
Here are five benefits of leave-in conditioners:
Ready to try making your own leave-in conditioner? The first thing you’ll need is a clean plastic spray bottle. See below for three easy leave-in conditioner recipes!
The simplest DIY leave-in conditioner is one that makes use of your favorite store-bought conditioner.
Making a leave-in conditioner out of your regular conditioner is super easy and very affordable. You just need a clean spray bottle and a bottle of your favorite conditioner. It’s important to get the measurements right, otherwise, you’ll end up with hair that is filmy or flaky.
Aloe vera is one of the most hydrating ingredients for hair and you may find that it does more for your hair than plain water.
Aloe vera juice contains several key vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids--all of which are ideal for hair. Purchase an aloe vera juice that is distilled and that does not require refrigeration. This will allow you to store your leave-in conditioner in your bathroom cabinet.
Avocado oil is one of the best oils for hair, and you’ll find the texture creamier than olive oil. However, you can still use olive oil if you have trouble finding avocado oil.
Keep in mind that this DIY mixture contains no emulsifier. Emulsifiers are usually added to store products to make the texture consistent. Because your DIY mixture contains no emulsifier, you’ll need to shake the bottle well each time you use it.
Conditioner #3: Marshmallow Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler
The Marshmallow Leave-in Conditioner and Detangler is a little more complicated than the first two recipes because you need to use a stove to boil the marshmallow root.
However, marshmallow root contains great slip, making this recipe very valuable for any natural who experiences dry, tangled hair.
This mixture must be stored in the refrigerator to prevent mold, but will last 4-6 weeks.
DIY leave-in conditioners are great for naturals because they’re less irritating for the scalp than the average store brand and they help to detangle curly strands.
Plus, they’re a big money saver. Purchasing a big bottle of each active ingredient and mixing it on your own will take an initial investment, but your price becomes more economical in the long run.
The toxicity level is much lower when you make your own hair supplies too. Your body will enjoy a break from inhaling chemical sprays, and your curls will be all the more natural.
If you ever get tired of creating your natural hair products from scratch, make sure you try out our Mango Moringa Moisture Max system. It has all-natural ingredients and provides all the moisture needed for strong and healthy curls.
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