Thursday, October 14, 2010

Making Your Own Hair Moisturizer

I will not be making my own moisturizer unless I get desperate, but I have been asking myself lately, how? To be moisturizing I would need water (preferably distilled), some kind of moisturizing oil(s) or butter(s), and an oil and water preservative. Normally when mixing oils you do not need to add a preservative, but when mixing oil and water, the product can go bad pretty fast.

Simple rule: oil + water=bacteria

Base:
As I have spoken of before, my favorite butters are Hemp Seed, Mango, Macademia Nut, Olive, and Avocado Butter. Mango butter makes a great product base because it is so very solid and the other three are very moisturizing and nourishing butters that penetrate the hair shaft.

Nourishment:
Then I would add a couple of oils for more nourishment and to whip the butter into a more pliable state. My favorite oils are avocado, wheat germ (stinky), coconut (Vatika), and castor oils.

Optional Additions:
You could add essential oils for stimulation of hair growth and for a pleasing scent like rosemary essential oil, chamomile essential oil, or orange essential oil. Adding aloe vera gel or juice might be a good option to promote strong hair that sheds less.

Emollient/Emulsifier/Thickener:
These help the oil and water mix and not separate once the mix has set. Without this step, the chances are good that the mixture will not mix and you will just have a creamy mess on your hands.

Preservative:
As stated earlier, you must use a preservative when mixing oil and water. Personally I like grapefruit seed extract, liquid germall plus, and vitamin e (Wheat Germ Oil contains significant amounts of vitamin e). You can google search for the correct proportions of preservative to product.

When making natural products it is best to make as much as needed at the time because the shelf life of natural products is not very long. The best part about this is that most products can be bought locally at whole foods, local health food stores, African markets, and so many more local places. So if you are a mixtress, this is a great recipe for hair moisturizing success.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Miss Music
    I've been reading your blog for a while now. Your posts are truly helpful.
    I've been looking for the best moisturizer for a long long time and had not find yet THE one. With this post, you inspired me to make my own. It turned out great !!!
    Thanks a lot and keep the post and videos coming.

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  2. I've been looking for something exactly like this! The only thing is....do you have a specific recipe you used when you tried it? And how did it turn out? Oh....and what emulsifier did you use, or would you suggest to use? I have very course, damaged hair that us wavy but I straighten it a lot with a flat iron. No matter what I do it always feels the same. Oh, and I dye my hair every 3 weeks or so as my roots come in. I'd absolutely LOVE to try this.... just need some more specific. Thank you!!

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  3. I have not tried this recipe, sorry!

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