Curly hair is a blessing and a curse. People believe we wake up and automatically have luxurious curls. IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY! If your curly hair is anything like mine, one day it is extremely moisturized and the next day its dry and brittle. To help combat all of the changes we face, I recommend doing a curly hair mask once a week depending on your specific hair needs. Sometimes we don’t have time to run to the store and buy a new one to meet our needs so why not go the DIY route? That way you can combat your hairs specific needs with items you already have in your home.
Curly Hair Mask #1
Fresh, Natural Aloe Vera Gel (preferably straight off the plant)
Avocado is an excellent moisturizer and strengthener packed full of proteins, amino acids and vitamins. Castor oil is well-known for stimulating hair growth. Aloe vera gel contains proteolytic enzymes which help conditioner the hair and scalp and provide a nice shine to the hair, while also promoting hair growth. Jojoba oil is another powerful product full of vitamin C, B, E, copper, and zinc. It effectively strengthens the hair to prevent hair loss and lessen shedding. Olive Oil is a great moisturizer and thickener.
Curly Hair Mask #2
Bananas are rich in potassium, oils, carbs and vitamins leaving your hair nice and moisturized and elastic with soft manageable curls. Elastic hair means less breakage and split ends. Olive oil is a moisturizer and thickener thats helps repair dry, brittle hair. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and humectant that helps your hair retain moisture while cleansing it. Coconut milk is full of nutrients to moisturize and repair dry hair. It also provides a nice shine.
Tip: Do not try and run outdoor errands with this mask in your hair or every bug, ESPECIALLY bees will be constantly chasing after you giving you an exciting afternoon.
Curly Hair Mask #3
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bentonite clay contains sodium, potassium, and calcium which helps draw out impurities from the hair and scalp while strengthening the hair for optimal growth. ACV helps bring hair to its normal acidity, reseals cuticles, and allows for easier combing of the hair. Not to mention the shine I see in my hair after I use ACV is to die for.
*Pro Tip: blend them in the blender for a smooth, creamy mask for your hair. It is not easy to pick out chunks of avocado out of your hair*
**Pro Tip #2: Want deeper conditioning? Place a cap over your head and sit under a hooded dryer or blow dryer for a deeper conditioning mask.