Natural Hair Conditioner & CoWashing: The Secret To Restoring/ Maintaining Vibrant, Healthy Hair

The Problem

Okay. Most of us are guilty of mistreating our hair and taking our healthy locks for granted. We perm, color, weave (with glue, with clips, with thread), braid our hair way too tight, use excessive amounts of heat on our hair, from blow drying to hot curling and flat ironing, all of which weakens and damages our naturally healthy hair follicles. Then we shampoo, which over time can strip our hair of its own natural conditioning oils and shine.

This abuse can lead to severe breakage and thinning of the hair. Then after months or years of exposing our follicles to this damage, we decide to give our hair a much needed deep conditioning and/or some other restorative treatment. As a result of this epiphany (which is brilliant, I might add) and increased sense of responsibility to the health of our hair, for ONE day — and ONE Day Only, we treat our tresses with tender, loving care and give them the attention they need and deserve. While this level of TLC is good, it is NEVER Enough to undo the months and years of wear-and-tear our hair has suffered. This effort, to salvage our hair from ruin, becomes . . .

A Half-Hearted Attempt to Correct The Problem

Yet, after all of this hard work, we inevitably revert back to our bad habits and the unhealthy cycle of damage continues. Once again, we sacrifice our desire to maintain the health of our hair, and instead opt to obtain a trendy style. We find ourselves on the same old path, where style is Queen and health is not even a runner-up in our quest for perceived beauty. Frustrated, we turn to family members and friends to get advice on how to grow long, strong, healthy hair. We comb through an unknown number of store shelves to find just the right combination of products that will serve as the proverbial “genie in a bottle” to cure our hair wows.

We spend a large amount of money and invest an untold amount of time to give these products an opportunity to revitalize our hair and give us our desired result, which is to restore our hair to its previous health. Finally, after hitting our heads against a massive brick wall time-and-time again, we make the ultimate commitment to finding . . .

The Solution:

Choose Ingredients

Let’s jump right into it and start at the beginning. This means do some research into what products and/or natural herbal remedies help to solve the problem(s) your hair is experiencing. Make a list of the items you will need to restore your hair’s health and add them to your daily and/or weekly routine. For example, did you know warm Almond Oil is a great solution to heal dry, damaged hair. Depending on the length of your hair, use approximately 2 to 3 Tbsp. (on short cropped hair) or up to about a 1/4 of a Cup of Almond Oil (on longer styles). Again, use more or less Almond Oil depending on the length of your hair. Simply, heat the Almond Oil, for approximately 40 seconds to a minute (depending on the amount of Almond Oil you are using), and then evenly distribute it throughout your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair with a Cleansing Conditioner. Use cold water only during your regular routine of cleansing/conditioning your hair.

Repeat the cleansing process twice more to ensure that your hair has been properly cleaned. Exceptions to the cold water rule do exist, such as hot/warm water and a neutralizing shampoo should be used when removing chemicals, like perms, from your hair.

For individuals, who suffer from dry hair and dandruff, I recommend the following weekly regimen. Listed below are the ingredients you will need and their benefits to your hair and scalp.

100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel   – Soothes Scalp and Promotes Hair Growth
3 Egg Whites   – Strengthens Hair
2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise   – Strengthens Hair
2 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt   – Strengthens Hair
1/8 Onion   – Promotes Hair Growth, Treats Hair Loss, Treats Dandruff, Scalp Infections, and Dry/Itchy Scalp
3 – 4 Cloves of Garlic   – Promotes Hair Growth, Minimizes Shedding
3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil   – Seals in Moisture and Softens
3 Tbsp. Avocado Oil   – Promotes Hair Growth
3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil   – Moisturizes, Restores Natural Shine, and Strengthens Hair
3 Tbsp. Honey   – Antibacterial, Restores Natural Shine, and Softens
1 Tbsp. Shea Butter   – Seals In Moisture
1 Tsp. Tea Tree Oil   – Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Soothes Dry Scalp (NOTE: Use ONLY a Little)
1 Tsp. Jojoba Oil   – Repairs Damaged Ends, Balances Oil Production in Scalp, Stops Hair Glands from Over Producing Oil, Non-Greasy, and Restores Natural Shine

Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment

First, part your hair in thin strips length wise (from front to back) and place the Aloe Vera Gel directly onto your scalp. Second, once finished applying the Aloe Vera Gel to your entire head, massage the Aloe Vera Gel into your scalp and cover your hair with a plastic cap. Third, leave the Aloe Vera Gel on your scalp for 2 hours. This simple Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment soothes your scalp and promotes hair growth.

Making the Natural Conditioner

Fourth, place all of the ingredients listed above, with the exception of the Aloe Vera Gel, into a blender or food processor. Prior to inserting the Onion, cut it in half, dividing one of the halves into 4 sections. ONLY use one of the four sections cut in this mixture. Add that section to the other ingredients in the blender or food processor. Use three to four cloves of Garlic. Deshell each clove and use a Garlic Press to mince. Then add the pressed cloves of Garlic to the other ingredients in your blender or food processor. Fifth, blend the mixture until it is liquefied. It is important that you place this Natural Conditioner mixture into a plastic container that has its own lid. Depending on the length of your hair, you will be able to use this mixture approximately 3 to 5 times.

PLEASE NOTE: This mixture MUST be stored in the freezer, NOT in the refrigerator, as the eggs, mayonnaise, yogurt, onion and garlic ingredients will spoil if left outside the freezer. These ingredients will also spoil if the mixture is placed in the refrigerator overnight. Therefore, please remember to store the mixture in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Remove the mixture from the freezer and place it on your counter on top of a cloth napkin or disposable kitchen towel to defrost, just before you begin the Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment.

Applying the Natural Conditioner

By the time your 2-hour Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment is complete, the Natural Conditioner mixture should be defrosted. Sixth, use exactly the same method to apply the Natural Conditioner to your scalp, as you did earlier to apply the Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment to your scalp, parting your hair length wise and placing the Natural Conditioner directly on to your scalp and the roots of your hair. Focus on saturating the roots of your hair and the new growth with the Natural Conditioner. Once the parting and applying process is complete, massage the mixture into your scalp. Seventh, saturate your entire hair shaft with more of the Natural Conditioner and cover your hair with the same plastic cap used during your Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment. Leave this mixture in between 20 to 45 minutes as needed.

HELPFUL HINT/TIP/SHORTCUT: About 1 hour and 15 mins. into your Aloe Vera Scalp Treatment, you can begin to part your hair and apply the Natural Conditioner. This trick cuts down the restoration process considerably, while still giving you the desired results.

Conclusion

Thoroughly rinse the Natural Conditioner from your hair with cold water. Then apply your favorite Cleansing Conditioner, with cold water and a liberal amount of Aloe Vera Gel (about the size that a quarter, if it were sitting in the palm of your hand). Repeat the cleansing process at least two (2) more times to ensure all of the Natural Conditioner has been removed from your hair and scalp. Style as desired.

There are many Cleansing Conditioners on the market. Here is My Top Pick:

Wen’s Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean, approx. $32, wenhaircare.com, (used in combination with Wen’s SixThirteen Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment)

The Correct Way to CoWash/Use Cleansing Conditioners

Step No. 1: When applying Cleansing Conditioner to your hair initially, saturate your hair with cold water.

Step No. 2: Do not apply the Cleansing Conditioner directly to your roots or scalp, as this will weigh down your strands and completely cancels out your hair’s natural volume.

Step No. 3: When applying Cleansing Conditioner, place the conditioner (along with Aloe Vera Gel) from the mid-shaft of your hair to the ends, then add a little water and massage the conditioner into your entire hair and scalp.

Step No. 4: Let the Cleansing Conditioner and Aloe Vera Gel remain in your hair for a few minutes.

(For tightly curled or damaged hair, let the conditioner remain in your hair between five to 10 minutes.)

(For wavy or naturally straight hair, let the conditioner remain in your hair between three to five minutes.)

(Depending on the length of your hair, use enough Aloe Vera Gel to compliment the amount of Cleansing Conditioner your hair requires. Be certain the Aloe Vera Gel blends completely with the Cleansing Conditioner and is distributed throughout your hair, covering every strand.)

Step No. 5: Thoroughly rinse your hair. Then, repeat the cleansing process once or twice more, depending on your cleansing needs.

Remember, do not apply too much heat to your hair throughout the week. One application of heat per week is most desirable. Twice is frowned upon. Anything more than that and you risk causing more damage to your hair. Also, do not indulge in styles that cause you to braid your hair too tightly or use glues, tight clips, tight hair combs, and/or cause you to sew tracks onto your hair for extended periods of time. All of this sort of styling severely weakens your hair from the roots, hinders healthy hair growth, and can result in serious hair loss.

As my grandmother used to say, “a woman’s hair is her crowning glory.” Let’s treat it as such — with a true commitment to its health, which we demonstrate by adding Natural Conditioners, Cleansing Conditioners, Aloe Vera Gel and CoWashing, to our daily or weekly routines.

Finally, this is the treatment our hair deserves.

What’s On Your Mind

“LLbyK” Family, now it’s your turn.  Put your comments in the box below and let’s continue the discussion.

I also want to Thank You, for taking the time out of your day to shoot the breeze with me.  I love our chats.  I am truly grateful to receive each of your thoughts, ideas and blog requests.  So, don’t be shy.  Tell me what’s on your mind.  Talk to you soon.

All My Love,

Kisha

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