It’s inevitable that you’ll go somewhere and experience a disaster with your natural hair care products. In my case I was 75 miles into the boonies for a weekend camping trip and discovered that my moisturizing spritz had spilled out in my bag. All of it. Gone. Water alone wasn’t going to do much to protect my hair from the cold and wind when outdoors, nor from the dry heat from the wood-burning indoor stove.
Using Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion as Leave-In Conditioner
Luckily, I still had the spritz bottle, and I my cousin had a container of Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion. I remembered that as a child, my aunt often did my hair using a boar bristle brush dipped in warm water, and a shot of body lotion to do my long, thick hair in braids or twists. My hair was always moisturized and soft. I didn’t know what a split end was until I was a teen and insisted on getting my hair relaxed.
Using lotion as a leave-in conditioner made sense once I learned that our hair, skin and nails are also structured from the same protein fibers – keratin. I figured if lotion as a leave-in conditioner worked well for my hair then, it should work now!
So I took my 8 oz. spritz bottle, added about 8 squirts of Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion, then filled the bottle about 2/3 of the way with hot tap water. I shook it until all the lotion was mixed in with the water and sprayed my hair (concentrating on the ends) before bed, then twisted my hair into about 10 large twists.
Aveeno Lotion as a Leave-In Conditioner for Natural Hair Works!
When I took it down the next morning I couldn’t believe the softness and the moisturized feeling, which stayed with my hair without problem THE ENTIRE DAY. My ends were not frizzy or dry, my twists had a soft definition, and my hair was not weighed down, heavy or greasy. Using Aveeno lotion as a leave-in conditioner worked well, leaving my hair with nice body. I also experienced very little shrinkage.
The Aveeno website describes the Stress Relieve Moisturizing Lotion like this:
This fast-absorbing, moisturizing lotion helps to calm and relax as you massage it into your skin and is clinically shown to moisturize for a full 24 hours. This non-greasy formula combines scents of lavender, essential chamomile and ylang-ylang oils with the soothing properties of Natural Colloidal Oatmeal to help improve your well being while providing long-lasting moisture. The beauty of Nature + Science
Okay, well lavender, ylang-ylang and chamomile are all known to be great for hair growth plus they smell great. Oatmeal is soothing and assists with moisture retention. What else is in this stuff?
Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour (Oat), Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum) (with Lavender, Chamomile, and YlangYlang)
The EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database breaks down the ingredients in this product, and rates them with regard to toxicity and allergic response. The scores are low to fair with the exception of the fragrances used. I didn’t worry about that too much since I was using so little of the product, and it wasn’t going on my skin anyway. Plus I use all of those essential oil fragrances in my DIY products and have never had an allergic reaction.
Petroleum is not considered the best ingredient to use on black hair, however it is in at least half the commercial hair products sold to African Americans. Again, I figured my use of petroleum on my hair would be a very small amount over a couple of days, and I doubt it would do anything vile to my hair anyway.
Bottom line, if in a pinch take a look at the body lotions you have lying about. Whatever you do, don’t leave your delicate natural hair exposed to the elements this winter even if you forget your regular conditioning and styling aids at home or spill them all over your tote bag like I did.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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