“My daughter’s hair is breaking off little by little. Months have gone by since I decided to go natural with her, but I’m not seeing any appreciable length increase which is really making me miss the relaxer. I’m tired of trying this product and that product that people have recommended. My husband is getting upset because I’ve wasted hundreds (and I mean HUNDREDS) of dollars on hair products that are now just sitting under my bathroom cabinet. They sit there unused because they did not work at all for her hair or mine. Though I have a better understanding of hair type and our hair needs now, I’d really like to avoid spending any more money. I’ve been trying some of the recipes you posted on your site and they are great! You really seem to have a talent for understanding what our hair needs. Do you have any other suggestions for natural hair conditioners that I can try that might help with her breakage problem? My husband will thank you. Ha ha!”
Dry natural hair needs lots of moisture to prevent breakage and to maintain length. Regular use of deep conditioning treatments that provide protein to weakened spots on your hair shaft and moisturizing hair masks is mandatory for long, healthy natural hair. Most women prefer to buy their products, and natural hair care forums are full of product reviews and shared experiences with one product or another as you pointed out. Every product will work well for some people’s hair, but not every product is meant for every woman or child. Variables in as hair texture, municipal water supplies, hormones, and even weather may produce an entirely different reaction to a product than someone else had.
However, you can easily and inexpensively make your own dry hair conditioners and masks from ingredients that replenish moisture and repair damage to the hair shaft like ripe avocados, ripe bananas, egg yolk, organic mayonnaise, yoghurt and nourishing oils. You can whip up these dry hair conditioners and hair mask recipes in just minutes. All of them are non-toxic, chemical free and leave no product residue behind to create further build-up.
After applying them on her hair you want to cover your hair with a plastic conditioning cap and leave on for a minimum of 45 minutes. Avoid using a heated cap or you’ll end up with cooked food in her hair. Readers of this post should adjust amounts (perhaps doubling) if their hair is very long and/or thick.
Throw out any unused conditioner or use it on your own hair or that of a friend, as these mixtures contain no preservatives and will go bad quickly. Thoroughly rinse dry hair conditioner and hair mask from the hair, put on your leave-in conditioner, then style as usual. The hair will be soft, full of moisture and body and frizz free. You should notice a marked reduction in breakage after just one treatment. Do these natural dry hair conditioning treatments once or twice a week.
- Egg Dry Hair Mask Recipe - Beat one to two egg yolks with 2-4 tablespoon of water and work through your hair. Leave on hair for no more than 15 minutes.
- Avocado and Egg Dry Hair Conditioner – Peel avocado, remove seed and place fruit in blender. Add 2 large eggs yolks and blend well. Massage mixture into the hair and scalp.
- Yoghurt Hair Mask – Combine one 8 oz. container of organic full fat plain yoghurt with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Use only organic plain yogurt as most others contain sugar compounds and preservatives. Your dry hair will benefit from the natural milk fats, so avoid nonfat or low fat yoghurt in your hair masks.
- Banana Egg and Milk Hair Mask – Blend together one ripened mashed banana, one egg yolk, 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons milk or cream, and 5 tablespoons Argan oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
- Mayonnaise Dry Hair Mask Recipe – Slather dry hair with organic mayonnaise. Cover with plastic shower cap and leave on for just 15-20 minutes.
- Banana and Oil Dry Hair Mask – Blend one very ripe banana with a teaspoon of almond oil, avocado or olive oil and apply to hair.
- Avocado Hair Mask – Blend together one ripe mashed avocado, one tablespoon honey, one tablespoon Aloe Vera juice and two tablespoons oil of choice.
- Olive Oil Hair Mask – Blend two tablespoons olive oil with one egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Remember that sealing oils help lock moisture into the hair strand, so always condition your hair FIRST, then follow up with a sealant. Otherwise you will seal your hair shaft and lock moisture out! Some of the best oils for dry natural hair are Argan oil (better known as Moroccan oil), avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil if you don’t have allergies.
Hope these suggestions help your daughter’s hair and bring a smile to your husband’s face!
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