Natural Hair Ingredients for DIY Naturals

Have you ever logged into YouTube, and you see a natural who did a batch of gel and it’s 100% organic and you wonder how they did it? And so you click on the link and boom a milliion ingredients pop up (well not really a million, but you know) and suddenly you want to check in Amazon to see if you ca do the same.
Most naturals probably already have some of the ingredients used for that gel now we have to push ourselves to do it, because let’s be honest, we can watch a lot of videos and never actually get to do the things we see on Youtube. We watch for the enjoyment and it’s soothing to know that things actually worked out!
Back to the ingredients, some are already in the pantry but for many, we have to buy them at our nearest organic store and we have absolutely no clue what is what.

Or maybe you are a natural who won’t make a product from scratch but is keen to know what each ingredient does and how it benefits the here.
In this blog I will be sharing with you how DIY naturals use natural ingredients to make some their own awesome products and help you understand why many product companies arent’ really 100% organic. And here’s why: preservative.

Clays

Clays are soils specifically used for deep cleansing as they are cleansers that are natural and do not produce suds that usually foam when you use soaps and shampoos.
Combined with water or apple cider vinegar, they make really good cleansers and balance the hair’s PH levels.

Here is the list of the mors popular clays

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Rassoul Clay

Ayurvedic Powders

There are various powders that do different things based on what they are made of. Most powders come from fruit or plant and are usually dehydrated and then finely ground to get the powder.
Dehydrating some plants preserve nutrients as some plants rot quickly and all the beneits that they give are lost. Some of my favourite plant powders.

  • Aloe Vera Powder
  • Henna Powders
  • Brahmi Powders
  • Fenugreek Powders
  • Hibiscus Powder
  • Amla Powder
  • Neem Powder
  • Ashwagandha Powder

Carrier Oils

These are some of the most useds carrier oils when making your own infusions / products. Plant/Seed oils are cold pressed down to extract the oil that comes out of them. They are usually pure and nothinge else is added on then for their full benefits. Carrier oils come with not just lubrication but they are full of vitamis and minerals that help with hair strength and many other benefits.

Here is a list of the most popular carrier oils.

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Flexseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Almond OIl

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are potent and have a high concertration of the plant that they are extracted from.
They come in rather small containers (about 7mls) and drops have to be diluted in to a carrier oil. They are too potent so it is best to mix them with carrier oils.
They have a various set of scents and oils based on research by scientist so it’s best to chose one that has the most nutrients to aid in hairgrowth. 

The list below should help with that.

  • Allspice oil
  • Aniseed oil
  • Basil oil
  • Bay oil
  • Benzoin Resinoid oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Black Pepper oil
  • Camphor oil
  • Caraway oil
  • Cajeput oil
  • Chamomile Roman Blend oil
  • Cassia oil
  • Cedar wood oil
  • Cinnamon Leaf oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Clary Sage Blend oil
  • Clove Leaf oil
  • Coriander oil
  • Cypress oil
  • Dillseed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Fennel Sweet oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Ginger oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Jasmin Blend oil
  • Juniper berry oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Lime oil
  • Mandarin oil
  • Marjoram oil
  • Mellissa oil
  • Mint oil
  • Myrrh oil
  • Neroli oil
  • Niaouli oil
  • Nutmeg oil
  • Orange oil
  • Palma Rosa oil
  • Patchouli oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Petit grain oil
  • Pine oil
  • Rose Geranium Blend oil
  • Rose Blend oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Rosewood Oil
  • Sage Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Spearmint Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil

Butters

Butters are a thick solid form of seed oil that gets pressed out of the seed plant. They act as amazing sealants as they can mix with anything and won’t spill like oils do. Although, based on weather conditions, they get softer and thicker, they are most likely to hold the solid shape. Thing of butters the same way you would on normal butter but this one is cold pressed with seed.
THey can be whipped and mixed with carrier oils and essential oils. But be careful not to add to much oil as that could thin it out and make it runny.

Here is a list of some good seed butters. 

  • Shea Butter
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Mango Butter

Humectants

Humectants are liquid componets that are used to draw moisture in the hair. They stick to any water found in the air and that moisture then finds its way in the hair, causing your hair to be softer than normal.
There are many naturals who say if the air is dry, humectants (specifically, Glycerin) draw out the moisture from your hair and into the air. But that doesn’t make sense for me.

For 2 reasons.
– if the hair is moisturized and has glycerin, the glycerin will suck out the moisture but since it’s in your hair, it’s the same moisture that is already IN your hair.
– if it sucks it to the air, then glycerin must be in the air, which isn’t the case.

These are the 2 main humectants 

  • Glycerin
  • Aloe Vera

Waters / Water Infusions

Waters are my favourite because based on the molecule size of water, it can penetrate the shaft so adding anything that can be infused with water is so much added benefits to the already hydrating water.
One other reason is that you are in full control of what goes in there as water is usually the first step to washing and moisturizing natural hair that the added benefits could give so much nutrients before anything else goes into the hair.
Infusion is basically using herbs/plant combined with water. Most of infuses are done with hot water to get the most out of infusion.

Some of the most popular (and favourite) infusions are:

  • Rice Water
  • Rose Water
  • Teas and Coffee infusioins
  • Rosemary Water 
  • Onion Juice

Conclusion

I still do my own natural hair products. I’m a DIY at heart for many different thing and I love the feeling that a certain ingredient was done with 100% natural ingredients and more than that, I have full knowledge on what is in the product! 

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