Locs Detoxing Deep Cleanse

Today is hair day and I decided to try a deep cleanse on my locs. Ingredients that I used included 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of apple vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. I filled my bathroom sink with water and added the ingredients. Then I let my soak for about 10 mins. I don’t use a lot of product besides aloe vera gel so I think most of what you see comes from sweating during my workouts and dry scalp.

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The ingredients used have many benefits to the hair.

Baking Soda is an alkaline product has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It clarifies the scalp removing extra product and impurities.

Apple Cider Vinegar destroys the fungus that causes dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp. It helps nourish the hair, giving it a shine and soft texture.

Sea Salt helps open the pores, improve circulation, stimulate cell growth and draw out toxins from the skin. Sea salt also helps accelerate the locking process because it dries out the hair and increases the friction between the hairs which leads to more knotting.

Lemon Juice has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and astringent properties that help improve the appearance and condition of your hair. It helps balance the pH level of your scalp and reduces excess oil secretion which causes dandruff.

Lavender Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal,antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Lavender oil is regenerative and helps promote hair growth.

Here is a before and after picture of the water I soaked my locs in, pretty gross!

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This is the first time I have done a deep cleanse on my locs since I started my locs and it wasn’t too awful considering I’ve been locked for 2-1/2 years so I probably will not do it too often. I will maybe do a deep cleanse once or twice a year. Even though these products have many benefits they are also drying and I already suffer from a really dry scalp. Since I don’t use a lot of product in my hair I don’t think it’s necessary to do often.

DIY Aloe Vera Loc Gel

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I don’t use a lot of commercial products on my locs because they tend to be too expensive for my taste and leave a lot of build up. Until I come by a product that proves me wrong I will continue to DIY. What I have found that works best on my locs is DIY Aloe Vera Loc Gel. Sometimes I use just plain aloe vera gel and sometimes I’ll add other ingredients. Lately, I’ve been mixing the aloe vera gel with castor oil, birch oil, and vitamin E oil. There are no specific measurements, just a 3:1 ratio of aloe vera gel to the other oils combined and only a drop or two of birch oil. You don’t want it to be runny, you want it to stay a gel. By the time I wash my hair again there is no product build up at all. Why these ingredients?

100% Aloe Vera Gel – Balances scalp pH, reduces build up on scalp, stimulates hair growth, moisturizes scalp, treats dandruff, and treats hair loss.

Castor Oil – softens your hair, restores your edges, improves scalp circulation, prevents breakage and split ends, and helps regrow hair.

Vitamin E Skin Oil – Improves scalp circulation, adds shine to hair, and helps prevent dry split ends.

Birch 100% Pure Essential Oil – Prevents dandruff, promoting growth of hair, and enriching the scalp.

Moisturizing Locs with Oil

I have a big problem with having a dry scalp. It seemed to get worse when I had my locs installed. To keep my scalp moisturized I mix grapeseed oil and about 20 drops birch oil together in an applicator bottle and apply to my scalp about every other day. I started out using olive oil, either will do. The grapeseed oil or olive oil adds moisture and shine and the birch oil is effective in treating inflamed scalps. 

Banana Yogurt Mask

The Banana Yogurt Mask is another natural deep conditioner. Bananas help soften hair and prevent split ends. Yogurt cures itchy scalp and dandruff. Olive oil restores shine to hair.

I like this deep conditioner a lot better than the ones I have previously tried. There was a noticeable difference that I didn’t see in the other recipes. My hair felt soft and my curl pattern was loose and easy to detangle.

Check out my “Deep Conditioning: Banana Yogurt Hair Mask” video below or at:  http://t.co/cEV3Xkx via YouTube

Henna Hair Dye

This week I tried Henna Hair Dye for the first time. Henna Hair Dye is good for natural hair. Henna is a natural colorant and strengthener. I added green tea because it stimulates hair growth. The lemon juice helps to release the dye.

Pros: It made my hair soft and it did not look dry the next morning like it usually did with just washing alone or with chemical dyes.

Cons: Henna is very gritty and hard to wash out.

Before & After:

Check out my “Henna Hair Dye” video below or at: http://t.co/FL5EqKd via YouTube.

Sugar Scalp Scrub

I tried the sugar scalp scrub for the first time this week. After washing and conditioning my hair I usually notice that my scalp is white in areas from dry, dead skin. The sugar acts as an exfoliant and lifts the dead skin. I did notice the difference after applying the sugar scalp scrub. I didn’t see any dead skin when I parted my hair. This is something I will definitely do again.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

3 tbsp Conditioner

Check the video out below — Sugar Scalp Scrub, or at http://t.co/wVz3Cor via YouTube

Avocado Hair Mask (2nd Attempt)

This is my second attempt at the Avocado Hair Mask. This time it was a success. The Avocado Hair Mask is used as a deep conditioner. There are numerous benefits to using avocado in your hair. Avocado helps strengthen and moisturize the hair so change won’t be evident until after continual use of the product.

Ingredients:

Half an Avocado

2 tsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Honey

1 tsp. Coconut Oil

Check the video out below — Avocado Hair Mask, or at http://t.co/f4BWxsJ via youtube

Avocado Hair Mask [FAIL]

Yesterday I attempted to do an Avocado Hair Mask and failed big time. I failed to make sure the avocado was ripe before I tried to use it. It was rock hard, ripe avocados will peel easily and are soft, yet still firm. With the avocado hair mask, the softer the better. I will be trying this recipe again in the near future, this time with a ripe avocado.

Pre-poo Treatment

I heard about the pre-poo treatment for the first time from @theLOVELYbelle on twitter so I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago. It actually made my hair drier than usual so I’ll probably won’t do it again. If I do decide to try again I’ll play around with the ingredients until I get more favorable results. My hair is naturally really soft after washing alone so the pre-poo treatment provided no added benefit to me that I could see. However, many people swear by so I encourage others to try for themselves. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. The dryness problem was easily solved with some Cantu Shea Butter.

Ingredients:

3 tbsps Conditioner

4 tbsps Honey

4 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Check this demonstration video out — Pre Poo Demonstration http://t.co/TK31tIK via YouTube

Coconut Cream Treatment

This week I tried the Coconut Cream Treatment. I didn’t notice a big difference but my curls were mildly looser and softer. Maybe I’ll play around with the ingredients and see if I can get better results.

Ingredients:

12 oz. Plain Nonfat Yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Cream Concentrate

1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil

Check this demonstration video out — Coconut Cream Treatment http://youtu.be/kuKfIelQ1lc.
 

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