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Nov
09

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair


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Hair Conditioner for Black HairHair Conditioner for Dark Hair

Today we will talk about conditioner for those with dark hair.  We have talked about a daily conditioner for blonde hair and even a hibiscus conditioner for red heads but for those with black hair or even a very dark brown hair, have you ever added black walnut hulls to your hair care recipes? Black walnut hulls are used in natural dark brown and black hair colorants. This handmade hair conditioner for dark hair is made with black walnut hulls to help enhance your natural black and dark brown hair color. In addition, we added meadowfoam seed oil. Meadowfoam seed oil will help add moisture and shine when added to your hair care recipes.  However, the best thing about making your own products is being able to customize and control the ingredients.  This will allow you to customize your conditioner to both your customer’s needs, as well as your own.

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

BTMS 25 Emulsifier

Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Black Cherry Fragrance Oil

OPTIPHEN – Preservative

VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles

Black Walnut Hulls Powder

White Lotion Pumps

Disposable Pipettes

Thermometer

Fillable Tea Bags

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Other Materials You Will Need

Scale
Stove
2 Small Pots
Large Pot
Large Mixing Bowl
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
Distilled Water
Scissors
Ziploc Bag (gallon size)

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Total Recipe Weights

425 grams Distilled Water
25 grams Vegetable Glycerin
25 grams BTMS 25
20 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil
26 grams Black Cherry Fragrance Oil
5 grams Optiphen Preservative
5 grams Vitamin E Oil
27 grams Black Walnut Hulls Powder

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparations

First, prepare your area. You will want to clean your work area along. In addition, clean and sanitize the packaging supplies that you will be using. We also suggest wearing gloves, an apron, and a hair net while preparing your hair conditioner.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Achieving the Proper Emulsion

At this time, we should talk about the importance of temperature when preparing this recipe. There are a few reasons why temperature is important.  I would like to point this out to those that have never made this type of recipe. It is important to know this before you begin so that you are properly prepared.  First, your temperature is important in order to create a proper emulsion. You want to make sure the temperature of both your black walnut tea and your oil blend are around 140 degrees Fahrenheit when you blend them. If they are not at the correct temperature, your conditioner can completely separate.

In addition, your temperature is important when adding your preservative. If you add your preservative when your conditioner is too hot, your preservative will burn off.  If your emulsion is too cool the preservative will separate out of conditioner. So, you want to add your preservative at a temperature below 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but you do not want it to get below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Black Walnut Hulls Information

In this hair conditioner recipe, we used black walnut hulls. Black walnut hulls are often used in both dark brown and black hair dyes.  In addition, they are used in a wide variety of cosmetic recipe.  Next, we will talk a little bit about black walnuts hulls. However, you can learn even more about this wonderful cosmetic powder in our free black walnut hulls class.

When used in soap making, black walnut hulls is used to achieve a dark brown color for soap.  However, it can also be used in bath bombs, lotions, and other cosmetic recipes. It is also often used in natural hair colorants as well.  In fact, with that in mind, we created this hair conditioner for dark hair.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing your Black Walnut Hulls Powder

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing your Black Walnut Hulls Powder

 

Next, prepare your teabag that you will be using in your herbal infusion.  You will create an herbal tea with the black walnut hulls powder for this recipe.  Black walnut hulls will help intensify your natural black hair or even someone with a very dark brown hair color. So, in your fillable tea bag, add your black walnut hulls powder. You will need to add 27 grams of the black walnut hulls powder.  Then, tie the tea bag closed.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing Your Water

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing Your Water

 

Now, on your stove, heat your distilled water. You want to heat the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  While you will only need 425 grams of water, make sure you add plenty of water. You will need to hold the temperature at this temperature for 20 minutes.  Some of your water will evaporate during this time. However, it is important that you heat for twenty minutes to destroy any bacteria.

 

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Adding Your Tea Bag

 

Add your tea bag to your water. Allow the tea bag to steep to create a very dark tea. This black walnut tea will be used in your conditioner.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing Your Oils

Now, we will also be preparing the oils portion of this recipe. The Natures Garden staff used meadowfoam seed oil for our conditioner.  We customized our conditioner specifically for the hair needs of employees here at Natures Garden. Meadowfoam seed oil is wonderful for dry hair.  It also is great for a little extra shine.  While we used meadowfoam seed oil, you can customize this conditioner for your hair needs. Just use a total of 20 grams of oil in any combination you choose. It will require testing of course to perfect the conditioner to your needs. You can read about the oils for various hair types here.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Preparing Your Oils

 

Now, you will need to prepare the oil portion of this recipe. This portion will be melted on your stove using a double boiler. So, first get your large pot and add a few inches of water. Heat the water over medium heat.  You can allow it to heat while you are preparing your oils.

Next, you will need a small pot. In this pot, weigh out and add 25 grams Vegetable Glycerin, 25 grams BTMS 25, and 20 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil. Then, place the small pot inside the larger pot of water on your stove.  Allow your oils to melt, stirring occasionally.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Mixing Your Oils and Herbal Tea Together

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Mixing Your Oils and Herbal Tea Together

 

You want to move quickly through the next couple of steps as this is where the temperatures are very important in order to achieve a proper emulsion. So, get a deep mixing bowl.  Then, weigh out 425 grams of the herbal tea you created.

 

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Mixing Your Oils and Herbal Tea Together

In addition, remove your melted oils from the heat.  Then, allow the temperature of both the oils and herbal tea to drop to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  At this time go ahead and slowly add your oils to your herbal tea. Finally, use your stick blender to emulsify your ingredients.  You will notice the color of your mixture will begin to change.  Continue to mix, ensuring that your conditioner is fully blended. However, be careful not to allow the temperature to drop below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Adding the Final Conditioner Ingredients

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Adding the Final Conditioner Ingredients

Finally, we will be adding just a few more ingredients.  As we talked about earlier, all three of these ingredients need to be added at a temperature no cooler than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  So, add 26 grams of your Black Cherry Fragrance Oil, 5 grams Optiphen Preservative, and 5 grams Vitamin E Oil. Then, once again use your stick blender to incorporate all of the ingredients. Continue to stick blend the ingredients until you are sure everything is mixed.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Cooling the Conditioner

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Cooling the Conditioner

 

Once you have stick blended your conditioner fully and completely, the only thing left to do is wait.  You want your conditioner’s temperature to drop to room temperature.  You will notice that your conditioner is still very thin.  As the conditioner cools, it becomes thicker.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Packaging Your Conditioner

Now, once your conditioner has reached room temperature, you are ready to package your conditioner.  We chose to package our conditioner in the 8 ounce Boston Round Bottles.  If you choose these same bottles, you will need two of them.  However, we have a variety of bottles and lids available to package your conditioner. Get your bottles out at this time and set them in front of you.

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Packaging Your Conditioner

 

First, you will need your gallon sized Ziploc bag.  Next, place your conditioner in the bag.  You will notice that I placed my bag inside a small bowl.  This made it easier to put my conditioner into the bag.  I place the opening of the bag around the bowl.  This kept the bag open as I filled it. Once you have filled your bag, remove as much air as possible and close the bag.

 

 

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Packaging Your Conditioner

 

Next, we will cut the corner of the bag.  You just need to cut the corner a bit to create a hole.  All we are doing is basically creating a decorating bag.  We will line the hole in the bag up with the opening of our bottle to fill it.  Go ahead and fill your bottle with the conditioner.

 

 

Hair Conditioner for Dark Hair: Packaging Your Conditioner

Once your bottle is full, place a lid on top.  We used the white pump tops. Once you have placed a lid on top you are finished. Your conditioner for dark hair is now ready to use!  Simply wash your hair then use the conditioner as you would your normal hair conditioner.  We have found that the longer you leave it on before rinsing, the better results you will see.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed creating this hair conditioner for dark hair. Did you know that we have a wide variety of candle making, soap making, and cosmetics making recipes found in our free classes and recipes box? We would love to see all of the wonderful creation you have been working on.  Tag us on Instagram or Twitter @ngscents.  You can also post pictures of your finished handcrafted candles, soaps and cosmetics on our Facebook page.  Be sure to follow us as well.

 

Aug
25

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner


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Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner

Check out a new and amazing recipe by Natures Garden.  This recipe is a homemade diy daily hair conditioner that is the perfect solution for those wondering how to enhance red hair! You are going to love our Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Recipe! This gorgeous hair product will nourish your strands with moisturizing oils, which will leave your hair silky soft. Plus, the aroma of our new conditioner recipe has the perfect aroma for hair products! The tantalizing scent of our NG Viva la Juicee Fragrance Oil is bright, gorgeous, and perfect for leaving your hair smelling amazing all day long. Furthermore, the added dried Hibiscus flowers is a beautiful pink color that benefits both your conditioner and certain hair types! First of all, your hair product will be a pretty, light pink color. Second, those with red hair will benefit from the hue of this product. Hibiscus is an herb that is perfect for bringing out the natural beauty of red hair! 

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Ingredients and Equipment Available at Natures Garden

Hibiscus Flowers Whole
Vegetable Glycerin 
NG Viva la Juicee Fragrance Oil 
BTMS 25 
Safflower Oil
Optiphen Preservative
Vitamin E Oil
Thermometer
Fillable Tea Bags
White Lotion Pumps 24/410
16 oz. White PET Bullet Bottles

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Other Equipment Needed

Scale
Handheld Mixer
Small Bowl
Deep Bowl or Mixing Container
Temperature Gun or Thermometer
Spatula
Scissors
Ziploc Bag (Gallon Size)
Medium Pot
Large Pot (2)
Stove Top

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Weights and Amounts of Ingredients

425 grams of the Distilled Water
25 grams of the Vegetable Glycerin
25 grams of the BTMS 25
20 grams of the Safflower Oil
26 grams of the NG Viva la Juicee Fragrance Oil
5 grams of the Optiphen Preservative
5 grams of the Vitamin E Oil
A few grams of the Hibiscus Flower Whole

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Clean and Sanitize

Before you begin creating your own conditioner you should make sure that you clean all of your equipment as well as your work space. This will ensure that your finished product is safe to use. All you need to do is wash and sanitize your bowls, mixer, and other equipment with soap and water. This is a simple preparation that may save you the heartache of accidentally getting your product dirty. While this won’t always ruin your product, you want to keep your conditioner, as well as any other body product, as clean as you possibly can.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Creating the Double Boiler

Also, you will need to know how to create a double boiler for this recipe. This is simple to do once it is learned. So, grab your smaller pot and the larger pot. Make sure that the small one will fit comfortably inside the large one. Then, add water to your larger pot. The water level should be just high enough to reach the bottom of the small pot. Just be careful not to have the water too high, as this could boil over into the smaller pot. After your water level is right, you can heat the water on the stove top. Once the water reaches a boil, add your small pot in, which will contain the ingredients that you wish to melt. By placing your ingredients in a double boiler it prevents the oils from burning that can occur from direct heat.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Preparing the WaterHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Preparing the Water

Now, you are going to boil some distilled water. You can have this heating as you fill your tea bag. This way you will save time! So, fill your medium sized pot with plenty of distilled water. You will need at least 425 grams of boiled water, so make sure that you have more than this amount in your pot. Remember, a portion of this water is going to evaporate. This means that you are going to have to add more than the amount you need. Once your water reaches a boil watch the temperature. You will need the water to be at or above 180 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. This will destroy any bacteria that may be in your water.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Melting Your Butters and OilsHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Melting Your Butters and Oils

While your water is boiling, you can weigh out your butters and oils. So, grab your small bowl and the scale. Now, weigh 25 grams of the Vegetable Glycerin, 25 grams of the BTMS 25, 20 grams of the Safflower Oil, and 5 grams of the Vitamin E Oil into your small bowl. Melt these ingredients in a double boiler. After this all melts, set on low so it doesn’t drop below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You are going to need these melted and between 120 and 140 degrees when your Hibiscus Flowers infusion is at a similar temperature.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Recipe Filling the Tea BagHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Filling the Tea Bag

Next, you are going to fill up your tea bag with an herb. To do this you need to get the Hibiscus Flowers Whole and a single tea bag. Then, scoop your Hibiscus Flowers into the tea bag until it reaches almost the top. Just make sure that you are able to close the tea bag after it is filled. You want to have enough of your dried flowers in the bag to create a Hibiscus Flower infusion, but not too much. If you can’t securely close the tea bag, then your conditioner can end up with small bits of flowers. While this won’t hurt your recipe, you will have little chunks in your product. So, just make sure you can shut your tea bag all the way!

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Weigh Out the Distilled WaterHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Weigh Out the Distilled Water

After your water has been at or above the specified temperature for 20 minutes, you will separate out the portion that you need. So, grab your deep bowl or container and your scale. Also, make sure that your scale is set to grams. Now, weigh out 425 grams of your boiled water into your chosen container. This will be used to create the Hibiscus Flowers infusion and will act as the water phase for your conditioner. So, it is important to weigh out the right amount. Furthermore, those that ran out of boiled water can just boil some additional water the same way as before. It is a bit time consuming, but is worth the effort as it will reduce contamination.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Creating the Hibiscus Flowers InfusionHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Creating the Hibiscus Flowers Infusion

Now, you are ready to make your herbal infusion! This is where you create a sort of tea with your herbs. So, the properties of the herbs can be transferred into the water. Thus, you can utilize all the benefits of Hibiscus Flowers without including the actual flowers or the powder. Simply add the filled tea bag to your water. Then, let the bag of Hibiscus Flowers Whole soak in the water, which will begin to turn to a reddish hue! Make sure to leave the tea bag in the water until the infusion has reached the right temperature.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Checking the TemperatureHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Checking the Temperature

The temperatures of both the oil based ingredients and water based ingredients are extremely important for the next few steps. Let’s go over this a bit before we move on so that anyone who has not made this type of product before can understand the importance. Before you can combine your oils and water they must be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It must be above 120 degrees so the oils and water will properly emulsify, or mix together. You do not want your oils and water in the conditioner to separate once it is finished. However, the temperature can’t be above 140 degrees or the Optiphen Preservative will burn off. So, make sure to keep an eye on the temperature of your mixture. 

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Combine Your Two MixturesHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Combine Your Two Mixtures

Next, you will combine your water based mixture and your oil based mixture. So, you can go ahead and add your oils to your hibiscus flower infusion. After all your melted oils have been added to your water based mixture you are ready to move on to the next step. But, you need to move quickly at this point to make sure the oils and water emulsify properly.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Emulsifying ProcessHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Emulsifying Process

Now, you are going to use the stick blender to mix everything together. Quickly grab your hand held mixer and blend your water and oil based mixtures together. As you work the mixture should start to become a creamy sort of consistency. Also, you will notice a light pink color. This is the emulsification process, which is where your oils and butters combine to form a single mixture. If you have mixed well at the right temperature, then your mixture should not separate into oil and water. After you feel that you have blended everything together well, check the temperature of your mixture.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Adding Fragrance and Optiphen PreservativeHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Adding Fragrance and Optiphen Preservative

Once your mixture has reached about 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you can add in your fragrance oil and the optiphen. So, pour in 26 grams of the NG Viva la Juicee Fragrance Oil and 5 grams of the Optiphen Preservative. Now, mix these ingredients into your conditioner well. You should use the handheld mixer or stick blender again to make sure these ingredients are fully incorporated. After, your mixture will be complete! All you have to do now is allow your conditioner to cool to room temperature.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Filling Your BottlesHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Filling Your Bottles

Finally, you are ready to package up your Hibiscus Conditioner Recipe! So, grab your gallon Ziploc bag. Then, fill up your Ziploc with your entire homemade hair conditioner. Get your 16 oz. White PET Bullet Bottles ready. Then, put the corner of your bag over the bottle and cut the tip with your scissors. Now, fill up your bottle and be careful not to go to fast as it is easy to overfill your bottle. Also, you can lightly tap your bottle on your work surface to reduce air bubbles and better fill your bottle. After your bottle is filled, you can put on your White Lotion Pumps 24/410. Now, your conditioner is finished!

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Using Your ProductHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Using Your Product

Now that your product is completed it is ready to use! Your conditioner is very simple to use. Just use your homemade conditioner the same way that you would use any store bought conditioner. This diy daily conditioner can be used every day and would be perfect for an everyday moisturizer. Like any conditioner, it will work better if you leave the product in longer. For example, you can leave the conditioner in your hair as you shave or wash the rest of your body. This will allow the ingredients to sink deeper into your hair.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Before Using Your Homemade ProductHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner Before Using Your Homemade Product

Personally, I used this product in my own hair and loved the results. I naturally have strawberry blonde hair. While my hair is mostly blonde, I have some red hair sprinkled in. I wanted to use this recipe to bring out my red hair and lead to a more of a red tint. So, I used my homemade hibiscus conditioner every night for a full week. The only thing that I changed is swapping out my own store bought conditioner with this homemade hair care product! I love the scent and enjoyed how much softer my hair felt. However, I focused mostly on the impact the Hibiscus has on the color of my hair.

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner After Using the Product for a WeekHomemade Hibiscus Conditioner After Using the Product for a Week

This hair product worked exactly how I wanted it to! The lovely Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner was perfect for achieving the color that I wanted. While this conditioner recipe won’t dye your hair bright red, it is perfect for bringing out the natural beauty of red hair! While I am not a full redhead, I do have enough highlights to notice a change in this part of my hair. Using this conditioner brought out the natural red tones in my hair and led to a deeper red tint to my hair. I truly love this conditioner!

Homemade Hibiscus Conditioner Sharing

Personally, I love the way this recipe makes my hair look, feel, and smell amazing! However, we would love to hear what you thought about this recipe! You can share your experience with us on Facebook or Instagram @ngscents. We hope to hear from you!

Aug
21

Best Oils For Your Hair Type


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Best Oils For Your Hair TypeBest Oils For Your Hair Type

When creating your own conditioning recipes, knowing the best oils for your hair type is extremely helpful! Today, Natures Garden reviews the properties of luscious oils and the effects they have on hair. While many oils can be used for a few different types of hair, it’s easier to formulate a recipe with an understanding of the properties of the oils. Depending on your hair type, you may need to adjust amounts and mix different oils. But, this basic review of cosmetic oils is a good place to start!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type All Hair Types

Just as each hair type has different qualities, all oils have different properties. While there are oils that work best for specific hair types, some oils work well for everyone. There are other oils have more distinct qualities that only work for a few hair types. However, these more universal oils provide nutrients that every head of hair would need. So, these next few oils are the ones that everyone could include in their hair care easily. They provide deep moisturization, absorb fairly quickly, and any excess oil washes out easily. This means that you can get the perfect amount of moisture without heavy oils weighing down your hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Coconut OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a perfect cosmetic oil for all types of hair. This oil is very similar to our own natural oils, so even greasy hair can benefit from using a bit of this oil. Adding coconut oil to your hair care will help to replenish your strands essential nutrients and keep your natural oil production at a healthy level. Plus, this cosmetic oil is packed full of essential nutrients that will strengthen strands and promote hair growth.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Jojoba  Oil

Since Jojoba Oil is similar in content to your natural hair oils, this is a perfect addition to any conditioning recipe. Due to this oil’s similarity, it won’t disturb your balance of oils. This means that this oil would make a nice addition to products for any hair type. Plus, this cosmetic oil contains nutrients that will leave your hair feeling soft and shiny. Further, this oil is very soothing to the scalp and could help reduce dandruff.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Vitamin E OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Vitamin E Oil

A bit of Vitamin E Oil in any hair care product is beneficial. This oil is a thick, rich oil that wonderfully nourishes the hair. This cosmetic oil makes a wonderful addition to hair care products as an added supplement that will nourish and care for your hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Oily HairBest Oils For Your Hair Type Oily Hair

We all need conditioner, but you may need a little less. This excess of natural oils has you never wanting to add more oils. You don’t want to neglect your ends, but your scalp seems to have all of your moisturization covered. Trying to figure out a perfect routine for your greasy hair can become frustrating. Every head of hair is different, so there is experimenting involved to finding your own regime. But, we’d like to share some oils that would work best for those with an oily hair type. This way you can create a conditioner that works for you and keeps your ends moisturized, without becoming too oily at the scalp.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed Oil is a light, moisturizing cosmetic oil that will get your hair shiny without feeling greasy. This oil will absorb fairly quickly to provide your hair with needed proteins and minerals. So, you won’t be left with heavy oils weighing down your hair.

 

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Sunflower OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Sunflower Oil

Also, Sunflower Oil is a great choice for those with oily locks. While this oil contains nutrients that are important for healthy hair, this cosmetic oil is light and perfect for this hair type. This oil is light, easily absorbed. This means that the oils won’t cling to your hair and add to your natural oils. Plus, Sunflower Oil penetrates deep into each individual strand to ensure that all your hair has been taken care of.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Argan OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Argan Oil

Next, we have an oil that those with oily hair are going to love. Argan Oil is an ultralight oil that won’t leave your hair greasy. However, this doesn’t mean that this oil isn’t perfect for moisturizing your ends. This oil is perfect for hydrating, as the oil sinks in quickly and easily. This oil is able to penetrate deep into the hair to repair any damage. So, you can get the right level of moisture and shine exactly where you need it.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Frizzy or Dry HairBest Oils For Your Hair Type Frizzy or Dry Hair

If you have dry, frizzy, or damaged hair, then you are going to need some powerful moisturizing power. Not only do you want to use nourishing conditioner, but a hair mask from time to time may be necessary. So, you may need some thicker and oils with more a more protective quality in your own hair care products.

 

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Macadamia Nut OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Macadamia Nut Oil

Dry and frizzy hair can benefit from using Macadamia Nut Oil. This oil is perfect for the most dried out and damaged hair. Nut based oils tend to be more nourishing and this specific nut based oil is one of the richest. Since this oil is very moisturizing, you could potentially overuse this oil. It is best to use as a deep conditioning hair mask every so often. Depending on the level of dryness or heat damage that you experience would determine how much you need. This luxurious oil could work perfectly in hair mask recipes used on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Meadowfoam Seed OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Meadowfoam Seed Oil

This oil is great for dry or damaged hair. Both shine and moisture are added to your hair due to the oil. Not only does Meadowfoam Seed Oil lock in the moisture, but it is known to have some UV light protection against sun damage. So, this oil will be perfect for protecting your dry, damaged hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type LanolinBest Oils For Your Hair Type Lanolin Oil USP Liquid

If your hair has become unbearably dry, then you may want to try out Lanolin in your homemade conditioner. This ingredient is thick, but it sure does moisturize! This oil will lock in moisture and add extra protection. Also, this oil will likely be better suited for someone with thicker or even curly hair, too. It could be too greasy for some with thinner hair. But, this oil is sure to be perfect for deep, heavy moisturizing that will solve dry hair issues.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Curly Hair

Curly hair is gorgeous, we just need to know how to care for it! Curly hair is a bit tricky because it is difficult for your natural oils to protect your hair as it grows. This leaves you with hair that is naturally dry. Further, it is nearly impossible to brush your natural oils down to where you need them. So, you are definitely in need some deep conditioning oils that will protect your hair. This means any of your hair care products should contain at least a few oils that will last and protect!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Castor OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a thicker cosmetic oil that is nice for making products for curly hair. While this oil is a bit more difficult to wash out after using, this amazing oil has the nourishment that curly hair craves. First, this oil is exceptional at drawing moisture into your hair and retaining your natural moisture, as well. So, your luscious locks will be left shiny, moisturized, and soft after a few uses! Further, castor oil will coat and protect your hair from the friction damage that comes from brushing or washing your hair. Ultimately, this oil can sometimes help reduce frizz, split ends, and add some shine.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Avocado OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Avocado Oil

Another great oil for moisturizing your curly hair is Avocado Oil. This lovely oil will nourish and strengthen your hair. Since curly hair needs deep moisturization, this oil is perfect! Avocado Oil will sink in and moisturize from root to tip. Furthermore, this oil can help repair damage and strengthen your strands. Plus, this oil is perfect for taming frizz, detangling, and adding shine!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Thick HairBest Oils For Your Hair Type Thick Hair

Everyone thinks that thick hair must be a dream come true, but there are a few things you still need to worry about. While full hair is pretty great for creating gorgeous hairdos, it is a lot to manage! It takes forever to blow dry, brush, and fix. Plus, it can be difficult for moisture to get all the way down into thick hair. So, here are some oils that work well specifically for thicker hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Olive Oil Best Oils For Your Hair Type Olive Oil

Olive oil is a rich ingredient that is packed full of nourishment for your hair. This oil is a deeply moisturizing oil that is full of vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients help seal in moisture and protect your hair. This oil is not only great for moisturizing, but this oil is perfect for thick hair. As you work Olive Oil into your luscious locks, the oil will begin to nourish your hair. Plus, this hair type is better able to handle this thicker, more moisturizing oil.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Avocado OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Avocado Oil

Also, Avocado Oil is a great oil that could be helpful for thicker hair. This oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fatty acids, and biotin, which are amazing for hair care. This oil will perfectly moisturize without the downfall of leaving stiff residue on the hair. Plus, this oil is a perfect detangler, as it is naturally lubricating without making hair too greasy. So, this a great oil to help better manage all that glorious hair!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Fine HairBest Oils For Your Hair Type Fine Hair

Whether you have thick or thin hair, you could have fine hair. Fine hair actually refers to the thickness of individual strands. This results in fine hair strands, hair that is fragile and is more susceptible to breakage. Plus, fine hair requires lighter oils for conditioning, as heavy oils will noticeably weigh down the hair. While you don’t want that to happen, it is important to still provide your hair with moisture. So, you need to know what oils would work best in your customized shampoo and conditioner recipes.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Grapeseed Oil

We’re back again with the Grapeseed Oil! Not only is this a good hair for oily hair, but this oil will help strengthen your hair! This oil contains essential nutrients that your strands can really benefit from! Adding this cosmetic oil to your hair care products will promote hair growth and strength that is perfect for fine strands as well. After this oil is absorbed by your hair, the oil fortifies and strengthens your strands. This will prevent split ends and breaking, as well as reduce thinning hair and frizz.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Safflower OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Safflower Oil

Another great oil for fine hair is Safflower Oil. Safflower oil is perfect for hair growth and strengthening hair. This oil supplements the protein in your individual strands to provide extra strength that your hair needs. Since fine hair has thinner strands and is more prone to breakage, this oil is perfect for managing your hair! Also, this oil is especially great if you are trying to grow your hair out longer.

 

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Thin Hair

While everyone seems to want thicker hair, there are some perks to having thinner hair. It’s easier to control and takes less time to manage. So, your hair may not require deep, revitalizing conditioning, your hair still needs the care of nourish oils. Whether the oils that you choose are great for adding volume, moisture, or nutrients, these oils are light and perfect for thinner hair types.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Sweet Almond OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Sweet Almond Oil

Your hair is going to need an oil that is light and absorbs easily. So, Sweet Almond Oil is the perfect oil! While this oil is full of moisturizing power, this oil will not leave your hair feeling weighed down. This oil will absorb quickly into the hair so that it gets the nourishment it requires. However, this oil won’t leave behind a heavy coating on the surface of your strands. You can strengthen your individual strands without getting too oily.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Sesame Seed OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Sesame Seed Oil

Also, Sesame Seed Oil Is a perfect oil for thin hair types. This oil is non greasy and perfect for moisturizing. This oil prevents moisture loss as it conditions and leaves a soft shine to your hair. Further, this cosmetic oil is great for adding fullness and volume to both fine or thin hair types. So, this is a perfect way to moisturize and add body to your hair.

 

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Additional Hair Qualities to Consider

In addition to the different qualities that hair can have, there are various issues that could need attention. These oils have been shown to be useful for reducing some kind of issue that is common with hair. If you are experiencing hair loss, dandruff, or premature graying, then some of these oils below may be perfect for you!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Dandruff Prone HairBest Oils For Your Hair Type Dandruff Prone Hair

A dry scalp is really a pain. Not only do you have to worry about flecks in your hair, but this dry skin can end up on clothes, too. Talk about ruining a nice occasion. But, you aren’t trapped and there is a solution! There are many moisturizing oils that are perfect for fighting dandruff. So, here are a couple great choices for your hair care.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Safflower OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil is great for improving hair growth. This oil contains rich ingredients, like oleic acid and Vitamin E, that are perfect for the scalp. Applying this oil to your scalp will provide the moisture your skin needs. This will create healthier skin on your scalp and reduce dandruff. Plus, this oil isn’t very heavy and will be easy to incorporate into hair products for all hair types.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Olive Oil

Olive Oil is another oil that is great for moisturizing the scalp. This cosmetic oil is full of healthy, fatty acids that will both enrich and protect your hair. Plus, the vitamins that this oil contains help deal with bald patches and banish dandruff. However, realize that this oil is thick and is better suited for thicker hair. Otherwise, this oil may weigh your hair down too much.

 

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Hair Loss

It can be easy to get hair pulled out from time to time, especially with longer hair. But sometimes, you may feel like you are just losing too much. On the other hand, you could have an underlying skin issue that could be causing hair loss. So, we have a few different oils that have shown to either reduce hair loss, strengthen hair, or promote faster growth.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Pumpkin Seed Oil

This oil has been known to be great for reducing hair loss. This oil adds essential nutrients that are important for the production of hair. These nutrients, especially zinc and magnesium, can help to not only thicken your hair but to speed up growth, too.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil is a perfect oil for promoting hair growth. This oil promotes hair growth by moisturizing the scalp, lubricating the hair follicles, and preventing moisture loss. So, this oil controls the moisture level and promotes hair growth.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Castor Oil

Also, Castor Oil is wonderful for preventing hair loss for a few reasons. First, this oil is beneficial for those with folliculitis and scalp infections, as this oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Plus, this cosmetic oil has properties that increase circulation and replenish natural oils to promote hair growth. Also, this oil will help support and strengthen your hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Premature GrayingBest Oils For Your Hair Type Premature Graying

Nobody is excited for their hair to go gray. While this process will naturally happen as a person gets older, you’d definitely like to stop it from happening right now! So, we have found a few oils that have been known to slow or reduce the appearance of graying hair. While this won’t alter the natural process of hair as you age, these oils can be used to help reduce premature graying!

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Rice Bran Oil

The antioxidants and high Vitamin E content in Rice Bran Oil are very beneficial to the hair. This cosmetic oil acts as an anti-aging product for your skin. While this oil won’t dye previously existing gray hair, this oil will help prevent premature graying of hair before it happens. Thus, this oil replenishes essential nutrients in your hair.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type Sesame Seed OilBest Oils For Your Hair Type Sesame Seed Oil

Also, Sesame Seed Oil can be used to help retain your natural color for longer. By massaging this oil into your scalp you will be adding this oil’s natural properties to the base of your hair. This will slow graying by darkening your hair and helping it to remain healthy.

Best Oils For Your Hair Type

While many of these oils can benefit other hair types, categorizing these oils helps to understand their beneficial properties. Also, you may fine it most beneficial to mix oils from a few different categories depending on your unique hair type.

Also, you can try a hair conditioner base recipe of ours, such as Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Recipe, Bergamot & Tarragon Hair Conditioner Recipe, or Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro Hair Conditioner Recipe. Alternatively, you can create your own recipe from scratch that incorporates the oils with the best qualities for your needs.

May
26

Beard Balm Recipe


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Of course, everyone wants to get their dad a gift that he will truly use and enjoy! To solve this issue, we have created a recipe that he could use every day. Truly, there is no better Fathers Day Gift than a homemade Beard Balm Recipe! This Natures Garden creation uses a perfect blend of oils that are each picked specifically because they are wonderful for facial hair. Each oil has slightly different benefits that it brings to this product, which together creates a beard balm that is perfect for all kinds of beards.

Not only will this balm nourishes the facial hair that you currently have, but this craft will promote healthy growth to protect the beard you will have, as well. Whether the dads in your life like a close shave or let it grow wild, everyone can benefit from a little beard balm that nourishes and cares for the facial hair as well as the skin beneath. So, show your dad that you care by giving him a great product that he will enjoy and can use to truly care for his beard.

Beard Balm Recipe Interesting Facts About Beards

Throughout time the general opinions and beliefs about a man’s beard changed so much. Some have viewed this facial hair as useless or even a burden, while others have found beards to be a sign of social status, power, and wisdom. While many of these beliefs belong to cultures that have been long over, it is very interesting to know the differing opinions, regardless. So, I want to share a few of the most interesting opinions of beards that have been held over time. Also, those that are interested and would like to see more super cool facts about beards can check out the  “50 Beard Facts – What Science And History Has To Say About Beards” article. Hope you as much fun as we have with these facts as we have!

Beard Balm Recipe Facts About Beards Throughout Time

Over time, there have been quite a few cultures that have found beards to display dignity, power, and wisdom. Many ancient philosophers have linked beards to the soul and to their wisdom. In ancient Egypt, upper-class males would dye their beards gold to display power and wealth. Also, kings were known to add three beard hairs to a wax seal to provide authenticity. Otto the Great would swear on his beard over anything serious. Further, men in the middle ages saw touching another man’s beard to be very disrespectful, which would result in a duel.

While many found beards to be important, other influential people throughout time have found a beard to be more negative. At one point a leader named Peter the Great found beards to be useless and would tax anyone that wished to grow one. Another man, Alexander the Great, viewed beards as a hindrance as they could be grabbed during hand to hand combat. Further, beards have been prohibited in the US military around the World War I area.

More recently, studies have been done that found that beards can be related to attractiveness. In fact, a 2012 study looked at male attractiveness and found that women viewed men with beards as more aggressive, older, and better off than a clean shaven man. Not only are beards considered to be attractive, but they block a lot of the harmful UV light rays produced by the sun and can filter things like pollen or dust out of the air you breathe. Sounds to me like beards are pretty useful after all!

Beard Balm Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Olive Oil Pomace
Lanolin Oil USP
Sesame Oil
Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
Shea Butter
White Beeswax
Cedarwood Virginiana Essential
Pure Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50)
Flat Round Tin with Lid 4 oz.

Beard Balm Recipe Other Ingredients and Equipment

Silicone Mixing Spoon
A Large Mixing Bowl
Gram Scale
A Small Mixing Bowl
Two Differently Sized Pots (One that is Smaller and One that is Larger)

Beard Balm Recipe Weights of Ingredients

102 grams of the White Beeswax
27 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace
57 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil
27 grams of the Jojoba Oil
57 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil
84 grams of the Shea Butter
27 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
4 grams of the Cedarwood Virginiana Essential
10 grams of the Lanolin Oil
4 grams of the Pure Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50)

Beard Balm Recipe Clean and Sanitize

Before you begin, make sure that your instruments and work space are both ready to go. First, tidy up your work area and make sure you have enough room to complete this craft. Also, clear off at least one burner of your stove top. This will help to make sure that nothing falls over during this process and that you have plenty of work space. Second, sanitize all of the equipment you will need for this beard balm recipe. Not only will having everything nearby and ready make this craft quicker, but cleaning your equipment prevents you from contaminating your beard balm during the process. Plus, any debris that gets into your balm would go right into a respectable beard and nobody wants that. So, act responsibly and be prepared by sanitizing everything before you work.

Beard Balm Recipe Creating the Double Boiler

Also, you will want to be able to create a double boiler for this recipe. Since many kinds of oils can be easily scorched under high heat, a double boiler is very important to protect these essential ingredients. The boiling water used in this device will maintain a more consistent heat that is not too much for your oils, but will be hot enough to melt your wax and butters. So, you can melt everything you need to without the risk of burning the ingredients.

If you are unsure of what we mean by double boiler, we will explain exactly how to create this heating device.

So, take your two differently sized pots. The larger pot will be directly on the stove top, while the smaller one will be placed inside of the larger pot. Now, take your larger pot and add about an inch or two of water. In order to be sure we have the right amount of water, you should place the small pot inside the water of the large pot. Check the water level high enough that it is touching the bottom of the small pot. However, if the water is high enough that it could potentially boil over into the small pot, reduce the amount of water. You will not want any water to get into your oils. Then, the smaller pot will hold your ingredients for melting. Now you are ready to heat on the stove.

Beard Balm Recipe Amazing Benefits of the Oils and Butters We Used in this Recipe

These amazing beard oils include; Sweet Almond Oil, Lanolin Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, and Olive Oil Pomace. First, we used Shea Butter as it has a plethora of great properties for your facial hair. Not only does this butter help repair damaged hair and soften your beard, but it can be used to quench the skin below. Thus, shea butter reduces beard dandruff and reduces itchiness of your beard skin. Next, we used Jojoba Oil to further qualm dry skin. Since this oil is very similar to the natural oils that face skin produces on its own, it is perfect for moisturizing the skin on your face.

Also, Olive Oil Pomace helps repair the hair follicles and will leave your hair with a nice, clean shine.  Further, Sweet Almond Oil was added to calm agitated or ingrown hairs as it will improve circulation to the areas. Lastly, Lanolin was used to protect your beard skin from dryness or burns. Altogether these oils create a balm that could improve even the most scraggly beard.

Beard Balm Recipe Melting Your Butters and OilsBeard Balm Recipe Melting Your Necessary Butters and Oils

First, you are going to be preparing the oils and butters needed to for the Beard Balm recipe. So, weigh out 102 grams of the White Beeswax, 10 grams of the Lanolin, 27 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace, 57 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil, 27 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural, 84 grams of the Shea Butter, 27 grams of the Jojoba Oil, and 57 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil into one of your medium sized mixing bowls. Then, transfer these facial hair nourishing ingredients to the smaller pot of your double boiler. Also, be sure to mix these melting ingredients occasionally as they melt to make sure they melt without burning.

Beard Balm Recipe Adding the Vitamin E and Essential OilsBeard Balm Recipe Adding the Vitamin E and Essential Oils to the Mixture

Now, we are going to be adding a few more ingredients to the mixture of melted butters and oils. Take your smaller sized bowl and tare this bowl’s weight from the scale. Now, weigh 4 grams of the Pure Vitamin E Oil and 4 grams of the Cedarwood Virginiana Essential into this smaller bowl.

Next, you will be adding this mixture to the melted oils and butters. After your ingredients in the double boiler have entirely melted, transfer them back into the medium sized mixing bowl. Finally, add the Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oil mixture to the mixing bowl and stir everything together well. Evenly mix everything together to make sure that it all has been incorporated.

Beard Balm Recipe Pouring the Balm into the Tins Beard Balm Recipe Pouring the Balm into the Beard Balm Tins

Now, you are ready to package your product. So, pour the finished beard balm mixture into your round 4 oz. tins. Be slow as you pour your mixture into their containers. While you want to move quick enough to pour everything before the mixture sets up in the bowl, you want to attempt to prevent air bubbles. Pour slow enough that no air bubbles get trapped under the surface, but don’t take all day. Also, after you have filled your tins, very gently tap them on the top of your countertop to remove any air bubbles that may have gotten trapped. Doing this makes sure that all of your beard balm fits in the tins and that you don’t end up with unsightly air pockets. So, it prevents wasting any seemingly extra beard balm that won’t fit in the tins.

Beard Balm Recipe Finishing Up and Ready to UseBeard Balm Recipe Finishing Up the Balm

Finally, your beard balm is so close to being finished! In fact, these tins of balm will be ready to use right after it sets up. Simply let your mixture cool and harden in the tins. You really don’t have to do anything for this part. Just make sure that the beard balm has entirely set up before you move the tins or attempt to use the finished product. If you don’t wait long enough before moving it, the beard balm may spill out or it may not setup evenly. While the balm will be perfectly fine to use, the product will not look as nice for gifting if you make them too early. However, once it has entirely set up your beard balm is ready for you to use right away!

Beard Balm Recipe Using Your Completed Beard Balm

Further, those that are unsure of how to apply Beard Balm can get some simple tips on usage right here! Once you know what you’re doing, application is very simple! First, wash your beard with soap and dry it off completely to make sure the oils will be able to act properly with the hair. Then, use your fingers to scoop out a bit of your beard balm and rub it between your hands. Now, run your hands through your beard. Make sure to rub the balm into the skin below your beard as well, because the balm is great for your facial hair all the way down to the root. Plus, using this balm on stubble or where your facial hair will grow can still promote healthy growth. So, we hope that you enjoy this beard care product and that your facial hair looks better than ever!

May
02

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit


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Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit

The Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit is a perfect kit for crafters looking for an effective homemade hair conditioner. This wonderful conditioner is a perfect recipe for a fun night of crafting as it’s not overly complicated and includes short, easy to follow instructions. As long as you are mindful of the temperatures to add and combine ingredients, this recipe will be a success! Plus, the kit comes with all of the ingredients you will need to create two whole bottles of your very own hair conditioner. Also, this recipe contains Optiphen Preservative, which is paraben and formaldehyde free, to safely keep this recipe fresh for longer use. Not only are the ingredients perfect for hair, but it leaves your hair soft and untangled with a long-lasting scent. Seriously, the Aloe Vera and Cucumber Fragrance Oil is a clean and energetic scent that lasts all day long. So, take a chance on this recipe to discover a conditioner recipe that your hair will love!

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Ingredients Included in the KitAloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Ingredients Included in the Kit

Hair Conditioner Kit
Vegetable Glycerin
BTMS 25 Emulsifier
Sweet Almond Oil
Aloe Vera and Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Optiphen – Preservative
Vitamin E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural
8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles
Disc Top Lids 24/410
Disposable Pipettes

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Other Equipment and Ingredients

Scale
Medium Pots (2)
Small Pot
Mixer or Stick Blender
Thermometer
Large Mixing Bowl

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Total Recipe Amounts

25 grams of Vegetable Glycerin
25 grams of BTMS 25
20 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
26 grams Aloe Vera and Cucumber Fragrance Oil
5 grams of Optiphen Oil
5 grams of Pure Vitamin E Oil
425 grams Distilled Water

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Sanitize and Clean

Before you begin this project, clean and sanitize all your supplies and the area you will be working in. This is important to prevent potential contaminants, such as dirt or bacteria, from getting into your product. Further, it will help the project go quicker if all your supplies are ready and your work area is clean. So, retrieve all the equipment that you will require to get it prepared and cleaned. Next, make sure that you have enough space on your counter top and stove top to create this recipe.

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Double Boiler

Also, you want to melt your ingredients in a double boiler to prevent your oils from burning. So, you will need two pots of different sizes. Take the larger pot and add some water, likely only a couple inches or so. Next, take the smaller pot and set it inside the water filled pot. If the water is close to the rim of the small pot, then remove some of your water. However, you will want the water to touch the bottom of the smaller pot. In a later step you will place the double boiler on the stove and add the oils to your smaller pot.

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Water Phase

First, we are going to need to prepare the water. So, retrieve one of your pots that is not part of your double boiler. You will need 425 grams of distilled water for this recipe. So, you will want to make sure to boil a little extra as some will evaporate while heating. Heat the water until it reaches at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Hold this boil for at least twenty minutes before removing it from the heat. This will ensure that any bacteria is destroyed. While you heat the water, prepare the oil phase.

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Oil Phase

Next, you will need to prepare the oils and emulsifier. So, tare the weight of one of your bowls on a scale. Next, weigh out 25 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 25 grams of BTMS 25 Emulsifier, 5 grams of Vitamin E Oil, and 20 grams of Sweet Almond Oil. Then, you will add these ingredients to the smaller pot of the double boiler to melt.  Once you have melted the oils remove them from the heat to cool to about 140 degrees.

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Emulsification Phase

Before you begin your emulsification stage, I would like to note, your temperature are very important in this step. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, if the temperatures of both your oils and water are not at the same temperatures, you will not get a proper emulsion. This means that you will end up with a conditioner that separates. Secondly, if you add your Optiphen above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it will be too hot and your preservative will burn off. On the other hand, if you add it below 120 degrees, it will separate out of your conditioner.

Now, let’s begin putting it all together.  You are going to combine the water and oil to create your homemade conditioner. Before combining make sure that both the oils and water have cooled to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, weigh out 425 grams of your boiled water into a large bowl and add the melted oils as well. Quickly, use your mixer to blend these ingredients. As they emulsify the mixture will become white and begin to thicken slightly. After this is thoroughly mixed, let it cool to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, add the Optiphen Preservative and the Aloe Vera Cucumber Fragrance Oil to the mix. As you mix and the conditioner cools it will begin to thicken.

Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner Kit Packaging Stage

Finally, your conditioner is complete and ready to package! Let your final mixture cool to room temperature before you package your product. Take your two bottles and fill them with the finished conditioner. While you can use the pipettes to fill the bottles, it may take a while. Another option is adding the conditioner to a Ziploc bag. Once you have your conditioner added, you can cut the corner and use the hole in the bag to fill the bottle.

May
01

Homemade Herbal Shampoo


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You can do a lot of good with DIY home recipes if you know what you’re doing in advance, but it will take a good bit of knowledge and work to make them happen. One such recipe is what we will point out ahead, making a homemade herbal shampoo. Before you begin you will need the following materials:

  • Roughly 2 ounces of unscented castile soap
  • 5 ounces of water infused with your choice of herbs
  • Quarter spoon of carrier oil or more if you have dry hair
  • 20-40 drops of essential oil of your choice

The herbal infusion should be the first step on your list, using a teaspoon or a pinch of each herb you want to place in the shampoo and placing it in a heatproof glass or jar. Pour a cup of simmering hot water over them and cap it off, letting it steep like that for a few hours. You can then strain it and take about 5 ounces of it. You can use the rest for bathwater or you can combine it with vinegar to make a refreshing hair rinse.

Using your castile soap, essential oil and carrier oil, mix them into the water you just set aside. You then need to stir it until they are mixed together. Make sure you avoid making bubbles if possible, as they will only make the job harder. You will then need to pour it all into a container you can use for bathing. An old shampoo bottle will do the trick just fine.

You can work with small batches of this shampoo at a time, storing the rest inside your fridge if you need to. You can have a shelf life of a few weeks at least, but you would still do well to check for problems regardless, since this is a homemade product without the chemicals present in commercial brands. You need to work by swirling or shaking the shampoo before each use, as it will have settled before you take a bath. You may want to follow that up with a bit of water and a bit of vinegar as well.

There can be a combination of fresh and dry herbs used for your purposes, but each and every one of them will be a different scent in the overall combination. Some of them are better for certain types of hair, while others not so much. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Chamomile is often used for lighter hair, while rosemary can be used for darker hair, but you can mix things if you feel like it. You can also make a great floral shampoo by using lavender, violets and roses as well as other flowers that pretty much match the essential oils you plan on using. You can also use thyme, tea tree oil and rosemary to make that happen as well.
  • Calendula and comfrey are also quite useful if you have scalp issues, as well as rosemary. Lavender can help heal a dry and itchy scalp, so it makes a great choice for herbal shampoos.

You should take great care when you work, since you may make a mess that requires careful cleaning. Although this is still soap, you don’t want to have it spill all over. Carpet cleaning, floor cleaning and even more cleaning will be necessary if you make a mess, so try to work in a location that allows you to deal with it without it.

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We hope that you enjoy this Homemade Herbal Shampoo.  Please visit our recipe box for even more free recipes!

Oct
16

Flax Seed


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For all the crafters out there, do you like to experiment with different flowers, plants, or herbs? Have you ever tried anything with flax seed before? Flax seed is a fantastic ingredient! It is very versatile and can be used in many different industries! Did you know that in the old original tellings of Sleeping Beauty, she actually pricks her finger on a sliver of flax and not on a spindle? Cool right? Flax seed can be used for soaping, bath and body products, skin care and even hair care!

Flax seed is a very beautiful flower, otherwise known as common flax or linseed. It can be either annual or perennial and is part of the Linum genus. In Northern Ireland flax is used as the emblem and in Belarus common flax is the national flower. There are two basic varieties of flax seed, brown or yellow gold. However the flower is a bright pale blue color. In a cave in the country of Georgia, evidence was found that dates flax seed back 30,000 years! Isn’t that awesome? Even in ancient Egypt, there were paintings of flax inside temples and priests only wore linens made with flax because it was considered a symbol of purity. Mummies were even entombed with the flax linens!

This flower can be used for so many different industries. Soaping, skin care, hair care, and bath and body just to name a few. Do you suffer from migraines or horrible headaches? Flax is a main ingredient in eye pillows to help with the pain! We even have an awesome free recipe for Relaxing Eye Pillows here at Nature’s Garden. It is used as a beautiful natural decoration for soaps, and it contains antioxidants that are great for protecting you from heart disease and your skin from skin cancer. Flax seed also helps with many other skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids that are great for helping cuts to heal faster and keep your skin smooth and hydrated. For hair care, flax seed helps to prevent hair loss, makes hair easier to manage and provides it with many essential nutrients.

Here at Nature’s Garden we actually offer whole flax seeds and even a flax seed class! Just type “flax seed” into the search bar on our site and it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Flax Seed” that offers our class and the seeds. We even have more great free recipes with this wonderful ingredient. Try our Curl Pop Hair Gel recipe or our Silky Hair Gel recipe. Both of those are an amazing treat that you and your hair will both love!

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For women, ground flax seed may even help with symptoms of menopause like night sweats and hot flashes. But please don’t take this blog as medical advice! We only sell flax seed for external use. Always make sure to talk to your doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment! Fun fact! Linseed oil is used for linoleum and printing inks for drying oil. Flax seed is such a versatile product that you will most certainly love it in whatever project you use it for! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Jul
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Sealing Oils


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sealing oilSealing Oils for Hair

When your hair is dry, moisturizing will help prevent the hair from having split ends, or becoming brittle and breaking off.  However, sometimes you need more than just moisturizing.  In order to help keep the hair moisturized, you can also seal it.  By sealing your hair, you are essentially trapping the moisturizing agent into each strand of hair.

Sealing oils are light oils.  There are several different sealing oils that you can use on your hair.  After these oils are applied, they do not completely absorb into the hair.  This is because these oils contain molecules that are of a larger size.  So, instead of being absorbed fully by the hair, they coat the hair.  This coating is what allows the moisturizing element to stay put.

Whether you moisturize your hair with a specific water based product, or simply apply the sealing oil (or light hair oil) after your hair is wet from the shower, the sealing oils do their job; prevent evaporation and seal in the moisture.  The perfect solution when there is high humidity outside and you want to block the outside environment from wreaking havoc on your hair.  Or, just a great way to prevent frizzy hair; sealing oils are the answer.  A sealing oil will not only lock the moisture in, but also keep outside elements out, and as an added bonus you will find that your hair style will stay in place for a longer period of time.

Now, when it comes to using these oils to seal in moisture there are a few different routes you can take.  Here are two of them:

One option is if your hair is dry.  Using a spray bottle, mix the oil or oils of your choosing.  Then, to the bottle add some leave in conditioner and water.  Shake vigorously and spritz thoroughly into the hair.

The next option for applying sealing oils would be after your hair is already wet.  To the wet hair, you would add the leave in conditioner. Then using your hands, gently work the sealing oil in.  When going this route, it is important to remember to really focus on the ends of the hair.

Regardless of which way you apply your sealing oil, once it is in you may proceed with styling as normal.  Because these sealing oils do not absorb but rather coat the moisture in, you will find that after your hair is styled, it will have a beautiful shine.  This is especially true if your are styling with a blow dryer.

Sealing Oils
These oils are considered to be very light.  This means that they will not weigh down your hair.  Also, unlike other oils, these oils will not leaving your hair looking greasy either.  Used alone or in combination with one another, these oils will seal the deal when it comes to locking in moisture for your hair.  And, they also contain various other benefits for your hair.

Grape Seed Oil–  An effective oil in preventing moisture loss, grape seed oil has a high amount of linoleic acid.  This acid is a type of omega-6 fatty acid.  A light oil that does not leave hair looking or feeling greasy, grape seed oil also contains important nutrients, nourishing and promoting healthy hair.  In fact some of the key benefits for the use of this oil include: moisturizing hair, strengthening hair, combating dandruff, and encourage hair growth.   Besides the linoleic acid, grape seed oil also contains antioxidants like the nourishing Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals.

Jojoba Oil–  Jojoba oil has always been known as a wonderful ingredient to include in any body care product.  But, this sealing oil is extremely special in that it is the one that most closely resembles our hairs natural oil, aka sebum.  Having 98% monounsaturated fats, jojoba oil strengthen the hair strands while it hydrates, and can even help repair damage.  This creates hair that is shiny, soft, and full of body.  Being rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and especially Vitamin E, jojoba oil not only nurtures it also nourishes. And, because jojoba oil is so similar to sebum, this sealing oil not only keeps the hair moisturized, but it can incredibly enhance the overall healthiness of your hair.

Sweet Almond Oil–  This sealing oil is great because it does not only nourish but also smooths the hair. Containing tons of vital nutrients to allow your hair to not only be healthy but also grow thick, long, and strong, Sweet Almond Oil has both polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids.  Besides the nutrients, sweet almond oil also has vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D, and high amounts of E.  Vitamin E is beneficial for its conditioning aspects for hair.  It is also believed that when massaged into the scalp on a regular basis, sweet almond oil will also help to reduce and control hair loss.

Sunflower Oil– The second most popular oil for hair care products, sunflower oil is plentiful and rich gamma linolenic acid (omega-6).  But, it also includes oleic and palmitic acids, lecithin, and tocopherols.  This sealing oil is also considered an emollient meaning it has lubricating elements which prevent water loss.  A very nourishing oil for hair, sunflower oil contains vitamin A, B1, B5, B6, C, D, and E.  A versatile oil with many benefits, using sunflower oil in your hair will help make your hair more manageable, control frizz, and hydrate.

These oils are all great candidates to having a healthy, full bodied head of hair with lustrous sheen and elasticity.  And let’s not forget about all of the nourishing and repairing aspects these oils also provide.  All in all, pampering your hair by showing it a little TLC with these oils will make for one happy head of hair.

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Hair Care


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hair careHair Care

Sometimes we put our hair through the ringer.  Whether it is daily blow drying, curling, scrunching, or straightening, the sacrifice for beauty is understandable.  Our hair however, pays the price.

Just like our skin, hair too must also be shown some love and pampering.  One of the best ways to nourish your hair is to use conditioning oils that promote healthiness.  This can easily be done by making your own hair care products.  In fact, one of the most appealing aspects to creating your own products is the control you have.  Not only are you able to select how your hair care product is going to smell, but you can also select which ingredients you would like to include.  Hand selecting the various components of your recipe allows you to cater your hair care products to the exact specifics that you are looking for.

Just like the varying categories of skin types, there are also different hair types as well.  There really is quite a variety of hair types including: normal, curly, wavy, straight, oily, dry, and even hair that is prone to frizz.  But, regardless of which hair type you are creating a product for, it is also important to mention that many of these oils will also have tons of nourishing factors to them too.

Natures Garden does have some homemade hair care product recipes available on their website.  These recipes would include several hair conditioner recipes, a cold process shampoo bar, as well as a few hair gel recipes too.  If you are interested in viewing any of these recipes, please click on this link.

Currently, the creative team at Natures Garden is researching various natural hair care ingredients.  This information will be presented through the extension of the recipes for the Hair care section, as well as the classes section of the website.  There are still many avenues of hair care products that are still left to be explored.  However, in the mean time; if you are interested in making your own hair care product recipes, this blog post will review some of the best hair care ingredients for conditioning your hair.

The oils listed below should be used at least 2 hours before shampooing.  If you are applying the oils straight, it must be worked into dry hair and allowed to set.  When you are ready to shampoo your hair, make sure all of the oil is completely washed out.  Because these oils are considered to be heavy, if not effectively removed, your hair may appear greasy when dry.

Oils that are high in fats:
Including oils that are high in fats in your recipe will be very nourishing for your hair.  For obvious reasons, you will want to select an oil that also absorbs easily into your hair.  These quickly absorbing, high in fat oils even nourish your hair strands from the inside out adding both moisture and strength to each one.

Some great examples of high fat oils to include in your homemade hair care items would be:
Argan Oil-This quickly absorbing oil naturally hydrates your hair.  Rich in antioxidants, this oil is also a natural source of vitamin e, making it a great addition for treating dry or damaged hair.  And, when dealing with those dreaded split ends, argan oil is ready to battle.  It contains a plentiful amount of Omega 3 (rich in 9 fatty acids) assisting in the mending of split ends in your hair.

Avocado Oil–  Containing an extremely high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado oil has the ability to permeate the strands of your hair, providing additional moisture.  It’s high content in vitamins A, D, & E help to keep your hair both healthy and shiny.  As a detangling element, the addition of this oil in your hair care products creates a remarkable glide without a greasy look or feel.

Castor Oil–  Besides being packed full of vital nutrients for your hair including vitamin E, minerals, and proteins; castor oil also includes both antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Sincecastor oil is a humectant, it attracts moisture to your hair; leaving the hair moisturized with the added bonus of a rich, darker hair color.  But, not only does this oil rejuvenate the hair; it can also help to stimulate growth.   Containing Ricinoleic acid which encourages circulation to the scalp, and omega-6 fatty acids which promote the growth of healthy hair, using castor oil in your hair care products will allow your hair to be gorgeous and healthy.

Coconut Oil 76–  This all around wonderful oil is awesome for maintaining a healthy head of hair.  However, if you are seeking to repair hair stands that have been heat damaged, or you notice your hair is dry, coconut oil 76 can help you out too.  Since the molecular structure of this particular oil allows for ideal penetration in each strand, what results after shampooing is a head of hair that is super soft, full bodied, and unbelievably manageable.  Containing lauric acid, capric acid, and vitamin e; coconut oil 76 revamps your hair and prevents future damage.  As an added bonus, using coconut oil 76 will also halt tangles. 

Like mentioned earlier, using any one of these oils or a combination of them will repair, revive, and maintain a healthy head of hair.  In a future blog post, we will be discussing light oils for hair care products and their beneficial elements.