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.