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My First Homemade Product

Written by  Curly NOLA

Since I've started on my natural hair journey, I've done a lot of research about what to use for natural. There are many products out there to buy, but I recently decided to make my own product. Now, I'm no expert in the kitchen, but if you give me some directions, I can usually make it work.

I actually got the idea for this particular product from a blog by the name of Natural Chica. I really enjoy Natural Chica's blog because of the variety of posts that she has. And one of the most important things is that she also has videos (she has her own channel on YouTube too -- her name is Nikkimae 2003). These videos have been so invaluable for me because I can actually SEE what she's doing with her hair and what she's using to get there. Natural Chica is all about using as many natural and organic products as possible in her hair and she's passes on her knowledge to us thank god!

So I recently went to Whole Foods and bought a few products that many natural hair people will tell you are essential. I bought some unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil. The shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil do not have a smell, so the tea trea oil is great...it's one of my favorite smells because it's so light and clean. Now, you need to melt the coconut oil and shea butter before mixing them. I used about a cup of coconut oil and a 1/2 cup of shea butter. They both melt really, really easily (especially the coconut oil), so I put both into their own containers and then put the container into a hot water bath to melt them. After they were melted, I poured one into the other and stirred them up (and they mix very oil). Next, I added about ten drops of the jojoba oil and about 2-5 drops of the tea tree oil. Just be careful the tea tree oil. Since it has a smell, you don't want to use too much of it or the smell will probably be overwhelming. I mixed everything together and then put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to harden.

This particular mixture is considered to be a kind of moisturizing cream and my natural hair LOVES it. But, the relaxed hair doesn't care for it too much. For me, it's better to use the mixture when my hair is wet. When I have put the cream on dry hair, it doesn't seem to "sink" in...it just stays on top of the hair. So after I've washed and conditioned my hair very well and I'm about to style it, I part my hair into four sections and apply the cream to each section. Now, the first time I used it, I put a ton in my hair thinking well hey it's natural, so I can put as much as I want. WRONG! When I woke up the next morning, my pillow looked like the sofa from "Coming to America" after Darrell's parents had been sitting there with the "Soul Glow" LOL! So moral of the story is use enough to moisturize your hair :).

There are some other natural products that I want to try like cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, extra oil virgin oil, vegetable glycerin, rosemary water, and castor oil, just to name a few. The things I really love about using these natural oils is that you can really go wrong with them because they are natural. You just mix and match until you find something that fits you and your hair. So, please let me know what mixtures you've tried. Until next time...

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