About a year ago, I decided to cut all my hair off and try wearing it natural. I have been trying to perfect my hair care ever since.
A few weeks ago, I discovered max hydration methods. I know many may have heard of them; they have been around for quite a while. There are so many different mixtures of oils with varying benefits. This is what I decided to use:
I use the LCO method. The initials stand for Liquid, Cream, Oil.
Liquid- this is simple; water.
Cream- I use leave-in conditioner with shea butter in it.
Oil- In a spray bottle, I mix ¼ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, 2 tablespoons of glycerin, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of jojoba. (I did this proportion twice because my spray bottle could hold it) (this mixture lasted about 3 weeks)
Mornings: I either wet my hair in the shower or, if I’m not showering in the morning, I use a spray bottle to wet my hair. Then I put about a quarter to a half dollar sized amount of leave-in conditioner in my hand, I rub my hands together then I rub the conditioner into my hair. I am sure to put conditioner at the root in the spots where my hair grows slower then I rub it everywhere else. I let that sit in my hair for a few minutes. For the final step, I shake the oil mixture, part my hair with my hand in several places, and spray the oil mixture all over my head. I use my fingers to massage everything into my scalp and hair.
Evenings: The trick to max hydration is that you want to keep your hair hydrated (not feeling dry) all the time. So at night, at least an hour before I go to bed, I repeat steps C and O. I don’t do the L step because my hair will be wet enough and I don’t want to soak my pillow. I sleep with my hair down and unwrapped with a satin pillowcase. You may want to use a satin hair wrap or to do some protective style.
My results: Since I’ve been doing this, my hair is moist and unmated in the morning. I’ve previously had very moist matted hair when I woke up. My hair is definitely healthier looking all day long. I love it!
For some people, their hair will hold this moisture for a couple days; maybe in time mine will too. In that case, I suggest quickly figuring out how long it takes for your hair to get dehydrated and repeating the LCO before that happens. Example: If your hair becomes dry on the third morning, do the LCO the second night.
**When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. The treatments I’m doing are best for coarse, curly hair. They are definitely not for straight or thin hair. I have thick, curly, African American hair but I have often suggested moisturizing to some white friends with curly hair.
I mentioned I have had hair loss due to autoimmune disease for years.
Until a couple years ago, I straightened my hair because it was just easier to manage with my chronic pain and arm weakness. About a year ago, I decided to cut all my hair off and try wearing it natural. I also started making hair masks from food several years ago.
I use several different hair masks recipes that I love. When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. This mask is generally one that can be used for all hair types. I have thick, curly, African American hair.
In a bowl, mix:
½ can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of honey
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture from the roots to the ends of my hair. I leave the hair mask in for 30 minutes to an hour. You may want to wrap your hair in plastic wrap or with a disposable shower cap. For added effectiveness, I put a heating pad on my head. I rarely use shampoo but this mask requires mild shampoo to wash it out.
*I buy a couple cans of coconut milk and after using half the can I pour the other half into a freezer bag and freeze it.
See my avocado egg hair mask here...
I have battled with intermittent hair loss due to autoimmune disease for years. I’ve dealt with people insisting using chemical straighteners were making my hair fall out and not illness and I only realized that there was probably nothing I could do to prevent my hair loss after meeting more people with illness. I do appreciate, though, that many chemicals aren’t beneficial and that many natural products are more nourishing. So I began making hair masks from food several years ago.
I use several different hair masks recipes that I love. When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. The mask I used today is generally one that can be used for all hair types. I have thick, curly, African American hair; it’s prone to dryness and frizz so I add natural oils to my masks that people with thin, naturally straight hair should omit.
In a bowl, mix:
½ an avocado
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
5-10 drops of lavender
½ tablespoon of castor oil (you may choose to omit the castor oil if you have thin, naturally straight hair)
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture from the roots to the ends of my hair. I leave the hair mask in for at least 30 minutes; depending on what I’m doing, I may leave it in for an hour or more. I rarely use shampoo but this mask requires mild shampoo to wash it out.
*I buy avocados when they are on sale and I freeze them. The difference between my avocados I freeze for eating and the ones I freeze for my hair treatments is that I do not bother to mix in anything to preserve color. I cut them in half (because I only use one half for each treatment) and I toss them into a freezer bag.
See my milk and honey hair mask here...
Everyone who knows me knows that I have Chronic Daily Migraines. I am very sensitive to lights, sounds, smells and various chemicals. I also have Mast Cell Disease so as a rule I use as few chemicals as possible; most chemicals I use are odorless. I make many cleaners and moisturizers myself. I do, however, love trusted scents. I believe in the therapeutic power of a great smell. Unfortunately, my reaction to even my safe scents is sometimes unpredictable, My love for scents can be like the One Republic song, Counting Stars. Having 3 people with chronic migraines and 4 people with Mast Cell in our house, I know there is no one size fits all solution avoiding migraines, not having a Mast Cell reaction or soothing oneself. Here are some ways I use essential oils.
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