CASTOR OIL POMADE (Recipe from Fresholi soap and lotion makers website)
3 tsp. calendula wax (Olive wax was considered a good alternative here)
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop tea tree oil
1-1/2 oz castor oil
1 tsp. shea butter
**NOTE: Oils By Nature has a great selection of specialty waxes, as well as oils and butters.
My hair loves castor oil and during a recent search I stumbled upon Castorlatum (Un-petroleum jelly) on Snowdrift Farm’s website. The description of Castorlatum reads as follows: Castorlatum® is a vegetable-based blend of (INCI) Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Castor Oil manufactured using a proprietary processing technology to achieve a gel-like, colloid suspension. It looks and acts very much like petrolatum. Castorlatum® can be substituted for petrolatum in all cosmetic and body care applications. Castorlatum® provides excellent UV and oxidative stability, exceptional wetting properties, humectancy and film forming properties.
Will definitely be doing more research on Castorlatum in the near future. Curious how this works on natural hair.
1. CHAMOMILE FLOWER INFUSION (Both recipes from Anita Grant)
Making an infusion is just like making a cup of tea.
- Take a heaped teaspoon of Chamomile & put it in a big ol’ mug or Pyrex jug.
- Boil some water
- Pour the hot water over the Chamomile and cover
- Let it brew for at least a few minutes
- Strain the leaves with a strainer so that you only have the nourishing infused tea
- Pour the strained infused tea into a spray bottle or use as a final rinse on freshly washed hair.
2. CHAMOMILE & VEGETABLE GLYCERIN HAIR SPRITZ
Follow the same instructions as above but add 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin or a teensy-weensy drop of honey (both are great hair & skin humectants)
AND / OR
- Add half a teaspoon of flaxseeds to the herbs in the cup and THEN pour the boiling water over top.
- Strain the herbs & flaxseeds then place in a spritz bottle.
Chamomile infusions are GREAT for spritzing Locs, soften hair, scalp cleanser and adding a nice soft scent. Herbal rinse infusions provide excellent slip and detangles naturally curly hair instantly. Be sure to use your infusion within 2 days and store in a dark, cool, dry place.
**NOTE: I didn’t have organic chamomile flower, so I substituted (2) chamomile tea bags which worked out great for me in this recipe.
This spritz allowed me to finger comb my hair straight through to the ends without having to detangle. This is a good alternative to daily conditioner washing which is no longer an option for me since cold weather is quickly approaching. Softens pretty well too.
DEEP-CONDITIONING HONEY & YOGURT HAIR MASK (Recipe from Sparkpeople.com)
All of the ingredients in this recipe moisturize and soften your hair.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup plain, full-fat yogurt
- 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
- 1 Tbsp honey
Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to dry hair, concentrating on hair ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, covering with a shower cap to contain any drips. Shampoo as usual. Unused conditioning mask must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.
EASY HOMEMADE SHEA AND ALOE MOISTURIZER
Make your own whipped shea and aloe vera moisturizer. This is a great homemade product that can be used for face, hair, and body. During the winter, my household is never without it.
- 2 ounces of shea butter
- 2 ounces of aloe vera gelly (unrefrigerated Lily of the Desert or Fruit of the Earth)
- 1 tbsp. of almond oil or grapeseed oil (optional)
- 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
With handheld mixer, whip shea, aloe vera, almond oil, and lavender essential oil until light and fluffy. If you need to soften shea first, just zap in the microwave for a few seconds.