Type 4 curls are no joke. Often, they seem prone to breakage, shedding, dryness, and dullness. I know all too well with this type 4c and 4b blend on my head. Our hair can be just like a sponge when it comes to water, but when it comes to products? Oh that’s another story. “Coily hair” and “retaining moisture” are not two terms you often hear in conjunction with another.
The issue of tangles and shedding only seem worse on the *dreaded* wash day. The shampoo is literally stripping your hair of its moisture, leaving an uneducated natural with dry roots and breaking ends. If you’re anything like I used to be, you may even be wondering if the shedding you experience during your wash process will be the reason your hair never grows past a certain point. It can be a scary thought.
I myself am a student with little to no extra money to be spending on expensive products. Sure that Shea Moisture Manuka honey and Mafura oil hair mask may work wonders on my hair, but lord knows I can’t be replenishing my stock every month. I’m a teenager with a strict budget and set priorities that hair care just isn’t too crucial to. That doesn’t mean I don’t want my hair to receive the nourishment and nutrients it needs to thrive. That just means I have to re-purpose products I already have into that perfect blend for my curls.
Whenever I use this hair mask on my hair, I can feel it’s benefits for multiple days after. I’m talking shiny, soft, manageable hair with minimal breakage. My hair feels healthy, hydrated, and bouncy which translates straight over into growth. Just look it up in the Natural Hair Dictionary. My mom even swears by this mask–and you know what they say. Mother knows best.
The mask can easily be incorporated into your wash day regimen by following my process:
2.) Wash with shampoo
3.) Rinse Shampoo
4.) Put in Mask (plus conditioner if you want)
5.) Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour
You could sit under a hair dryer for a portion of that time for deeper penetration into your hair’s shafts.
That’s it. What you choose to do after is totally up to you. Now let’s get into what you’ll need.
- Half an Avocado
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Why these products?
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Avocado contains high amounts of fatty amino acids that coat your hair shaft and help it retain moisture. The natural oils provide your hair with durable and deep hydration. Its rich in vitamins E, B6, D, and A, and minerals like iron which help it nourish your hair and scalp. Avocado is known for making hair shiny, supple, and moisturized. Vitamin E helps repair damage on the scalp and Vitamin B is essential for hair growth. Avocado retains moisture, nourishes hair cells, and makes hair roots, shafts and strands stronger.
According to the Coconut Mama, Coconut oil seems to be the one magical ingredient to save your hair. Here are just 6 reasons coconut oil should be part of your care regimen like…… yesterday.
- Coconut oil for hair means direct strength.
- Coconut oil helps prevent dandruff.
- Coconut oil mimics natural hair substances .
- Coconut oil can help prevent split ends.
- Coconut oil is a natural hair detangler
- Coconut oil can encourage your hair to grow faster.
Known among the natural hair community, Olive oil has countless benefits. Most of us already have it in our cupboards, and can agree that it’s not terribly pricey.If you have been looking for a natural remedy to provide nutrients, minerals and vitamin to your hair so that they promote hair restoration and rejuvenation, consider regular use of olive oil for optimal hair growth.
Regular use of Olive Oil on your scalp helps reduce swelling, and eradicates fungal and bacterial growth. Loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, olive oil also help to provide your hair with the nutrients needed for growth and has proven beneficial in its active role of preserving moisture content of the hair. In other words, olive oil helps to promote elasticity which prevents your hair from breaking off.
Turns out honey isn’t just useful for tea. According to Curls Understood, Honey has 3 main benefits for natural hair.
Honey is a humectant. It’s hygroscopic properties (love of water) means that it can attract and hold onto water molecules from the atmosphere.
Honey is an emollient. Emollients help to smooth and soften the hair. The smoothing of the outer cuticle layer helps hair reflect more line and appear shinier.
Honey has anti-bacterial properties. Honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds and soothe skin irritations. It’s enzymatic and antioxidant properties have been known to aid in the treatment of dry, itchy scalp, dandruff, and dermatitis.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I have a pretty good feeling, more than a few of you glared at your screen when you read this product. It’s not exactly the definition of cheap or something that you would just have lying around your house. But it’s so powerful on my hair that I just had to put it on the list. I always use it in my masks because of the added nutrients and benefits, but you can choose to omit it if you like.
The JBCO I use can be found here. Sunny Isle generally offers it’s Jamaican Black Castor Oils for relatively economical prices– around 7 to 8 dollars. The brand prides itself in being 100% natural, replenishing, rejuvenating, containing no salt, and being the only JBCO approved for export by the Jamaican government. Other brands likely work just as well though.
Naturally curly lists just a few of the benefits of using it on your hair. JBCO will moisturize, thicken, strengthen and rapidly increase hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles. And it will also prevent hair breakage, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp. So omit it at your own risk.
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