I remember the exact day I decided to go natural.
My friend was right behind me cheering me on but I was secretly thinking, how in God’s green earth am I going to afford and maintain this natural lifestyle?
I had just graduated from University at the time and trying to work my way up the job ladder. Being the resourceful girl I knew I was, a part of me was jumping for joy at all the DIYs I could do.
I had hits and many misses but some of these tried and true DIY haircare recipes stayed with me. I later realised that these recipes had some science to back them up.
Ready for them?
I’ll also give you the names of products that my IG fam was kind enough to suggest.
Alright, let’s do this.
Wait! Before I share, I need to clear this up. If you are still putting eggs in your natural hair, we need to stop talking to each other right away.
Whole proteins are way too large and can’t be absorbed by your hair shaft. If you want to read more about this, check out this article
In order to cleanse your hair properly, I suggest buying an actual sulphate free shampoo. This will do a good job of cleansing your scalp and getting rid of buildup, creating the perfect foundation for a deep conditioner.
I use a range of shampoos as I like to mix up my products from time to time and will suggest them below. If you want to make a DIY version, here’s one I love.
Black soap shampoo
In the video, I show you two easy recipes. The first is this black soap shampoo which I use very sparingly. Even though this lathers up quite a lot, it doesn’t do as good of a job of removing build-up from your hair and scalp.
To make this:
- Melt a chunk of black soap in water
- Once melted, pass through a fine sieve
- Mix in a splash of Apple Cider vinegar to drop the ph a little bit
- Put in a bottle, wash your hair and keep the rest refrigerated for no more than two weeks
I love doing this mask on my hair at least once a month. I prefer rhassoul clay over bentonite clay because it creates a perfect balance of cleansing and conditioning. That way I never have to follow up with a conditioner.
Try it and you’ll see that what I am saying is true.
To make this:
- Mix a cup of clay with ¼ cup of water but you need to eyeball it to see what works
- Mix thoroughly until you have the consistency of a thick conditioner
- Add a splash of apple cider vinegar and add more clay if it is still runny
- Make sure your hair is damp and run this through in sections. Let it hit your scalp
- Cover your hair with some cling film and leave in for 30 minutes
- Massage your scalp as you rinse
Here are some budget shampoo recommendations
It’s very difficult to go wrong with DIY deep conditioners if you know the science behind the ingredients. I dare say this DIY deep conditioner does a lot more for your hair than some store-bought versions. You’ll come back and thank me for this recipe.
As with most DIY mixes, it’s easier to just eyeball the measurement
To make this:
- Mix canned coconut cream, honey and any good oil. I like coconut or sweet almond oil.
- Make it a thick enough consistency and run through your hair
- Cover with a steaming cap and leave on for 30minutes or more
- Rinse off as usual
If you choose not to DIY, here are a few budget conditioners you’ll love
This one is easy. Your leave-in conditioner does not have to be a liquid, and that’s why a good DIY whipped shea butter mix will be perfect.
Here’s one you can try
This is the one treatment I have not found a good DIY alternative for. The closest thing to a DIY version is this Protein Defence Treatment
Remember I said earlier that egg proteins are way too large to be absorbed by your hair shaft. Well, the protein defence acts as a hydrolyser, making it tiny enough to penetrate your hair shaft.
I must mention that I also benefit from using aloe vera gel as a pre poo or hair mask. But the best benefits come from the raw plant. Just do your research and see all the wonderful benefits of Aloe vera
Instagram product recommendations
My IG fam suggested so many other products and I bet they are worth looking into, you might find some gems.
I hope that this post helps you save more money on your hair. Haircare doesn’t have to be expensive if you don’t want it to. I love store-bought products, but making my own DIY recipes helps me stretch the longevity of my products.
Don’t let cost get in the way of great hair and remember to be as minimal as you can. A 10 step routine is not the secret to great hair, I promise you.
Cheers to better hair, on a budget.