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Going Au Naturel: My DIY Natural Hair Care Routine

To follow on from last weeks post on my natural skincare routine, here are all my favourite natural tips, tricks and recipes for lovely healthy hair. I have blonde, curly hair which is prone to dryness and split ends but these natural treatments will be great for any hair type.

A Couple of Notes

  • Like I mentioned in my skincare post, I like to use fractionated coconut oil instead of normal coconut oil because it’s pretty much scent free and it doesn’t go solid. You’ll find a basic DIY natural beauty shopping list in the post as well.
  • Like I mentioned in my skin care post – I buy most of the ingredients on iherb.com and I buy my fractionated coconut oil and essential oils from doTERRA - they are pure therapeutic grade oils that are free from fillers or artificial fragrance and they are heavenly! They are the only oils I feel comfortable using because of their amazing quality, nothing else comes close to the results I get with these oils. You can pick them up in my online store here.
  • My Pinterest board is brimming with DIY beauty recipes! Check it out here.
  • I thought I’d mention that avoiding harmful and toxic ingredients in beauty, body, hair, and cleaning products is important for any ladies dealing with hormonal imbalance – sometimes chemical ingredients can imitate or impact hormones, making balance harder to find. Other tips on balancing hormones here.

Ok, let do this – luscious locks here you come with my DIY natural hair care routine!

Washing

I usually just use a bit of castile soap for washing my hair – you only need a small amount and I work it into a lather into my hands. When my hair feels like it needs a bit of extra cleaning (if I’ve had a treatment in overnight or I’ve been in the water alot), I mix a couple of teaspoons of bi-carb soda into the castile soap. Squeaky clean doesn’t even begin to describe how fresh that feels and it’s much gentler than off-the-shelf clarifying shampoos so it won’t totally strip your hair of natural oils. When I make up a batch of shampoo, I add a few ingredients to help with that help with a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.

// Clean and fresh shampoo
1 cup castile soap (I use a lavender scented one)
1 cup filtered or distilled water
2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp argan oil (any oil will do – olive, almond, coconut, etc)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops cedar wood essential oil
¼ cup aloe vera gel (optional)

// Conditioner
I’ll admit – I’ve found home made conditioners slightly trickier to get great results with and I use an organic and nasty free store bought conditioner about half the time. The rest of the time, I switch between the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (below) and a 1:1 mixture of coconut oil and distilled water (pop it into a bottle and shake well before use) that I apply to the mid lengths and ends of my hair, leave for a few minutes and then rinse well. I use essential oils to fragrance the mixture – some of my favourite combos at the end of last weeks post.

Treatments and Rinses

// Apple cider vinegar rinse
I know putting vinegar in your hair sounds a bit gross and a bit stinky but it’s amazing for super nourished and glossy locks. And don’t worry – as soon as your hair is dry, any traces of vinegar smell will disappear. Mix ½ cup ACV with ½ cup water and pour over your hair after conditioning (use more if you have lots of hair). Let it sit for a minute or two then rinse it out.

// Coconut oil treatment
I have pretty dry hair so treatments have always been a must for me. Coconut oil is by far the best treatment I’ve ever used – since I discovered it, I haven’t used anything else. I just comb a few tablespoons of coconut oil through my hair, putting more on the ends. I don’t put any directly on my scalp and if you have fine hair keep the oil pretty much only on the bottom half of your hair or you’ll end up looking a bit, er, slicker than usual.

// Hair growth boosting treatment
I’ve been growing my hair for the last year or so and this treatment oil is my secret weapon. The essential oils I use are specifically chosen because they stimulate growth and promote a healthy scalp and working them in with a massage will super charge those benefits. You can use this oil whenever you do the coconut oil treatment above –I put a small dollop of the growth treatment oil into a little dish, dip my fingertips in and massage it into my scalp. Bonus points if you can get someone else to do it for you!

Luscious locks hair growth boosting treatment oil
¼ cup oil of your choice (I use fractionated coconut or argan oil)
30 drop each of lavender, cedar wood, and pepper mint essential oils

Styling

I usually just let my hair dry naturally without much styling but these are a couple of great DIYs that I use when I’m feeling a bit fancier.

// Dry Shampoo
I use this recipe – if you have dark hair add a little cacao to make it brown (and smell subtly of chocolate). Don’t be freaked out about putting pantry ingredients in your hair – it seems weird at first but it’s nowhere near as weird as putting harmful chemicals all over you! (not to mention they’re cheaper and more effective too!)

// Sea Salt Spray
Perfect for some lovely textured waves and to tame frizziness – I use this recipe.

// Serum
If my hair is feeling especially dry, I just add a tiny bit of oil to the ends – I often do this with my body oil or a touch of coconut oil. DIY beauty products are pretty great multi taskers.

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Xx Amelia