Finding the perfect leave-in conditioner can be difficult for a natural curly. There are so many different products lines that claim to offer moisture and shine! Before you jump on the next product-craze bandwagon, why not try making your own leave-in conditioner? There’s no need to search any further because you’ve finally found a lovely homemade,organic leave-in conditioner recipe. And the best part is –drum roll, please– you only need THREE ingredients! Who would have thought it could be that simple?
With a pH range of around 4.5, the acidity of Aloe Vera is what works to our advantage. It aids in closing the hair cuticle. This causes your hair to be smoother, minimizes frizz, and gives your strands more definition and shine. Some find that Aloe Vera is a humectant, or something that draws in any humidity from the air that surrounds it. However, by sealing my hair with Aloe Vera after I style it, I’ve noticed less frizz and swelling. Pure Aloe Vera is light enough to keep my hair moisturized without feeling greasy or weighed down. It also gives great control without making it stiff or crunchy.
Recipe: Aloe Vera Gel Leave-in Conditioner
4oz aloe vera gel
10 drops of essential oil (pick your favorite!)
Directions: Add water and aloe vera gel to a small bowl and stir lightly with a spoon. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again. Use daily or as often as needed to restore softness. Benefits:
Written by BSW Editor Alexandria (Songstress A)
**UPDATE* by Editor Carmen Veal*
I prefer to use 100% aloe vera gel already extracted from the aloe plant. My favorite brand is Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel which retails at about $6.00.
Why I prefer this brand: Contains No Alcohol. Pure. No Color Added. Fragrance Free. Non Oily. Will Not Stain.
I store my DIY gel in a jar with lid (recycle those product jars ladies!) and store on the shelf inside of my bathrooms medicine cabinet.
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