“You’re killing your hair.”
Not exactly what I wanted to hear, though I guess I can’t say I was surprised.
I have this super-weird hybrid hair. It’s thick, straight, wavy, and super kinky curly in spots. Yes, I said spots.
To manage it, I
butcher , thin, straighten, highlight, curl, and blow-dry it.
It takes a beating each day, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that it needed some serious help.
I was killing my hair, and it was obvious.
Little flyaways everywhere. My ends looked like I took a torch to them. Dry to the touch.
What happened to my soft hair? Heat. Lots and lots of heat.
The only answer was to use protectant, but all I could think of was the evil I knew was lurking on the store shelves.
Upon further research, evil is unfortunately right. It’s awful. One of the worst products I’ve ever researched kind-of terrible.
Is it too much to ask for a good hair protectant that also doesn’t put my body (or for a woman carrying a baby, a child’s body) in danger?
I knew there had to be an answer.
Because of my hair’s specific needs, here’s what I’m looking for in a heat protectant:
As I read over the ewg.org list, it’s clear that the offenders far outweigh the clean options.
They put all of the hair treatments together on this page, and the first thermal protectant doesn’t even pop up until the 3’s, which is in the mild toxicity category.
The bad news is that if we’re looking to grab something off the shelf but are also trying to stay non-toxic, DIY is looking like the only safe option. However, the good news is two-fold:
- I can try a new product for far cheaper than the upward of $30 price tag on something I might not even like. It just makes better sense.
- This DIY is quick and easy
In the past, I have only looked to protect my hair from further damage. I mean, it is called a hair “protectant,” right?
Since trying this DIY recipe, I have learned that I can expect much more from a heat protectant.
This can also serve as a way to heal hair, but with the options I’ve tried in the past, that offer was never on the table. Because of this, it simply didn’t occur to me that something could do both– protect and restore.
3. Leaves my hair soft, not greasy
I have oily hair. This means I have to wash it every single day, thus making my hair drier, and…well, you can see the ugly cycle I’ve got going here, right?
When using any product on my hair, walking away a greasy mess has always been a big risk for me.
My hair can be left flattened and weird. Heavier right when I thought it was as heavy as it could be (in the middle of summer, no doubt) and dropping curls left and right on the days I use a curling iron. Not an option.
So, I looked around and discovered an option from Primally Inspired that really surprised me.
What I loved about it right away was how easy it was to make, that I already had all of the ingredients, and it was so cheap to create that even if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be out a lot of money for something I only used once or twice.
1.) Shea Butter
2.) Avocado Oil
Dry, Damaged and/or Color Treated: Geranium (I chose this one because more of my hair’s descriptions fell into this category. With my next batch, I’ll probably throw some Rosemary in there!)
2.) Add 10 drops of your choice of essential oil(s) and whip for a few seconds to incorporate.
3.) Scoop into a jar and enjoy.
First of all, how seriously easy was that!? I even unloaded the dishwasher while it was whipping! Now, that’s the kind of DIY I can enjoy!
Start LOW and go SLOW.
You’ll see what I mean when you feel this product. There’s a lot of substance to it, so here’s how I get my best, non-greasy results:
1.) Gently tap the top of the product with a few finger tips 2-3 times, rub it into the opposite palm, rub both hands together, and smooth on to my ends before drying my hair.
By rubbing it between my hands for a bit, it has to cover more of the surface of my hand and knocks it down a little. This creates a more even application and helps me avoid greasy spots.
2.) Once dry (20 minutes later! Told you I have a lot of hair!) , I do the whole tap the top of the product thing, but I do it only once. I get so little on my hand that it seems like it couldn’t do much, but a little goes a long way!
Honestly, I think a lot of people could skip this part because of how well it gets me through the drying stage, but I always use just a little more for two reasons.
First, I have a ton of hair and second, I feel like I attack it with the hair dryer, so a teeny bit more just feels right for me. Do what feels best for your hair as you go along since we are all so different.
So here I am with little taps a day, and I’m thinking this is going to go bad before I even make it a quarter of the way through this stuff!
This got me thinking about other ways I could use it, when I realized something.
I see all these masks for hair overnight that help heal hair. Why not use something I already see working?
Twice a week, I go to bed a greasy-headed mess! I slather this stuff on big time. The weirdest thing though–my pillow is never greasy! What is that!?
When I wake up, I jump right into the shower and shampoo and condition like normal.
Since starting this a few weeks ago, I have noticed a considerable difference in the health of my hair.
Between all the nourishing each of the ingredients provides, avocado’s high smoke point, and Geranium’s healing, it’s a winner in my book!
I will caution you to start super slow, especially if you’ve got oily hair. Unless you’re using it as a mask, always stick to the bottom half of your hair.
My favorite result so far is how it makes my curls look when I’m trying to get beachy waves. It looks and feels healthier.
I have a long way to go with my hair growing back in from thinning it for so many years, but I’m on my way back.
So thankful for such a simple DIY that lasts forever. This is one of those that I can dish out to friends and family and still have plenty left over for this mop of mine each day.
I hope you enjoy it like I have!