Curly hair can be very unpredictable, yet once you figure out the best way to manage your curls it can be so much fun. I have found that the products you use are only part of managing your curls. It is also about treating them well by not fighting with them, but allowing them to be themselves.
As you know, I love making my own beauty products. I have found that it saves me a ton of money and works just as good if not better than products that I have bought. One of the best benefits is that you know exactly what is in the product because you made it yourself. This DIY Curl Conditioning Serum is truly easy to make and won’t take long at all.
Mix or preferably blend three tablespoons of aloe vera, one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar, and one teaspoon of coconut oil thoroughly. After you hair has been washed and conditioned apply your DIY Curl Conditioning Serum throughout your hair first then add a leave-in conditioner of your choice to style. All of the ingredients to this serum add moisture and nutrients to the hair. (This recipe is for 1-2 applications. Depending on your hair thickness and length, you may want to double the measurement to make more. Store any remainder product in the refrigerator.)
I have found that the best way to create frizz-free curls is by defining your curls with the Tightly Curly Method. By styling your hair this way, your hair remains fresh and free of tangles until you wash again. At night braid or bun your hair and cover or sleep on satin material. To refresh your hair in the morning simply spritz with water or this curl refreshing spray, then add more conditioner. No brushing, combing, or even finger combing needed. Add serum to any frizzy areas if needed. If you have very dry thick curls add a bit of shea butter to your hair while damp to keep your hair moisturized and weighed down. I love the unrefined shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Happy curls are moisturized. Although many use heavy commercial gels, I have found that they only dry out my hair over the long run and possibly be damaging to hair. This Curl Conditioning Serum will give your curls the moisture and definition that it truly desires.
(Note: This recipe mixes best with aloe vera gel, although you can use aloe vera juice too. The aloe vera gel from Mountain Rose Herbs is more of a thick liquid but still works very well.)
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)