I decided to revisit a previous DIY hair recipe that I created over a year and a half ago. Now that my hair is longer I was curious how the product would work and if I’d even still like it. I wanted something that would make my hair feel soft yet still give shape to my curls.
I co-washed my hair as usual leaving a bit of conditioner in my hair, and applied the DIY Moisturizing Hair Detangler as my main leave-in. I made it without the silk amino acids since I didn’t have any. I honestly don’t think you absolutely need the silk amino acids although some love it. I used the detangler then added a bit of shea butter focusing on the ends of my hair.
To my surprise my hair was soft, shiny, and curled up exactly as I like it. There was minimal effort making this leave-in and I love DIY beauty products that are extremely simple now that my schedule seems to stay busy. I also appreciate that I can use it daily, gently finger detangle my hair as needed, and not have product build up. Now that I’ve been formulating more complicated products, I adore one step formulations when the clean up is effortless.
I’m in awe how inexpensive this product is to make as well as how effective it is. Guar gum is the main ingredient to give this product a jelly like consistency which makes it easy to apply and the perfect natural detangling product. The original recipe does not contain any oils which is perfect for naturally oily hair and scalps, yet you could add a teaspoon of your favorite oil or more if you desire. Xanthan gum isn’t a replacement for guar gum in this recipe.
Please note that this is a water based recipe that does not contain preservatives. Although essential oils help to extend the life of a product they are still not preservatives. This will last refrigerated for 1-2 weeks. I tend to use the DIY Moisturizing Hair Detangler up before the week is over. Go here for the recipe.
Keeping my ends trimmed has helped a great deal with single strand knots and tangles in general. I try to dust my hair (very minimal trimming) every two months. I’ve also been playing around with twist outs versus braid outs which I’ll get more into another time. In general co-washing with a good natural conditioner has been the key factor with hydrating my dry hair.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)