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Essential Oils, Shea Butter and Leave-In Conditioners

What essential oils are you using for your hair? As a relaxed chica, the only oil I experimented with was olive oil and I used it after conditioning, when my hair was still wet, to get a nice sheen when it dried out. Oil to a relaxed chic is just heaviness. But as a transitioning chica I have been reading up on different oils and the benefits to natural hair. Here are a few good round ups. After doing my own research, these are the oils I went with:

Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil and Peppermint Oil. I mixed them all together in my spray bottle with some water. I know I know, just shake it up right before using :)

The peppermint oil was a last minute addition. I was trying to get my spray to smell better. I think it made it smell horribly. For my next batch I will seek out some lavender or lemongrass oil to add to my mix and leave off the peppermint. {Edit: the peppermint oil has amazing benefits! It is an essential oil so I realised I was using WAY too much in the mix, now I’ve found the right balance and my mixture smells good and is soooo good to my hair} I’ve also discovered that something in this mix, maybe one, maybe all, causes my skin to break out. Less is more, using too much of my spray will do that. I have to now change my pillow case much more often than before to try and keep my face from becoming irritated. Or you could always wear a scarf but…yeah….I’ve just bought some extra satin pillow cases. I use this mix religiously in my munchkin’s hair whenever I wash, which is weekly, and her hair really couldn’t be healthier.

Something else I attribute to our healthy hair?

I have the Honey Butter on the left which has been fantastic in munchkin’s plaits and cornrows and even in my relaxed hair. I try to concentrate it on my ends when I’m doing my flat twists to seal in moisture. Good stuff. It’s Jamaican made too! Check out the Beautiful Earth blog, her prices are great and she’s got some excellent products, virgin coconut oil and Jamaican black castor oil anyone?

This is the leave-in that I have been using in both mine and munchkin’s hair:

I am not impressed. Munchkin’s hair is not very porous so it always just kinda sits on top. I don’t have much to compare it to but very soon  will. There’s gotta be better. It was part of my “lemme try out what’s available to me before I go ordering stuff on amazon” experiment. There are a million different products in our local hair aisles, something’s gotta work. They can’t all be duds. So I’ll try a few more available ones to see what I can come up with. The resemblance of this line to the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil line was probably what made me buy it.

I’ve used this product before with great results, but was looking for more than a moisturizing lotion, wanted something that said it was a leave-in conditioner. No idea what the difference is at this point as I’m still in the learning curve here, we’ll see what I can come up with. By the way, I’ve been using VO5 as a cheapie conditioner to co-wash and it absolutely sucks! It has no slip, I can barely comb through! Maybe there’s a different VO5 that y’all are using as I keep seeing it being referred to as a good cheapie to use when doing your regular conditioning along with Suave and Herbal Essence. I’ve resolved to just washing it out and then using my oils and leave in to detangle when I’m done. On to the next one! Although Suave is my brand, I’m going right back to that!  Throw me your tips and reviews! What works for you?

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9 Comments

  1. I find that the pantene pro-v dark relaxed and natural shampoo and conditioner works wonders on my hair(I recently did the big chop) I use virgin coconut oil just a tups along with a store bought mixture of esssential oils, don’t remember the name right now and finally to keep my hair all moist I use cantu shea butter leave in conditioner, it smells wooooonderful and generally gives me soft moist curls. So far, I’m loving my short hair and no breakage

    • really lemme see a pic!

  2. When my hair was fully natural I found the combination of Keracare shampoo and Aussie’s moist conditioner was great for combing out in the shower and they’re not pricy at all either. Did you try the Jamaican black castor oil? I’ve been seeing that on blogs all over the place this week…

    • yep the castor oil in the pic is it and it is indeed great! i’ve heard about that aussie conditioner, i’m gonna give it a try if i see it

  3. Love the natural look and I have in fact cut my hair and I am going natural. I use the eco-gel to add my curls but wanted other products to keep my hair healthy and so I welcome your suggestions.

  4. Hi…where did you purchase the satin pillowcases?

    • hi Jhanelle, I actually bought them in the BVI but I’d be willing to bet that places like Lee’s or Ammars may have them. I need a couple more so I’ll update if i find any!

      • Thank you! I’ll check those places out.

        • Found it at Ammars….Lees doesn’t have any…Thanks again :)

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