Homemade Hair Products for African-American Hair

Learn some homemade recipes for fabulous hair.

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If you can't seem to find the perfect store-bought product to nurture your African-American tresses, try making your own. There are plenty of things you can use to make your locks look amazing lovely that you probably already have at home. So, learn a few DIY hair recipes to make your mane fab, shiny and gorgeous.

Egg and Honey Cocktail

Take a trip to your kitchen and whip up a recipe for stronger and shinier hair. All you have to do is combine 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Incorporate it all through the hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wash and condition the hair.

Moisturizing Mixture

Soul singer Esperanza Spaulding may be known for her fab 'fro as much as she is for her music chops. To keep her hair looking its best, she incorporates lots of simple ingredients into one super-moisturizing concoction. The songstress uses a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil and tea tree oil that she applies to wet hair.

Shampoo Alternative

If you're looking to get rid of dirt, oils and other nastiness that your hair accumulates throughout the day without shampooing it, just combine 2 cups of warm water and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Rinse the hair with the mixture and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing out.

Leave-In Conditioner

Those prepackaged leave-in conditioners can leave hair feeling sticky and weighed down. If you're looking for something more natural, try this recipe. It's a bit involved, so be ready for a little legwork. You'll need 2 ounces of leave-in conditioner, 1 1/2 ounces of distilled water, 1/8 cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin and 1 tablespoon of silk peptide powder. Mix all your ingredients together and pour your mixture into a spray bottle.

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