How to Make Natural Shampoo & Conditioners for Black Hair

Coconut oil moisturizes brittle African-American hair.

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Dry and damage-prone African-American hair loves coconut oil. Unlike mineral oils, coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, strengthening and nourishing your tresses from the inside out. Making your own coconut oil shampoo and conditioner couldn't be simpler. In fact, you can whip up a coconut oil-based hair treat in about the same time it takes to read off the ingredients list of chemicals contained in some store-bought hair care products.

Shampoo

1.

Place the soap, water and 2 tsp. virgin coconut oil in a large bottle.

2.

Screw the lid on tightly and shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together.

3.

Apply the coconut oil mixture in the same way as your normal shampoo.

Conditioner

1.

Put 2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil in a saucepan.

2.

Gently melt the coconut oil over a low heat.

3.

Remove the pan from the heat and immediately mix the sweet almond oil into the melted coconut oil.

4.

Massage the coconut oil conditioner into you hair and cover with a plastic cap, followed by a hot towel. Shampoo the conditioner out of your hair after 15 minutes.

Things You'll Need

 

1.2 tsp. virgin coconut oil

3.1/2 cup water

5.2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil

7.Saucepan

2.1 tbsp. fragrance free castile (olive oil-based) soap

4.Large bottle with screw lid

6.1 tbsp. sweet almond oil

8.Spoon

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Look for unprocessed coconut oil -- usually labeled "virgin" coconut oil -- in the oil section of your local grocery or health food store.

If you suffer from dandruff, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your coconut oil shampoo and conditioner to help soothe your scalp.

Wash your hair a maximum of once a week to avoid stripping delicate African-American hair of valuable oils.

 

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