I've been making homemade hair care products since I was in grade school.
My very first homemade hair care recipe was a fresh lemon juice spritz applied to my hair before I sat in the sun.
Did my lemon blonding recipe work? Nope. Not only did it not lighten my tresses, it actually dried them to a crisp.
Although many people recommend lemon for lightening hair, it doesn't work.
In some cases such as hair lightening there may not be a homemade hair care recipe. Homemade recipes are not necessarily the end all and the be all of hair care. It wish I could say it was, but it isn't.
Over the years I've tried a myriad of homemade hair care recipes in the following categories:
3. Post-shampoo treatments & rinses
5. Hair color enhancers
7. Leave-in conditioners
9. Hair thickeners
11. Dry shampoo products
13. Scalp treatments
Rules Of Homemade Hair Care Recipe Creation
I've listed my own personal rules of hair care concocting below:
1. When trying out a recipe for the first time I make the smallest amount possible as a test case. Since some of my recipes were major flops, I've learned to go slowly before I deem a new recipe a true success.
3. Storage jars should always be sterilized and freezer safe.
5. Just like commercially made products, not all homemade hair care recipes work for all people.
7. Once you find recipes which work great for you always limit how much you make in advance. The fresher the ingredients and the recipe, the better it will work. Instead of making enough for several days make only enough for one or two. If you must make a big batch in advance, try freezing the ingredients and then mixing them right before use.
9. Oil can become rancid if not store properly. When buying oils for your hair consider keeping them stored in the coolest location in your house.
11. If a recipe requires teas it's best to use loose teas instead of tea in bags.
13. When heating ingredients always allow them to cool before applying to avoid burning fingers, scalps or skin.
Baby jars and Mason jars are some of my favorite containers for storing homemade hair products. Both types of glass jars can be frozen without breaking and the clean baby jars are perfect for individual treatments.
It you really wish to make larger batches, freeze the recipe and consider adding natural preservatives. Some ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter will last a long time without going bad. Regardless, always check your ingredients to make sure they are extremely fresh.
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