There are many options to stylize our wavy, curly or afro hair in the most natural and self-sufficient way, without having to spend unnecessary plastic or packallings.
These options that I give you today are highly versatile and multifunctional:
1. They condition our hair, better than commercial softens.
In our house, my husband calls him “the magic mucus”; since it is he who is responsible for untangling our daughter’s hair.
To untangle the hair, what I always recommend is to do it dry. In this link is this more complete information.
To see the routine that I follow with my children, I have this other entry that I hope will be very useful for parents with curly heads.
For me it has been a rest; since the softener and the capillary gel are the main culprits that I have been cutting my hair for 20 years. But on this topic I speak with ease in my first entry. More ecological information and personal self-sufficiency in line with the rhythm of the planet, in my first entry of my first blog.https://naturaurea415701334.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/be-wild/
2. They define our hair by providing shine and oligo elements that provide at the same time elasticity and control frizz.
The mucilages of the plants, which I mention here and surely there will be many more that I do not know, are our allies feeding and strengthening our hair in each application.
3. Serve as mediators, to facilitate the application of ayuvérdicas plants as henna or clarifying clays.
This fact is a huge trick that my “sister-herbs” Carmen de Maisón Karité gave me. The curiosity that caused my recipe of linen gel is the motivator of this great idea.
The mucilages of the plants added to the ayuvaric powders or clays allow them to be applied and removed easily from the hair with gentleness and without drying out even more our strands, which is what the infusions, clays and henna do.
These treatments are amortized better, since half of the product is used that only mixing with infusions.
Mónica García recommended me to use a blender for better emulsions clays and henna.
I mention the reason why, in certain special cases, you can use a blender to make better mixes and facilitate work.
First, there are people who have physical illnesses that prevent them from doing exaggerated wrist movements like the one you need when mixing clay with floral gel or flax gel; fibromyalgia, lupus, myasthenia or advanced age.
The metallic rods of the blender in the leaflets of henna or clay advise them for a simple reason. The hennas with a color not typical of the original plant have metallic pigments and the clays, their main composition are metals as well.
The shock of the rods of the blender or metal containers can generate uncontrolled and unexpected chemical synergies. The small particles of the pigments or the clays act as stones that collide with the metal. If we also perform this mixture with heat the chemical pump can be disastrous. In the hennas with non-herbal color can get to change colors.
There is no problem in using metal rods or heat in the ayuvaric plants such as hens Lawsonia inermis which is the henna with copper color naturally or the Cassia obovata which is the transparent henna.
In the matter of clays or hennas with artificial color, when using vegetable gel in the mixture, the friction is not as pronounced as when we mix it with water or hot infusions. Also the mixture with infusions is much easier to make them with a simple wooden spoon and it is not necessary to use a blender.
Before starting to use 100% natural ingredients in our hair, Carmen de Maison Karité recommends a thorough cleaning with clays. I recommend that once a month and before applying henna or any other ayurvedic plant on the hair, we perform this cleansing without the need to use shampoo.
My advice is:
Green clay, for oily and red scalps mixed with white or pink, for normal or sensitive scalps.
4. These gels also serve as mediators to apply our natural masks or substitutes for the well-known aloe vera gel.
These gels are refreshing and soothe irritated skins.
They can also be used on fatty hair to perform hair massages. The baobab oil is light and sebum regulator so there is no excuse to keep our scalp to scratch no matter how fatty it is.
Clays are not only good for the skin, but also for our hair.
Boil a handful of hibiscus flowers, half a glass of flax and three glasses of water over high heat and when it starts to open, lower it to medium heat and when the white foam comes out lower the fire to the minimum and leave on the fire for 15 minutes.
Flax gel has omega 3 omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins E and B and minerals.
The hibiscus is a flower with innumerable properties for the organism but in this case we will not use it for its large doses of vitamin C since half of them evaporate with combustion; (But it has powerful vitamins and super foods good for our scalp and the follicles that hold our strands.
I use Hibiscus, because it is a gel that I use with my children and the pink color helps them to see it with different eyes and it does not look like a mucus, hee hee.
Immediately after cooking the gel and without allowing it to cool, we will strain the seeds, otherwise we will not be able to separate the gel well from the flax peel.
In a glass container let temper the mixture and add the essential oil of mint 10 drops per 200g of gel and two tablespoons of baobab oil in this case.
The essential oil of mint that will allow is that the pores of the skin open and agitate the blood circulation promoting the strengthening of the follicles avoiding the fall of the threads by capillary fragility.
We can use any type of essential oil for the preservation of our gel. I recommend using the best known ones such as essential oil of lavender, mint or tea tree; Taking into account avoid the dermocausticos like the essential oil of oregano.
This issue of essential oils is complicated and I am preparing a special entry on this topic and I can not extend it in this article.
Baobab oil also has unsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 flax and vitamin C. The most peculiar feature of this oil is that it is very light with a dry effect in a natural way and does not give weight to the hair. If your hair is very dry and thick you can use olive oil.
The oil is perfectly integrated with the gel acting together, this peculiarity is excellent to apply our favorite oils evenly in our hair, avoiding the uncomfortable accumulation of fat in certain areas of hair and not in others.
In the photograph, it is perfectly appreciated as the baobab oil, in this case, acts as small purplish sparkles.
Other oils that I recommend are:
For fine hair: sesame oil, almond oil, grape seed oil and sunflower oil in addition to the aforementioned baobab oil.
For thick hair: avocado oil, olive oil, castor oil, pumpkin oil and peach nugget oil.
I do not recommend shea butter or coconut oil at all, because in the fridge they solidify and do not integrate well.
This gel will last for more than a month in the fridge without degrading thanks to the mint essence we have put on it.
The Gel of Maison Karité is inspired by my recipe for linen gel. Carmen and I have no secrets and we have shared recipes and other experiences for three years that I am your client.
The gel of mauve is spectacular to apply alone or in combination with the gel of linen, besides being a great ally for hair with gray hair since it avoids the unpleasant yellowing of these. Also the blond hair feel highlighted by the action of the mallow.
You can also make gel with fresh flowers of hibiscus or geraniums and Cheila Katherine always explains it with a lot of love.
I have this oatmeal recipe, I have not tried it, but I leave you the recipe of my friend Isa Quisquella in case someone wants to try it.
My beautiful flowers!