Avocado Tropical Hair Smoothie
Frequency: As needed for soft moisturized hair
½ ripe Avocado
½ can Coconut Milk
2 tbls Coconut Oil
1 tbls Sweet Almond Oil
Mix avocado and coconut milk in food processor or blender. Add oils & continue to mix. Shampoo and condition as usual. Apply smoothie generously to hair. Let set for 30-45 minutes. Rinse
Cowash, condition, add smoothie, rinse
Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hair Spritz
Frequency: As needed to moisturize dry hair
20% Aloe Vera juice
70% distilled or spring water
10% vegetable glycerin
2-3 drops of rosemary oil
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray hair lightly as needed. After twisting or braiding, spray new growth for added moisture. Keep refrigerated.
Herbal Hair Rinse
Following your shampoo with an herbal hair rinse is the perfect way to top off your hair cleansing routine. Herbal hair rinses can cleanse the scalp and remove residue from the hair shaft (from hair care products such as sprays, gels, and conditioners), soften the hair, and add shine and subtle highlights. By choosing which herbs and other ingredients to add to your rinse, you can customize your herbal product to perfectly suit your needs.
Simply make a strong tea of herbs (about 3 to 4 tablespoons of herb per cup of water) and let steep until room temperature. Strain. Combine tea with one cup of water. Pour rinse over hair and scalp after shampooing or co-washing. Rinse with clear water (if you wish, but not necessary).
Apple Cider Vinegar Herbal Hair Rinse
3-4 tbls of your favorite herbs
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups warm water
Place 3 to 4 tablespoons of herbs in a jar. Heat a cup of apple cider vinegar (in a non-metal pot) until not quite boiling. Pour over herbs. Cover and let stand in a warm place for a week or so, shaking occasionally. Strain and cap. (Line the cap with plastic to avoid contact with the metal.) When ready to use, dilute about 1/2 cup of the herbal vinegar with about 2 cups of warm water. Pour over hair as a final rinse after conditioning. Rinse again with clear water.
See the natural oils and herbs page.
Tip: For maximum effectiveness, catch your hair rinse in a bowl as you pour it over your hair. Then repeat the rinse several times.
Banana and Coconut Milk Conditioner
1 cup aloe vera gel
Mix in blender
Strain (use strainer with small holes)
Add 1/2 can of whole coconut milk
1/4 cup olive oil
A few drops of rosehip oil and argan oil (or your favorite oils)
Apply to hair, cover with a plastic processing cap and let sit for 30-45 mins
Enjoy soft and elastic hair
Curl Defining Natural Flaxseed Gel
Frequency: As needed on twists, braids, bantu knots, perm rods, etc.
4 cups distilled or spring water
1 cup whole flaxseeds
1/2 cup herbs of your choice
1 tbls vegetable glycerin
1 tbls A4N Revitalizing Herbal Hair Oil [A4N Note: can also substitute olive or avocado oil]
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops ylang ylang essential oil (or use your favorite)
Medium to large squeeze bottle (similar to the bottle used for professional hair coloring. Can purchase from a beauty supply store)
Mix flaxseed and 2 cups of water in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to activate the mucilage (thick, gooey substance that will become the gel)
Using a 2 quart pot or larger, add herbs to 2 cups of water. Bring to a soft boil & drain. Add herbal water (tea) back into pot. Add flaxseed mixture into the pot containing the herbal water (tea); bring to a soft boil (stirring often). Mixture will become thick and gel will begin to form.Turn off heat. Let mixture sit on the stove for 5 minutes while stirring. Drain into a large bowl (or measuring cup) using cheese cloth or a large strainer. Add vegetable glycerin, A4N Revitalizing Herbal Hair Oil and essential oils and stir well. Use a funnel to pour mixture into the squeeze bottle.
Note: Gel will keep for 2-3 weeks when refrigerated. Also, if you find the mixture is too much to use within a 3 week period, make half the amount or share with a friend.
Deep Conditioner w/Mayo
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff not miracle whip. You want all the fat from real mayonnaise)
3 tbls of the A4N Herbal Hair Oil (or use the oils below)
1 tbls olive oil
1 tbls castor oil
1 tbls avocado oil
Mix the mayo and oils well. Apply liberally to hair after cleansing. Wrap hair with a processing cap and plastic bag. Let sit for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Rinse, rinse and rinse again to remove all the mayo. Style as usual.
Note: If your hair needs extra protein, add one egg to the above mixture.
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