Hair, Naturally

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Ah yes, DIY!

AKA an ever-growing love of mine, which has become a total obsession for me in what little spare time I have!

I absolutely love to study about natural ways to take care of my body, family, and home. From making skincare, hair care, and cleaning products to home décor and self-sufficient cooking/pantry supplies. You name it, I’ll try to make it!

For this challenge, I had been dying to try this hair growth oil that I’d been studying about from a YouTuber named Curly Proverbz. She has a slew of videos on Ayurveda practices for hair health, growth, and management. This was a new, interesting avenue for me.

Not quite a year ago, I cut off all my hair because I wanted to learn how to care for (my) natural hair. This was inspired by the birth of my daughter, Jude. I realized that I if I didn’t love my own hair or self with natural hair, then how would I honestly teach her to love hers?

That may not be logical to some, but to me it felt like the only way to be truthful with her when I tell her that I think she is naturally beautiful. Thus began my natural hair journey.

I knew that I would someday be facing her gorgeous, natural locks past the stage of baby shampoo and conditioner. She had a full head of these big barrel curls when she was born! I was thrilled and freaked out and envious all at the same time!

Jude, and her beautiful hair!

Jude, and her beautiful hair!

I had no idea how to take care of her hair! I immediately sought out information online and on YouTube.

Some might think, why couldn’t your family help?

Well…

Me, in the 1980s!

Me, in the 1980s!

Here's a little background info on my family:

I am a biracial child, born in the '80s, and I truly love every part of that. My mother is white, my father is black, and both of my parents are blind. I have a younger brother of the same parents. My older sister and brother have a different father (though we don’t recognize difference among us) and are white.

When I was very young, it became increasingly hard for my mother to try to do anything with my hair in its natural state. She gets an "A" for effort, though it’s not like she could just seek out the info through reading or watching a quick video. Back then, there weren’t any braille books on hair styling, there was no YouTube, and she didn't know any other women who could help her. My family’s resources were very limited.

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So, when I was five, some of my dad’s family (who almost all lived in other cities or states) suggested getting my hair relaxed.

This began the bimonthly trips where I spent hours upon hours in a salon having my head and hair yanked and pulledoften by stylists who in my current opinion were not good at what they did. They didn’t care about the integrity of the hair; it was simply about the job and the money.

I've always gotten my hair relaxed because that is all I'd ever known...

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After following a couple handfuls of hair channels and sites, I finally found Curly Proverbz! I love her approach, technique, and style. I have found it’s important to connect with someone else on a similar journey to yours in these kinds of matters. Otherwise, your trial and error situations get too frequent and that may damage your hair or leave you frustrated.

Especially if you’re following a person who’s hair isn’t even like yours in texture or type.

Having a "hair crush" and a hair mentor are two totally different things! I almost found that out the hard way.

Little Jude's helping hand. ♥

Little Jude's helping hand. ♥

Like I mentioned earlier, I decided to make Curly Proverbz's Ayurvedic growth oil and I have to say, I love it! My hair feels really soft and healthy!

I’ve begun using it lightly on my daughter’s hair as well. It’s made from all natural ingredients, so I’m not worried at all. I test myself first and do a spot allergy test behind her ear a day before applying all over her scalp.

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I have only been using the oil for about two weeks now, but I can already see more fullness in my hair.

I even measured between a quarter- and half-inch of new growthwhich is amazing considering I can usually only grow about the same after a whole month!

I’m definitely going to keep at this method, using the oil regularly, and checking my results after a couple months. I'm super excited!

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Below is the base recipe of the oil, what I added, and how I use it.

Be sure to read the "Notes" listed at the bottom of the recipe prior to making—they're very helpful!

Happy growing!

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Hair Growth Oil (by Curly Proverbz)

makes: about 2¼ cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tablespoons henna, body art quality
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera powder
  • 1 tablespoon rose powder (optional)
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil, therapeutic grade
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil, therapeutic grade
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican black castor oil (this was my add)
  • 1 tablespoon Curly Proverbz’s hair tea (optional), available for purchase at Bellebarorganics.com (this was my add)

Directions:

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water, then heat it over medium-low heat. Pour the olive and coconut oils into a glass measuring cup and place the cup in the saucepan, with its handle over the side of the saucepan to warm the oils—just until they are liquified. Alternatively, you can place the oils in a double boiler and gently heat the oils just until liquefied.
  2. Once warmed, pour the oil into a glass jar or container of your choice that has a tight-fitting lid (don’t place the lid on yet). Allow the oil to cool a little before moving on to the next step; adding the other ingredients when the oil is hot could cause them to evaporate, which will reduce the overall benefits of the hair growth oil.
  3. To the container with the oil, add the fenugreek seeds, henna, aloe vera powder, rose powder, peppermint oil, and rosemary oil. As indicated above, I also added Jamaican black castor oil and Curly Proverbz’s hair tea. Gently stir the mixture.
  4. Allow the mixture to rest for 1 to 3 days before applying.
  5. You can strain the mixture before applying, but do not have to; however, if you don’t strain, you will need to dip your fingers into the mixture, working around the tea and fenugreek seeds when applying.
  6. Use the oil every other day—or for kids, every 3 days—massaging it into the scalp. If you find your hair gets too oily, decrease your frequency of use. You may also apply the hair growth oil as a “hot oil” treatment; be sure not to heat the oil too high (warm is good), as it could cause the essential oils to evaporate.

Notes:

  • You may use just 2 cups of just one of the oils (either olive or coconut)—rather than 1 cup of each—if you have a coconut allergy or only have one on hand. Organic oils are recommended, but not necessary.
  • Aloe vera and rose powders are available for purchase on Amazon or Sheabuttercottage.com. I was able to find most of my ingredients at a local Indian food grocery store. If you’re not feeling very DIY the first round, you can purchase this actual hair growth oil already made from Bellebarorganics.com.
  • You can play with the amount you make and how often you apply.
  • I added castor oil in mine, as it is known to promote hair growth.
  • Using henna in your hair will affect the color of your hair! In rare cases, it is known to change the curl to slightly looser (I have not experienced this). You may use cassia in place of henna for this recipe to avoid color change; the benefits are still absolutely wonderful!
  • The particular henna powder I used already included aloe vera and many other super beneficial elements! Bonus!
  • Store in a well-sealed container in a dark place at room-temperature for up to four weeks total.
  • Safety first! Please test for allergies before use; place a small amount of the oil behind your ear or your child's ear at least 24 hours prior to regular use.
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