Curly hair moisturizing is not always easy. There’s a permanent danger of keeping the strands moist at the cost of clogging the scalp with oil. That’s why the cosmetics industry has blessed us with the leave in conditioner! It is probably the best way to achieve a natural curly look, but not only that: there’s a wide variety of leave-ins in the market, but also homemade formulas – and they actually can be used with pleasant effects in other types of hair. Let’s get to it.
Homemade Recipes: Do It Yourself
Many people don’t even know that it’s possible to produce a good leave in conditioner comfortably right at their homes without even going out to buy it at the groceries: it only takes three ingredients. Simple as a playful lamb.
Aloe Vera Leave-in
- 120 millilitre water
- 120 millilitre aloe vera gel
- 10 drops of your preferred essential oil
Directions: Stir and mix aloe vera gel and water in a small bowl with a spoon. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and shake. Afterwards, add the essential oil and shake it lightly.
The recipe should be enough for one week of daily use.
Besides bringing freshness to the recipe, aloe vera has an acid pH of 4.5, which will close the hair cuticle, further smoothening the hair, minimizing frizz and adding in definition to the strands and locks. Aloe vera is also the humectant in this formula.
You can also try a more sophisticated recipe of multiple oils, especially good for split ends reduction:
- 90 ml avocado oil
- 60 ml extra virgin oil
- 20 ml almond oil
- 30 ml castor oil
- 30 ml melted extra virgin coconut oil
- 6 drops of your preferred essential oil
Spill all the ingredients into an oil mister. Shake the mister until the content is homogeneously mixed. It is ready: apply it onto the fresh washed hair.
Last of all, a mix of pungent, delicious smell for your hair strands:
Coconut cream leave-in
- 30 millilitre slightly melted extra virgin coconut oil
- 60 millilitre aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
Pour and mix thoroughly the ingredients in a bowl on medium speed. Apply it on damp hair – warm it up by rubbing the cream between your hands if it solidifies.
Why does leave in conditioner work?
Not only people with curly hair benefit from leave-ins: for people with normal to fine hair, a leave in conditioner may also work well, bringing moisture to the scalp and as a great way to style your hair without that hard gel-like feeling to it too.
After the homemade recipe, let’s analyse the components of a more “orthodox” product: the moisture comes from the humectants these products usually contain. Quats and low molecular weight silicones are some other common components in such conditioners, which combine for their multiple functions: quats give the hair a “healthy” look, by sticking to its damaged portions and split ends.
The silicones, on the other hand, bring shine and smoothness to the hair. Leave-in silicones, however, are different from those used in rinse-out conditioners: because they are more volatile, the leave-in looks less heavy than the latter.
Since it is lighter than the rinse-out conditioner, the leave in conditioner is less likely to cause damage to like irritation to the scalp after application.