Curly hair needs moisture, more so than any other type of hair. It does not matter whether your curls are soft and wavy, tight coils or even kinky, the natural oils within curly hair has difficulty making its way down the hair shaft. This is due to the curls and kinks in the hair the oils need to pass around. This is what makes curly hair a lot drier compared to straight hair, that can be prone to become greasy. The straightness means the oils can stay present and not strip away. What curly hair needs is a lot of TLC, mainly in the form of moisture, and less harsh products or chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry. Here is a deep conditioning intensive hair mask recipe, using all natural ingredients you can make at home. It can be used once a week or even twice, to help restore your naturally curly hair’s moisture and maintain its shine.
Two bananas- the riper the better.
A cup of plain Greek style thick yoghurt or any thick yoghurt will do. (Full fat).
Two table spoons of virgin olive oil, and natural coconut oil.
Two table spoons of honey.
A food blender.
A container with a lid to store any excess for about a week maximum.
Why Are These Ingredients Good For Naturally Curly/ Dry Hair?
- Bananas are full of lots of good things! They are also an excellent source of energy, and very healthy. You all know this, but when it comes to hair the amino acids, fibre and vitamins can help smooth over frizzy hair and add a lot of moisture. Something curly hair needs a lot of.
- Olive oil is really good for hair and skin, moisture rich and can help seal the hair shaft to keep in moisture.
- Coconut is a good source of moisture it will also seal in moisture. The best part is it can add a nice shine to hair.
- Honey and Greek yoghurt are excellent (healthy) natural ingredients, that help add body to the hair mask. It’s better to use natural ingredients than harsh ones on curly hair.
Step one: Peel the bananas and add to the food blender.
Step Two: Add in around one large cup of Greek style thick yoghurt.
Step Three: Add in two table spoons of olive oil, honey and coconut oil.
Step Four: Blend the mixture until it is smooth, thick and creamy. If you would like more thickness, add more banana but blend well.
Step six: Wash your hair using a sulphate and paraben free shampoo. This is what strips the hair of moisture and can cause more damage. Parabens and sulphates are often found in lots of household cleaning products. This not something you want on your curly hair. In fact, in any of your cosmetics, always check the labels when buying shampoo and conditioner, also face and body washes. As a general tip if the first ingredient is aqua = water that’s great! As the first ingredient is the most potent in products. Having water first is a good sign. If you spot a paraben or sulphate(Lauryl Sulphate), leave it on the shelf, find another product. Once your hair is washed do not condition it. Leave the cuticles open to absorb the hair mask.
Step Seven: Add the hair mask to your hair from roots to tips. Comb through with a wide tooth comb. Leave the mask on your hair, allow your hair to be conditioned for up to one hour (without heat) about thirty mins (with heat). This is a great time to take a bubble bath, or paint your nails. Wash out the hair mask, condition your hair with your normal (sulphate and paraben free) conditioner and style as normal. Maybe add a little Coconut oil for shine. Stay away from too much heat, after all the moisture you have put in don’t strip it away.
Keep this intensive conditioning up at least once a week, for at least four weeks and you will notice a big difference in your hair’s moisture and general condition.