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Natural Homemade Hair Treatments for Kinky Hair

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author image Christopher Godwin
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."
Natural Homemade Hair Treatments for Kinky Hair
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Overview

While there are many products on the market made specifically for kinky hair, these treatments are often made with chemicals and unnatural ingredients. However, some natural homemade hair treatments can help to treat kinky hair. These homemade hair treatments have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, however, so consult your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned about allergic reactions or the effectiveness of each treatment.

For Dull, Lifeless Hair

A mixture of vegetable glycerin, aloe vera gel and distilled water can be used to help give dull, lifeless hair more shine and a healthier overall look, according to Sharon D. Chappelle, in “Nappy Journey: The Twisted Road to Natural Hair.” To make this mixture, combine 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel and 10 teaspoons distilled water in a clean spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray the mixture over your hair after washing and before styling your hair as usual. This treatment can be used daily, and it can be used as often as necessary throughout the day as long as it doesn’t bother your scalp or skin. Unused portions of this mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for one week.

For Dry Hair and Scalp

A mixture of apple cider vinegar, rosemary essential oil, tea tree oil and olive oil can be used to help treat traditionally kinky hair that is dry and brittle, asserts Jennie Harding, in "The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being.” To make this mixture, combine 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon rosemary essential oil, ½ teaspoon tea tree oil and 12 teaspoons olive oil in a small bottle and shake or stir to combine. Massage the mixture onto your wet scalp and hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse your scalp and hair with lukewarm water and allow the hair to dry naturally. This treatment should be used daily unless irritation occurs. Unused portions should be kept in the refrigerator for no more than two weeks.

For Softer, Fuller Hair

Valerie Ann Worwood, in "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” suggests a mixture of coconut essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and olive oil to make kinky hair softer and fuller. To make this mixture, combine ½ teaspoon coconut essential oil, ½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil and 10 teaspoons olive oil in a small, dark-colored bottle and shake to combine the oils. Massage the oil into the scalp and hair for two to three minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment should be used daily as needed, and unused portions should be stored in a cool, dark place for one month.

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