by Shana Seifert
I love making things with my hands. There is something so satisfying about having a creative idea and being able to manifest it with material and hand skills. I always tell young kids to develop some kind of hand skill such as art, musical instrument, jewelry, sewing, electronics, etc. It keeps the creative mind active and developing and also, hand skills are always in demand and can never be taken away.
One of the many things I enjoy making is natural products for the hair and body. I have sensitive skin and I have to be very careful what I use. I have been making my own hair oil for over fifteen years. I have made it for personal use, clients, and salons. It also makes a great gift!
You may not realize it, but you probably have ingredients in your house already that can be used to make a great, all natural hair elixir.
The base of your hair oil should be at least two or three of the following oils: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil. I personally use coconut oil and olive oil. If you are all fancy and stuff, you can add other oils like jojoba, castor, vitamin e, and grapeseed oil but if you are on a budget and just want the job done, two of the base oils are all you need. Once you have mixed your base oils, you just need one more ingredient, an essential oil, or a few if you have. Here are some of the most popular essential oils for hair: tea tree, lavender, peppermint, rosemary.
Last but not least, you need something to put your new hair oil in. Sometimes I just go to a dollar store and buy the shampoo and condition travel containers and use those but you can clean out and use just about any plastic or glass container.
Here we go!
#1 Using the double boiler method, combine your base oils on medium heat and stir to blend together.
#2 Remove from heat and let cool. Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s).
#3 Put it in your container
#4 (Optional) Make a handmade label!
#5 Use it or gift it!
You may use this oil as often as your hair needs. Since we are entering the cold season, it is important to keep natural black hair nourished, soft, and protected.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.