DIY hair products are fairly common in the natural hair community. We whip up everything from deep conditioners to gels in our kitchens, and we’re usually darn good at doing it.
Sometimes, though, things go a little haywire in the kitchen. We walk away from those failed DIY projects lamenting the fact that we ever wasted quality ingredients on them.
Fortunately, there’s a trick to avoiding these DIY hair product fails. It’s all in how you treat your ingredients, naturalistas, so here are four ingredients that people frequently abuse when putting their homemade concoctions together.
Bananas make for a sweet, healthy treat every now and then, but several naturals have found another use for them. Women swear up and down that using bananas in their homemade deep conditioners makes their natural hair softer and more manageable.
Softness and manageability aside, including bananas in DIY deep conditioners can end in disaster if they aren’t completely pulverized. Some women report that they find banana chunks in their manes after they condition with their banana-based homemade products.
So how can you avoid becoming a feast for fruit flies on wash day?
Properly blend those bananas before applying your DIY conditioner. You can thank me later.
Some say that eggs are an important part of a great homemade protein treatment. While that might be true, you run the risk of walking around looking like someone’s breakfast if you don’t use your eggs wisely.
As it turns out, you don’t have to put your eggs on the stove to cook them. Hot water from your showerhead will do the job just fine, so do yourself a favor and rinse your egg-based DIY protein treatments out with cool water.
If you haven’t jumped on the flax seed bandwagon yet, you might want to try your hand at making flax seed gel today. It really does leave your hair soft and provide a nice hold.
Before you head to your kitchen, though, make sure you have the proper tools for straining your seeds. Some people use an actual strainer. Other people opt to use an old stocking, which might actually work better than a strainer since doing so allows you to squeeze your gel out of the stocking without making a gooey mess.
Baking Soda and ACV
Though working with flax seeds can leave you with quite the mess, some things are worse than a gooey mess. One of those things happens to be a hot mess.
Which is exactly what you might eventually have on your hands if you frequently use baking soda or apple cider vinegar on your natural hair.
While some people swear by baking soda, it’s admittedly not too great for your natural hair. Your hair’s pH is between 4.5 and 5.5 whereas baking soda has a pH of 9. As a result, repeated use of baking soda on your hair can actually change your hair’s pH, and that change leaves your hair and scalp open to fungi and other nasties.
Apple cider vinegar is another story altogether. My gripe with it is that it just doesn’t clean hair the way people think it does. In fact, it can leave your natural hair just as grimy as it was before you washed your hair. Given that fact, I strongly recommend that you use a clarifying shampoo of some sort between your ACV rinses if you must use apple cider vinegar.
And, if you can help it, leave the baking soda out of your homemade hair products. There are better, healthier ways to clean your hair.
Share Some of Your DIY Hair Product Fails
So there it is, ladies. You now have a few working tips that should help you avoid some common DIY hair product fails in the future.
Feel like I missed a tip? Go ahead and leave a comment in which you share your tips for making DIY hair products.
And if DIY conditioners and cleansers aren’t your thing? Just buy yourself an affordable deep conditioner and shampoo and call it a day. No one will judge you.