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DIY Deep Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair

Sunday, November 1, 2009

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     Just a week or so ago I dyed my hair a Dark and Lovely honey blonde #378 (it didnt really go blonde but it did go light blonde). As a testament to how much peroxide was needed for such a process the color mix was basically clear meaning that there wasn’t much coloring in the mixture- it was basically mostly peroxide.

     Now, I love my color but my hair is begging  for some moisture enrichment. The week following the dying, I did a conditioner wash three times. Normally I only wash once a week/ week and a half. I was trying a thing really. I had seen such a regimen on some black hair sites. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s because of the dying or just because my hair can’t withstand such a regular wash cycle, but I woke up this morning and my hair was begging for some juice.

     To combat this, I did a scavenge of what items in my dorm room I could use for a deep conditioner (I had a general idea based on what some sites listed as ingredients).

The Ingredients

  1. A Banana
  2. Instant Oatmeal
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Old Conditioner (which has petrolatum but also a ****load of essential oils)
  5. Vegetable Glycerin
  6. Shea Butter (not pure but mixed with only other essential oils)
  7. Old Hair Moisturizer (which I no longer used because it mad my hair too oily)
  8. Bottled Water
  9. Two Packets of Brown Sugar

For more information about proteins which are great for the hair and that you can easily find around the home try here.

The Method

  1. I mashed the banana up in an empty gel container (I usually keep neat containers even after I’ve ran out of whatever was originally in them just for this purpose).
  2. Added the other wet ingredients. Never add more glycerin than you add coconut oil + water.
  3. Added the  packet of oatmeal and sugar.
  4. Mixed up until thoroughly homogenous. All the added ingredients should be about twice the amount of just the mashed banana. So that you end up with two part other ingredients and one part banana.
  5. For a twist I warmed up all the ingredients together in the microwave for two 20 second bursts (I didn’t want to risk burning it).
  6. Then I wet my hair till very damp. Dried off excess water with a hair towel (be sure to scrunch rather than  rub the towel in circles).
  7. Finally I dumped the concoction in sections throughout my hair.
  8. Massaged into scalp. Put a shower cap over my head.

     Unfortunately I don’t own a blow dryer otherwise I would have heated my hair on a low temperature for a few minutes. Instead I’ll just wait about a half an hour before I wash out my hair.

No shampoo this time for me either.

Deep COnditioner with Banana 005

The final product.

Deep COnditioner with Banana 001

Cap on for 30 minutes.

Deep Conditioner with Banana 003
After you put it in

 Make sure you check out this interesting “Guide to Proteins” post for more information.

Happy conditioning,

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. kem permalink
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:09 AM

    thought that dying natural hair leaves such effect…that is dryness of the hair?

    • kem permalink
      Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:12 AM

      ..a dye ‘rinse’ is said to be better? What do you think?

  2. Latoya permalink
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:31 PM

    i think am gna try this TONITE!! My hair thirsty as HELL!

    • Tuesday, November 10, 2009 4:59 PM

      If you are then I suggest you look at my article on protein treatments DIY

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