A Simple Philosophy About Hair and 4 Hair Conditioning Recipes

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Thoughts About Hair and Hair Conditioning Recipes

For most of my adult life I've had a very simple philosophy about why we have hair on our heads - but not one of my friends has ever agreed. My philosphy? Hair is on our heads to protect our heads.

For example, if outdoors during the summer, even with a blazing sun, you are less likley to go home with blisters on the scalp. In the winter, even if caught in a hailstorm, you are not likely to get your head dented. Of course, even indoors if you slip on a marble floor and bang your head you may not crack it if you have hair. Even neglected frizzy hair may offer added protection. I could never think of any good reasons what else hair was there for. Surely, we are not meant to be obsessed if it gets frizzy or looks wild. It's just hair, right?

The Belief of My Friends?

My friends on the other hand always felt hair is put there for fun. Fun as in coloring and cutting, dyeing and frying, going to the hairdresser every two weeks, and having your hair straightened if it's curly, and curled if it's straight. Like nature, we must tame it.

Can we Tame Nature?

Can we ever win? One friend tried a new straightener. She's always colored her hair a fun bright color and now wanted to wear a page boy style. I admit she looked gorgeous around the head. But after going back to the salon a second time for a touch-up, her hair came out in clumps leaving her with a buzz-cut, actually a fuzz-cut. A former neighbor went to the hairdresser every two weeks for years to keep her hair cut very short, permed, touched up, and colored when necessary. Several years ago she lost all her hair - permanently and now just has fringe around the edges. Wigs are a must.

Warning: If we must do all this fun, why not in a nontoxic way, and heed the warning of Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA)?

Oregon OSHA issued an alarming report about the levels of formaldehyde in hair-smoothing products, but these products designed to fight frizz are still in demand. Keep in mind that formaldehyde is a suspected human carcinogen and these treatments are not regulated. When Oregon OSHA tested products labeled formaldehyde-free, it was found that some of the highest levels - nearly 12% - were found in the Brazilian Blowout formulas.

The Nontoxic Approach

All of my friends are not fanatical about the use of the many toxic products on the market but still do worship their hair. I have a supernatural hair-care friend who has never applied a chemical straightner to her hair. Many of her products she has always made herself and her hair is spectacular. In fact it is because she told me early in June that she was coming to town to celebrate my birthday on the 27th that made me reach for the molasses. With fabulous results.

What Can Molasses Do?

My reason for reaching for the molasses, however, was not as a conditioner but because I wanted to show my friend that I was making some hair care effort. I purchased a natural herbal product to condition my hair. It had henna in it which I know is a natural conditioner. Unfortunately, because I have about an inch of gray roots, I wound up looking like my scalp and temples were on fire. Sigh. After internet research, I found that molasses will help remove the henna. It did reduce the flaming orange to a deep faded red but what I also got was one of the best hair conditioners ever.

Molasses made my hair feel so luxurious, so smooth, so glossy and all the frizz was gone. The recipe is amazingly simple. This was a bit of okay then.

1 - Very Simple Molasses Hair Wrap

About 1/2 cup of molasses - depending on your hair length and thickness.

Massage into clean damp hair/cover with a shower cap, plastic bag or plastic wrap/leave on for at least 20 minutes/rinse with warm water/shampoo with a gentle shampoo.

I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soap that is scent-free.

I used blackstrap molasses because this is what I had on hand.

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This same super natural hair friend spent several days with me and of course much time on her hair. This is all too much work for me but her hair is fabulous. When she walks down the street, everyone looks and many will stop her and ask what products she uses. While staying with me this is the conditioner she used.

2 - Avocado and Mayo (Good for Dry Hair)

- ripe avocado

- 1 cup mayonnaise

Thoroughly mash avocado to get out all lumps and then blend in the mayo. Massage throughout the hair. Cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic bag and leave treatment on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and rinse well.

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TIP - My friend uses a clear gel on her hair. I used some and like so many gels I had flakes. She now puts a bit of olive oil in it and I do get a nice smooth, less flaky product.

3 - Colorless Henna and Yogurt (good for dry, frizzy hair)

Note: This treatment is not recommended for hair that is chemically treated or colored

- 1/4 cup colorless/neutral powdered henna

- 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Shampoo hair first and leave damp. Blend together henna and yogurt and apply to damp hair. Cover with shower cap or plastic wrap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse well.

Henna coats the hair follicles with a film that both seals in the natural oils of the hair while tightening cuticles to give hair more shine.

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My friend will try new homemade recipes and one is this rinse.

4 - Hijiki Seaweed Rinse (adds nutrients and removes residue)

- 1 teaspoon dried and powdered Hijiki (make sure you get the powdered form)

- 1/2 cup distilled water

First shampoo and leave hair damp. Mix water and powder until it forms into a paste then apply to damp hair. Massage into the scalp and wrap in a towel. After 10 minutes rinse thoroughly with cool water.

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Enjoy your natural beauty! Yay!

For natural recipes and more see the links below:

Hair Care Poll

Do you believe hair is there simply to protect our heads?

  • Of course not. I do everything to my hair.
  • Maybe in the future I'll feel that way if I still have hair.
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Comments 17 comments

PWalker281 4 years ago

Great info, BKC, on truly natural hair care products. I stopped straightening my hair in the "say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud" (late) 60s. It was the perfect time to let the chemical straighteners go, and the last scalp burn was all the incentive I needed. Do you use any other conditioner after shampooing these natural treatments out of the hair??

Voted up and useful!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

That's right PWalker281 - the 60s did it for me too. I had hair straightened before, that then became flat and dead on my head and oh those scalp burns. I'm glad we came to our senses.

I wear locs now and have for years and sometimes while they are still damp I will rub some shea butter into them. That keeps them soft and smooth. I was doing it while my hair was dry but I learned from another hubber here somewhere that hair should be damp - it does make the difference.

I'm wondering if it is easy for you to find pure shea butter in Hawai'i!


PWalker281 4 years ago

I'm sure I can find shea butter here. There is a local health food store (Down to Earth) and Whole Foods is here as well.

I've been using Paul Mitchell's Foaming Pomade on my hair and apply it when it is damp. Nope, not so natural but it's what the brothers who worked in salons where I got my hair cut in DC were using to style my fine-textured hair. The Foaming Pomade gives it body which it desperately needs.

I tried locs when I first moved here. Actually I started them about 18 mos. before I moved. I got here in late January 2007 and by summer, when the weather heated up, they were gone! After years of wearing a very short 'fro, I couldn't take all that hair on my head :-).


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

PWalker281 - you have inspired me. I've had locs for more than 10 years - and in this NYC climate they are ok - but they grow so fast and several times a year I have to cut and will start cutting today - but I think it's time for change - the short do is making more and more sense. Hmmm. I'm going to work on it slowly myself and by May I should know if I want to keep very short locs or just cut it all off. Somehow saying this I feel so liberated - yay!

Thanks for the Paul Mitchell tip!


PWalker281 4 years ago

Oh my goodness, BKC, what have I started? I've heard it said that dreads hold energy and that when you cut them, you are freeing yourself from all the energy that has accumulated over the years, sort of like an energetic detox. Don't know how true it is.. On the other hand, I have been listening to India Arie's "I Am Not My Hair" on YouTube. Powerful song!


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sacredlilac 4 years ago from Canada via England

Thanks for the great recipes, bkcreative! I've been looking for natural conditioners to try out. I live in Southampton, UK and have scoured the city for Dr. Bronner's to no avail, but I've found the closest organic shampoo possible. Voted up!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Very interesting! I'm a big supporter of homemade beauty products. Actually, I think I'm gonna make some avocado-mayo hair treatment right after I'm done writing this comment! Thanks so much for sharing.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I love these products because they really do work Om Paramapoonya. I need to stock up on molasses once again.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oh you've convinced me for sure PWalker281 - because with locs holding energy it's time to let the old energy go and start on some fresh new energy. Get rid of all the all stagnant stuff. I am so excited. I am starting this weekend because it will be a slow process - yay! Love India.Arie!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love Southampton sacredlilac! So glad you like the recipes - we are all meant to be natural beauties. Yay!


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

Molasses .. you're kidding? I love natural cures for our toxic ills. I don't dye my hair any longer, because as you mentioned the combination of dye and straightener can be a death nell for hair. Now I have long GRAY hair. Gonna try that henna and yogurt and the molasses. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Lovely! Wish I had the long gray hair right now - but it's coming, happily. The molasses is just so easy and it works so well. Then of course you can always eat it because it is a powerhouse of nutrition. So glad you liked the suggestions pmccray. Our modern products frighten me! Thanks for those votes too! Yay!


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CountryCityWoman 4 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

I've used molasses before and it truly is amazing and so easy. Must get some more! Thanks for the tips and I love your philosophy! Rated up!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks CCW - It's always nice to get a personal opinion! Thanks for the rating!


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creativelycc 4 years ago from Maine

Very nice, I've always wondered about molasses as a hair conditioner. Good to know, the only thing is I use henna in my hair and don't want to strip it out. I am going to try mixing plain yogurt with cassia, which is the colorless henna. If you mix henna with buxus or ingido it will make your gray roots as dark as you want, depending on how much buxus or indigo you use. Thank you for this great hub.


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bingskee 4 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

this is amazing! since my hair is chemically colored, i'll try molasses. will try this on a weekend. thank you for sharing this hub, BK!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for that information creativelycc - I am never sure what to mix with henna and therefore wind up with flaming orange roots. Indigo I have heard of but not buxus. Will investigate.

Hope it works beautifully for you bingskee!

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