D.I.Y. Hair Product Recipes


Having a biracial child with curly or kinky hair can become quite expensive. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the products that work best for their hair. Unfortunately, companies don’t always make sample sizes of their products to try. Some parents like to make their own products. It saves money, but it’s also good to know exactly what is going on their hair and scalp. Here are some D.I.Y (do it yourself) recipes to try…

Hot Oil Treatment/Pre poo
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. jajoba oil
1 tsp. Jamaican black castor oil
(Any oils of choice)
Mix oils and heat in a closed container submerged in hot water. Distribute through entire length of hair and scalp. Massage scalp for a few minutes. Put on shower cap or plastic bag for at least 30 minutes with a warm towel over the head. Follow with shampoo/cowash and conditioner.
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Conditioning shampoo:
2 tbsp. Dr. Bronners castile soap
2 tbsp. Water or tea
2 tbsp. Conconut milk
Mix together well. Massage scalp and rinse. Follow with deep conditioner.

Clarifying shampoo:
1 to 2 cups warm water
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Let sit for a few minutes on wet scalp, massage and rinse. Follow with deep conditioner.

Deep conditioner:
½ cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix ingredients well. Let sit on the hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Deep conditioner:
5 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil
Mix ingredients well. Let sit on the hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Deep conditioner:
½ avocado
½ banana
1 egg
2 tbsp. olive oil
Mash or blend all ingredients well. Let sit on the hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse:
2 cups warm water
1-2 tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar
After conditioning, pour on hair and scalp. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with cool water.

Coconut leave-in conditioner:
2 tbsp. aloe vera gel
1 tbsp. slightly melted coconut oil
1 tspn. Avocado or other oil
Mix with hand mixer. Distribute evenly on damp, clean hair. Use as the “L” in the L.O.C. method.

Leave-in conditioning spray:
¼ cup distilled water
1 tbsp. coconut milk
10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix well. Spray on clean, damp hair as the “L” in the L.O.C. method.

Leave-in conditioning/detangling spray:
5 tbsp. distilled water
1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin
1 tbsp. aloe vera gel
Essential oils (optional)
Mix well. Spray on clean, damp hair as the “L” in the L.O.C. method.

Whipped Shea or Mango Butter:
½ cup raw, organic shea butter or mango butter
¼ cup aloe vera gel
1 tspn. Coconut oil
1 tspn. Olive oil
1 tspn. Avocado oil
1 tspn. Grape seed oil
Essential oils for smell
Melt shea butter. Mix all ingredients with hand mixer. Use as the “O” and/or “C” in the L.O.C. method.

Coconut Shea Butter mix:
3 tbsp. shea butter
2 tbsp. coconut oil
Essential oils for smell
Melt shea butter. Mix with hand mixer. Use as the “O” and/or “C” in the L.O.C. method.

Flax seed gel:
2 cups water
¼ cup whole flax seeds (brown or golden)
Essential oil for smell
Boil water and add flax seeds. Stir frequently with wooden spoon for about 10 minutes. Gel will thicken. Add essential oils and strain into storage container. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Use as a styling gel.

All ingredients should be unrefined, raw and organic if possible. That will ensure the best outcome. These recipes are very flexible. They are just suggestions to go by. You know your children’s hair best and can tailor the ingredients to their specific needs. Some of these may be too much for them. A lot of the recipes are for kinkier hair, so keep that in mind. Using shea butter mix on a child with 2c hair will probably be too much and make their hair look extremely greasy and weighed down. I would use a leave-in and a small amount of oil, if any.

I like using D.I.Y. recipes because they save a lot of money, but also because I know what’s going on her hair. It’s all natural and organic. You can’t do better than that! Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment your favorite D.I.Y. recipe.

-Sherry Ulvick