Tropical Shea Butter Deep Conditioner - DIY

Originally published on January 4, 2018

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This recipe was inspired by a Youtube video, you can see the recipe and video here. I had to change it a little because I absolutely love avocados for my hair and recently I have been into bananas as well. This treatment is dumb moisturizing and packed with ingredients that will aide in length retention.

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Let’s get right into it! Below is a list of the ingredients.. (use more or less depending on your length & thickness)

 

I know this seems a little extra but trust me it's absolutely amazing and totally worth it. My Shea Butter recipe is here. I don't always go this HAM - I'd say once a month, or sometimes once every 4-6 weeks. My hair is instantly rejuvenated.

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I found the original video on YouTube in late 2016 but to be honest with you I was intimidated by the ingredients. I wasn’t at all familiar with these powders and making whipped Shea butter sounded like a hot mess.

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It was saved in my likes for a while until another blogger introduced me to Ayurvedic powders again. I researched these powders a little deeper and learned that I needed them in my life. To keep it short - they are magic herbs from this holistic form of medicine called Ayurveda; which originates in India. You can learn more about Ayurvedic medicine here.

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I’m going to keep this relative to hair. Everything they claim to do is definitely everything I want for my hair. What comes to your mind when you think of Indian hair?


Amla Powder contains tons of essential fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles; giving your hair strength and luster. It is high in vitamin C in which can help halt premature greying. It is also high in iron and carotene content which stimulates hair growth.

Hibiscus Powder is a conditioning herb that helps decrease hair shedding by strengthening and conditioning the roots, increases shine, creates volume, promotes hair growth, and helps with scalp disorders. In my experience, it doesn’t tint your hair pink at all.

Like I said I added the banana and avocado because my hair reacts extremely well to them. I mentioned avocados, honey, and oils in my previous post (Sis, you need to deep condition). I use peppermint or rosemary oil for anything that I use on my scalp - you can really use whatever essential oil you want. Bananas contain folic acid that adds shine and they also keep your hair moisturized and well hydrated. You can read more about the hair benefits of this fruit here.

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I talked about Shea butter in my deep conditioning post too, but definitely check out my post for how I make my whipped Shea butter. It’s not as difficult as it might seem and you will get a lot from it. I use it daily on my skin and on my son's skin. 

Blend the avocado and banana first. You can use a little water or aloe juice. While you still have this in the blender, mix your powders and oils, then add everything else and mix very well. When adding the powders I learned to use a strainer. 
I section my hair and damp it with (you guessed it!) aloe juice. I use aloe juice often, it’s mostly water which honestly if you didn’t know this I’m telling you right now is the most moisturizing agent for your hair. If water is not the primary ingredient in any hair product you are using that product is probably (I’m saying probably just to be nice but you can deadass look into this on your own - please do) not moisturizing (if it claims to be so).I make my aloe juice myself; my mother has five huge plants in her patio. She gave me a baby one!
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Pay special attention to your ends!! You want them to be saturated in the mixture. As I’m doing this I start to finger detangle. Actually, I probably already started to finger detangle as I damped and sectioned my hair. I also scrub this mix on my scalp. After I apply the mix I cover with a plastic cap aka garbage bag and then use my heated cap for at least 20-30 minutes; after that, I will rinse it off as well I can with a lot of warm water, and then I’ll shampoo and use a moisturizing conditioner after. My conditioners right now are all deep conditioners lol but after a treatment like this, I don't think it's necessary to use it for another 20-30 minutes. I leave it in while I shower and that's it.
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You may choose to apply this on shampooed or co-washed hair and then co-wash it out. Whatever works best for you. You can also cater the recipe to what you have on hand, and what you like to include in your DIY mixtures. 
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 Let me know if you try this mix and how you like it! If you don’t have the powders the other ingredients work well on their own too. A tip when shopping for oils: make sure you’re using pure and unrefined whenever possible. Always read the ingredients!
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PS: Keep in mind that although this treatment is moisturizing, it's also extremely strengthening. If this is your first time using Ayurvedic herbs I would recommend starting slow. Do this once a month at first and as your hair builds strength you can increase to twice a month. If you would like you can even decrease the powder amount your first time to 1 teaspoon of each. When I do a strengthening treatment such as this one, it replaces my protein treatment for the month. 
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XO,
Consy

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