The following homemade hair care recipes for African American hair treat a variety of common problems.
1 egg white
5 tbs. plain unflavored yogurt
Beat the egg white until it is foamy. Fold in the yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair in small sections at a time. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well and follow with a leave in conditioner.
¼ cup vitamin E oil
¼ cup castor or jojoba oil
15 drops rosemary oil
15 drops peppermint oil
This treatment includes ingredients that help promote hair growth. You can use a little bit each night if you shampoo or use a clarifying mixture at least a few times a week to avoid clogged hair follicles. Mix the ingredients in a small container and gently massage a small amount onto the desired areas.
¼ cup olive or vegetable oil
1 tbs. regular conditioner
This simple hot oil treatment can be used weekly or monthly. If your hair is over-processed or extremely damaged, start by using it twice a week. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until the mixture is fully combined and warm, about 5 minutes. Once the oil is cool enough to touch, work it through your hair in small sections. Leave on for up to an hour. Shampoo and rinse well.
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup distilled water
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well and spray directly onto your scalp. Leave on for 5 to 7 minutes. Shampoo and rinse well.
1 tbs. brown sugar
3 tbs. regular conditioner
Massaging your scalp on a regular basis stimulates oil production and can help reduce the dryness of your hair. Stir the sugar into the conditioner and apply the mixture to a damp scalp. Massage into your scalp using small circular motions to gently exfoliate. Shampoo and rinse well.