I found that natural shampoos and conditioners work best for hair. You could make your own shampoo at home but you have to consider what type of water you have, soap (the soap that you put into the shampoo, Castile Soap most of times) could make your hair dull if the water is hard.
Very good for the hair are the ACV and Herbal rinses too, these make the hair shiny and healthy looking.
I learned that Lavender Mist is a great way to moisturize the hair and make it smell good. This is the recipe and the other necessary information:
Lavender has cleansing properties, so this quick mist not only makes your hair smell like a lavender field in Provence, it's also indispensable for cleansing and reviving your curls. Make it in large quantities; keep a large spray bottle in your shower and smaller travel-size bottles in your purse, desk, and car.
1/2 gallon water
5 drops pure (not synthetic) lavender essential oil
3 empty spray bottles (available at most drugstores)
1. Fill a large pot with a half gallon of water.
2. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for an hour to get rid of impurities. (Check occasionally to make sure water isn't boiling away.)
3. Remove from heat, add lavender oil, stir, and replace lid.
4. Let steep until cool, then pour into empty spritz bottles.
Lavender mist makes a wonderful gift for friends, whether or not they are for curly girls. Once you get hooked on the spray, you'll find lots of other uses for it. Some of my clients have told me that their husbands sprayed it on them in the delivery room, for a very calming effect.
I like to make my own conditioners, the regular drug store ones are loaded with silicones that in time make the hair dry and full of buildup. I have a natural one that I buy from the natural food store and use it a is or add some aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, honey or yogurt to it.
by Violeta G.