Lite’G Honey Aloe Soft Hold Gel


I formulated this gel while in the process of trying to make a curl cream. I have a commercial curl cream that I use that has built-in hold, but sometimes I don’t want my hair so stiff. With a separate gel, you can completely control the level of hold you want on your hair and get the moisturizing benefits of your favorite curl cream. This gel can be used over your favorite curl cream to define curls and give a soft, touchable hold to the hair.

Hair Gel

 

Ingredients

1 cup water

1/2 tablespoon Kosher Great Lakes unflavored gelatin

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon glycerin

 

To Make

Prepare gelatin by adding about 1/4 cup of cold water to a measuring cup. Add the gelatin slowly while stirring to wet the gelatin.  Heat 1 cup of water to boiling. Once water is boiling, remove from heat and slowly add 3/4 cup of hot water to gelatin powder while stirring continuously until powder is fully dissolved. Stir frequently until gelatin cools to warm temperature. Add honey to gelatin mix and stir. Allow mix to cool to close to lukewarm. Add glycerin and stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until just firm, about 2-3 hours, checking mix frequently. When just firm, remove from refrigerator. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and use a stick blender to blend until mix turns creamy with a hint of green color. Refrigerate mix until firm and use immediately. Gel will only be stable for approximately 2 days.

To Use

On damp hair, apply your preferred curl cream as directed and allow curl cream to penetrate, soften, and set in the hair. Use a spoon to remove a quarter-size amount of gel from container and rub between hands to melt. Apply over curl cream and by smoothing and/or scrunching the hair and style as usual. Once applied, do not comb out the curls. Allow to air or diffuse dry.

Please let me know what you think of this recipe! ❤ Ally

Lite’G Castor Oil Finishing Spread Pomade


My youngest daughter, Lauren, was just not having any more of being the guinea pig to test my products, so I had to step up to the plate. I mixed up a light (Lite’G) spread pomade to use for dry-twist/braid styles and flat-ironing for 4A and 4B hair. My goal was to make a product that didn’t end up feeling sticky on the hair, but is able to achieve great finished styles.

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Bantu Knot product test

I call it a “spread” because it’s not as heavy as a butter or cream, but it melts in your hands and is easy to spread on the hair in small amounts. I am very pleased with the weightlessness of the product in my hair. I have a bantu knot in the bang area now, and I am psyched at how it turned out!

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon castor oil

1 tablespoon safflower oil

1 teaspoon emulsifying wax (trial-size available)

1 teaspoon Brahmi Herb Mix (see below for recipe)

 


 

Brahmi Herb Mix 

1 teaspoon brahmi powder (trial-size available)

¼ cup water

 

To Make

Use a ratio of 1/4 cup of water to 1 teaspoon of the dried herb powder. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours or until cool in a closed container. Strain herbs with a coffee strainer and discard. Use remaining liquid.


 

Lite’G Castor Oil Finishing Spread 

To Make

Make brahmi herb mix in a separate pot and let cool to warm. Mix castor and safflower oils with the emulsifying wax in another pot in a small double boiler. When the water in the bottom pot of the double boiler reaches the boiling point, the emulsifying wax will dissolve in the castor and safflower oils, about 1 minute. Remove castor and safflower oil from the heat and place on a potholder. Immediately combine the warm brahmi herb mix with the hot grapeseed oil (If you do it the other way around you will lose oil) in a 2-cup capacity container and use a wire whisk to blend 2-3 minutes. The mix should be a creamy consistency at this time. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. Use immediately.

To Use

I recommend blowing out hair with  Low-Heat Protection Lotion. To achieve the bantu knot look, apply the castor oil finishing spread in a pea-sized amount or smaller to thin sections of hair and pass over with a flat-iron no more than 2 times. Then spray lightly (do not saturate) with a holding spray or alcohol-free hair spray and twist and wind the hair into a bantu knot. Allow knots to set overnight. Unwind, separate, and style the hair.

Caution

The liquids in the recipe are at scalding temperatures. Mixolo’G, Natural Hair Mixology is not responsible for the assumption of risk in the execution of this recipe.

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Finished mixed textures look

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Kaolin Clay Clarifying Deep Cleanse Recipe



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 Mullein herb and kaolin clay

The idea of a spa-treatment for your hair really appeals to me. When I think of a clay cleanse, I think of the purifying and detoxifying elements of clays, ashes and muds. For my hair, this clay cleanse was the right treatment at the right time. I haven’t clarified my hair at all in the 3 years that I have been natural for fear of stripping the natural oils from my hair and leaving it feeling like straw. I also needed this cleanse because my scalp was inflamed and itching from sweating in the California heat. The kaolin clay and mullein herb did not disappoint. When I applied the mix to my hair, my scalp immediately stopped itching. After rinsing, conditioning and styling, I feel like my hair has a new lease on this natural hair journey!

I found that I did not need to have the mix in the consistency of a paste to get the benefit of the clay. 2 tablespoons were enough to give the clarifying effect and not be gummy as some naturals have reported. Also, I recommend using this mix every 2-3 months as needed to remove buildup from the hair.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons kaolin clay (trial-size available)

1 cup Mullein Herb Mix (see below for recipe)

 


 

Mullein Herb Mix

2 tablespoons mullein leaf (trial-size available)

1-1/4 cup water

 

To Make

Use a ratio of 1-1/4 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


 

Kaolin Clay Clarifying Deep Cleanse Recipe

To Make

Combine kaolin clay and mullein herb mix in an applicator bottle. Shake contents to thoroughly mix. Mix will be runny. Use immediately.

To Use

Hair must be detangled and shampooed or cowashed before applying the kaolin clay mix. Use applicator bottle to slowly saturate scalp and strands. Do not attempt to comb. Smooth hair with hands to make sure all the hair is covered. Gather hair into a ponytail (front or back depending on how you wash your hair) and loosely tie a no-snag elastic to hold the hair. Cover with a plastic cap and allow to sit 20 minutes. Rinse scalp and hair thoroughly until water runs clear. Expect hair to be stiff from clarifying effect. Condition, apply detangler/leave-in conditioner, and styling product to hair as normal. Hair should respond by feeling cleansed, strengthened and not stripped.

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Next day hair

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe


Making a light (Lite’G) version of the Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe was necessary for my youngest daughter’s hair. I tried the regular version on her, and because all hair types (she is type 4A) are different, the product left her hair oily and weighed down. I did some online research and found information about safflower oil and babassu oil as lighter substitutes for the olive oil and the coconut oil in the original recipe. I mixed it up, applied it and crossed my fingers.

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Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner applied to detangled hair

The picture above of her hair with the Lite’G conditioner on it was taken after she had her hair blown out for a week after I used my Low-Heat Protection Lotion Recipe on her. I noticed a difference in my daughter’s hair and how moisturized it felt. Detangling her hair was quick work. Because this conditioner doesn’t have waxy emollients in it, the detangling advantages are from all the slip in the oatmeal, oils, and guar gum. This light version is “the business” for my daughter’s hair!

 

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal water  (see below for recipe)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon safflower oil

2 tablespoons babassu oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available)

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Oatmeal Water Recipe

1/2 cup Whole Grain Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cup water

 

To Make

Combine the oats and water in a container and allow to soak for 1 hour. Pour mixture into a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend, about 1 minute. Strain and retain the liquid. Discard the solid oats. Use immediately. Makes about 1 cup of oatmeal water.

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Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

One Hour Before

Prepare Oatmeal Water.

 

To Make

Combine all ingredients into a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon. Use a stick blender to blend ingredients thoroughly, about 1 minute. Allow mix to settle and thicken for about 15 minutes. Use immediately. Makes enough conditioner for bra-strap length (BSL) hair.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Pear Juice CoWash Recipe


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My Philosophy on CoWashing

CoWashing is a great supplement to the shampooing routine, but it should not completely replace shampooing the hair. Products will not perform as designed if there is buildup blocking the product from coating or penetrating the hair shaft. Removing deposits on the hair with a mild detergent is vital to the hairs strength and health. CoWashing is an option that can give you a little extra time before you eventually have to remove the product buildup off of your hair. This pear juice CoWash recipe is gentle and effective at making the hair more pliable and can revive the hair quickly in situations where there is no time for a full wash routine. I found some great information about the amazing health benefits of pears (Stylecraze.com) in the highlighted link and my hair felt gently cleansed and infused with moisture. Even my highlights seemed brighter. Give it a try and I would love to hear the feedback on this recipe.

Pear Juice Cowash Day after CoWash sprayed with water and styling cream applied.

 

Ingredients

½ cup Chamomile Herb Mix (save the other ½ cup as reserve, see below for recipe)

½ cup fresh pear juice from 1-2 very ripe green Bartlett pears

½ teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available)

1 teaspoon glycerin

1 teaspoon cetyl alcohol (trial-size available)

1 ¾ tablespoons emulsifying wax

3 teaspoons coconut oil

 


 

Chamomile Tea Recipe

 

2 Tbsp. chamomile flowers

1 Cup Water

To Make: Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tbsp of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.

 


 

Pear Juice CoWash Recipe

To Make

Make chamomile tea in a separate pot.  Use a juicer to extract the pear juice. When chamomile tea is cooled to warm, measure out ½ cup and add ½ cup pear juice and glycerin. Add guar gum slowly to the pear juice mix and stir (the mix should be relatively thick).

Heat coconut oil in the other pot in a small double boiler and add the cetyl alcohol and emulsifying wax. When the water in the bottom pot reaches the boiling point, the cetyl alcohol and the emulsifying wax will dissolve in the coconut oil, about 5 minutes.

Immediately combine the warm pear juice mix with the hot coconut oil (If you do it the other way around you will lose oil) in a heat-proof container (I used a thick glass Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup) and blend 2-3 mins. Allow the mix to cool 10 minutes. The mix should be the consistency of a very rich and thick CoWash. If the mix seems too thick, add some of the chamomile tea reserve to loosen it up. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature. Use immediately.

To Use

Rinse hair thoroughly of as much buildup as possible with warm water. Apply the conditioner evenly to cover all the hair and make sure to massage to the scalp. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under a very warm hooded dryer or dryer cap for at least ½ hour until hair is warm throughout. Remove plastic cap and immediately massage scalp and smooth hair for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse until water runs clear and hair and scalp are completely free of conditioner. Do not use as a leave-in.

Caution

 The liquids in the recipe are at scalding temperatures. Natural Hair Mixology (Owner, Altaress C.) is not responsible for the assumption of risk in the execution of this recipe.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Low-Heat Protection Lotion Recipe


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Lotions are so easy to make! The Low-Heat Protection Lotion recipe is vital for Naturalistas who like to change-up their hair texture from time-to-time. This lotion allows the versatility to go from kinky to a blow-out with the grapeseed oil acting as a heat-protectant.

3 Benefits to Using Grapeseed Oil in a Lotion

1. The grapeseed oil is pre-measured into the lotion which avoids overuse of the oil.

2. Using grapeseed oil in lotion form assures more even distribution of the oil in the hair.

3. Application of grapeseed oil in a lotion reduces oil transfer on clothing and pillowcases.

Check out the results when I use the lotion on my daughter’s hair in the post Blowout Results with Low-Heat Protection Lotion.

 

Ingredients

2 ½ teaspoons cetyl alcohol (trial-size available)

3/4 cup lavender tea (see below for recipe)

3 ½ tablespoons grapeseed oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available)


 

Lavender Herb Tea Recipe

2 tablespoons lavender flowers

1 cup water

 

To Make

Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tbsp of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


 

Low-Heat Protection Lotion Recipe

To Make

Make lavender tea in a separate pot.  When the lavender tea cools to warm, add guar gum slowly and stir. Mix grapeseed oil with the cetyl alcohol in another pot in a small double boiler. When the water in the bottom pot of the double boiler reaches the boiling point, the cetyl alcohol will dissolve in the grapeseed oil, about 5 minutes.  Immediately combine the warm lavender tea with the hot grapeseed oil (If you do it the other way around you will lose oil) in a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend 2-3 minutes. The mix should be the consistency of a lotion at this time. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. Use immediately.

To Use

The lotion can be used on either damp or dry hair. To use on damp hair, after shampooing and conditioning, rub a small amount in hands and distribute throughout clean damp hair. Follow with normal styling routine. On dry hair, start with a small amount on the ends and work up the hair shaft as you smooth down the cuticle of the hair.

Caution

The liquids in the recipe are at scalding temperatures. Mixolo’G, Natural Hair Mixology is not responsible for the assumption of risk in the execution of this recipe.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Banana Coffee Deep Conditioner Recipe


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After spending all day in the intense sun yesterday at Santa Cruz, my hair was THIRSTY. I love my Oatmeal Water Conditioner (see under Recipe tab) but I needed to give it some deep conditioning power. There are many banana conditioner recipes out there, but I wanted to build on what I knew works for my hair. I thought of using coffee off the top of my head, did some research, and decided to try it with the banana. I LOVE the results!!!

Ingredients

Prepared Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe substituting avocado oil for olive oil (optional)

1/2 overripe banana

2 tablespoons coffee

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I wanted to include a picture of how ripe my bananas were so you can visualize what I used (Just use 1/2 a banana!). The softness and gooeyness of overripe bananas are perfect for deep-conditioning.

 

To Make

Prepare Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe. Cut up the 1/2 of a banana into 1-inch pieces. Add the bananas and coffee to conditioner and use a stick blender to mix. Use immediately.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

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After pic…never thought my hair would blow in the wind 🙂

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Slippery Soft Hair Lotion Recipe


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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Jasmine’s hair before using the Slippery Soft Hair Lotion (top left) and after (bottom right)

I was working on a Twist/Loc Gel and it did NOT turn out as I expected. So I moved on to another hopeful recipe and struck gold. I have heard so many great things about avocado oil, but when I tried it as a stand-alone product, it was just oily. As a lotion though, it is heavenly smooth and slippery.

3 Benefits to Using the Avocado Oil in a Lotion

1. The avocado oil is pre-measured into the lotion which avoids overuse of the oil.

2. Using avocado oil in lotion form assures more even distribution of the oil in the hair.

3. Application of avocado oil in a lotion decreases oil on clothing and pillowcases.

I used the lotion on Jasmine’s hair, which was really thirsty for moisture, and her hair was no longer lifeless. In the picture above, it shows that her hair is darker from the moisture and her curls clumped a lot better. Now that she has a product that she can depend on, Jasmine is looking forward to growing out her hair.

 

Ingredients

2 ½ teaspoons cetyl alcohol (trial-size available)

3/4 cup chamomile tea (see below for recipe)

3 ½ tablespoons avocado oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available)


 

Chamomile Tea Recipe

2 tablespoons chamomile flowers

1 cup water

 

To Make

Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tbsp of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


 

Slippery Soft Hair Lotion Recipe

To Make

Make chamomile tea in a separate pot.  When the chamomile tea cools to warm, add guar gum slowly and stir. Mix avocado oil with the cetyl alcohol in another pot in a small double boiler. When the water in the bottom pot of the double boiler reaches the boiling point, the cetyl alcohol will dissolve in the avocado oil, about 5 minutes.  Immediately combine the warm chamomile tea with the hot avocado oil (If you do it the other way around you will lose oil) in a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend 2-3 minutes. The mix should be the consistency of a lotion at this time. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. Use immediately.

To Use

The lotion can be used on either damp or dry hair. To use on damp hair, after shampooing and conditioning, rub a small amount in hands and distribute throughout clean damp hair. Follow with normal styling routine. On dry hair, start with a small amount on the ends and work up the hair shaft as you smooth down the cuticle of the hair.

Caution

The liquids in the recipe are at scalding temperatures. Mixolo’G, Natural Hair Mixology is not responsible for the assumption of risk in the execution of this recipe.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo Recipe


This was an EMERGENCY. My youngest, Lauren, had come from a field trip to the pool and she had fried, dried, and will never lay-to-the-side hair!!!

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 Lauren’s hair before Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo treatment

I was in panic mode because it was my fault for not properly preparing her hair for the pool. So on a wing and a prayer, I whipped up this recipe to remove the chlorine. In my previous experience with chlorine in my daughter’s hair, it would clump, dry and be unmanageable after applying the shampoo. I would have to pour excess conditioner on her hair to separate and detangle the strands. When I applied the pre-poo, I could immediately see her hair regaining its luster. I kept my fingers crossed, applied the shampoo after the pre-poo treatment, and her hair felt much smoother than in my previous experience. The chlorine was completely removed. With summer starting and pools opening, this recipe is the difference between retaining and losing strands due to dryness and breakage. So why worry…jump in the pool!

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Lauren’s hair after Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo treatment

Ingredients

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 cup herb mix (see below for recipe)

1/2 cup aloe vera juice

1 teaspoon safflower oil

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Herb Mix Recipe

1 tablespoon comfrey root

1 tablespoon burdock root

1 cup water

 

To Make

Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container or until room temperature. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


 

Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo Recipe

One Hour Before

Prepare herb mix.

 

To Make

Combine the herb mix, safflower oil, aloe vera juice, and baking soda in a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon until the baking soda dissolves.  Pour mix carefully into an applicator bottle. Use immediately. Makes about 1 ½ cups.

 

To Use

Wet hair until soaking with lukewarm water to rinse out as much excess chlorine as possible. Allow excess water to drip from hair but do not wring or towel dry. Use an applicator bottle with tip to apply pre-poo to hair until hair is saturated and dripping. Cover head with a plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 15 minutes. Do not allow pre-poo to dry on hair. Rinse thoroughly from hair and scalp until water is clear. Shampoo and condition as normal.

 

Caution

This recipe has a greenish color to it, and it has not been tested on lighter hair or blonde hair. Please strand-test before using to ensure a satisfactory result.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe


Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

My 1st mixology project ever was the Goat Milk Conditioning Hair Mask by the blogger Hairscapades. I was using one-quarter of a bottle of conditioner for each wash (probably overuse on my part) and the cost was getting out-of-hand. I love this recipe because it makes just enough conditioner to saturate all of my strands with no waste, and the cost to make it is significantly less than buying conditioner every 2 weeks.

Oatmeal Water Conditioner

Oatmeal Water Conditioner applied to detangled hair

When I tried Hairscapades recipe, the Goat’s Milk conditioner acted as a protein conditioner on my hair. My hair only needs a protein treatment occasionally, but since I loved the recipe so much, I substituted oatmeal water for the goat’s milk so that I can use the conditioner every week. It’s light, very moisturizing, and reduces single-strand knots that can lead to tangles in my hair.

 

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal water  (see below for recipe)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available).

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Oatmeal Water Recipe

1/2 cup Whole Grain Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cup water

 

To Make

Combine the oats and water in a container and allow to soak for 1 hour. Pour mixture into a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend, about 1 minute. Strain and retain the liquid. Discard the solid oats. Use immediately. Makes about 1 cup of oatmeal water.

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Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

One Hour Before

Prepare Oatmeal Water.

 

To Make

Combine all ingredients into a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon. Use a stick blender to blend ingredients thoroughly, about 1 minute. Allow mix to settle and thicken for about 15 minutes. Use immediately. Makes enough conditioner for bra-strap length (BSL) hair.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally