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

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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