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

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Banana Coffee Deep Conditioner Recipe


image_1 (1) Before pic, nice and dry (Scroll down for after pic!)

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

Banana Coffee Deep Conditioner 1  Overripe bananas and coffee

 

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

Why Glycerin and I Don’t Mix



Glycerin Article

I can’t remember the last time it rained

I live in California and it is so HOT and DRY here. We are in the midst of a worsening drought and I can tell by all the dust on my furniture. Now my hair needs extra special attention under these conditions. I need styling products that will seal and hold moisture in as long as possible until I can refresh my hair with spritzing and another layer of sealant. I heard about glycerin and wanted to give it a try so I bought some, mixed it with water, sprayed my hair down, and went about my business. By the end of the day my hair was telling me NO!!! Glycerin is not the move. And I thought, why does it work for so many others and not for me? I dismissed it as just being a hair-type thing until I read how glycerin reacts in dry conditions. Glycerin can attract moisture TO your hair, if there is moisture in the atmosphere. Good for the East Coast Naturalistas that live in a humid environment and need a moisture boost. But if the environment has little to no moisture in the air, like drought-stricken California, then the glycerin will leech the moisture from your hair! I learned a lesson to think about my environment as well as my hair type when I test an ingredient and its effect on my hair. Because of my environment, my recipes for styling products and leave-ins will most likely be glycerin –free.

But feel free to add it to the recipes if it works for your hair! Here’s a link to Amazon.com for purchase.

Why Glycerin and I Don't Mix

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally

 

Cetyl Alcohol


Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that is naturally derived from animals and plants and is used to formulate conditioners. It will improve product texture, act as a lubricant, and facilitate moisture retention.  It benefits the hair by allowing the product to spread evenly throughout the hair, softens the hair, and seals in moisture which is great for the hair and the scalp. (Livestrong.com).

I purchased cetyl alcohol through Amazon.com. To purchase a trial-size amount, click here. If you are into comparative shopping, try a Google search of cetyl alcohol and then click the “Shopping” tab. Let me know if you find this ingredient locally or for less $$$!

cetyl alcohol photo

Photo is not endorsing any brand

I would love to know how you use this ingredient! ❤ 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