You can use many different products on your afro-textured dreadlocks. There are black hair care products, natural hair care products, specific products for locs – the list goes on and on. I like trying different things so sometimes I buy products, but I also make my own. If you’re on a budget homemade dreadlock products are a very good option. I have learned that some of the best products are simple, homemade and won’t break the bank. In this article I will show you three products that I have used on my hair.
Apple cider vinegar hair rinse
If you suffer from product buildup from using heavy waxes or butters on your locs you will need a clarifying product after shampooing to get rid of the residue. If you don’t your dreadlocks will attract dust and lint like a magnet, which will make your hair look dull. There are special clarifying shampoos but you can also make your own hair rinse using just water and apple cider vinegar (ACV). You can get a 16oz/473ml bottle of apple cider vinegar for less than US$3! You’ll only need to use 1 tablespoon of ACV in a cup of warm water to make the hair rinse so it is quite cheap. If you want to make a larger quantity simply double or triple the quantity of ACV and water. This hair rinse won’t just clean your hair; it will also combat an itchy scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Olive oil conditioner
After shampooing your hair you would normally use an off-the-shelf conditioner especially if your hair is dry or looking dull. Instead of using a commercially available product you could make your own conditioner using olive oil. Yes, extra virgin olive oil from the supermarket will do just fine! It contains vitamins A and E, will repair damaged hair, promote hair growth and make your hair soft.
Daily moisturizing spray
Finally a daily moisturizing spray adds much needed hydration and sheen to your dreadlocks. I like making my own spray bottle using the following ingredients: fill ¾ of the spray bottle with aloe vera juice, the remaining ¼ of the bottle almond oil and add a few drops of an essential oil like lemon oil. Aloe vera juice is known to be extremely moisturizing and works well on coarse hair. And almond oil stimulates hair growth; it contains vitamin E, which is essential for growing your hair. Essential oils can be added just for their scent, but they also have other benefits. I like the fresh smell of lemon essential oil and it also relieves dry scalp and dandruff. Rose oil will strengthen your hair and provides relief from an itchy scalp. You could try any essential oil you like as long as you use very little – they are so concentrated that you’ll only need a few drops. Once you’re finished using your spray for the day store it in the fridge so it won’t spoil.
I hope this article has shown you some simple ways to make your own dreadlock products. I find it very satisfying to make my own hair care products: it’s cheap, simple and I’m sure there are no harmful chemicals in them. With these homemade dreadlock products you’re well on your way to healthy, beautiful locks!tastic natural conditioner
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