Feed your hair with MOIS­TURE

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR BEAUTY - Jody-Anne Lawrence Life­style Re­porter jody-anne.lawrence@glean­erjm.com

HAV­ING A healthy scalp is awe­some for hair growth, but you have to en­sure that you also take care of your hair.

Now, while I’ve tried to im­prove my scalp and got my eczema un­der some form of con­trol, I must ad­mit that get­ting my hair well mois­turised was not so easy. I did my re­search try­ing to fig­ure out what I can use, and I kept see­ing all that was wrong and very lit­tle cor­rec­tive mea­sures. At some point, it seemed like ev­ery­thing was wrong. I found some prod­ucts that I loved, like Root of Na­ture by Soft­sheen Car­son, but I could not help my­self – I had to cre­ate my own.

I re­searched oils and but­ters that were sup­pos­edly great for nat­u­ral hair (never knew that my hair would turn me into a mixol­o­gist), try­ing to come up with the best hair liqueur – and at last I did.

It was awe­some find­ing out that a few of the things that I use on my skin are also per­fect for my hair, such as the shea but­ter, ar­gan, and co­conut oil. So I started with these, and while I had the shine, my hair did not de­tan­gle as eas­ily as I would like. So I went back to the wa­ter. No, I did not spritz it in my hair (not an op­tion). What I did was add a lit­tle to the mix­ture and whip it like I never whipped be­fore. The very tex­ture of the mix­ture changed – it was a bit more spongy and smooth. I did not add a lot – a lit­tle does go a far way – ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cent of your mix­ture. When I ap­plied it to my hair, it also helped with de­tan­gling, and still man­aged to give my hair the mois­ture and soft­ness that it needed. It was another great project, and I started look­ing for­ward to it. I have mixed and matched with the for­mula, and so can you, but en­sure you add wa­ter. Please note that I did not use tea tree oil or castor oil in my mix­ture. The lack of castor oil is be­cause I hate the scent and it thick­ens my hair — my hair needs ab­so­lutely no more body. You can try it but be cau­tious. I have heard sev­eral com­plaints that it changes the tex­ture of the hair mak­ing it coarse. I use it on my scalp only when I am do­ing a hot oil treat­ment. When it comes to tea tree oil, it is great on the scalp but makes my hair trashy when ap­plied di­rectly to the strands, so I do not put it in my mix­ture. Have fun mix­ing.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

My new con­coc­tion for my hair.

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