Contributed by Reader Elaine D.
This is something I really think is necessary…especially for the mixtresses out there. (Hey!) I haven’t seen it addressed yet and I love BGLH too much not to share. I come from a family of scientists and a father with a Phd in Biology who is very big on parasitology, microbes etc. I recently shared with him some of the mixes I create and store to use on my natural hair. I love all of them and am enjoying the benefits they’re producing…especially financially. That’s when he brought up microbes.
I know most mixtresses don’t add preservatives in their mixes so I find it important to address the issue of microbes that cause serious health concerns in products made at home and how to reduce that. Sometimes these can’t be stopped from growing EVEN if a mix is stored in the fridge like I know many naturals do. Grapefruit seed extract and sage are two strong natural anti-bacterial and mild preservatives that I have started using in some of my mixes which I know I will use for more than a week. I also know of a number of essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint and rosemary that are good at killing bacteria at different levels. Some, however aren’t as effective so research is needed. Whats the use of healthy hair that ends up with fungus or other gross things growing that end up making you sick?
This is a great reminder! Ladies, have you ever had a product go bad? Do you add preservatives to your homemade mixes?