By Chinwe of Hair and Health
So you have a bunch of products that you have collected but do not use. They are either too drying or not moisturizing enough or maybe they simply just do not work. Chances are some of these seemingly useless products can be transformed into something usable, so don’t be so quick to give up on your stash. You might be able to achieve one or more of the following “enhanced” products with just a few simple additions:
1. Conditioner with more slip
The scenario: The conditioner in your product-junkie collection just doesn’t have enough slip.
The solution: Try adding 1 part melted shea butter or coconut oil to 3 (or 4) parts conditioner. Olive oil is a third option.
2. Leave-in or moisturizer that is more moisturizing
The scenario: Your moisturizer or leave-in conditioner isn’t providing lasting moisture.
The solution: Mix 1 part vegetable glycerin with 2–3 parts of your product to increase moisture retention.
3. Shampoo that is more cleansing
The scenario: The shampoo that is collecting dust in your cabinet isn’t as cleansing as you would like.
The solution: Add 1 part baking soda or Castile Soap to 3–4 parts shampoo in order to lift away product buildup and dirt. Be sure to follow up with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse in order to restore your hair’s pH level.
4. Styling product or moisturizer with more sheen or shine
The scenario: Your styling product (e.g., curly pudding or pomade) doesn’t quite give your hair enough sheen or shine.
The solution: Layer a little castor oil on top of your hair to bring about more luster. Some naturals rave about coconut oil as well.
5. Conditioner that is more moisturizing
The scenario: Your conditioner just isn’t moisturizing enough.
The solution: Mix a 1 part honey or vegetable glycerin with 3–4 parts conditioner. Some naturals might also like to mix in a little melted shea butter.
How do you enhance your products?