If you’re anything like me, you spent a decent chunk of money trying to invest in alternative (healthier) foods and food swaps. While some of my dalliances in healthifying my pantry were successful, others were not. All it took was one failed food experiment with Blackstrap Molasses for me to realize that I can probably make better use of the dark, pungent syrup on my hair than in my food.
- strengthening hair
- promoting hair growth
- reverting grey hairs
- soothing itchy/flaky scalp
- boosting shine
- improving hair elasticity
- increasing hydration levels in the hair
It’s a common misconception that Blackstrap Molasses contains natural sulfur (which is awesome for the hair), but it doesn’t. The confusion often lies in the labeling of Blackstrap Molasses as “unsulphured”, which simply means that sulfur dioxide was not added during the sucrose extraction process by which Blackstrap Molasses comes to be.
Now that we know why it’s good, let’s take a look at three really easy ways to incorporate this elasticity, strength, and shine booster into your regimen:
DIY Blackstrap Molasses Pre-Poo
One of the easiest ways to harness the power of Blackstrap Molasses is with a boosted pre-poo treatment. You don’t need any special concoctions or a particular product from a special brand to a make this happen for your hair. Simply take an ounce or two of your favorite pre-poo treatment, and add 1 tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses per ounce of your pre-poo treatment. It’s just that simple! If you do an oil based pre-poo, mix it in there! If you’re like me and prefer conditioner-based pre-poos, use your favorite conditioner. Whatever method you choose, just remember to mix your Blackstrap boosted pre-poo for immediate use only, in a container separate from the container your oils or conditioner comes in, so as to not impact the shelf life of your unmixed products.
Want to know how I do it? Read about my Blackstrap Boosted Pre-Poo here.
Blackstrap & Bentonite Mud Rinse
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with bentonite clay. 2015 was the year of the mud rinse for me, and the only thing I plan to do in 2016 is the reeeeeeeeemix! Adding Blackstrap Molasses to my DIY mud rinse recipe has truly taken it to another level in terms of strength, shine, and elasticity. All you need for this super simple Blackstrap Bentonite Mud Rinse recipe is:
- Bentonite Clay
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Plastic or glass mixing container
- Plastic or wooden spoon (no metal)
- Plastic applicator bottle
Check out the video here:
I like to apply my mud rinse as an intermediate step between cleansing and deep conditioning, but you can experiment with your wash day to determine where it fits in best. Read more about the Blackstrap Bentonite Mud Rinse here.
Blackstrap Boosted Deep Conditioner
The same principle for the pre-poo applies here. Simply pick your favorite deep conditioner, Blackstrap boost it (remember – 1 teaspoon per ounce of product), mix well, and apply. For deep conditioning purposes, I recommend leaving it on your hair for a max of 30 minutes. Rinse, and watch your natural hair flourish!
How do you use Blackstrap Molasses in your regimen?