Originally Posted by sherice I'll have to try the tea thing...When I do I will tell you how it goes...any special teas to use? Hmmm... not quite sure.. I guess regular tea would work? Be sure to let us know the outcome!
A good shine/conditioning treament is to blend a peeled avocado (I left the sking on once and thought I'de never get it all out of my hair), olive oil and mayo until it's thick enough to stay put on your hair...slather it on dry hair, put on a plastic cap and sit under heat or do it 10-30 min prior to a shower and let the shower heat get to it. Then just rinse it all out and wash/condition as usual.
One of the plug-in heat caps is a WONDERFUL thing to have, they're not that expensive and make a real difference when trying to deep condition. I went to Sally Beauty Supply and got the heat cap and a bunch of the disposable plastic caps....love em!
FYI I have done this without heating it up & it worked fine. Check the list of conditioners first to see it yours will work if not the VO5 is only .95 a bottle I used the free me freesia
Snowy's Fave Moisture Treatment
1 part Fave conditioner (must be moisture), mine is VO5-Sun Kissed Raspberry.
1/4 part honey
1/4 part clear aloe vera gel (I use Fruit of the Earth).
Place in a cup and warm in microwave for 10 to 15 seconds--just until warm. Wash hair and squeeze out excess, blot dry, leave in under heat cap, warm towels or shower cap, what have you, for an hour or so. Rinse well. Finish (add leave-in if you do so) and style as usual Wah-la!!! Extreme Moistness. This is great after protein treatments!!! WOOT!!!
~ My own Method ~
I thought I would share with you the method I use most often when using SMT.
When I make it, I do the following:
~ Mix all ingredients in a cup and stir with a spoon.
~ Pop in in the microwave for a very short time, just enough to warm it.
~ Stir it again with a spoon.
~ Thoroughly rinse hair.
~ Clean hair with method of choice if not using SMT as the cleanser (CO wash) and rinse well. If using SMT as the cleanser, rinse hair well and go to the next step.
~ Squeeze out excess water.
~ Blot dry with a towel gently.
~ Apply the SMT all over, massage it into the scalp and comb it through for a bit.
~ wrap hair in a bun on the top of my head and put a plastic bag or shower cap over this.
~ Can use a heat cap here, and sometimes I do, but usually I just put a towel over that.
~ Leave on for an hour, if you can, or even longer.
~ Rinse well.
~ Finish, dry and style as usual.
~ Shiney hair!
LIST OF CONDITIONERS; THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Some conditioners appear to work in this recipe better than others. In an SMT gone wrong, many report lumps, clumping and difficulty rinsing. So, if you try a conditioner you are unsure of and you see lumps, chances are it may not be a conditioner that will work well with SMT.
Conditioners and other ingredients reported to work well
Africa shea oil
Aubrey Organics GPB
Aussie Mega conditioner
bananas from babyfood jars
Biolage Conditioning Balm
Body Shop Brazil Nut Conditioner
Burt's Bees Avacado pre-shampoo treatment
Devacurl One conditioner
Down Under Naturals papaya moisture care conditioner
Elucence conditionerExtra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Fekkai shea butter
Fresh f21c Meadowfoam Conditioner
Giannini's Curl & Twirl conditioner
KMS Curlup Curl Hydrator
J/A/S/O/N Jojoba conditioner
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment (best results reported when using Lily of the Valley aloe gel)
TRESemme Vitamin E Moisturizing conditioner (flecks reported--contains cones)
VO5 Blueberries and Cream (chunkiness reported)
Aloe gels reported to work well
Aloe fresh from live plant
Fruit of the Earth aloe gel clear (available at Wal-Mart)
Fruit of the Earth aloe gel green (see problem list)*
J/A/S/O/N Aloe Gel
Lilly of the Desert (available in health-food stores)
Nature's Life Aloe Vera Herbal Blend
Nature's Healer Aloe Vera
Mystify Your Senses
President's Choice Pure Aloe Gel
Aloe gels reported to be problematic
Aloe gels with pain relievers added (usually green in color)
Lilly of the Valley aloe gel (flakes reported)
Fruit of the Earth aloe gel (one report of this being problematic) clear gel
Real Aloe Vera Gel (rubbery feeling reported)
If it went wrong it could be...
* It was overheated; try not heating the mix or just warming it.
* Wrong conditioner (see the above lists); cones seem to cause adverse effects, curdling and hard rinsing.
* Wrong aloe gel (see the above list)
* Wrong ratios; usually too much aloe gel will result in possible coating/harder rinsing.
* Not covering with a plastic bag or shower cap--if this mix dries on your hair, it can be hard to rinse out. If that does happen, soaking your hair in a tub of plain warm water for about 20 minutes and then doing a CO wash may loosen it and help remove it.
* Some report using SMT as a CO wash with great results.
* If honey leaves you frizzy, try just using aloe gel mixed with conditioner.
* You may have to try different conditioners until you find the one that gives you the results you are looking for.
* You don't have to use a microwave to heat the mix, you can set a cup of it into a bowl of warm water. That may be a good option and an even more gentle way of warming it up.
From the lists above, I think it is safe to say that dimethicone should be avoided when looking for a good SMT conditioner.
Some common abbreviations you may find in this thread:
CO - Conditioner or condition-only washing method.
C-COW-C - Condition-wash with shampoo/conditioner dilution-condition washing method.
If you beat 1 egg with 2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil it will leave your hair realllyyy soft ! I've tried it before and works great ! It smells like you're baking a cake lol.. but once you wash out the smell doesnt linger or anything i was surprised how soft it left my hair. Just be careful to make sure you rinse it ALL completely out !!!
An all-natural way to eliminate shampoo build-up and toxins in your hair is with apple cider vinegar. Rinse your hair once a week with one cup of apple-cider vinegar, found in grocery stores or health stores. Hair styling fact