Hey #GoNaturals, it’s Broke Raph here with another flamin’ article to spice up your frugal life. Whether you’re a digital nomad working for a couple of months in Thailand, or an English Assistant a part of the JET program in Japan, there will come a time where you’ll run out of your favorite deep conditioner. This, my dear naturals, is a curly nightmare.
Let’s imagine a quick scenario:
You’ve been living abroad in Krakow, Poland on a 7-month contract. You’ve visited Europe before, and you’re already aware they don’t have any natural products of any sort in certain locations. Yet, you were not discouraged by the lack and decided to bring your own products to last you throughout the duration of your stay.
3 months pass by and you’ve completely run out of the 2 deep conditioners you thought would last you at least 4 months. After all, you only have 2 wash-days per month. What do you do?
This scenario is very familiar for many naturals on the go and it’ll never not happen to any natural living abroad. It’s inevitable.
Here are a 4 DIY tips for those on a frugal budget who’d rather spend the extra beans on a plane ticket:
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments are great for revitalizing your scalp and providing moisture for your dry ends. Hit up your local grocery store for some essential oils! You can use any oil of your choice; mix a couple of teaspoons of your favorite oils, heat it up for no more than 20 seconds in the microwave, and voila! Leave the oils in your hair for about 15 minutes and carry on with your regular wash-day routine. Your hair will thank you.
Avocados are the ultimate lifesaver when it comes to your hair. Not only is it amazing to eat, it’s just as amazing when directly applied to the hair. Below is my favorite hair-mask recipe for rejuvenating my strands:
1 ripe avocado
2 teaspoons of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of almond oil
1 teaspoon of honey
Before you get all disgusted by mayonnaise…hear me out. Mayonnaise has numerous benefits and its primarily favored by wavy and curly hair types. The benefits go on: it calms frizzy hair, an amazing dandruff treatment, treats colored hair, a curl definer, promotes hair growth, and can you believe it removes hair lice?! WILD.
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to your hair. I usually leave it in for 10-15 minutes (if I don’t get distracted, lol), detangle, and then rinse it out. Since I’m not a shampoo kind of gal, I head straight for my conditioner and proceed to style as normal.
Yogurt DIY Treatment
Sometimes, the reason our curls can be lifeless is due to the lack of protein. When that happens, it’s time to head on over to the supermarket and purchase plain greek yogurt! It’s full of protein, fatty acids, and lactic acid to hydrate dry, brittle strands. I like to do this treatment when my hair is breaking off more than usual.
For this treatment, you’ll need:
1 cup of plain Greek Yogurt (absolutely no flavor, whatsoever!)
1 tablespoon of castor oil
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
For the greek yogurt, whip until it’s smooth as butter. Proceed to add the rest of the ingredients above and stirrrrr until it’s distributed evenly. It’s best to apply to damp hair just so you don’t have to yank or untangle as much. Once again, leave it in for 10-15 minutes, detangle if needed, and then rinse it out. Continue your wash-day routine as usual!
‘Dr. Shea Honey’ Treatment
I call this treatment, Dr. Shea Honey because not only does it have a certain ring to it; it’s the ultimate remedy for brittle hair. It’s catchy! Since I’m a huge fan of shea butter, it’s essential that I pack it everywhere I go. I apply to not only hair, but my body, and even my lips. It’s perfect because it multi-purpose and can be used as a sunscreen.
Honey is absolutely amazing because its emollient features seal in the moisture in your hair and encourage hair growth. It takes the ‘break’ out of ‘breakage’, literally. It also strengthens your hair follicles at the same time.
Let’s get down to ‘Dr. Shea Honey’ ingredients:
2 scoops of raw unrefined Shea Butter
1 teaspoon of raw honey
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon of mayonnaise
Shea butter is dumb thick so it’s best to heat it up in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds. Proceed to add the rest of the ingredients listed above and WHIP THAT TREATMENT. Apply to your luscious scalp and don’t forget to detangle with a wide-tooth comb. As per usual, rinse Dr. Shea Honey out and follow the rest of your normal wash day routine.
Combat the days of dry, brittle hair with these DIY treatments whenever you’re on a frugal budget abroad. Most of these ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. So while you’re shopping or meal prepping for the week, put some ingredients aside for your next wash-day!
Since it’s black history month, why not celebrate your natural hair with friendly DIY hair treatments that 100% organic and cheap? We’re not only celebrating our hair but our history, our blackness, and our hairstory. Let’s kick off Black History Month right with these DIY Deep Conditioning Treatments!