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    Where Do I go to buy these ingredients?
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    Check out your local natural food store, or go to some of the site that listed within the Homemade receipe forum. Sorry, I can't give you the names of some of the site, because I normally purchase my items from the natural food store.
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    O boy, I'm so excited about making my own butters, BUT I NEED HELP.... i would like to put some almond oil in a mix with shea butter that i plan on using for my hair but on the website where i buy my oils, the almond oil says almond base oil....is that ok to use?
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    Check out your local natural food store, or go to some of the site that listed within the Homemade receipe forum. Sorry, I can&#39;t give you the names of some of the site, because I normally purchase my items from the natural food store.
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    I just made my own Aloe Vera Gel by using:
    - Vege-Gel powder that I found at Tesco
    - Mixed with 100% Aloe Vera Juice


    I didn&#39;t take measurements because it was really a spur of the moment thing, but I wish I had. I used the teeniest amount of powder and mixed it with a lot of Aloe Vera juice, I heated it in the microwave for 1 min., stirred and it was done.

    Anyway, to this you can add Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil or Alma oil to make a nice hair gel.

    The Vege Gel powder ingredients were as follows:
    Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum, Dextrose, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Acetate.

    From research:
    "carrageenan interacts with human carotene to give soft skin and silky hair. In hand lotions and shampoos, carrageenan not only thickens the product but also promotes healthy skin and hair. In addition, carrageenan is a natural product and can be incorporated into formulations which rely on natural ingredients for their promotion."

    AND

    "Locust bean gum (ceratonia siliqua): Derived from the seed of the carob tree; humectant, moisturizer and smoothing. Locust bean gum: Locust bean gum is obtained from the seeds of the carob tree, an evergreen species indigenous to semi-arid areas of Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel. It acts as a thickener and water-control agent in various foods. "

    Dextrose is a thickner, Potassium Chloride I have found listed on a lot of hair conditioners.

    I&#39;m going to add my gel to my Shea and Murumuru to see what I get. I know Shea Aloe is really lovely so I am hoping for spectacular results.

    edited to add that this mixture contains aloe vera liquid and must be kept in the fridge.

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    Perfect. I need to use my aloe very juice (thought I&#39;d try it instead of gel, baaaad idea). I made a great skin butter that really soothed my eczema with:

    Three tablespoons of hemp seed oil
    A handful of unrefined shea
    a lot of aloe vera gel
    one tablespoon of honey
    some vanilla fragrance oil

    I now have Jasmine and grapefruit essential oil, and once i&#39;ve bought the vegegel, i&#39;m gonna see if I can recreate...

    whoo hoo!

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    HONEY SPRITZ

    1.5 cups of water
    2 table spoons of olive oil
    4 table spoons of honey

    (Well this is the "official" recipe, but I never tried that one, I tried with just 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon mink oil in 1/2 liter water + 6 drops essential oil (preservative), it works great.)
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    Hey! I was thinking of trying something similar for my twists. Can you just use regular honey?!?!? :unsure: I don&#39;t know anything about this kind of stuff. And do you just shake it all up in the bottle?
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    Hey! I was thinking of trying something similar for my twists. Can you just use regular honey?!?!? :unsure: I don&#39;t know anything about this kind of stuff. And do you just shake it all up in the bottle?
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    I tried it, but I&#39;m not sure if it&#39;s what I need for my hair. I think I may need to add more oil because my twists that were nice and soft are now kind of hard. They&#39;re not crunchy, they just feel a little rough. Almost like, I&#39;m taking moisture out of them by using it.
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    I thought it would be nice to have one thread just for recipes.... that when we are looking for something we can just keep track of one thread instead of searching the whole site.... I will start it off with some I have used and some I have found on the internet and here of course...

    All Natural Shampoo
    Churn the following ingredients in a blender:
    1 oz. Olive oil
    1 egg
    1 Tablespoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.

    Use as you would a regular shampoo.
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    Avocado and Mayo Conditioner
    1 cup of real mayonnaise (NOT low-fat)
    1 ripe avacado

    Cut avacado in half, remove pit, and scoop out the flesh of the fruit. Mash well with a fork. Add real mayonnaise and combine thoroughly.

    Work the mixture into your hair, paying particular attention to the ends (which tend to be more damaged). You can just use this mixture on your ends, if you prefer, especially if hair tends to be oily.

    Cover head with plastic wrap, and then wrap a warmed damp towel over the plastic wrap. Let the mixture sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.
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    Black Tea and Sage Hair Rinse
    For naturally darkening greying hair.

    3 T. black tea
    3 T. sage
    1 teapot freshly boiled water

    Steep black tea and sage in water. Allow to cool and use as a hair rinse, pouring the tea repeatedly over the hair. Rinse with tepid water.
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    Brittle Hair Treatment
    1/2 C Mayonnaise
    Shampoo -- few drops
    Lukewarm water

    ** For conditioning dry, brittle hair. Mix mayo with shampoo add enough lukewarm water to mix. Apply to hair after a regular shampoo. Leave on
    10 minutes and then shampoo out.
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    Chamomile Shampoo
    Make herbal infusion by pouring 4 cups boiling water over 5 tablespoons of chamomile flowers. Cover and steep 30 minutes. Strain and add 4 ounces castile soap flakes. Makes 1 quart of shampoo.

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    Deep Cleansing Treatment for Hair
    If your hair gets a greenish tint From Pool chemicals and chlorine often in your pool, this usually is a reaction between the copper water pipes and chlorine in the pool, use the following recipe to restore your natural color!

    2 Tbsp baking soda
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    1 tsp mild shampoo

    Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Wet hair and massage with mixture; making sure all the ends are coated. Cover head with a plastic bag or shower cap, and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse, and shampoo as usual!

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    Easy Egg Shampoo

    1 large egg, separated
    3 Tbsp Clear shampoo: castile OR -- baby shampoo

    ** Leaves hair protein-enriched and squeaky clean.

    In a small bowl, beat egg white until foamy and soft but not stiff. Gently blend in yolk followed by the shampoo. Transfer mixture to a plastic cup.

    Wet hair with warm but not hot water. Massage half the egg shampoo into scalp. It will not suds much. Rinse well and repeat. This time it will suds a lot. Leave the second application on hair 1 min, no more, before thoroughly rinsing.
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    Egg & Olive Oil Hair Conditioner
    Submitted by Aunty B

    1 egg yolk
    1/2 tsp olive oil
    3/4 cup lukewarm water

    Beat the egg yolk until it&#39;s thick and white. Add the oil and mix together real well. Then add the water into the egg mixture and mix well. Put this mixture into a container. After shampooing, massage all of the conditioner into your hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out.
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    Frizzy Hair Zapper
    1/2 cup conditioner
    1/4 cup honey
    1 tablespoon almond oil

    Mix ingredients, blend well. Pour mmixture over damp hair, work it in....leave on for about 20 minutes for a good deep conditioning. Wash out. This works for all hair types.
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    Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask
    Blend 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes. Rinse very well with cool water.
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    Hair Build-Up Remover Recipe
    1/8 cup vinegar
    1 cup water

    Combine. Let sit on your hair for 15 minutes. Rinse and wash your hair as usual.
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    Hair Growth Herbal Shampoo
    This shampoo not only helps encourage hair growth, but it also keeps the scalp very clean and healthy and helps prevent dandruff.

    2 cups distilled water
    1 cup fresh spearmint
    1 cup fresh rosemary
    1 cup all-natural, gentle baby shampoo
    Essential oil or fragrance oil, your choice, optional (to make it a scented shampoo)

    Boil the water with the fresh herbs for about ten minutes, in a glass saucepan (like Visions). Or, you can put in a microwave-safe glass or plastic bowl and heat in the microwave until boiling, and allow to boil for about ten minutes. Then, remove the pot from the stove or bowl from the microwave and cover with a lid and allow to sit and steep for an hour. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Mix this with the baby shampoo. Pour into bottles and let set overnight. The next morning you can add some fragrance or essential oil to the shampoo in whatever scent you like the most.

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    Hair Mousse Recipe
    Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon plain gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Let sit at room temperature until slightly set. Rub into dry or wet hair, and blow dry. Use as you would normal mousse.
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    Herbal Vinegar Rinse
    2 cups of cider vinegar
    2 oz of lavender buds
    1 tablespoon of glycerin
    10 drops of rose geranium essential oil

    Heat the vinegar to just below boiling point.Turn off the heat and add the lavender buds. Allow this to age for a week. Strain the lavender out and add the glycerin and rose geranium. Store in the refrigerator. Take 4 ozs of your lavender vinegar and add it to 4 cups of warm water. Use this as your hair rinse.
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    Honey Hair Conditioning Treatment
    Mix 1/2 Pure Honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. Use 2 tablespoons for normal to oily hair. Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave on 30 minutes. Shampoo well and rinse; dry as usual
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    Hot Oil Treatment for Hair
    Submitted by Aunty B

    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup boiling water

    Place olive oil and boiling water into large glass bottle or jar with a lid. Be careful not to burn yourself! Shake very well until oil is emulsified. Let cool a little bit so you don&#39;t burn yourself with it, then massage it into your hair. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out. Leave mixture on your hair for about 30 minutes, then shampoo.
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    Natural Blonde Highlights
    1 cup lemon juice
    3 cups chamomile tea (brewed, & cooled)

    Mix ingredients, pour over damp hair then let sit for an hour, wash hair. This is effective in the summer.
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    Yogurt and Egg Conditioner
    Combine 1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt and 1 whole egg in a small bowl. Mix well. Use as you would a regular conditioner - after shampooing, work conditioner well into damaged areas of hair, particularly the ends. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse well with cool water (not hot, you&#39;ll cook the egg!!) Hair will feel silkier and healthier.

    (taken from here)
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    Thank you ladies for providing this wealth of info.
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    My hair is the combined contribution of all my generations and it is infinitely me.


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    This is my own personal version of Carol&#39;s Daughter Lisa&#39;s Hair Elixer. It is great as a moisture sealant and a nightly scalp massage. Be consistent, you will definitely notice a difference.

    1 oz Grapeseed Oil
    1/2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
    1/2 oz Olive Oil
    10 drops Fragrance Oil of Your Choice ( I use Dark Chocolate and Vanilla)
    5 drops Rosemary EO
    5 drops Basil EO
    5 drops Sage EO
    5 drops Peppermint EO


    The fragrance oil is optional. I just hate the smell of sage, basil and rosemary. Here is a further explanation of the ingredients.

    Basil EO--hair growth
    Peppermint EO--hair growth
    Sage EO--hair growth, reduces alopecia, gives shine, scalp healing
    Rosemary EO--hair growth; helps dandruff, oily scalp

    Grapeseed Oil is a very light oil--my hair hates heavy oils. I mixed it with sweet almond oil (light/medium oil) and olive oil (heavy oil) so that the mixture wouldn&#39;t be too "runny" and also so that it wouldn&#39;t absorb too quickly. One application usually lasts me all day.

    Remember this mix is great for MY hair and scalp. Feel free to tweak the ingredients as you see fit. If you prefer lighter oils, use a higher proportion of lighter oils: Grapeseed, Soy or Rice Bran Oils. If you prefer heavy oils, use a higher proportion of heavy oils: Olive or Castor Oils.

    Happy Mixing :P

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    I just found this section of the website thanks to one of the members. Its the bomb :wub:
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