Homemade concoctions that work better than commercial products

Today’s style icon Neytiri mentioned a home made concoction for twist outs that works better than any store-bought product she’s tried. So today I want to know, do any of you have concoctions that work just as well — or even better — than similar commercial products? Let us know!

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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast. bell hooks' hair twin...


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57 thoughts on “Homemade concoctions that work better than commercial products

  1. My recipies:
    -End Sealant/Edge Pomade: 3 parts shea butter, 1 part aloe vera gel, 1 squirt of honey
    -ACV Rinse: 1 part ACV, 3 parts herbal tea or water, 1 squirt of honey, a couple drops of EOs
    -Henna Gloss: Henna, coconut milk, honey

    Here is a YouTube videos I found about a simple DIY products I’ll try to make in the future:

  2. This is not homemade but can be used for an alternate use: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie = Great body lotion! It doesn’t work for my hair but seems to be a good body butter.

  3. It’s like you’re reading my mind. I was JUST considering trying my own concoction. Thank you for the post. I’ve also got my pencil ready!

  4. i’ve just started using a homemade loc moisturizing/retwisting product (since others have caused too much build-up, flakes, or just have a weak hold). it is made of aloe vera gel, cold-pressed castor oil, w/ a few drops of peppermint & lavender oils. so far so good =.

  5. i realized that my homemades work so much better that commercial. The only commercial products I use are Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner & Eco Styler Gel.

  6. I have two homeade concoctions I like.

    My spritz is base on Kimmaytube’s leave in but I add a substantial amount of water to it and Talijah Wajiid’s Body Mystifier. It gives awesome slip and my twist outs are always defined, soft, and full of body.

    Before I put my conditioner on I put on a mix of coconut oil and shea butter. I add my conditioner on top of that and sit for at least an hour…I get the biggest healthiest looking afro from that!

    I know that this is a kitchen thread but I found a new line called pooka pure and simple and their hair butter is the business for me!

  7. This past winter I tried mixing more or less equal parts jojoba oil and coconut oil together. The coconut oil was not melted when I used it, but I just used my index finger to scoop it out, smoosh it, and mix it into the jojoba oil until it was creamy. The result was a mix that had a buttery consistency and worked every well as a sealant. I don’t like the heavier oils such as castor and olive, and this made my hair nice and soft without weighing it down or gunking it up too much. I often emulsified a little vegetable glycerin with this mix in the palm of my hand to give extra moisturizing to my hair.

    Now that it’s getting warmer, I’ll put the coconut oil away and just use the jojoba. I discovered last summer that I prefer it over coconut oil for sealing, because I find it to be lighter than coconut oil, and the scent dissipates quickly, so it’s not competing with the smells of other tings I may put on my hair.

  8. You know what I really really love – Apple Cider Vinegar as a cleanser. No I don’t juice the apples, add the cultures and ferment with my own loving hands (lol), so it is not a home concoction, but it is using a product from my kitchen in a may it wasn’t intended to be used (by me) and it does the very BEST job of cleaning my scalp and removing build up from my hair. In addition, it makes my hair really really soft. Unfortunately, the smell is so atrocious that I have to make sure to rinse very very well and always use a conditioner after to help eliminate the smell from my hair.

  9. i absolutely LOVE homemade recipes. My hair is thriving on these – i could exist solely on mixes from herbs, herbal powders, plants, oils, and butters.

    some of favourite mixes (and very popular) are my recipes for deep conditioners – you can check it out on my blog


    however, my favorite ever moisturiser is my home-made leave. The vid i made is below


    home made recipes rock!!!

  10. I do trust all the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  11. Crisco Iused it for my skin then heard if was good for the hair. I use a small dab daily. It keepmy hair moistbutmlight and not heavy and it is cheap.

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