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5 Tweaks to Revamp Ineffective Natural Hair Products

• Nov 21, 2012

By Chinwe of Hair and Health

So you have a bunch of products that you have collected but do not use.  They are either too drying or not moisturizing enough or maybe they simply just do not work.  Chances are some of these seemingly useless products can be transformed into something usable, so don’t be so quick to give up on your stash.  You might be able to achieve one or more of the following “enhanced” products with just a few simple additions:

1. Conditioner with more slip

The scenario: The conditioner in your product-junkie collection just doesn’t have enough slip.
The solution: Try adding 1 part melted shea butter or coconut oil to 3 (or 4) parts conditioner.  Olive oil is a third option.

2. Leave-in or moisturizer that is more moisturizing

The scenario: Your moisturizer or leave-in conditioner isn’t providing lasting moisture.
The solution: Mix 1 part vegetable glycerin with 2–3 parts of your product to increase moisture retention.

3. Shampoo that is more cleansing

The scenario: The shampoo that is collecting dust in your cabinet isn’t as cleansing as you would like.
The solution: Add 1 part baking soda or Castile Soap to 3–4 parts shampoo in order to lift away product buildup and dirt.  Be sure to follow up with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse in order to restore your hair’s pH level.

4. Styling product or moisturizer with more sheen or shine

The scenario: Your styling product (e.g., curly pudding or pomade) doesn’t quite give your hair enough sheen or shine.
The solution: Layer a little castor oil on top of your hair to bring about more luster.  Some naturals rave about coconut oil as well.

5. Conditioner that is more moisturizing

The scenario: Your conditioner just isn’t moisturizing enough.
The solution: Mix a 1 part honey or vegetable glycerin with 3–4 parts conditioner.  Some naturals might also like to mix in a little melted shea butter.

How do you enhance your products?

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9 Comments on "5 Tweaks to Revamp Ineffective Natural Hair Products"

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Thanks! Will def try some of these!


These are great suggestions. I typically add oil: olive, grape seed, coconut, or almond to my conditioners. I’ll definitely try adding baking soda to my shampoos


With the exception of the shampoo, you can solve all these problems with your favorite oil. I put olive oil in my conditioners and moisturisers.


I’m all about this. But my number one favorite for conditioners that really don’t meet expectations- shave gel/cream, my legs were nowhere near this smooth before I went natural 12 years ago.

I also use them as a base for homemade DC’s.


Co-sign, since I tried this tip I can put the lovely drugstore smells that don’t work in my hair to good use on my legs!


exactly, I noticed years ago when I started using Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner that my hands were softer. I tried it on my legs- not a single nick. I’m not balling like that now so the so-so conditioners are what I use and switched to the GVP Sally’s verion of “The Conditioner”.


I do all of the above listed — Thanks Loola! and these too.. — -

to my shampoos I add coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar, or a squeeze of lemon juice to clarify.

for added slip, I add marshmallow root or slippery elm tea, or aloe vera juice

for added moisture, sesame or avocado oil works best for my dosha (vata), but I do use olive oil also.

Great tips!


Oil in eerthang:)

Tyree Gaber

Marshmallow probably came first into being as a medicinal substance, since the mucilaginous extracts comes from the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, which were used as a remedy for sore throats. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical purposes as well.^*:.

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