Saturday, July 16, 2011

our glycerin mix

I love when Leelee's curls are like that - bouncy and fluffy. I've unintentionally done it to her hair a couple times so I don't remember what products I used. Lately, I've been experimenting and I think I found the answer. I watched a video on YouTube by ulovemegz here where she showed a tip on adding glycerin to your conditioner for cowashes which would add extra moisture. Glycerin is a humectant which means it attracts moisture. Since she said it was good for cowashes I immediately wanted to try it. I wanted to see if there would be a big difference if I added it to the conditioners that left Leelee's hair feeling stripped after (organix coconut and milk, giovani tea tree triple treat). First of all let me tell you....I didn't know which glycerin to look for. I've heard of glycerin and vegetable glycerin and apparently they are still the same but I think glycerin is easier to find unless you are at a health food store where vegetable glycerin can be found. Here was my experience, I kept asking for vegetable glycerin. I went to my grocery store (Bel Air) and they couldn't find it and never heard of it. I even called Rite Aid because I seen a video of a girl who purchased hers from there and they said the same! Anyway, I ended up going to Walmart and they didn't fail me. I went directly to the pharmacy and they pointed me in the right direction. I believe it was near the band aids.

Besides the glycerin she also added a little olive oil into the mix and I was also reading a few of the comments and there were mentions of some adding castor oil to conditioner. I never thought to try any of this. I pretty much eyeballed and did what i felt like her hair needed a lot of so I don't have exact measurements . My advice is to just go by what your hair (or your child's) needs. The items I used : organix coconut milk conditioner, glycerin, castor oil, vitamin e oil and olive oil.

As you can see the olive oil is already in the container. Its only a little bit since that was all I had left. I then added all the other ingredients.

I realized I added too much oil but I found a way to fix everything and make it work. Here is what the final mixture looks like.

I first tried it on my hair because I'm scared of ruining hers. I know our hair isn't the complete opposite but I would rather sacrifice my already damaged hair. I did a little test on my ends and it left it really stringy and dry. I didn't leave it in for a couple minutes though. Anything having to do with my hair is a fail so I didn't even bother. I tried again using it with another conditioner and nothing happened. I was afraid I wasted all the products. Then, when I was taking out one of her styles I decided to use the mix with water worked great! I loved it. I never use one product alone of course though so I'm not sure of this also has anything to do with it.

When taking down her style I sprayed with the mix and added some shea moisture curl and style milk then I would seal with a generous amount of coconut oil. On her her hairline and nape of the neck I use our shea mix to moistuize. And this is what we got.

So far, I like it and it works for us. Another way I achieved this look (after a style takedown) is by spraying with any conditioner and water and then applying all the same products after that I mentioned above. I will keep up with this and update to let you know of this is indeed the answer. Have you used a mix like this? What other mixes do you or have you used with these ingredients? What is your experience?

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DISCLAIMER: products were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own


style='clear: both;' Tracey said...

Her hair came out great! Although I don't let my girls wear their hair out much...I may need to try that mix for my girls!

style='clear: both;' allthingscuteandgirly said...

I use to always leave her hair out. I still do but not as much..let me know how it works for you! You can even tweak the ingredients to your hair needs.

style='clear: both;' Diva Locks said...

I never knew where to get that Glycerine stuff at but now thanks to you I will head straight to the ban aide aisle of Wal Mart Thanks!

style='clear: both;' allthingscuteandgirly said...

Don't quote me on that! I just remember grabbing band aids after. If you have a pharmacy in your Walmart def ask them and then an employee if you don't. I remember seeing anti itch it may be the same aisle. My glycerin bottle says skin protectant..helps prevent and temporarily protects chafed, chapped, cracked, windburn lips and wherever that would.fall lol