DIY Marshmallow Root Moisturizer
I love making my own products. Whether for my own naturally curly hair, my curly kids or blending healthy concoctions for my family's sensitive skin...I'm hooked! There was a time that if I had a need for a hair care item, I'd find myself browsing my local beauty supply or drugstore. Long gone are those days. Nowadays, the need for a softening blend for my tresses leads me straight to my pantry for an herbal remedy. So, when I found that my hair was unusually dry after it's first encounter with ACV (apple cider vinegar) this week, the hunt was on. I'm familiar with the benefits of Marshmallow Root. It's one of my favorite herbs to work with for natural hair for its ability to ease the detangling process and produce super soft curls. I knew that this herb would work wonders for my then parched strands. Enter, my newest concoction which I affectionately call my Organic Marshmallow Moisturizer. What I love about this blend is that it's all natural, super easy, inexpensive and super nourishing for the hair.
The Deets |
1 cup Organic Marshmallow Root
3-4 cups distilled water (depending on the length of your hair)
Your favorite essential oil (optional)
Place Marshmallow Root in a glass bowl, set aside. Place water in a pot and bring to a boil. Carefully pour water into the bowl with the herbs. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, strain the herbs from the liquid. Add the essential oils of your choice (some great choices are lavender, rose, peppermint, tea tree, ylang ylang, sweet orange, rosemary or a combination of any of these). Pour liquid mixture into a spray bottle for ease of use. If you find you have more than you need for one styling session, store the remainder in the fridge and use upwards of 1-2 weeks.
Marshmallow Root- naturally softens hair, provides superior slip to ease detangling, promotes hair growth, provides natural shine, helps relieve dry scalp and dandruff
Essential oils- the essential oils listed have many benefits for the hair. Lavender is great for moisture and balancing the scalp's sebum production, Rose is great for strengthening hair roots, Peppermint and Tea Tree are great for soothing dry and itchy scalps, Rosemary stimulates the hair follicle, helping to promote healthy hair growth (as do Lavender & Peppermint)
This blend works wonders as a detangling spray. It's great for use by the whole family, including kids (who especially benefit from the detangling properties of this!). It softens the hair to make your detangling a bit easier. It can also be used as a daily moisturizing hair spritz, curl refresher, hair perfume and leave in conditioner for curly and coily tresses. I personally used it as both a detangler and a moisturizer.
Given the super dry feel of my tresses after the ACV, I saturated my strands with the spray. I then sealed in all of this great moisture and nourishment with H2TG aka Head to Toe Gorgeous, it's an all natural blend by Authenticality Company. The combination of these two make my hair super slippery (great for detangling) and left my hair super soft. I'm loving the feel of my hair after using this!
The Verdict |
This blend left my strands super soft! It had amazing slip, and I love the fact that I can customize it by adding whatever my hair is calling for at the moment. Sealing with H2TG gave my hair mega shine and I'm loving the definition. I twisted my hair last night. These are the results the morning after. I'll begin incorporating this into my regimen immediately :0).
Have a favorite DIY (do it yourself) blend that works wonders? I would love to hear about it...