Monday, March 3, 2014

Conditioning Oil

In my last post, I talked about some hair issues we had. We have also been dealing with skin issues. Both of the boys have eczema presenting in slightly different ways. The dry air and lack of sunlight on their skin during the winter are likely part of the problem. I did notice, however, that Scholar's skin tends to get worse after having a bath. It could be a number of things - the conditioner we use, the chemicals in the water or the cleaners used in the tub. To try to help his skin, we are eliminating the possible irritants that we can. We cannot do much about the water unless we get a water filter, but we can stop using the conditioner and the cleaners to see if either of them are the problem. For a few weeks we will not be using any products in the bath to see if that helps. We already do not use soap since we have seen that cause skin irritation. Now we are dropping the conditioner, at least for a short while.

So, what do I do with the boys' hair if I cannot use conditioner?
I made my own with oils that are not likely to irritate the skin. I used oils that we have used many times before, so I am fairly certain that they will not cause irritation.

I was surprised how well the oils worked for the boys' hair. (I decided to not use any products in the bath at all, not even on Explorer's hair, until we can determine what is causing Scholar's skin to react.) When I gave them a bath, I got their hair wet, used the ACV rinse, rinsed it out and then used the oils before detangling. Detangling was easier than I thought it would be and their hair is very moisturized. After bath we added the Babycakes hair and body butter as we normally do to their hair.

To make the conditioning oil, I combined some of my favorite oils, ones that have seemed to work well on the boys' hair.

Conditioning Oil Recipe

3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp jojoba oil
1 Tbsp Jamaican black castor oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp argan oil

I got this amazing bottle from
Mountain Rose Herbs!

I mixed these oils together and stored them in a glass bottle. I applied the oil mixture to the hair just as I would a conditioner, before detangling, but did not rinse it out afterward. I also use this oil mixture combined with water and aloe for the daily spritz. About 3 oz filtered water, 3 oz aloe with about a tablespoon of oil makes a great daily refreshing spritz.

So far, this is working out great. The boys had two baths with free hair that needed to be detangled and one bath with their hair in cornrows since using this oil conditioner. There was no noticeable skin irritation after either bath. I will continue to use this for the next few baths and then try their conditioner again and hope it does not cause irritation.

What homemade products do you use for hair? Share in the comments!