My long curly hair has been driving me up the wall this week. I know I should be patient with it. It's probably not its fault that it's been frizzy. I did just have a baby. I am a week postop. I am breastfeeding a chunky monkey. However, I do want my shiny hair back, so I have been looking at naturallycurly.com for tips on fighting summer humidity without harsh products or silicones.
I discovered that agave nectar acts as a humectant. It grabs onto moisture and keeps it from evaporating. Coconut oil is an excellent deep moisturizer. Obviously, if you overuse either, your hair will become a slimy, sticky mess, but used correctly on wavy/curly hair, I am pretty impressed with the results.
Here's how much coconut oil I used.
I really like the brand I used. It's called Tropical Traditions. I was sent a bottle as a blogger freebie a while back, and though I bet the company thought I would use it to cook something delicious, it's going in my mane. A tiny bit goes a very long way. If you overuse this, it'll be an excellent moisturizing treatment, but it will make you look like you haven't cleaned your hair in weeks. Yuck. You'll have to start over (or wish you had the time to...*clearing my throat* speaking from personal experience).
I spooned out a tiny bit then rubbed it into liquid in my hands before smoothing it all over my dry second day hair. I wanted to make sure I didn't add too much, but I wanted to make sure I got a nice shine. When I was happy with the shine, I spritzed my hair with a water bottle until it was damp. Next, I added the agave nectar.
Here's how much agave nectar I used.
Remember, I have long, thick hair that is VERY frizz prone. You may need much less. After squirting a little in my palm, I watered it down and made a serum I smoothed over slightly damp second day curly hair. In fact, I ended up doing that much twice to make sure I had coated all of my hair efficiently. At the end, I scrunched my hair and waited for it to dry.
Here's the end result. Excuse my smirking face.
(Taking a photo of yourself is just plain awkward.)
I really like how well my kitchen chemistry turned out. Agave nectar and coconut oil are much less expensive than the high end products I need for great second day hair, and they are actually good for my curls too. They both smell heavenly, and it has lasted all day through baby spit up and Mississippi heat. And, did I mention, my hair isn't sticky or greasy at all? It's just lovely. Who would've guessed?