When I was pregnant with my son back in 2001, my hair took on a life of its own. I had always had a natural wave to my hair, but during this second pregnancy my hair went super curly and has stayed that way for the past 14 years. I have to admit, it has taken me a long LONG time to accept and actually start to enjoy this new hair texture of mine. But there is one aspect of it that, no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to be happy about....FRIZZ. The moment there is more than 2% humidity in the air, my hair is 3ft wide and becomes a constant battle. And that's just in the summer. The winter months bring static and dryness so there is no winning against my wild hair without some much needed help.
Enter anti-frizz hair serums. I have tried them all. Some worked and some didn't but they have been a big part of my styling routine since "the change" happened, mostly so that I don't shave my head bald out of frustration. But over the years, as my lifestyle habits changed and I started to become interested in what exactly was in the personal care products I chose to put on my body, I quickly found out that most commercially made hair serums are pretty darn toxic and I needed to reevaluate what I was applying to my hair every morning. Drug store and professional brand serums are mostly comprised of silicone-based ingredients which coat the hair with plasticizers and only give a temporary appearance of healthy hair, in addition to suffocating the scalp and causing unwanted buildup. What's worse, is that, according to the Environmental Working Group, these silicone-based chemicals such as cyclopentasiloxane are associated with organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity and environmental toxicity. Add to that the chemical fragrances that are in them (there can be up to 700 different chemicals in the term "fragrance"!), linalool and alcohol and you're left putting a toxic disaster directly onto your hair. And, of course, you use your hands to do this so the product is being directly applied to your skin. Remember...what goes on your skin goes into your blood stream within 15 minutes. NO THANK YOU!!
Now, you can certainly go out and buy more natural and toxin-free hair serums at retailers or through online stores that are a little more concerned with the well-being of their consumers and the health of our planet. But those brands can be pretty expensive and not in everyone's budget. So, why not make your own with ingredients that you can easily find in your local health food store? That's what I have been doing for quite some time and I not only feel good about knowing EXACTLY what I am putting on my hair and scalp, but I also feel good knowing that I am not causing harm to the environment or my bank account!
Frizz-Taming Hair Serum Recipe
About a year ago I came across this wonderful recipe by Annie Strole and I fell in love. It's super quick and easy to make and it does such a great job at keeping my hair in check. Here's what you'll need:
Castor Oil is a rich and thick oil traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is rich in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, and it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties making it beneficial dandruff and other scalp conditions. I love this oil and use it on every part of my body, but I especially love what it does for the hair. It helps balance the scalp's pH levels and helps to replenish the scalp's natural oil balance, countering all of the negative effects of the harsh chemicals contained in so many hair products that are on the market. And, because castor oil is so rich in keratins, it helps build collagen levels making hair grow thicker and stronger!
Avocado Oil is wonderful for the hair and scalp. High in monounsaturated fats, it nourishes and strengthens the hair strands, as well as helps to protect it from environmental and styling damage. When massaged into the scalp, avocado oil can help stimulate blood flow the hair follicles resulting in more nutrients making their way to the follicles which then results in stimulation of new hair growth and growth in general.
Olive Oil is also high in monounsaturated fats making it super nourishing, hydrating and protective for the hair and scalp. It is such a versatile and multi-purpose oil in so many areas, including when it comes to using it for the hair. You can use it in hair serums such as this, as a hot oil treatment or simply use it alone to treat damaged and dried out strands.
This is so simple...it will literally take you less than a minute to make this gorgeous serum!
Combine all ingredients in a resealable small bottle or container. That's it. Easy as Sunday morning!
(note, I combined mine in a small glass to show you how it should look when finished, but typically I just add the ingredients right into the bottle that I use and presto-magic, I'm done).
To use, simply shake the container/bottle to blend. Pour a couple of drops onto your palm, rub together and then pat onto dry hair. No mess, no waxy build-up, no toxins and, best of all....no more frizz!
I'd love to hear your comments if you decide to try making this serum, as well as any of your stories of fly-away, frizzy hair. Us wild-haired ladies and gentlemen need to stick together! Feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
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Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!