In my last post, I wrote about the results of Loc Overhaul Day. I wanted to do a follow-up to that entry, given that there were some new techniques I tried out that I would like to share with you, so the next few posts will officially be about these techniques.
Step 4 to the process of that day was the Oil Treatment. I did not actually do a hot oil treatment, but I changed the oils that I usually use in my hair.
For the last year I have been using an oil that I bought at Walmart called Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil. I loved this oil and used it on my locs as well as my 2 daughter’s natural hair. It is filled with so many wonderful ingredients! But, it was after doing some research for the launch of the website that I started looking into ingredients and preservatives in products that are hazardous to our health. For a list of ingredients click here. So, I re-read the ingredients of my Ginseng Oil, and right at the bottom of this fabulous list was a whole lot of garbage. It broke my heart-really.
So, on Loc Overhaul Day, I made up a concoction of Olive Oil, Castor Oil and Tea Tree Oil-which I used to do a couple years ago and Shian Naturals bath and massage Oil. After using it again for the first time in a while, I was and am still extremely amazed at how soft my locs are!! I started using it in my girls hair again as well, and their hair is SO soft! I truly recommend that mixture, and fully endorse experimenting with other essential oils and carrier oils to find a mix that works for your hair type. But honestly, the castor oil was $3.49, the Olive Oil was already in my kitchen, and the tea tree oil was 9.99 for a small bottle. Keep in mind you only need about 10-15 drops of tea tree oil, so it will last you probably a year.
The exact recipe I used was:
15 ml Olive Oil
15 ml Castor Oil
10-15 drops Tea Tree Oil
30 drops of Shian Naturals Bath and Massage Oil (I know this is weird, but it is all natural and the ingredients are good for your scalp too!)