I have seen a lot of ideas for homemade hair reconstructors and conditioners, but other than using Coconut Oil as my favorite hair moisturizer, I have never used home products to make homemade hair reconstructor…until now!
Thanks again to Pinterest, I couldn’t pass up the idea of making my own hair reconstructor.
Hair Reconstructor Vs. Hair Moisturizer
A hair reconstructor is different than a hair moisturizer. A moisturizer adds moisture back into the hair. It is great for dry hair. A reconstructor is like a strengthener. It helps heal damaged, weak hair.
There are several things that make hair need moisturizing treatments and reconstructing treatments. Some hair is just naturally dry and weak, but most of the damage is from:
- highlighting and coloring hair
- not getting regular trims
- outside elements like wind and sun
- heat damage from hair dryers and curling/flattening irons
- certain medications
My hair had damage from all of the above!
Damaged, bleached, weakened hair
We were at the pool a lot this summer, and although I didn’t get my hair in the water often, the heat of the sun was drying. I went way too long in between trims and added some blond highlights mid-summer.
I usually let my hair air dry, but I either have to add curl to my natural waves OR use a straightening iron to tame them. Once in a while, I will completely straighten my hair with a flat iron, which is a lot of heat on every strand.
Needless to say, I not only needed a moisture treatment but also something that would strengthen my poor, damaged hair.
On to the hair treatment:
I happened to have the ingredients on hand, as I have been making more and more of my beauty products homemade, but if you don’t, you can find all these ingredients at your local health food store.
Shiny, Bouncy, No Frizz Hair
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Glycerin
- 1 Egg
- 2 tbsp Castor Oil
Mix the apple cider vinegar and the glycerin.
Beat the egg well, you don’t want clumps stuck in your hair, and mix into the mixture.
Mix in castor oil.
Apply the mask throughout your hair, maybe even taking a comb and combing it though. You want the mask to reach every strand! (I used my hands to apply it, and there was NO WAY I was getting a comb through my naturally curly hair!)
Pin your hair up, and put a shower cap on. Wrapping it in a towel will also help, but sometimes the towel awkwardly slips around, so if you need to skip it that’s ok.
Leave the mask in for at least 20 minutes. I left mine in for almost an hour. 🙂
Wash your hair with your normal shampoo.
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