For the past year or so, I've almost exclusively relied on natural products or DIY toilettries when it comes to my face and hair care. Having combination skin and frequent eczema breakouts around my ears, it can be hard to properly hydrate and cleanse my skin. Additionally, I have curly/frizzy natural hair and living in Paris provides me with few outlets for hair products geared towards natural or "coarsely" textured hair.
Fortunately, I found some great natural alternatives that have worked wonders in the health of my skin and hair, and most come from simple oils and butters.
I do use my Shea Moisture shampoo and deep conditioner on a regular basis, however, when I want a siimple wash my go-to products are the following:
- Apple Cider Vingear Rinse - I mix 1/4 organic ACV with 3/4 water and spray the solution in my hair. I let it sit for about 30 minutes and rinse. Not only does it get rid of dirt and product build up, it leaves my hair shiny and soft.
- Monoi or Grapeseed Oil - coarsely textured hair requires a lot of extra TLC and MOISTURE. So to lock all that moisture in, nothing has worked better than Monoi oil ( which smells great!) and grape seed oil, which can also be used on the body. These oils leave my hair soft and moisturized for days.
- Aloe Vera Oil - This oil is naturally sticky which does wonders for my cruly definition! After applying my sealing oil, I use some aloe vera oil to lock in my curly pattern and achieve definition. My hair looks great and it is a lot cheaper and healthier than store bought gels.
- Tea Tree Oil - I turn to this oil as a spot or acne treatment when ( yes, I still get plagued with acne every now and then even in adulthood, sigh). The smell is a bit strong for an odor, but you can't go wrong with an all natural ( and highly effective) alternative to chemical solutions.
- Chamomile Oil - This oil is a god-send - it soothes redness and irritation. I often put it on my eczema (which otherwise can only be completel
y cleared with steroid creams), and it clears everything up for a couple days.
- Vanilla and Coconut Oil - these oils just smell delicious! And are great moisiturizers. I made a DIY body oil combining both and I always get compliments about how soft my skin is. Wink.
There are so many oils with so many different purposes that you may find your money more well spent on these natural products rather than commercial ones. DIY if you dare!
*If you live in Paris, check out Aroma Zone for all your DIY health and cosmetic needs!