It's (NOT) a 10! Homemade Detangler Recipe
It’s a 10… Well maybe on the Dirty Scale. I guess the name should have been the first warning. The Think Dirty app rates ‘It’s a 10’ an 8 which isn’t a great number considering 10 is the worst.
I’ve really cut my beauty routine in half…maybe a ¼ of what it used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I care what I look like but then again, I don’t. Hopefully you understand. I want a low maintenance routine and straightening my hair every day to just get rid of the frizz wasn’t something I wanted to spend my time doing. Plus, I felt it was just a vicious cycle of damaging my hair. Instead, I just rely on a good leave in conditioner and hair cream to slick those frizzy suckers down.
I loved It’s a 10 after my stylist introduced me to it. I used it for years, but it came up for review during Switch and Ditch on my detox journey when I ran out. That is when I scanned it and realized I need a less toxic alternative. And something cheaper since that bottle is an easy $30.
Research shows that we encounter over 300 chemicals daily in a typical day and for women…80 of those are before breakfast! LADIES! please start looking into the things you use during your morning routine.
Why I’m Switching and Ditching
These 3 ingredients in It’s a 10 are the most concerning to me.
Fragrance is what most companies put as a generic label on whatever they find to be their propriety ingredients. Fragrance can be a combination of nearly 3000 chemical ingredients some relating to petroleum products, but we will never know exactly. The FDA allows them to do this labeling for fair competition. However, that’s completely unfair to us consumers because we aren’t getting an honest answer on what’s in the product. I fully understand the right to patent information but it’s not like we are demanding their entire recipe with measurements, etc. This is one of the main reasons I feel the FDA values the dollar over our health.
Methylparaben and Propylparaben:
PLEASE RUN FROM ANYTHING THAT INCLUDES THE WORD PARABEN.
Think Dirty’s research found that these are fragrant ingredients (See above) and preservatives that mimic estrogen and can act as a hormone systems disruptor. Really?! How is this helping my hair?
Research to the Rescue
After looking into a few store-bought alternatives and googling a variety of quick homemade recipes, I realized it was cheaper and easier to make my own but add some extra goodies to help treat my hair.
Lavender essential oil: Research has found that this oil supports hair growth. It is also a natural moisturizer, which decreases breakage. Plus, it smells uhmazing.
Cedarwood essential oil: Cedarwood has been found to help stimulate the scalp and hair follicles resulting in hair growth.
Tea Tree essential oil: This oil has been known to help with dandruff and soothes itchy scalps. Research has also found that it has properties known to kill bacteria and treats scalp acne, in turn supporting healthy hair growth.
Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil has properties similar to the sebum of your scalp, so it works like your natural hair oil. It helps support hair growth and regrowth. Jojoba oil also has antioxidant properties that help fight fungal and bacterial infection on your scalp that may otherwise inhibit your hair growth as well as soothe any itchiness. The vitamins in this oil also help condition and restore your hair.
Alcohol Free Witch Hazel: Like Cedarwood, Witch Hazel has properties that support increased blood flow and promote hair growth. It can help reduce irritation to your hair follicles and helps tame frizzy hair and increases volume.
I know that seems like a lot of oil but your hair will not feel oily or greasy. As with any product with oil, natural separation will occur so shake it up a bit before your use.
Less Stress Leave in Conditioner/Detangler
Makes a 4oz size container
10 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil- (80 cents)
10 drops Young Living Cedarwood Essential Oil- (38 cents)
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil- (44 cents)
3 tbsp. Alcohol Free Witch hazel- (21 cents)
1 teaspoon jojoba oil- (30 cents)
A good squirt or 2 of all natural conditioner. Roughly a tablespoon- (Considering this a freebie)
Fill the rest with warm water and give a good few shakes
Use on wet hair and massage into scalp upon application. Comb hair and move on with your normal routine.
Watch me nerd out and my recipe HERE
Video Disclaimers: I only used 5 drops of Tea Tree oil. I originally said 5 drops then incorrectly said 10. If you need more, use more.
I also butchered Jojoba oil. The Tell City girl in me called it like I saw it. It’s technically pronounced “Hoh-hoh-bah” I needed to share the correct pronunciation but I plan to still say “Jo Jo Ba”…because I can.
Where to Buy the Supplies
And there you have it… homemade non-toxic leave in conditioner for just $2.13 and a couple minutes of your day.
Less Stress and less frizzy hair,
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