Thursday, August 12, 2010

DIY Natural Hair Pomade (or Hand-Salve, you pick)

I have been dying to get some hair pomade for a while now but all the major brands contain waaaayy too many crazy sounding chemicals for me. So I decided to try to make my own. Several failed attempts later here is what I have found works best:

1) Gather your supplies. You will need some beeswax, some oil (I used a combination of Jojoba oil and Olive oil) and microwavable glass bowl.
2) Melt beeswax in microwave. Heat it for 30 seconds, stir then repeat until melted. You can also use a double boiler but the wax really sticks to metal, and using a glass bowl over a pot takes a long time to melt the wax.

3) Add oil, and quickly stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I used an almost equal amount of oil and wax, with slightly more oil. If you want a thinner consistency, add more oil. (Mine turned out thicker than normal pomade but it still works well).

4) Pour into a jar or container and let cool. When cooled it will have somewhat solidified.

To Use: Warm a bit in your hands then apply as you would a normal pomade.

I actually found this recipe also works fabulously as a hand-salve. After applying to my hair, I rub a bit into my cuticles and any dry patches on my hands (or feet). It has a lovely honey scent, but if you wanted to get creative you could add some essential oils and create your own scent.

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