On May 26th 2020 I tried using natural edibles in my hair for the very first time. ~Well other than coconut oil, which I tried for the first time earlier this year and *love*…but as I’ve never used it for cooking it didn’t come to mind as an “edible” initially. ~ As part of my hair washing process I mixed avocado and honey in my kitchen blender and smeared it throughout my thick, natural curls for a moisturizing treatment mask. I thoroughly applied the homemade mixture to my hair twice, and noticed the second time around that the ingredients had quickly started to dry and harden a bit, which felt strange…but the weight it added made my curls more defined and elongated, which looked nice.
I kept the treatment in over night, with my hair butterfly clipped and sectioned into 4….
….and enclosed within an aluminum shower cap…
…which was conveniently covered with a towel turban I had recently discovered and purchased, in order to maximize the amount of heat retention and therefore moisture absorbed into my hair…
After applying the above in the early afternoon, the intention was to wash the treatment out before the end of the day, or at least during the night, even if it ran late. However, after getting caught up talking and discovering interesting things online, such as author Jasmine Guillory and reading about her novels, day turned to night and I was simply too tired to face the remaining washing and styling steps before morning.
Nonetheless, my understanding is that it doesn’t matter how long you leave these things in for, but that they’re often only effective for a specific period of time.
Since it felt dry while applying the avocado/honey mask I didn’t know if, after sleeping with it in, my hair was going to feel really dry when I woke up to wash it out as well. However, to my pleasant surprise, when I removed the towel and shower cap my hair felt so nice and soft! It looked shiny and full of moisture, and I could see curl definition even on the end bits that were protruding out of the butterfly clips.
By the way, before shampooing I had also rubbed apple cider vinegar throughout my scalp to assist with cleansing…(although I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to mix it with the shampoo I used instead…but perhaps it doesn’t really matter…will have to Google that to double check how it’s often done…)
So there you have it! I’m looking forward to using aloe vera in my hair soon as well, especially as it grows naturally in my backyard…
Stay tuned! 🙂