Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Summer need not leave your curls and kinks dry and frizzy. With the right products—and some help from ingredients in your kitchen—your hair will look its best throughout the dog days of August.

1. Before you enter a pool, lake, ocean or any body of water, drench your hair with water and apply a generous coat of conditioner mixed with a natural oil of your choice (Dellinger prefers olive oil). This oil/conditioner mixture will fill up the gaps in your hair shaft and act as a barrier to the chlorinated water.

2.  Immediately after swimming in chlorinated or salt water, purify your curls with a clarifying shampoo. Dellinger recommends Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo. Formulated to rid the hair of these curl-killing chemicals, it is the ideal summer cleanser to gently and effectively remove chlorine. Pineapple extract nourishes as grapefruit extract adds sheen while removing buildup from unwanted chemicals. Follow up with a deep conditioner.

3.  Pamper your curls after a day in the sun. Whip up your very own CURLS concoction and give your curls a post-swim treatment with your very own Milk & Honey Hair Smoothie.

Milk & Honey Hair Smoothie

•1 can of pure coconut milk (rich moisturize—hydrates, conditions and defrizzes hair)

•1 ripe avocado (natural source of protein—chlorine robs the hair of protein)

•2 tablespoons of pure honey (conditions and adds sheen)

2 tablespoons of olive oil ( hydrophobic oil that acts as an barrier to chlorine and salt water)

Add ingredients to blender. Mix at high speed until your concoction reaches a smoothie consistency.
Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up your hair smoothie in the microwave before next application. Just enough do de-chill.


•Feel free to substitute the olive oil for any natural oil of your choice.

•Add more oil for extra dry hair, e.g. 1 tablespoon.

•Add more honey for hair that needs more sheen, e.g. 2 tablespoons.

Instructions for Use

•Section hair into 4 segments.

•Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends…as they are the most prone to damage.

•Smooth hair into a protective style (e.g. braided ponytail, or bun).

Enjoy your day at the pool, lake, or ocean!


nappy headed black girl said...

This smoothie sounds yummy!

It's amazing how versatile natural ingredients are. I've been looking into doing homemade facials and the first one I'm trying includes honey and avocado, just like your smoothie.

It's great to be able to take care of your personal beauty needs with cheap, simple, and, most importantly, ingredients.

zainab1 said...

@Nappy headed black girl.. Yes, And I looove the milk and honey hair smoothie...I use this bi-weekly as my protein treatment
( avocado) and my hair loves it !

I totally agree with you it is a joy as well as so much fun to be able to use such simple products for our hair they can often be found right in our awesome is that ! (lol)

Thanks so much for stopping by...its always a pleasure to hear from you.... take care.