… Or if natural hair care products are inaccessible where you live or Amazon demands an arm and a leg to purchase your favourite item. Tried and tested, this no product routine is a winning method which I always share with my curl friends. Have no products to kick start your natural hair care journey? You’ve got to consider this method.
STEP 1: DETOX!!
You’ve been using unsafe products or maybe all you use is water and oil. Either way, you want to start your journey with a clean slate.
I want to say, use a silicone-free shampoo like Pantene Lively Clean which is approximately INR100 for a small bottle but since it contains Tetrasodium EDTA which is a toxic ingredient – the same one in Eco Styler gel – I’d say don’t use it at all, but if you had no other totally silicone-free, like not even the water-soluble-silicone kind shampoo, then use this Pantene BUT use it super diluted.
Super Tip! Get an empty mug. Pump 1-2 drops of shampoo in the mug. Add warm water in full force so it forms a frothy-lathery-liquid. Use this super diluted liquid shampoo to remove all the oil residue, dirt, gunk, product buildup from your scalp and hair and proceed to condition.
My Favorite way to Detox
Bentonite Clay Mask!! I do this shampoo mask every 2 -3 weeks. It remineralizes my hair, detoxes my scalp, encourages hair growth, defines better curl clumps, and overall promotes scalp and hair health! Love it! Its super affordable too.
Find the method, more information and the ingredients you can shop at Amazon real quick, from my detailed Bentonite Post. This No Product Routine ingredients should last you about 5-8 months! So divide the total cost with usage, not with the real-time purchase.
STEP 2: DIY Deep Condition
After shampoo, curly hair obviously needs conditioning. I deep condition every wash day. So, if you don’t have a natural conditioner, don’t worry, you can achieve the same with DIY Deep Conditioning treatments.
If you have to choose between Palmer’s conditioner, Matrix Biolage conditioner, or L’oreal Smooth Intense or any other non-CG conditioner, I say choose neither. These conditioners are not safe and leave your hair dry and frizzy from the next day! Remember to always check ingredients for product safety from this website called “Is it CG“.
Only buy natural CG products or you can just DIY with simple kitchen ingredients and create your own No Product Routine instead!
One of the most popular DIY creations I share with my Curl Friends is using coconut milk with just a tablespoon of raw organic honey. I started my CG journey with that and I know it works!
Coconut oil in the coconut milk quenches super dry curly or wavy hair in just one application! There are millions of recipes that include overripe bananas, avocado, hot oil deep conditioning treatments on YouTube.
Here’s what I do:
Cook one up and alternate recipes for each wash day until you get proper products. Remember:
- Too much moisture leaves hair greasy, sticky, limp, and too exhausted to curl.
- Too much protein leaves hair brittle, dry, and prone to breakage.
Just make sure to alternate between protein and moisture deep conditioning treatments to maintain a balance.
DIY Deep Condition Options for Moisture
- Coconut oil + JBCO + essential oils of your choice
- Coconut oil + avocado
- Olive Oil + Honey
- Aloe vera + Honey + Vegetable Glycerine
- Coconut milk + Honey
- Coconut milk + Honey + Overripe bananas
DIY Deep Condition Options for Protein
- Plain Yogurt + Oil
- Gelatin Treatment (this is not a vegan option, gelatine is made by boiling animal bones)
- Overripe bananas + honey +yogurt
- Overripe bananas + honey +avocado
- Mayonaise + avocado
Remember to add heat to make your DIY DC more effective.
Never drench your hair with deep conditioners, just coat it.
Just because you made it at home and there’s a lot of it, doesn’t mean you feed it in your hair like some greedy person. It won’t work, especially if you have low-density hair. To avoid feeling greasy or yucky with DIYs, apply like a normal person. Just coat your hair with it, don’t drench it! Pyaar se karo… you know what I mean?
Twist each section/clumps to “train your curls”
How to DC:
Detangle hair, divide into sections.
Apply the DC mask to each section and make twists.
Cover hair with heat.
Keep for 20-30 minutes only; according to hair science, hair pores stop absorbing product after a 30-minute timeline. So anything more is useless.
Wash with warm water first to make sure you get everything out.
Do a final rinse with cold water to close your cuticles – this gets hair more shine also.
Now style with after-wash products! Make your own gel – FSG
STEP 3: Style with DIY Flaxseed Gel (FSG)
I first learnt about FSG from The Right Ringlets when I went CG in May 2017. That recipe was too diluted, watery, and never worked for me. A few months ago I stumbled across Sanne @curlsandblondies recipe AND her FSG recipe is just BOMB! I tweaked Sanne’s recipe to make my own, and it works even better with more products if you have it. This gel works especially well for high porosity super thirsty curls.
My FSG Recipe:
½ cup Flaxseeds
1 cup filtered water
½ cup rose water
½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
Righteous Roots Oil/Flora Curl Oil/Your Fav Oil/essential oils (optional)
Cantu Curl Activator or any Curl Cream (optional)
Here’s a quick video of how I applied this DIY gel.
Boil Flaxseed in water first until egg white consistency.
While this boils, make a paste with rose water and xanthan gum
Add this paste and all the extra things like curl cream and oils into the strained FSG.
Remember to strain the FSG while it’s hot! Once it cools, it turns into the gel, so straining will be harder.
Here’s my result with the DIY gel!!
- If you have wavy hair, apply this gel only to the ends to define your waves.
- You can even massage your scalp with the plain FSG to heal your scalp of dandruff and to encourage hair growth.
- Ideally, deep condition every wash, that’s every 4-5 days until your hair is healthy again.
- Remember to clarify every 2 weeks to remove any oil buildup and residue from the gel.
- For low/high porosity hair, do the DIY ACV rinse for a more manageable medium porosity hair.
- Follow authentic curly hair bloggers like Verna here to get more information, read up curly!
If this method is so brilliant then why buy fancy products, you ask?
For me, I rather buy products because I don’t have to think twice about the ingredients. I can’t even tell when an avocado is ripe or not and those aren’t cheap.
An average avocado is INR100 from the market. So if I need two protein treatments a month, that’s INR2400 a year on just one ingredient! That’s ridiculous because I might as well buy two natural deep conditioning products for that amount. One for moisture and one for protein and use that instead of the DIY hassle.
Besides, if I had to make my own scalp massage oil with 11 essential oils, that’s stupid. You would end up spending INR400-500 for each essential oil and even those come in a tiny bottle. I rather just get a readymade oil with everything in it, but that’s just me.
Remember, each expenditure adds up in the long run. With products, my hair is cleaner, smells better, and I can achieve that protein-moisture balance without overthinking.
Anyway, until you get your proper natural products, you can try my no product routine and see what a difference it makes to your dry, damaged hair. Let me know if you do.
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