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3 DIY recipes for curly hair


curly hair
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allure logoIf you have curly hair, we’re willing to bet that you know your way around a good curl DIY recipe, especially if the concept of an effective, awesome, one-and-done curl product is as rare to you as a unicorn. So we asked three of our favorite curly girls to share their top at-home recipes for getting perfectly spiraled and bouncy hair, every time.

Tangela Jones’s Cleansing Conditioner

“My grandma taught me healthy hair starts in the kitchen,” says Tangela Jones of NaturalRootSista, a website devoted to natural and relaxed hair. “It doesn’t take expensive products to make beautiful curls.”

What you need:
1 1/2 Tbsp pure aloe vera, liquid or gel
1/2 cup distilled water
1 Tbsp sweet almond oil

How you do it:
Mix the oil, water, and aloe vera in a cup and pour it over damp hair instead of shampoo, then follow with a conditioner. “If you have coarse, dry hair, use olive oil instead of sweet almond—it’s heavier and more moisturizing,” says Jones.

Olivia Bee’s Deep-Conditioning Mask

Photographer Olivia Bee’s fine, loose curls have been dyed five times (and counting). So when her curls feel fried, she turns to this at-home conditioning treatment.

What you need:
1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp coconut oil

How you do it:
Mash up the avocado, then mix in the oils, mayo, and egg yolk. Massage the mask on your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap and let it sit for two hours before rinsing (you may have to massage in a bit of shampoo to remove all the oil). “My hair looks super shiny and healthy when it dries,” says Bee.

Kandace Springs’s Curl-Refreshing Spray

Singer and songwriter Kandace Springs swears by this curl-boosting spray for keeping her hair moisturized and tame, regardless of the weather.

What you need:
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cup warm water

How you do it:
This simple recipe isn’t unique to Springs’s hair routine—it’s a cult favorite in the curly community. “When my curls feel dry, I mix water and coconut oil in a spray bottle, shake it up, then spritz it all over my hair,” says Springs. If you have superfine, thin hair, go easy on the coconut oil, which can weigh down your curls.

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By Chloe Metzger for Allure
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