Last weekend I gave Lavish her first full henna treatment in over 2 years. It was the Henna Mix of ALL Henna Mixes. It had beetroot and hibiscus tea for sumptuous red highlights. I added cocoa butter for decadent moisture, coconut water for hydration, and this amla & hibiscus conditioner that just pushed it way, way over the top!
Amla’s Not-So-Secret Powers
I’ve used amla powder to add more conditioning power to my clay mixes and deep conditioners. I didn’t realize it could help me keep my curl pattern during a henna treatment. Apparently, this is Henna Head Gospel! Amla powder can also be used to:
- tone down red henna highlights
- strengthen hair
- add volume
- promote hair growth
- enhances curl pattern
Note: If this is your first time using amla powder, do a strand test before applying it to your whole head. Amla can be very drying.
Amla & Hibiscus Curl Defining Deep Conditioner
I started with dried hibiscus flowers I had left over from my henna ‘tea.’ Using my blender I created a powder for the mix.
You can buy the powder directly from many online sites. I bought this from Mountain Rose Herbs ($9.50 lb).
I mixed the hibiscus and amla with other hair loving ingredients.
Added the honey and coconut water…
It looked like this:
My kids thought I was making red velvet cake:)
I added 1 tablespoon (combined) of melted coconut oil & cocoa butter to this mix:
The honey and marshmallow root powder make this really easy to rinse out.
Make some this weekend and let me know what you think!
- 3 carrots (2 were kinda small)
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 4 to 6 drops vanilla essential oil OR 1/2 vanilla bean
- Wash and peel your carrots.
- Grate the carrots. Once you've grated them, wrap the carrots in a paper towel and squeeze as much liquid out as possible. You can also place the carrots in a nut milk bag and squeeze excess water out that way.
- Once you've removed the excess water, allow the carrots to continue to dry for about 2 hours. Lay them out as flat as you can on a dry plate or paper towel.
- They should be dry to the touch. Add them to your crock pot.
- Add your oil(s).
- Put your crock pot on the warm setting.
- I let CCCO simmer on the warm setting for up to an hour. Make sure your oil doesn't begin to boil or burn. Turn of the heat and allow the oil to cool for about 4 hours.
- Pour the carrot oil through the strainer to remove the carrots. Discard carrots after use.
- I like to add at least one half of a whole vanilla bean to my carrot oil. This gives it a beautiful carrot cake smell (if you like carrot cake – you’ll love it) but it’s really light and it doesn’t stay.