Make a cocktail to stop breakage or strengthen hair by mixing it with some conditioner to make a pre-poo (pre-shampoo treatment) or a deep conditioning* treatment.
►1 tablespoon of molasses
►16 0z of conditioner
►2 tablespoons of your favorite natural oil mix
If you wish to use it as a pre-poo you can apply the mix to damp hair and cover with a steam/plastic cap at least 30 minutes prior to shampooing. If you intend to use it as a deep conditioning* treatment you apply after wash and let it sit for 15-30 minutes under a steamer*/ hooded dryer* or an hour sans the heat.
Bonus tip: Add a teaspoon to carrier oils to maximize moisture.
NB: Applying molasses to hair can produce a dark tinge but the color is not as lasting as using henna* and indigo* to combat grays. To get a more lasting effect you would need to take it internally- a tablespoon daily- so that the copper*, which aids in melanin production, can do its job of distributing permanent color to the strands at the initial stages of growth.
Boost Color and Stop Shedding With Coffee
This tends to be one of those universal early morning pick-me-up remedies. Many attest t the fact that their day hasn’t started until they’ve had a good brew of coffee. Besides it’s smoothness and exotic taste on your tongue and the calming effect it provides to settle your nerves, coffee can be a great addition to your hair care regimen.
Those who have been with us for a while might remember our tea rinse posts, but for the benefit of the newbies or those who have forgotten, coffee is great for stopping shedding. The caffeine in it eliminates free radicals, which is great news for your hair care efforts. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having some spill on you, then you know it also stains. The great thing about that characteristic is that it can help darken your hair when used as a rinse.
To boost your coloring experience and cover your grays, do an amped up color rinse with some molasses and coffee. You can:
►make a strong brew of coffee and allow it to cool. You will use 2-4 cups of it. NB: Instant coffee may contain additives that are not so great for your hair so it is better if you do not use instant coffee.
►mix in about four tablespoons of molasses
►pour it on dry hair and let it sit for 30 minutes then proceed to shampoo and condition as usual.
As an alternative you can:
►mix 2-4 cups of brewed coffee with one tablespoon of molassess
►pour the mix over your hair after you shampooed and conditioned it
►proceed to style as usual
Bonus Tip: Now if you don’t mind rocking some color, you can incorporate the coffee and molasses into your henna* mix to produce a foxy auburn tone.
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