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Hair growth series: 1a- Calendula hot oil treatment

This treat is an easy and simple Pre shampoo hair treatment. It takes only a few minutes to make. I usually use this mix when I need a quick conditioning treat before a night out. In this case I had just landed in NYC the night before and a seven hour flight will wreak havoc on your hair and skin. With the upcoming African Business Club cocktail party coming up, I at least wanted my hair to look decent.

  • Macerated calendula oil
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Rosemary Essential oil

You can use either olive oil any macerated oil you have made.

Macerated calendula oil
-Macarated oil is oil that has been infused with a herb or flower. The easiest way to do this is to place some dried or freshly chopped herbs in a heatproof bowl and add some oil to completely cover the herbs.
-Place the boil over a pan of boiling water, cover and heat up for over two hours. Top up the water as needed.
-Strain the oil and pour into a dark bottle and label if you need to use it more often.
-Calendula is great as a cleansing remedy for your hair, it helps with dry inflamed skin, grazes and minor burns at the worst.

How to

  1. Add the olive oil or macerated oil in a glass container as above or a macerating bowl
  2. Place on a pan of boiling water
  3. Add the coconut oil
  4. Let heat for just under 3 minutes so that the oil is warm. Be careful to not boil it. You will be placing it on your scalp and hair! Let the oil sit if unsure.
  5. Add a couple of drops of your essential oils to the mix.
  6. Place in a container which will make it easy to distribute it throughout your hair and your scalp.
  7. Wrap with cling film, et voila. Add a towel for extra heat.
  8. When it’s time for shampooing, put the shampoo on dry hair to break down the oil molecules. It makes it easier to remove the oil.

Peep below for for the pictures of the party. It was a great success and for a first time event the turnout was great. The leading African brains from the leading ivy league school!!

The party was at a great location in TriBeCa, the food amazing and being back the hubby was the cherry on the cake.

A few natural ladies were present with some lovely styles.
With the hubby:)

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Gaia December 11, 2011, 1:28 PM

    What a lovely post. You look just great. Tell me, how did you acheive the end result? I remember you saying in an earlier post that you don’t like twists, but from the photos your hair structure is very similar to mine after I have twisted my hair. From your posts it seems we follow many of the same oapproaches to hair care: apart from occassional shampoos I make everything myself prepooing and conditioning with herb enriched oils, clays and yoghurt. This regime has not only had a remarkable impact on my hair’s length and softeness the curl structure has changed too. I am just wondering whether the day might arrive where I won’t need to twist my hair to acheive my post- twist look. Also when you party or do anything that involves sweating do you get shrinkage or loose curl definition. Have you any natural solutions to minimising this? NYC and hubby obviously suit you. Thanks for sharing curl apothecarie! Gaia LDN

    • curlapothecarie December 11, 2011, 9:40 PM

      Hey honey, I don’t do twists. I find that when I play around with my hair too much it ALWAYS results in my hair getting knotty. The style above is my hair post shampoo and conditioning. As to shrinkage, its the bane of my life though I am trying to embrace it. My hair freshly washed goed from past bra length to neck length! I cannot to twists for fear of her hair becoming knotted so i put it in a but (a bit of stretching) then leave it out and enjoy its process of recession. lol

      I would love to see your hair and maybe have you give the readers some tips. My email is: lydie@curlapothecarie.com


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