If you're like me, you pay attention to ingredients in your hair products. You know which ones work and which ones to avoid. Recently, I've been removing Kinky Curly from my regimen (long story short, I've been noticing that they overemphasis curls, as opposed to healthy hair, and it just doesn't vibe well with my views of natural hair), but since I do love their ingredients, I want to find other products that contain them. Particularly, slippery elm and marshmallow root.
Slippery elm comes from a species of elm tree in North America and Canada. It has been used for medicinal purposes, particular for healing wounds, and is very mucilaginous in natural (meaning that it produces a thick, gooey substance). Marshmallow root is a perennial root originally found in Europe and Western Asia. It was also used for medicinal purposes, mostly gastrointestinal. It is also a mucilage, and contains amino acids and antioxidants.
Because both are mucilages, they provide a great deal of slip which works miracles on even the most stubborn and difficult of knots and tangles. They're also extremely moisturizing, and can be used as a leave-in or added to conditioners and shampoo. They also can be applied to the scalp to relieve dry, itchy, scaly skin and even heals dandruff.
Easy, Moisturizing, Detangling Leave-In: Boil 2 tablespoons of marshmallow root in a cup of water. Strain to remove any pieces of marshmallow root. Add 1 tablespoon of slippery elm powder to the hot water to dissolve. Cool in fridge, then mix 1/2 of the mixture with 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice. Keep in fridge to preserve. Can be applied to hair and scalp. Freeze the other 1/2 of the mixture to preserve, thaw before using.
***Avoid Slippery elm if you are pregnant***
If you're not in to DIY, both Kinky Curly and NaturelleGrow have products that contain both slippery elm and marshmallow root.
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