As end of year concerts & recitals are fast-approaching, our natural ballet hair-care DIY alternatives have been on my radar. I love this article ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Beauty Care’ which covers the gist of why we avoid most big brand beauty products and opt for Young Living or DIY recipes instead https://www.mamanatural.com/good-bad-ugly-beauty/
Over the years, I’ve played with a few recipes for the required ballet hair care of gel & spray – here is my current variation. Of course, if you like to gel or spray your hair and aren’t a ballerina, these could be useful recipes for you too!
Hair Sculpting Gel:
- 30 grams beeswax
- 45 grams shea, mango or cocoa butter (shea works best, but I have used the others when out of shea)
- 45 grams jojoba oil
- 10-20 drops hair care essential oil combination of choice *you can choose your oils simply based on scent, or you can choose ones which are good for different hair types. See chart below.
Add all ingredients except essential oils to a double broiler (glass measuring cup in a pot of water works fine too). Melt over medium heat until all beeswax dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add Essential Oils. Use as needed within three – six months.
- 1 Cup Water (ideally filtered or distilled)
- 2 TBS White sugar (must be white as the alternative sugars won’t work as well)
- 1.5 TBS 80 Proof Alcohol (such as vodka or rum)
- 10-20 drops hair care essential oil combination of choice *you can choose your oils simply based on scent, or you can choose ones good for different hair types. See chart below.
Add sugar to boiled water and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add Alcohol and essential oils. Store in glass spritz bottle. Use as needed. When desperate, pour in martini glass and add lime.
Choosing your essential oils:
Let your inner-Cleopatra lead the way to whatever combination and blend of hair-supporting essential oils you desire. Ylang Ylang and lemon are almost always in mine as I adore the scent and both are good for hair and blondies. Lavender and Cedarwood are also nice as they are great for all hair types & can help calm some pre-performance jitters! I’ve put a few others below to help you choose beyond just scent based on your hair type.
Dry / Damaged / Frizzy : Rosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Geranium
Oily : Lemon, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
Now… shall I see about making some beetroot lip color ??? Perhaps I’ll just stick with the Saavy lipstick and be thankful I have a toxin-free make up option for my little ballerina if she so pleases!
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