Your Curls in Quarantine: Pantry Hair Care Essentials

Pantry Hair Care Essentials

Like many of you, we find the current situation confusing, worrying, strange and sometimes amusing (some of the most creative and funniest memes have resulted from this quarantine). Though times are uncertain, we’re certain great acts of kindness, creativity and new approaches to business and well, life, in general, will result from this. And we will get through it, together. During this time, we’re hoping to provide some helpful and informative content to keep your curls on fleek.

Hair products might be the furthest thing from your shopping list right now and we totally understand. Since many of you are home and might have some spare time on your hands, it could be a good time to show your curls some love. So we’ve put together a list of budget-friendly, hair care items that might just be in your pantry. We’re here for you fam!

Alternative cleanser/Shampoo

Oats

Oats contain saponins, which are naturally attracted to dirt and oil and do a remarkable job cleansing the hair and scalp. Research shows oats cleanse the hair as well as traditional shampoo removing most oil deposits from the hair (J Drugs Dermatol, pp 167–170, 2007, https://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/).

To make your oat shampoo, boil about a 1/2 cup of oats in about 3 dl of water for 2-5 minutes, strain the oats (use them for your porridge), keep the oat water and allow it to cool. Massage the water into wet hair and rinse.

Multipurpose Conditioner/ Leave-In or Styler

Flax seeds

Not only are these loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, but they’re also a fantastic staple for your curls. The process for using these is a little more involved than the oat shampoo, but it’s worth the results. By boiling the seeds, you can extract a gel/mucilage that can be used to detangle your hair, provide light hold and hydrate your curls. Basically a three-in-one product. Please note, the flax gel must be refrigerated or froze to prevent mold. Here is one of our favorite videos for instructions:

Flax Tuto 1

Hair Mask

Aloe vera.

Aloe gel is a wonderful product for your hair. If your hair needs a little extra love, use this as an alternative deep conditioner. Aloe contains enzymes that repair your skin cells and nourishes your hair and skin.

To use aloe to treat your curls, carefully remove a leaf from your aloe plant, open it and rub it onto damp, clean hair, allow to sit for 15 minutes and rinse. Alternatively, you can make it into a gel, as shown in the video below. Like flaxseed, aloe spoils quickly, so make small amounts and refrigerate or freeze. Bonus: you can also rub this on your skin and enjoy its cooling and healing properties.

Do you have any pantry/home remedies that you recommend?

This month we will host a giveaway. Want to win our leave-in, conditioner, and masque. To enter to win, tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #blossomshopch or send a picture of your curls with the subject “quarantined curls” to hello@blossomshop.ch. We’ll choose a lucky reader/follower at the end of the month. Open to participants in Switzerland.

Sending all of you our positive vibes (from a distance of course).

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