Another great additive for you DIYers out there and this one is in your kitchen cupboard:molasses. Why use molasses in your hair? Molasses can help soften and strengthen your hair while it is also rumored to help dark up those grays naturally. Molasses is a humectant similar to glycerin, honey and agave nectar all of which I have used previously in my hair and had fantastic results!
What is Molasses? There are three types of molasses which vary in color and nutrients. Molasses is a by-product of sugar production process in which sugar cane juice is boiled and concentrated to create sugar crystallization. This process of boiling and concentrating sugar is repeated several times. The results of the first boiling yields a light honey colored first molasses. This syrup is very sweet as there still is a lot of sugar remaining in the mixture. Repeating the boiling yields a darker second molasses. This syrup is the most popular and widely available. A third boiling yields Blackstrap molasses, which has relatively less sugar, a bitter (burnt) taste and is black in color. Blackstrap molasses contains increased nutrients including calcium, iron and magnesium.
To create an easy molasses treatment you can add a tablespoon or two into a bottle of conditioner and use just as you would regular conditioner. I have thoughts of mixing molasses with coconut cream and imagine it would make an awesome treatment though I have yet to try it. Or you can follow the recipe below for a pre-poo treatment (also can be used as a deep conditioner).
- 1 oz molasses
- 1 oz conditioner (I used Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition)
- 1 oz oil (I used Rice Bran Oil)
Add ingredients to color applicator or another empty bottle and shake well. Once thoroughly incorporated apply to dry hair. Place plastic cap on your hair for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo/condition as normal.
Honestly no matter how dry, matted and frizzy my hair is before when I use a humectant/conditioner/oil pre-poo treatment the knots just melt away, my hair feels super soft and the frizz is kept at bay. This treatment worked equally well to the honey and agave nectar treatments, no one is better than another as far as results go. I like the agave nectar the best however because it is not as sticky and is easier to pour. However, I would not suggest you run out and purchase agave nectar just use what is in your cabinets. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.