We love slip, and nothing is better than a DIY that gets the job done at a cheaper price than a store-bought product. So in the curly world nothing is more beloved than a DIY creation that has amazing slip at a crazy cheap price. Think it cannot be done? Well, you would be surprised what these amazingly talented naturals have been up to when it comes to finding the right ingredients with detangling power.
What is mucilage?
Mucilage is a gelatinous substance. It is a viscous, soluble fiber that is produced from certain plants. Upon contact with water the substance will increase in volume and maintain a layer of moisture in the plant (or in our case to hair). Mucilage is one of the ingredients that makes a product slippery! We love slippery products because they help to reduce tension when unraveling tangles, snarls, snags, and knots. Here are some of the most popular ingredients that have mucilage and aid making detangling sessions shorter and less hectic.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel comes from the aloe vera plant. It has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and is grown in tropical climates worldwide. Aloe vera is commonly used as a moisturizer for skin and hair and it helps to trap moisture and lock it in. It also helps with scalp healing, restoring hair’s pH levels, decreasing frizz, and improving detangling sessions.
Flaxseed or linseeds are a rich source of micronutrients, fiber, manganese, and essential fatty acid omega-3. The golden and brown flaxseeds have similar profiles. Flaxseed gel is created by boiling and then straining the flaxseeds. Besides nourishing hair, flaxseed gel leaves hair soft, shiny, and moisturized along with giving curls more definition.
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