[Source: Afroflower Universe]
One of my FAVORITE products to use in my hair was Rusk Smoothing and Shining Polisher. Now I can't even bring myself to look at the half-empty bottle glaring at me from the confines of my medicine cabinet! It wasn't until recently that I discovered that most of my shine serums and hair polishers were comprised of nothing more than silicones.
Once I decided to give up my once-beloved polisher, I began to source more natural ingredients to achieve the same look. After a ton of trial and
error, I came across two ingredients that gave me effects similar to those of commercial polishers and serums.
- Squalene - I use Squalene in place of a serum, I either apply a dime size amount to wet hair prior to blow-drying (if wearing it straight) - OR Apply a dime size amount to dry hair after doing a braid-out, twist-out, curly fro, or your style of choice.
- I haven't been able to find Squalene on-ground in Los Angeles, however my source Texas Natural Supply, has lightning fast shipping [Squalene runs about $11.50 per 1.5oz]. As an added bonus, you can use this as a facial serum (Squalene is found in a lot of high-end facial creams and serums) and to clear up skin issues like eczema. Here is a small excerpt from their site about the benefits of Squalene Oil:
Boosts Cell Regeneration and Oxygenation
Helps prevent formation of “age spots”
Heals chapped /cracked Skin
Helps prevent UV damage to skin
Helps skin to retain moisture
Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles
Imparts relief to dehydrated and ultra-sensitive skin
Softens the most rough-textured skin and leaves no oily residue
Helpful in counteracting conditions of eczema, psoriasis, and post-operative skin.
It can be applied throughout the day to soften dry, scaly spots.
It can be used under make-up for a flawless application and as a base to maximize the effects of moisturizers.
Squalane is also an ideal addition to nighttime facial treatments or other formulations.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil - I use Fractionated Coconut Oil in place of using a commercial sheen spray. Fractionated Coconut Oil is different from regular coconut oil, as it is odorless, colorless, and has a much lighter texture than regular coconut oil [A plus for those who don't like the greasy texture of regular coconut oil].
- Fill a spray bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil, and have this at the ready for adding sheen to locks, pressed hair, and natural styles. This also doubles as a nice body spray after baths/showers, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and velvety with absolutely zero residue. An added bonus is the price: $6 for 8oz can't be beat, especially when it has dual purposes. I also order this from Texas Naturals as well!