Necessity is the mother of invention, but who knew going natural meant becoming a DIY alchemist? Now, the industry is catching up, but back when I went natural, every natural hair guru had her own recipe for deep conditioners, hair masks, leave-ins, protein treatments, and gels.
To which I’d go, “That’s so easy even I can make it!” and then never get around to it. About all the DIY-ing I did was mix leave-in conditioner sprays or cleansers–oh and that brown sugar scrub! My skin was as smooth as a baby’s behind!
Back to the point: you need somewhere to store all these concoctions, and it’s likely you’ve already got all the jars and bottles you need in your product stash. So, instead of throwing away your empties, consider reusing them.
Old gel tubs for your new deep conditioner. Oil spray bottles for misting your hair with water or a leave-in mixture. Applicator bottles for DIY-scalp treatments and cleansers. Pump bottles for oils that always seem to leak from their original pop-tops if you don’t set them down upright, like, say, when you decide to do your hair from the comfort of your bed (pro-tip: save your beddings and use some kind of a drop cloth!)
Always make sure to properly clean and sanitize the containers before use. Soap and boiling water is usually sufficient. There shouldn’t be any strong lingering scent or fragrance, if it is indeed clean.
Finally, don’t be a pack rat. If you aren’t using your recycled container now and you are likely to get another one anyways, put it in the bin. You can always find some handy-sized containers in the dollar store.
Has going natural made you a DIYer? What hair products do you make yourself? Do you reuse or recycle any containers? Share below, or find me @edinPON or +EdinPursuitOfNatural on G+. Don’t forget to like, follow, and share!