So, here are a list of recipes that I've tried over the years...
My "concoction" (I really need a name for this stuff, hit me up if you have one...)
What it does: It's a leave-in condish. It's got a medium hold. Not too light, not too heavy. It keeps my hair moisturized and keeps it from frizzing out of control (because of the setting lotion). My hair stays "moveable".
For 16 oz.
8oz conditioner (nothing expensive. My favorite is Suave Humectant)
6oz setting lotion (I use Lotta Body)
2 oz of oil (this can be mixed. For ex. 1 oz sweet almont and 1 oz castor oil OR you can substitute one of the ounces of oil for Glycerine...)
This recipe is very easy to manipulate based on your environment. When I visit my mom and sister in Orlando, FL, I change the recipe to:
6 oz conditioner
8oz setting lotion
In the winter, I change it to:
10 oz condish
4oz setting lotion
To make this into a spritz. Put 1/2 of the mixture in a spray bottle and add 8 to 12 oz of distilled or spring water. Shake vigiorously to mix. I use the spritz between applications of the "concoction". For example, I get up in the am, spritz my hair down, shake...and go...
Knock-Off Curly Pudding
I used this a few times, and ultimately it was too heavy for my hair. I think it would work really well on thicker tresses. The recipe is like Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. If you're feeling particularly "saucy" try the shingling method that's on their site. http://missjessies.com/shingling101.htm
From Just_QT from Nappturality.com (I tweaked it some so the numbers make sense)
11oz of any curl activator gel (like Worlds of Curls)
3 ounces of your favorite oil
4 oz. of Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E oil gel
essential oil fragrance to your liking (Optional)
whip/mix let sit about 5 minutes ....and you are done.to speed dry time....sit under a hood hair dryer.
Honey and Olive oil Conditioner
This is like a hot oil treatment pumped up. The honey is a natural humectant, and the olive oil adds the conditioning you need.
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of Olive oil
Heat for about 20 seconds in the microwave to warm a little. Section your hair, and slather all over paying attention to the fragile ends. Cover with a plastic cap and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.
Rinse REALLY, REALLY, REALLY REALLY well...Like when you think you've rinsed enough, do it that much longer...Don't want your ears stuck to your head... ;)
Okay...That's enough for now...Try 'em and let me know how they worked for you!!!