Have you ever taken your time to acknowledge the importance of the hair on your head? Probably not, simply because it occurs naturally and we are too busy with our lives to notice.
That beautiful lock of hair on your head adds beauty to your face. However you chose to carry your hair, it will go a long way toward determining your looks which might determine your personality.
Asides enhancing your looks, your hair also helps in absorbing the dangerous effects of ultraviolet rays that may have affected your head. There’s more.
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Your hair helps to absorb most of the sweat from your head and face. The hair on the head and several parts of the body helps to keep the body heat conserved to combat cold from reaching the head.
It is quite important that you take good care of your hair. One of the ways you can care for your hair is to apply good hair creams to keep them soft, lush and bright.
Someway or the other, you must have envied the beauty of someone’s hair – the brightness of color, the softness, strength, and flexibility of their hair. The secret isn’t far-fetched. A good hair cream can keep your hair looking agelessly beautiful and shiny for as long as you want.
Do you know that you can make hair cream too? Many of us have inculcated the habit of buying everything or having things done for us that we do not appreciate the fact that with a little effort, we can do some of these things ourselves.
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This article is going to show you how you can make hair cream. You will need to assemble the following items;
Ingredients for making a simple hair cream:
a. Paraffin wax: Paraffin wax is a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum. It contains saturated hydrocarbons. Those who are into cosmetology understand the importance of paraffin as it is an important ingredient in the making of most cosmetics, hair essential, and even candles.
b. Glycerin: Glycerin is the ingredient that keeps your hair quite de-tangled even when it has become wet.
d. Petroleum Jelly
e. Camphor (Industrial Camphor)
f. Menthol or Peppermint
g. Vitamin E
h. Paraffin Oil
These various ingredients have their different properties and essential functions to the hair, reason why they are used in making hair creams.
When your hair is wet or while you’re combing it, it is the junction of the glycerin to keep it de-tangled. The paraffin wax is a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum and is an ever-present ingredient in making of cosmetics especially hair essentials, polish and candles.
Lanolin is obtained from sheep – their sebaceous glands or their wool. Lanolin either holds water from escaping from the hair or keeps too much water from entering the hair. Great moisturizer.
While industrial camphor gives hair creams and hence hair their good fragrance, it also helps in combating hair loss thereby helping hair grow.
Paraffin oil although is dangerous and must not be inhaled or swallowed, it helps in keeping the hair from drying.
The peppermint and menthol materials are used to help in fighting dandruff and lice from the hair and makes the scalp feel quite refreshed.
The petroleum jelly helps in ensuring that there is no trans-epidermal loss of water from the hair. Petroleum jelly is also the most important ingredient in hair creams that gives hair its sheen.
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A good hair cream is one that contains the basic ingredients in the right proportion.
These ingredients are assembled in different proportions and for the effectiveness of the product, the right proportion of the ingredients must be used.
Here are the right proportions of the ingredients to be used in making hair cream if you are making it for personal use.
Note: Making hair cream for commercial purposes means you may have to get more of the ingredients listed here.
a. 1 tablespoon of lanolin
b. A small amount (about half a cup) of paraffin wax
c. 3 tablespoons of Vitamin E
d. 3 tablespoons of industrial camphor
e. 2 tablespoons of glycerin
f. 2 tablespoons of Peppermint or Menthol
g. 1 ½ cooking spoons of petroleum jelly
h. 2 ½ cooking spoons of paraffin oil
Note: You may want to add perfume and color. You can add the perfume as much as you desire and the color might be optional, but you shouldn’t add more than ½ tablespoon.
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The process of producing hair cream in Nigeria
a. Firstly, you have to get a clean and dry pot and put it on the fire.
b. After a few seconds, pour the paraffin oil and the petroleum jelly into the pot on the fire. Wait for a few minutes and allow the mixture to melt and blend well.
c. After the mixture has blended, add paraffin wax and lanolin
d. After about 2 minutes, add the glycerin and vitamin E
e. After about a minute, put off the fire and allow the mixture to cool for about 4 minutes
f. After the stipulated 4 minutes, add the other ingredients like the menthol or peppermint, fragrance, industrial camphor, and color. After adding these, you can allow the mixture to cool.
g. Scoop some of the solutions and put in a sterilized container with a tight lid and keep it overnight to allow the contents to settle.
You can go ahead and use your hair cream or sell it if you want.
Additionally, if you want to improve the quality of the hair cream, you can add ingredients that are good hair food, like:
a. Aloe Vera Gel
b. Shea butter
c. Coconut oil or
d. Jojoba oil
It is worthy to note that the hair cream production in Nigeria is a huge industry and millions of naira are made by people who know exactly how to go about it.
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So while you are making hair cream from the information we have shared here, don’t you think it would be nice if you looked at the bigger picture?
Who knows? Your hair cream products might become the next big hit in the Nigerian cosmetics industry.
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