Braid-out Success with Palmer’s Coconut Oil Replenishing Hair Milk

Normally when I do a braid-out I end up with frizzy ends.  I always make sure to be very careful when taking the braids down but it just hasn’t been working out.  Another thing that I wrestle with is getting my hair to air dry completely.  I usually spritz my hair with my Aloe Vera juice spray mixture and apply shea butter or some other heavy moisture for hold.  By morning my hair is always damp and we all know what happens if you don’t wait until your hair is completely dry…frizzy, puffy hair.  

Now I’m learning to just start out with dry hair and apply moisturizer to set the style.  This is sometimes my current go-to Palmer’s Coconut Oil Replenishing Hair Milk, or just plain leave-in conditioner.  I like the Hair Milk because it also helps to reduce frizz and lists shea butter as one of the main ingredients.  I then seal the moisture with one of my favorite oils.  
For my most recent braid-out, I used small satin rollers on the ends.  Only this time I wound the last 2 inches of hair around the roller (like a corkscrew) instead of rolling it up flat like I normally do.  The end result was a fabulous, full style with waves and spiral curls.     
Here are some pics

Most recent with curly ends
My Braid-out before with
straight, frizzy ends

Aloe Vera for pH Balance–Spray Leave-in Recipe

After watching KimmayTube’s videos on pH Balance, I realized the reason why Aloe Vera juice or gel has always been such a huge part of my regimen.  When I did my Big Chop in May of 2009, it was one of the first things I used on my hair and my family has been using it ever since.  It wasn’t until I watched the videos that I actually knew how it worked.  Basically our hair’s natural pH is a 4 or 4.5 on the chart which is the same value given for Aloe Vera juice or gel (different brands may vary).  Things like conditioner, shampoo and even water have a pH of 6 or 7.  This change in pH balance opens up the cuticles along the hair shaft which can result in frizzy, puffy hair.  Using the Aloe Vera is a way to bring the hair back to its’ proper pH making it easier to detangle and style.


KimmayTube is also known for her Leave-in conditioner recipe which incorporate’s Aloe Vera juice as the balancing ingredient.  I’ve tried it and liked the results.  For me and my family though I prefer a spray leave-in that can be used daily.  For this I use the following:


Aloe Vera Spray Leave-In

1 part Aloe Vera Gel or Juice (Lily of the Desert brand)
1 part Water
5-6 drops Rosemary essential oil (natural preservative)
1 to 2 squirts Giovanni Direct Leave-In

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake vigorously until conditioner dissolves.  The conditioner will continue to dissolve over the next few hours.  Use as a moisturizing leave-in or re-wetting spray.

Some of the ways I use it:
  • Set my braidouts/twistouts
  • re-wet my kids’ curly hair before combing
  • detangling my husband’s long hair
  • re-wetting/moisturizing my wash n’ go
Most recently I found that it works when re-activating the Kinky Curly Curling Custard on my son’s hair for great 2nd day hair with the product.  I like this mix because we’re getting the benefit of the Aloe and Conditioner in one easy to use spray.
*Be sure to stop by KimmayTube’s channel on YouTube to find out more about the structure of hair.