I have a new favorite natural ingredient that I’ve been playing around with for a few weeks now, and I’m liking what it does for my homemade natural hair care products. The new ingredient is Marshmallow root. My curiosity about marshmallow root has been around for some time now, after hearing about how it adds slip to hair products. As a natural beauty, I know that anything that gives slip to hair products is something worth trying because it makes for easier detangling. Now that my hair is a bit longer, I need all the help with tangles and knots that I can get.
After doing a bit of research on the benefits of marshmallow root and the different types, I decided to give the powdered version a try because I figured it would be much easier for me to mix in my homemade hair recipes.
I searched the internet to see where I could buy powered marshmallow root, and I found the best deal on soap.com. I was able to buy 1 lb. of marshmallow root for $19.81, and the shipping was free because I spent $30 on their website. Once I placed my order, I could not wait to get the marshmallow root powder and play, play, play!
When the marshmallow root powder arrived, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I wasn’t sure if I should boil it and strain it to add to my hair products, or if i should use it straight out of the bag. One thing I learned quickly was the smell is nothing nice, and I did not want my hair to end up smelling like marshmallow root.
The first product that I tried was a homemade leave in conditioner spray. I took a tablespoon of marshmallow root powder and added to a cup of water, brought the mixture to a boil, and then strained the mucilage (slippery liquid from the marshmallow root). I added the mixture to my spray bottle with natural oils, essential oil, and a bit a leave in conditioner that I had on hand. I will not share the exact recipe of the leave in because I was not happy with the consistency of the product. It worked pretty well for detangling, but it just wasn’t the overall consistency that I wanted. I’ll give it a try again in the near future.
The next thing that I made with the marshmallow root was a success. I made a deep conditioning hair mask that made my hair practically detangle on its own, and it left my hair super-duper soft.
The recipe is quite simple as this is not one of the deep conditioners that I made from scratch, I just added two tablespoons of marshmallow root powder to a moisturizing conditioner that I already had on hand. Then I added a tablespoon of Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, and Castor oil, and then mixed it into a smooth consistency. I had to add a splash of water to help the loosen the mixture a bit because it was a tad too thick. Before I used the deep conditioner, I tested the PH of the product to make sure it was under a 7.0, and I was happy to get a result of 4.5.
I pre-pooed and washed my hair as I normally do, and then I applied the marshmallow root deep conditioning mask to my hair and let it sit under a plastic baggy for 45 minutes.
Once the deep conditioning mask treatment was complete, I rinsed my hair in cool water that contained two full caps on apple cider vinegar. My hair was left soft, silky and knot free.
I finished up my hair by moisturizing with a little leave in conditioner, sealing with my homemade Shea/Avocado whip, followed by a quick loosely twisted updo that I left in for three days.
Well natural beauties, now you know all about my experience with new favorite natural ingredient.
Have any of you tried using marshmallow root in any of your homemade treatments? Feel free to share in the comments section below this post.