A while back I shared with you a new herbal hair find…Zizyphus. Without being too repetitive, using the herb Zizyphus on natural hair can be used to thicken up and protect hair strands.
Zizyphus can protect hair from over exposure to water and damaging hair products such as shampoo. It was also used in ancient times to cleanse the hair before there was shampoo.
How I Used Zizyphus Differently
Today I wanted to share with you a couple of things when it comes to using Zizyphus that I didn’t realize the first time around. For starters, when using Zizyphus on natural hair, you should really apply it to dry hair.
Normally, when I’m applying an herb or combination of herbs to my hair, I apply it/them to damp, freshly washed hair.
So, intuitively that’s what I did when applying the Zizyphus the first time. Then, I realized, “How is Zizyphus supposed to protect my hair from water and shampoo if I wash it first?” Duh, I used it backwards.
Now, that’s not to say Zizyphus won’t be effective in thickening the hairs and plumping them up if you wash your hair first.
Case in point, my first Zizyphus treatment. However, if you want to use this herbal treatment to protect your hair, it would make sense to apply it to dry hair before proceeding with the wash process.
Notice I did not apply the Zizyphus to my roots. I did that on purpose. The reason is that I am looking to plump my hair shaft but not at the root area. I would actually like to keep my roots loosened – the effect I get when using Henna.
Contrasting 2 Experiences Using Zizypus on natural hair:
- I only mixed 50 grams of Zizyphus which is more than enough for SL (shoulder length) to AL (arm pit length) hair. Last time, I mixed the whole 100 gram packet and had to refrigerate about half of that. This time I had just enough to treat the area I wanted.
- I applied a moisturizing protein-free deep conditioner (As I Am Naturally Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner). Last time, I didn’t use a deep conditioner at all.
- I applied the As I Am Naturally LIC (Leave In Conditioner) as well. The goal was to see how it would be to use the conditioners together.
Thus far, Zizyphus is still a keeper for me (Yes, even though it’s like conducting brain surgery to wash out). Heck, I bought 300 grams of the stuff. That’s enough for about 6 treatments.
I’m also about due for a henna treatment too. So, I’ll be following up with another Zizyphus treatment right after to see what the results will be like after henna loosens my strands again.
Have you ever used Zizyphus on your natural hair?
2020 Update: Henna Sooq has made it easier now more than ever to use Zizyphus. They’ve crafted a hair wash (cleanser) and it performs exactly the same in my hair! Check it out here.