If you're a natural and you freaquent youtube, chances are you very well know who KimmayTube is and are familiar with her leave-in conditioner recipe. Since she posted the video, I've been loving her leave-in. It's pH balanced and helps the hair retain moisture while lending softness and great definiton for twist outs and braid outs alike. I've never used her original recipe but I use a modified version of it using all the ingredients I like.
The catalyst in it all though that's a must for this recipe to be successful in the Aloe Vera Juice. Aloe vera juice helps to bring the pH balance of the mixed down to 4.5 (healthy range for hair 4.5 - 5.5). And it's a fact that a pH of 4.5 helps to smooth down the cuticles of the hair making them lie flat lending sheen and a healthy look to the hair and retained moisture.
Here's my modified version of the recipe:
1ounce- Giovanni Direct Leave-in
2 tablespoons - (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH of 4.5
2 teaspoons - Sweet Almond Oil
2 teaspoons - Argan Oil
I also add in Jojoba Oil when I have it in my stash and at times, I swap out Giovanni Direct Leave-in and use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (and I prefer this one) as the base.
Click here to view the video KimmayTube's original recipe. If you haven't tried it yet and you're having problems with retaining moisture, this will be a definite go-to.