Palm Oil Hair Deep Conditioner
Palm oil (the one you use in preparing ampesi) is one of the cheapest oils on the Ghanaian market. This oil is obtained from the fruit of the palm tree. The palm fruit can be used in the preparation of soups eg abe kwan (palmnut soup).
After using mango and yogurt deep conditioners, I searched for another home grown recipe for deep conditioning.Ata (1974) gives some local names of this oil:
- Ewe-Dzomi ((literally meaning heated oil) and Amidze (meaning red oil). If you want to know the difference in the two, check here.
- Fanti Ngo mon
- Twi - Abe Ngo
- Ga- Mutsuru
The preparation of palm oil depends on the quality or grade that has been targeted which is influenced by the technique used in the preparation. For example, the quality of palm oil produced in the factory differs from that of small scale processing. (Read more on www.fao.org and gains.org.gh).
The reddish color comes from high amounts of beta carotene, which the body can convert into vitamin A. Palm oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins D and K which are absent in other oils. It also contains lipids and saturated fats that feed the hair shaft, eliminating dryness. This oil, which is an antibacterial oil, is also good for your hair and scalp because it can prevent scalp acne and dry scalp.
Palm oil can be a deep hair-conditioning treatment. Simply apply palm oil to wet hair and put on a shower cap. Rinse after 30 minutes or sleep with the treatment on overnight. Meet our own Drfomsky of thesizzlingmommy.com who carried out this treatment. You can bet that this is one of the cheapest deep conditioners you can make.
Be sure that I'll share my experience with this treatment as soon as I do it.
Ata, J.B.K.A. (1974) Processing and quality characteristics of Ghanaian commercial palm oils. Ghana Jnl Agric Sci, 7 (147-149). Accra: Ghana Universities Press.