Natural hair-care treatments you can make yourself at home.
Many people are interested in an all-natural solutions designed especially for their personal hair type.
Eggs, yogurt and honey are all components of a superfood breakfast, but they also happen to be excellent treatment ingredients, and a lot more affordable than salon products, and natural as well.
The above are not the only ones.
Were you aware, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle?
Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective, yet gentler, alternative to chemical-laden products?
Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.
All Hair Types
An uncooked egg is really the best of all worlds.
The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the whites, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.
How: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair.
Use 1/2 c. of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair.
If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed.
Leave on for 20 minutes using a shower cap, then rinse with cool water and then shampoo hair.
The whole egg, or a yolks-only treatment can be applied about once a month, while a whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.
Rinse your hair first with warm water, then followed by cool water, and now shampoo your hair as you normally would.
This treatment can be applied every other week.
Hair-care for Itchy & Flaky Scalp
Hair-care styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls your shine, but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage.
The reason here is that lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes.
How: Massage 1/2 c. sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit (wearing a shower cap) for about 20 minutes.
These conditions can be brought on by poor diet, stress and/or climate, among other factors.
So, try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair.
The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the (newly exposed) skin on your head.
How: Mix 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice together with 2 Tbs. olive oil and 2 Tbs. water.
Massage into your damp scalp.
Let the mixture sit on your head for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair.
This treatment can be applied every other week.
Hair-care for Limp or Fine Hair-care
For added body to your hair, grab a beer!
This fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tuckered tresses.
How: Mix 1/2 c. flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp. light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg.
Work in to your clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Another idea I like is to add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair.
When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair and the treatments can be applied every other week.
Dry or Sun-damaged Hair-care
Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon, be it hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron, nature's sweetener can help.
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture.
How: Massage approximately 1/2 c. honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
You can also add 1 to 2 Tbs. olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application.
For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbs. of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack.
And this treatment can be applied once a month.
Oily or Greasy Hair-care
Used properly, [cornmeal or cornstarch] is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease.
How: Pour 1 Tbs. cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto your dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all.
After about 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out.
This treatment can be applied every other day.
Hair-care for Frizzy or Fly-away
Home beauty experts swear by avocado, and not just to repair damaged hair.
It's oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down the unruliness.
How: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair.
Let the concoction sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water.
Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbs. of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise.
Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
Residue Build-up Hair-care
Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda.
Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.
How: Mix 1 to 2 Tbs. baking soda with small amounts of water until you have a thick paste.
Massage into your damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes.
Rinse with water, then shampoo hair.
This treatment can be applied every two weeks.Tweet
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