Home Hair Treatments are Safe, Natural and Inexpensive
Treating your hair at home, as opposed to going to a studio or salon is a lot like eating at home rather than an expensive restaurant. It can be cheaper and better for you and help prevent hair loss.
Instead of running to the salon for expensive hair conditioners and treatments, turn to your kitchen!
Certainly a wide variety of store-bought hair products are available; however, you can also create treatments for healthy hair right in your own home. Experiment with these natural recipes and find the best solution for your hair issues.
Dull hair treatments
If your hair has lost its shine and body, it may be the result of too much product buildup. The ingredients in shampoo, conditioner and other styling products can leave your hair flat and dull. In order to break down any excess product that has accumulated on your hair, every month or so use a rinse that removes buildup.
Place one-quarter cup of baking soda into a bowl and add water to create a paste. You may need more baking soda if your hair is long.
Apply the paste to damp hair, from the roots to the tips. Massage into your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap. Allow the paste to set for 15-20 minutes while you create your hair rinse.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts cool water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil (or any other scent that you prefer). The fragrance of the essential oil will help to mask the vinegar smell.
Shampoo your hair as normal, using cool water to wash and rinse. As your final rinse, use the lavender vinegar mixture to remove any buildup remaining in your hair.
Dry hair treatments
This might sound like a fruit salad recipe, but it's actually a wonderful deep conditioner for dry, damaged hair. The acid in fruit (especially citrus fruit) helps to add shine and manageability to hair, while powerful antioxidants protect hair from harmful environmental pollutants.
Blend together half of a banana, one-quarter of a cantaloupe, one-quarter of an avocado, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon of yogurt and the contents of a vitamin E capsule.
Apply generously throughout hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave in for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Thinning hair treatments
Volume is important for those with thinning hair. Although volumizing shampoos and conditioners can help, this homemade hair loss treatment of nettle tea also will add volume to your hair.
Nettle is an herb that is common in the Mediterranean. The roots, leaves and seeds of the nettle are known for their numerous health benefits. Nettle tea can aid in fighting nearly everything, from coughs and asthma to muscle pain and arthritis. Additionally, it is used for skin and hair problems, intestinal disorders and allergies. Nettle tea can be used to add volume to your hair, since it coats and thickens the hair shaft. You can find nettle tea online and at natural food stores.
Steep a nettle tea bag in boiling water. Allow the tea to cool off and then pour it through clean, damp hair. Do not rinse; style hair as usual.
Frizzy hair treatments
Thin, frizzy hair looks damaged and lifeless; you can restore the radiance and eliminate the frizz with coconut oil.
Never rub your hair vigorously with a towel -- this can damage the hair shaft and make it even frizzier. Instead pat your hair dry with a thick, absorbent towel to get rid of excess water. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into the palm of your hand and then through your hair. Apply a little bit at a time -- you'll want your hair to look healthy, not oily.
You can also create a hair tonic for frizzy hair by mixing gin and egg yolks. Beat two egg yolks until frothy and then add two teaspoons of gin. Beat the mixture with a fork or hand mixer until it becomes foamy. Massage into your hair and scalp; then rinse with warm water.
Homemade hair treatment tips
Try to use your homemade hair treatments immediately after you make them. Do not allow them to sit out for any long period of time. If you don't use all of the mixture, seal the remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate. Use within five days for best results and to reduce any chance of spoilage.
Other natural ingredients that are good for your hair are honey, oatmeal and even beer! In addition to stocking the items that you probably have in your kitchen, many natural food stores have herbs, oils and other items that are effective as hair treatments, such as xanthan gum (a thickener).
Play around with ingredients to learn what works best for your hair. Don't overdo it -- two - or three-ingredient mixes are usually best. After experimenting and finding your ideal hair concoction, use it weekly or monthly to keep your hair healthy, strong and lustrous.