Natural Treatments For Healthier Hair
Hair is one of the most important features to most people. Shiny, beautiful hair turns heads and suggests that the person with the luscious, flow-y mane is healthy. But sometimes even healthy people can develop brittle and lackluster hair over time because of color treatments, blow drying or flat ironing. There are many conditioners, serums, and creams that help repair hair or prevent it from becoming damaged by color and heat, but these products can get very expensive. Since we don’t all have the luxury of dropping tons of money on hair treatments and products, it’s useful to know about some DIY hair mask recipes that can keep your hair healthy. Here are some great home treatments:
Avocado + Egg + Lemon
Combine 1 avocado, 1 egg and a very small amount of lemon juice until mixed well. Apply the mixture to damp hair and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse hair with luke warm water—hot water could cook the egg leaving a huge mess! After you’ve rinsed your hair, shampoo and condition as normal.
Honey + Olive Oil + Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. You may want to heat the honey briefly in the microwave so that is easier to mix in. Apply mask to dry, dirty hair. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. Pin up your hair for 30 minutes to an hour. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Banana + Honey + Yogurt
Mix 1 mashed banana, 1/4 cup honey and about 3 oz of plain yogurt. If you have long hair, you may need to use more yogurt for the recipe to be enough. Coat dry hair with the mixture and leave on for an hour. Rinse and shampoo as normal.
Banana + Egg + Beer + Honey
Mix 1 mashed banana with 1 egg until well blended. Add in 1/2 cup of beer and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix well then apply to hair. Pin hair up (or use a shower cap) and let sit for a few hours. Rinse with luke warm water then shampoo and condition as usual. This mask can be especially helpful if you are looking to add volume and shine to thin hair… and you get to finish off the rest of the beer in that bottle.
If your pantry is looking a little bare, you can also just go with one single ingredient for a quick fix.
Apply a liberal amount of coconut to dry hair until strands are coated root to tip and leave in over night. You might want to use a shower cap so you don’t get the coconut oil on your pillow. After catching up on your beauty sleep, shampoo and condition as normal. You may need to shampoo twice, depending on your hair.
After you’ve treated yourself to one of these awesome treatments, take extra steps to keep your revitalized hair looking great. Make sure you’re eating healthy. What you put in your body tends to show up in your skin and hair. “Hair can really show our diet quality. If the body isn’t getting enough calories, healthy fats, and especially protein, it can become dull and lifeless,” says dietitian and nutritional expert Carlene Thomas. Hair and skin do have a lot in common. Sun exposure can be damaging to your hair and not just your skin. If you know that you will be in the sun for a prolonged period, wear a hat to protect your hair. Also, avoid excessive blow drying, chemical processing, or coloring.