Natural Hair Treatments for Curly Hair
Benefits of Natural Hair Care
When you have naturally curly hair, it can be difficult to find store products that actually work for your hair type. The better solution is to make your own hair treatments from all natural ingredients that are readily available in the grocery store.
Avocado Hair Mask
Avocado is one of the best things you can put on your curly hair. The green mash is full of proteins and natural oils that will help soothe damaged hair. Simply take a ripe avocado and cut it in half. Remove the pit and mash half of the avocado. Wrap and refrigerate the other half for another time. If desires, you can mix in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with the avocado for extremely try, brittle hair. Apply the mask to your hair and massage it into your scalp. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and let the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse the mask out with cool to lukewarm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar helps prevent frizzy hair and puts the shiny curl back in. To use, mix together one part water with one part apple cider vinegar. Take the solution into the shower with you and after washing your hair, rinse it with the cider solution. Leave the cider in your hair for a few minutes and then rinse it with cold water. Don’t worry about the smell. It goes away after your hair dries.
Coconut Oil Treatment
This is my daily solution to dry, frizzy hair. Since I sometimes straighten my hair, I need something that will help prevent split ends. I’ve also been growing my hair out again and want to avoid split ends as much as possible. Each night, before going to bed, I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my hands and melt it. I massage this into my hair ends and go to sleep. In the morning, I wash it out and my hair always feels softer for it. About once a week I will saturate my hair and scalp with coconut oil - about 3 to 4 tablespoons worth of coconut oil, and leave it in overnight. I no longer suffer from any dandruff during the winter months with this extra treatment.
Give your hair shine and bounce with some beer. To make a healthy beer rinse for your hair, open a bottle or can of beer and let it go flat. Take it with you into the shower and, after you shampoo your hair, pour the beer over your head. Make sure you coat all your hair with the beer and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Rinse it out with cool water and style your hair as usual.
Banana Hair Mask
Just like avocado, banana is really good for your hair and scalp. To make a banana hair mask, puree one ripe banana with one tablespoon of apricot kernel oil or extra virgin olive oil. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your hair out and give it a mild shampoo. Dry and style it as usual.
DIY Hair Mask
Eggs are naturally high in protein and when put on your hair, they help to strengthen the hair strands and give you fuller looking hair. To make, break one egg into a small bowl. Add one tablespoon of the natural oil of your choice, such as avocado oil or olive oil. Whisk the egg and oil together and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the mask out with cool water (hot water will cook the egg into your hair) and give your hair a gentle shampoo. Dry and style it as you normally do.
Honey Pumpkin Mask
Both honey and pumpkin provide you with vitamins and minerals, and together they make a fantastic hair mask. You can use canned or homemade pumpkin puree for this mask. Take one cup of pumpkin puree and two tablespoons of honey and blend them together. Massage the mask into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with plastic wrap and leave the mask in for 20 minutes. If you have any extra, you can use it as a face mask, too. Rinse your hair out with cool water and dry and style as usual.
Shea Butter Heavy Treatment
In the dryness of winter, my hair sometimes needs a heavy dose of moisturizer. That's where the organic, unrefined shea butter comes into play. The butter doesn't melt in your hands as fast as coconut oil, so you have to work the butter with your hands for a few moments and then begin applying it to your hair and scalp. Coat your hair thoroughly with the shea butter and wrap it. I put on an old pillowcase and sleep with the shea butter in my hair, but you only need to leave it in for 30 minutes to get some of the benefits. Afterwards, wash your hair out as you normally would.
Quick End Tamer
I learned this trick from my oldest daughter who has a head full of curls. Put a small dab of oil into the palm of your hand, massage it onto both hands, and then fluff your ends lightly through the ends of your dry hair. It not only protects against split ends, but it helps tame your hair on those high frizz days. My daughter will also put a drop of hair condition in her palm and do the same thing if she has run out of her favorite coconut oil.
Honey and Oil Treatment
For a special oil treatment for my hair, I like to mix together equal parts of honey and a natural oil, such as extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil and put it in my hair. Since I have medium length hair, I use about two tablespoons of oil and two tablespoons of honey mixed together. I massage this into my scalp and hair, cover with plastic wrap, and I leave it on for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, I rinse it out in cool water and give my hair a light shampoo.