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Home Hair Treatments ~
Remembering my own experiences and influences growing up led me to look at home remedies for different types of hair and hair problems many of us experience.
As a teenager with salon applied blond highlights, I was keen to make them even more blonde by applying either lemon juice in warm water as my final rinse in washing my hair or by applying clarifying vinegar and water.
I even remember my dad imported and sold the famous Linco beer shampoo, back in the 70’s that I loved so much so it is ironic that one of the hair treatments featured here is in fact beer.
Yes the much loved pint of ale must be reserved for your soon to be luscious locks unless your hair needs a growth spurt and then you will benefit from another wonderful DIY treatment using castor oil so fear not, something for everyone here!
Utilizing your kitchen ingredients for hair treatments is a goer!
Not only are your store cupboard classics such as honey, eggs and olive oil good for homemade skin care but they are also beneficial for many different hair treatments.
Nectar of the Gods
Dehydrated or Sun Damaged Hair ~
When the hair is particularly dry or sun damaged due to climate, over exposure to sun or even hard water it needs a serious A+ in the ingredient department so say hello to honey.
This wonder food not only is gorgeous to eat but is a marvel in homemade skin care recipes and a natural humectant which locks moisture into our hair.
For dry hair apply ½ cup raw honey to clean damp hair or mix it with 1-2 tbsp olive oil for easier application before applying.
For badly sun damaged hair, mix ½ cup raw honey with either 1-2 tbsp of egg yolk or avocado, both of which are rich in protein and will repair the damaged keratin of the hair caused by harmful UV rays. Use this treatment once a month.
Pint of Beer
Limp or Fine Hair ~
To add a bit of life and body to fine hair no need to reach for those chemical laden styling products.
Enter good old fashioned beer combined with an egg and a light oil such as sunflower oil or canola oil.
This pub classic is a must for giving the hair a “va va voom” kick thanks to the plentiful supply of yeast which provides the thick plump body to the hair. Before starting leave ½ cup beer aside in a container in the kitchen to go flat until it has no fizz.
Mix together ½ cup flat beer, an egg and 1 tsp light oil. Apply to clean damp hair and leave for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Quick Fix or if no egg and oil, pour flat beer into a spray bottle and spritz all over dry hair. The protein from the hops, barley or wheat will strengthen and structure the hair.
Plain Natural Yogurt
Dull and Lifeless Hair ~
Air pollution and styling products such as hair gel, mousse and hair sprays will sap the hair of natural moisture and dull shine.
This may be easily restored by turning to two ingredients, sour cream and plain natural yogurt.
The lactic acid will strip away all the dirt while the fatty milk moisturizes the hair cuticles. This treatment may be used once every few weeks.
Apply ½ cup sour cream or ½ cup plain yogurt to damp hair and massage through the hair. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water followed by cold water. Shampoo the hair as normal.
Cornstarch or Cornflour
Oily or Greasy Hair ~
A quick inexpensive and effective ingredient for drying up excess oil residue is cornstarch (also called cornflour in Ireland, UK) or cornmeal.
Add 1 tbsp of cornstarch or cornmeal to a clean sterilized salt or pepper shaker. Sprinkle this through dry hair and scalp until shaker is empty. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and using a paddle hair brush, brush it out completely. This quick fix may be applied every second day if required.
Frizzy hair ~
For smoothing and keeping unruly hair under control, there is no better ingredient than avocado.
This fabulous fruit is widely used in skin care and hair care due to it’s amazing combination of natural oils and proteins.
Often regarded as being similar to the skins own light oily secretions, avocado is perfect for frizzy hair.
Mash up pulp from an avocado and apply to clean damp hair. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. If your hair is particularly dry kick it up a notch by adding 1-2 tbsp of a moisture rich ingredient such as egg yolk, mayonnaise or sour cream to your avocado. Repeat this treatment every second week.
Residue Heavy Hair ~
For eating up product build up sodium bicarbonate or baking soda reigns supreme at breaking down anything acidic.
Mix 1-2 tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until you have a thick paste. Apply to damp hair by massaging it in well and leave for 15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and shampoo as normal. Apply this treatment every couple of weeks.
Itchy Scalp ~
Flaky and itchy Scalps can result from different factors including stress, poor diet and climate. Something many of us can experience so step in two giants of the DIY home remedies store cupboard, acidic lemon juice and moisturizing Olive Oil.
Lemon juice will lift and remove all dry flakes from the scalp and the olive oil will soothe and moisturize the freshly exposed skin.
Mix together 1-2 tbsp of each ingredient, olive oil, lemon juice and water. Apply to dampened hair, massaging gently into the scalp. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Repeat treatment once every other week if needed.
Egg Yolk and Egg White
All Hair Types ~
One ingredient that will work magic to all hair types i.e. normal, dry or oily, is the egg.
The yolk is rich in proteins and fat so is a deep moisturizing treatment for dry or dehydrated hair and the white of an egg contains enzymes that eat up bacteria and removes excess oil build up in oily or greasy hair.
The entire egg acts as a conditioning treatment for normal hair types.
Apply entire egg for normal hair, egg yolk only to dry hair and egg white only to oily hair. Start with ½ cup of whichever treatment best suits your hair type and if it is not enough to coat the hair and scalp, use more.
Apply to clean damp hair and allow it to work its magic for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water (warm or hot will produce cooked egg!) Give a light shampoo and pat hair dry. Entire egg or yolk only recipes should be used once a month and egg white only recipe may be repeated every two weeks.
Hair Growth Treatment ~
One product I love for skin care and for promoting hair growth, even for eyelashes and eyebrows is castor oil. If you are looking for encouraging hair to grow castor oil is superb. Do you want your bangs to grow or is your hair receding, thinning or are you finding bald spots? Castor Oil may be applied in different ways for longer, stronger and thicker locks.
Apply 1-2 tbsp directly to the hair or area you wish to treat, massaging in well and leave on overnight for the ultimate hair restoring treatment. Remove by rinsing off in the morning and shampoo as normal.
As it is a greasy oil you may want to mix it with either your conditioner or with a little almond oil to help with the ease of application. Leave on for as long as possible if not overnight.
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