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DIY Hair Treatments

Updated on August 17, 2013
DIY Hair Treatments
DIY Hair Treatments | Source

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

nourishing and moisturizing for dry hair
nourishing and moisturizing for dry hair | Source

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

flat beer works wonders on giving body to hair
flat beer works wonders on giving body to hair | Source

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

plain natural or Greek style yogurt may be used
plain natural or Greek style yogurt may be used | Source

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

3 types of corn which work to combat greasy or oily hair
3 types of corn which work to combat greasy or oily hair | Source

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.

Avocado Oil

avocado oil is a naturally light oil very similar to our skins natural oils
avocado oil is a naturally light oil very similar to our skins natural oils | Source

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.

Baking Soda

also known as sodium bicarbonate it is perfect for  residue build up
also known as sodium bicarbonate it is perfect for residue build up | Source

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.

Lemon Slices

fresh lemon juice has 101 uses including hair treatments and skin care recipes
fresh lemon juice has 101 uses including hair treatments and skin care recipes | Source

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

every part of an egg has benefits to skin and hair
every part of an egg has benefits to skin and hair | Source

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.

Castor Oil

this marvel from the castor plant has great hair restoring properties
this marvel from the castor plant has great hair restoring properties | Source

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.

Homemade Hair Mask with Honey, an Egg & Olive Oil

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie my lovely friend, what do you think the chances are of my doing a DIY hair treatment? Can you say ZERO?????

      LOL....I'm sure glad you like me and allow me to be silly on your site. I just stopped by to harass a bit but mainly to wish you a great weekend. Take some time off and enjoy the weekend.

      blessings and a hug,

      bill

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub! I've tried some before. Definitely, will try the honey.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Love all these ideas..Never thought about honey...how sweet!!! HAHA..Anyway I am going to take some of these wonderful hair enhancing recipes...Thanks as always and I so look forward to your next entry. Guess you will never run out....Voting up, pinning, sharing and tweeting...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yep . . . in at no.1 spot again, i think I will have a reserved sign posted for my home remedies as I KNOW YOU ARE SECRETLY A CLOSEST Recipe trier am I right??? lol

      Bill, whether you do or do not have the interest or give these a go is irrelevant, you are my trusty friend and supporter of my work and have been since my beginning on HP. You have advised me, helped me, taught me and so much more. You make me constantly smile and make me laugh which I adore! You tweak my crazy sense of Irish humor which I never want to loose. Thanks for jumping in again, harass me anytime but just be mindful I'l set MJ lose on you if you go O.T.T!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi IslandBites,

      Thanks so much for checking this out hope you find the honey recipe works a treat! Appreciate your interest and comments!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Great to see you my friend, hope you are having a great weekend in Arizona. Sometimes i do get the brain drain or brain freeze on ideas but it doesn't last long until I get inspired from a thought, a memory, an idea or a comment from a friend or family member even. Even shopping around the supermarket inspires me when I see chemical ridden products everywhere and start making notes. Maybe that's another hub idea! Thanks so much for your continued support and trust in all I do, means so much to me. Appreciate you voting and sharing on, keep watching for the next installment! lol

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      charlie cheesman 4 years ago from England

      hi suzie i do love your crazy mad scientist products, my girlfriend is using something she made following one of your hubs,

      They work well because she is still beautiful and smells good,

      thanks stuart

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      stacytm 4 years ago from London

      This is so good, I'm going to try the honey idea :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Stuart!! Yeh I got it right (thanks for the prompt, subtle!! lol)

      Mad scientist eh? I'l take it thanks! Great to hear your girlfriend is trying a recipe out, thanks for passing on! Appreciate your interest and for acting on my recipe. Cheers chef!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi stacytm,

      Appreciate you stopping by and glad the honey one appeals, it is divine for the hair :-)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for your well researched hub. I have itchy scalp and I shall definitely try your olive oil and lemon juice home remedy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Arun,

      Delighted to see you and great to hear you are keen to give the olive oil and lemon a go, be mindful of any cuts or abrasions you may have as the lemon may sting a little. Thanks so much for your interest!!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. This is a wonderful Hub. Who, at some point does not worry or fret over their hair. Seems like we are never happy with what's up there. I have reached the point where I just cut most of it off and leave it pretty short. I was not aware that castor oil promoted hair growth? I'm willing to bet there are a lot of guys who will find this interesting :) Another great job. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc.. Keep them coming, you're on a great roll. Have a great weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Appreciate you viewing this and for your lovely comment, you are a treasure! I think our hair is something many of us worry about or have concerns for a variety of reasons, i know I have for one reason or another. Castor oil is a marvel and always handy to have in a cupboard for many reasons this is one! Thanks for your votes, shares and pin always so nice to receive and your words are a constant source of inspiration. Have a great weekend, it is sunny (for ONCE) here and just been for a lovely walk up our country road with Mick and Coco. So lovely to see lush green fields, hills and mountains as we are high up. :-)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are awesome DIY treatments. I am going to go for the avocado and mayo. Thanks. Voted awesome and shared!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great tips on natural hair products. Lots of great information! Thanks for sharing. Take care. (Voted up)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have been browsing online for a few months for hair and scalp remedies, so this is very helpful. I use baking soda, vinegar, and lemon in my hair quite often. I have also treated my hair and scalp with olive oil and avocado oil. This time I am going to try your lemony itchy scalp one. I have used lemon juice and water, but have never combined it with the olive oil before.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful hair treatments with us. You have given us a boatload of ideas, for any and every type of hair or condition!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wonderful hub Suzie. I love the way you provide a 'fix' for every type of hair problem Mine is fine so I'm using the beer recipe. I'll try some of the others too. Thank you for such an informative and beautifully done hub! Pinning, sharing, Up +++.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Very detailed article. Seem very healthy and natural recipes. Harsh products ruin your hair, so you might as well DIY. My hair gets frizzy, so I guess I should try to the avocato. Thanks a lot.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I will never have to buy hair products at the store again! :) Great hub and interesting and helpful information. Thanks! :0

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I love the way you setup this hub. I think I'll get the honey out tomorrow and try it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rebecca,

      So good of you to come by. Hope you find the avocado and mayo good for your hair it is lovely and nourishing. Appreciate your votes and share :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rose,

      Lovely to see you, delighted you found the info useful and informative. Appreciate you taking time to comment and for thumbs up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wonderful, comprehensive resource as always, Suzie! Thanks so much!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      I found the itchy scalp one great as I found my own becoming itchy. I took a bad fall a few weeks ago and my head ended up getting quite a bump so have avoided it recently in case it started stinging but will use again when less sensitive. Delighted you enjoyed so much and hope you find the combinations beneficial. Appreciate your interest as always, have a great weekend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vocalcoach,

      Thank you so much for your input. It is lovely hearing you found it useful and are willing to give the beer recipe a go! Enjoyed putting this one together so it is good to see it being received well, thank you soooo much! Appreciate your votes shares and pin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi truthfornow,

      Delighted to hear you found informative and are thinking of trying one out. Harsh chemicals can really strip the hair of natural oils and nutrients so these will certainly make a better choice. Appreciate your interest :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phdast,

      Welcome and thanks so much for your comments. Hope you get to raiding the store cupboard and trying one or two out! lol

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Barbara Kay,

      So kind of you to comment on the set up! I enjoy visual aspects to my work along with content (hopefully!) being informative and useful. Delighted to see you are planning on giving the honey a go, good luck with the rest of the AP!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Suzie, if you are going to threaten me with the Mickster then I guess I'll have to behave myself.

      By the way, I support you because you are worth it. :)

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for commenting and showing interest your support is truly meaningful, cheers very much :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Well thought I had my Bill fill for tonight and whadda ya know . . .here you are again! LOL You are a riot, I will have to have words with Bev leaving you alone, you cause mayhem online when left to your own devices!!

      I look forward to the day we are sitting together, truly I do . . . what conversations we will have! Thanks Bill for being you and supporting me, it really does mean more than you know. Night night from the Emerald Isle! :-)

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Very helpful hub. I am going to try the baking soda tip for the product residue in my hair. I had never heard of using baking soda for that problem, thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gypsy,

      Delighted you dropped in and found something useful you can try! Appreciate your votes :-)

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing those great tips. I think I should try out the egg white for my often very oily hair. I have once tried the cornstarch treatment but I found I couldn't really brush it out completely. But I like all the other treatments.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      So good to see your interest here and hope you find the oily hair treatment with egg white good for a now and again hair treat! Thanks so much for your continued support, so appreciated!!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      After reading your Hub I realize that I've always done DYI treatments for my hair. I've tried egg, mayo, yogurt, vinegar and olive oil. I think egg is still my favorite. And like you, I tried to further bleach my teenage locks with lemon juice and probably did more damage than good. I've also used cornflour and even powdered oatmeal as a dry shampoo.

      Now I look forward to trying the avocado (which is plentiful here) and honey you've recommended, as well as the beautiful honey, egg and olive oil mask you've so thoughtfully included in a video. You really need to compile a beauty book! I'll be your first fan in line to buy it. : ) Have a wonderful weekend. Voted up, shared, etc.

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      Subhas 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      As usual Suzie you are at your best suggesting tips with these wonderful easily available things.

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      very useful and informative hub. thanks for sharing...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      How lucky you are having avocado plentiful (and no doubt cheap) there! Such a gorgeous fruit one of my dad's favorites and I love it in guacamole, salads, prawn cocktail . . . . .and for the skin and hair!

      We have all done crazy things in our youth, glad to see you have too! LOL The worst ones for me were the baby oil and cooking oil "sunscreen" which looking back where so dangerous and resulted in sunburn.

      Hope you have continued fun trying these recipes out, love hearing your thoughts and "reviews" is great feedback. Many thanks for your votes, shares and have a great weekend there, it is a bank holiday weekend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pinto,

      Delighted you popped in and continue to enjoy and find useful DIY beauty stuff!! Many thanks :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vertualit,

      Many thanks, much appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

      My hair is very limp and very fine. I'll give the beer & egg treatment a try sometime. Thanks for sharing, Suzie. Awesome hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Om,

      Beer and egg are so good for the hair so hope you enjoy trying it out, appreciate you stopping by and commenting :-)

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      a great hub, i never knew cornstarch could also be used as a hair treatment, a new addition to my list

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi younghopes,

      Thanks for popping in and glad you found a new use for cornstarch. Appreciate your support and interest!

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      Julie Ritchie 3 years ago from East Sussex, UK

      Thank for this article. I have dry/frizzy hair so will be trying the Avocado treatment. I did try mayonaisse once before and it didn't suit so well. Looking forward to experimenting with some of these though!

      I LOVE natural ingredients AND so much cheaper than shop bought products.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Julie,

      Delighted you enjoyed these ideas and hope you try out the avocado! it is fun trying out lovely ingredients that are so good for the hair, skin and health. Many thanks for your lovely comments!

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