DIY Natural Hair Treatments (for everybody!)
Though it may read like an ingredients list for dinner, a lot of what you'll find in your own pantry can be used to spruce up your hair. Using your groceries in your hair might seem a bit bonkers but the oils in avo and fruit acids in lemon are far more gentle than the chemical cocktails you'll find in traditional beauty products.
Egg: For all hair types
Raw eggs are rich in fats, proteins and enzymes that moisturise and remove unwanted oils.
For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair / For oily hair, use egg whites only / For dry brittle hair, use egg yolks only to moisturise
You'll need ± 1/2 a cup of the egg mix appropriate to your hair type. Apply to clean, damp hair - coating scalp and ends - and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse in cool water and shampoo.
Yoghurt: For dull hair
Products and pollution can coat your your in a shine-killing and moisture-sapping film. Lactic acid in dairy products helps to strip away this film whilst the milk fat moisturises your hair.
Massage 1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt into damp hair and leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then cool water and shampoo.
Lemon Juice and Olive Oil: For itchy scalps
Dandruff and itching brought on by poor diet, climate, stress and so on can be irritating and uncomfortable. Acidity in lemon juice helps remove loose flakes of skin whilst the olive oil moisturises the scalp.
Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons water. With damp hair, massage the mixture into scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.
Beer: For fine and limp hair
The yeast in beer help to plump up limp locks.
Let half a cup of beer stand out for a few hours to deplete it of the carbonation. Mix it with a teaspoon of a light sunflower oil, and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair and leave for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Honey: For dry or sun-damaged hair
Honey is a natural moisture preserver so no matter what's drying your hair out, it can help.
Mix half a cup of honey with two tablespoons of olive oil and massage into clean, damp hair. Leave in for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. For very weather-beaten hair, add a protein-rich ingredient like avocado or egg yolk to replenish the keratin bonds.
Cornstarch: For oily hair
Cornstarch is a quick and inexpensive way to temporarily remove unwanted oil.
Add a tablespoon of corn starch to an old salt shaker. Sprinkle through roots until the shaker is empty. Wait for 10 minutes and brush out completely with a paddle brush.
Avocado: For frizzy hair
Avocado's oils are light and moist, much like the natural oils on our own skin. It is rich in protein, perfect for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair.
Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. For particularly dry and frizzy hair, add a tablespoon of sour cream or mayonnaise or an egg yolk. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with luke warm water.
Reference: Women's Day Magazine Website