If you prefer natural hair product to commercial varieties made with synthetic chemicals, why not make your own? Homemade hair treatments are less expensive and can be equally effective. They are easy to make using everyday food ingredients or common garden herbs. Here are some simple recipes for products that nourish and revitalize to leave your hair healthy, soft and shining.
Avocado oil contains vitamins and minerals that enrich hair to promote growth and help prevent breakage. Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into a food processor. Add two heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise and blend until smooth. Wash and towel-dry your hair. Work the conditioner through from roots to ends. For a deep conditioning treatment, cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and apply heat to the outside using a blow-dryer. The warmth will help your follicles absorb more of the beneficial oil.
Ginger Dandruff Treatment
Ginger is astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. These properties make it an excellent natural remedy for dandruff. Peel and chop a two-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Squeeze the pieces in a garlic press held over a small jar until you obtain about a tablespoon of ginger juice. Add one tablespoon each of olive oil and lemon juice. Screw the lid on the jar and shake until the mixture emulsifies. Massage the treatment into your scalp and leave it to work for twenty minutes before shampooing.
Rosemary Hair Rejuvenator
According to traditional herbalism, rosemary has properties that can combat the effects of aging. It helps to prevent premature greying of hair and stimulates follicles to encourage new growth and prevent thinning. Bring two cups of water to the boil. Add half a cup of fresh crushed rosemary. Cover the pan and simmer for fifteen minutes. Allow the infusion to cool, then strain the liquid into a spray bottle. Spitz the rosemary water onto your hair after every shampoo.
The ascorbic acid in lemon juice has a mild bleaching effect that will brighten up blonde hair and bring out highlights in brunettes. It also helps the hair to reflect more light for a natural glow. Blend together one teaspoon of lemon juice and one cup of plain Greek yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it to set for fifteen minutes before rinsing well with warm water.
Lavender Hot Oil Treatment
Lavender helps to revive dry, damaged hair, while olive oil moisturizes and adds sheen. Put half a cup of fresh or dried lavender flowers into a bowl and pour over half a cup of olive oil. Microwave for one minute or until the oil is hot. Leave the infusion to cool, then strain out the lavender. Reheat the remaining oil until warm. Work the oil through sections of hair until all strands are coated. Cover your hair in plastic wrap and insulate it with a towel. After fifteen minutes, unwrap your hair and shampoo the oil away.
Nutrients in beer yeast help to plump up follicles, giving fine hair body and fullness. Hops have a softening effect. Pour half a cup of beer into a bowl and leave uncovered until the drink goes flat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and a raw egg. Whisk until smooth. Shampoo hair and squeeze out excess moisture before applying the beer mixture. Allow the solution to work for fifteen minutes. Rinse with cool water and style as usual.
These hair treatments can be used as needed or as part of a weekly beauty routine. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may find that the recipe creates enough solution for more than one application. Those containing perishable ingredients should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a few days. by: A.C. Anschuetz
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