There will always be a market full of expensive hair products, tempting you to part with your hard earned money, but there are also some amazing, natural home remedies you can use that will work wonders for your hair.
Eggs are magical little packages of protein, vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. We all know they're great to eat, but they also work as a powerful hair mask.
If your hair is normal, you can use both the yolk and whites, but for oily hair just use the egg white, and for dry hair just the yolk.
To use - Apply about 1/2 cup of whatever part you would like to use (if using whole, beat them first) to clean, damp hair. (For longer hair, you may need more.) Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with tepid water, and then shampoo. It's recommended that the whole egg and the yolks-only masks are used just once a month, and the whites-only treatment is used once every two weeks; although some experts say more frequently is OK. Since everyone’s hair is different, experiment and see what works best with yours.
It may sound like an odd one, but beer’s yeast and vitamins can bring out the body and shine to otherwise limp hair.
There are several approaches:
Pour one cup of flat beer through your hair after shampooing (and still in the shower) and allow it to soak in for three or four minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
You can also put flat beer in a spray bottle; spray it on dry hair and leave it in for 20 minutes before shampooing.
We have to say though, the messiest approach may be the best. Mix 1/2 cup of flat beer with a raw egg and a teaspoon of olive oil and apply to clean damp hair; keep on for 15 minutes then rinse with tepid water and shampoo as usual.
A dry shampoo from your pantry. All you have to do is sprinkle about one tablespoon of cornstarch into dry hair and scalp and gently work in. Let it do its magic for 10 minutes, then brush it out completely. If you incorporate this treatment into your beauty routine, you can fill a salt shaker with cornstarch for regular applications.
If you are following a no-shampoo routine, you probably don't suffer from dull hair, but everyone can potentially benefit from the application of yoghurt. With a one-two punch of lactic acid and dairy fat, yoghurt both strips away dulling residue while also moisturising. Massage 1/2 cup of full-fat yoghurt into dry hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
If frizzy hair is an issue for you, avocado could be your answer. All you need to do is mash it up and put it in your hair. Avocado’s oils and vitamins are an excellent combination for smoothing frizzy hair. We recommend to use about half an avocado and massage into damp hair, leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual. For an added boost, add a tablespoon of yoghurt or an egg yolk to the mix.
Is there anything honey can’t do? It seems unlikely. One study has shown that it can effectively treat chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Patients were given topical treatments of honey; for all of the patients, the itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week. Patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss as well.
Even if your scalp problems aren’t that severe, honey will help; and it will make your hair shiny too. For the study, researchers used 90 percent honey with 10 percent warm water and massaged into scalp for a few minutes. Heads were then covered with a shower cap for three hours. The treatment was administered every other day for four weeks, after which it was done once a week to prevent relapse. You can of course modify the plan based on personal needs, but whatever your hair concern may be it seems that honey is a good option.
All of these simple, pure remedies are great as they're often things you already have in the house. They're a wonderful way to treat your hair, and the fact they're affordable and natural makes them even better!