Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast - but they also happen to be hair treatments ingredients, and affordable, all- NATURAL ones at that.
Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective and gentler alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.
EGGS - For all hair types
The raw egg is really the best of all worlds.The yolk rich in fat and protein, is naturally moisturizing, while the white which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.
To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition the hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry brittle hair. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean damp hair. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from cooking) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolk only treatments can be applied once a month; white only treatment can be applied every two weeks.
YOGURT - For dull hair
Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine, but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. Lactic acid gently strips away dirt, while the milk fat moisturizes.
To Use: Massage 1/2 cup of sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water followed by cool water. Then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.
LEMON - For an itchy scalp
To fight flakes bought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors,try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in the lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the newly exposed skin on your head.
To Use: Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of water. Let the mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes then rinse and shampoo. Can be used every other week.
BEERS - For limp or fine hair
To add body to hair....reach for beer!!! The fermented drink contains generous supply of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses.
To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer with 1 tsp of light oil, and a raw egg. Add to clean damp hair, let stand for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Or add flat beer to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair.
HONEY - For dry and sun damaged hair
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture.
To Use: Massage 1/2 cup honey into damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. You ca also add 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application.
For extremely sun-damaged hair mix the honey with 1-2 tbsp of protein-rich ingredient like avocado or egg yolk which will help replenish the keratin protein bond that UV rays attack. Can be applied once a month.
CORN MEAL - For oily or greasy hair
Used properly, corn meal or corn starch is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease.
To Use: Pour 1 tbsp of cornmeal into a salt shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until all is used. After 10 minutes use a paddle hair brush to completely brush it out. Can be applied every other day.
AVOCADO - For frizzy hair
Home beauty experts swear by avocado - and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils and proteins build the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing don unruly hair.
To Use: Mash up 1/2 of an avocado and massage into clean damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1-2 tbsp of hydrating ingredient like sour cream, eggs yolks or mayonnaise. Can be applied every two weeks.
BAKING SODA - For residue-ridden hair
Nothing eats up product build up like baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.
To Use: Mix 1-2 tbsp of baking soda with small amount of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
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Copyright: Janice Cox