Lately, with all that dry summer heat you may need to give your hair a little pick me up. If you don’t have any deep conditioner at home you can still get spa-like hair with these do-it-yourself recipes.
Make your own hair treatments
If your hair feels lack luster and dry just reach for the olive oil. To make your conditioning mask…
- Combine 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil with two eggs and one tablespoon of water.
- With a blender, combine all the ingredients and apply to dry hair.
- Now massage the mixture from root to tip for a few minutes before wrapping your head with saran wrap.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove and rinse your hair under warm water.
- HANDY TIP: Add one mashed banana to the mix to intensify the conditioning benefits.
Isn’t it funny how the most effective treatments require the least amount of work?. One tried and true method to increase your shine are a combination of vinegar and egg.
- Make sure your hair is towel dried. Then break two eggs into a bowl and apply the contents by handfuls onto your hair.
- Make sure that massage it in in for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing with half a cup of white vinegar.
- You’ll probably need a strong stomach because it’s quite smelly. Once your hair is dried, your hair will look and feel radiant and soft.
Hair treatments that you can make at home are also listed here on the natural hair care treatment blog post. They’re slightly different than the two listed above.
Have you ever wondered how to color your hair on your own? I’ve never had any luck doing it. Usually the next time I went back to my professional stylist she always mentioned that my hair’s been burnt. The only explanation I could give her is that I used store bought products.
Coloring your hair at home
She had mentioned that they are full of peroxide…even when they say they aren’t! I’ve just come across a highly rated video done by a professional hair stylist. I thought you might be interested in having a look.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need…
- Semi-permanent Hair color
- Developer (unless you bought it at the drugstore, they all come with developer)
- Flat hair color brushes (get them at any drugstore, in the hair color department)
- Latex or any kind of rubber gloves
- Glass or plastic mixing bowl
- Some Un-Petroleum (her fav, google alba.com, or un-petroleum to find it)or VASELINE
- A dirty old shirt that you don’t care if you get color on…same with an old towel to wash hair
Have you ever wanted to trim your hair but were scared it would end up uneven? Amelia Smith has 10 years experience styling hair. She advises to cut only the areas that you can easily reach.
A technique that you may not have heard about is the point cut technique. You can do this on your bangs. For the rest of your hair if you want to trim the broken ends, hold your scissors in a vertical position and take ONLY the broken ends off. You can do this without actually making your hair uneven. Who would have known? I guess you could save yourself a trip to the Salon if you had only a few broken ends or a little bang trimming to do.
Hair thinning has been shrouded in myth over the years. Here are two facts given from George Cotsarelis. He’s an associate professor of dermatology and director of the Hair and Scalp Clinic in U of Pennsylvania.
Hair Loss and hair thinning myths
Myth #1: Your hair is thinning if you see a lot of hair in your shower drain.
The Truth: Professor Cotsarelis says “This doesn’t mean it’s permanently thinning. I recommend going to a doctor and having some blood work done. If the excess shedding is caused by a nutritional deficiency iron, zinc, vitamin D, and protein are critical. Taking supplements and improving your diet will usually stop the shedding, and the hair will return to a normal growth cycle.”
Myth #2: Your hair is more likely to fall out if it’s been colored or straightened.
The Truth: “Coloring, perming, or straightening the hair is completely fine. There’s only a problem if the treatment is painful. If there’s pain, it indicates that there’s follicle damage. For instance, hair extensions can cause permanent damage to the follicle. This can result in thinner hair later in life. When there’s stress or traction on the follicle, two things happen: The barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the follicle breaks, which causes inflammation; plus, the follicle itself gets pulled and disfigured. This damage can either stop it from producing hair at all or alter the width and texture of the hair it will grow.”
Hair thinning doesn’t have to be so scary. There are preventions and cures for both men and women. Have a look at this video from the Today Show on NBC.
Natural hair treatments or conditioners are a simple and less costly way to give your hair a boost. Whatever your hair type, there’s a treatment to enhance it.
Natural Hair Treatments
Protein treatment – This treatment will revive hair with damaged ends, dried out, sun or bleach damaged hair. Simply whisk together three whole eggs and one tablespoon of lemon juice or cider vinegar. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair. Leave it on for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.
Cider Vinegar – A tonic for greasy hair, cider vinegar counteracts shampoos’ alkalinity. This helps to maintain the hair’s correct pH balance. It also makes hair wonderfully shiny and manageable. Just add a generous dash of cider vinegar to the final rinsing water.
Oil Treatment – To give your hair a deep conditioning treatment, treat your hair to an oil massage, leaving the oil on your hair for as long as possible before shampooing it off. Coconut and olive oil have long been used to condition and add luster to hair.
Color treatments – For many centuries, chamomile has been used to lighten fair hair. To lighten blond hair naturally and gradually, Use the following…One tablespoon of dried chamomile,A handful of fresh chamomile,a chamomile herbal tea bag.Now boil it in one cup of water. Add the juice of half a lemon and then leave the concoction to cool before adding it to the final rinsing water.To darken hair and to disguise gray hairs, make a concoction as described above to add to the final rinsing water but instead use sage and rosemary leaves rather than chamomile.
Henna has long been used to give hair a reddish tint, and if this is the effect that you’re after, try making a concoction of saffron to add to the final rinsing water.
As Seen on TV hair products are often endorsed by celebrities. Are they really that great or is it all just hype? Let’s concentrate on the hair care part. Standard advice like “Lather, rinse, repeat” but your current shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the nice healthy hair. For the most healthy hair possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower and into your kitchen and concentrate on nutritious foods and supplements.
Healthy Hair FAQ
Interesting Hair Fact
Did you know that your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every single month? The foundation of all of our new hair, nail growth and skin, is the nutrients we eat. Try to get the nutrients you need from foods instead of beauty supplements on the shelves. Dr Mirmirani, MD of the online site WebMD mentions that “In rare instances if you have excess supplementation of certain nutrients like vitamin A, it may be linked to hair loss.”
Healthy hair depends on your diet. It affects both your hair and scalp quite dramatically. Most people don’t like to hear this but a well-balanced diet actually produces healthy hair. Of course if you go on a healthy diet such as Weight Watchers, all you’re doing is cutting out things that are really bad for you like all the excess fat and sugar. The fact is you still have a well-balanced diet.
If you go on an exclusion diet this is a whole other story. Exclusion diets are where you have exclusively one type of food, a group of foods or liquid diet only. This can cause dramatic hair loss for certain people. Iron is heavily dependent on iron which is found in red meat. If you happen to be a vegetarian, you can always take an iron supplement.