We all want hair thats shiny and healthy, but sometimes those salon products that promise to repair dull, dry and damaged hair can be pricey. And if you want all-natural products, the prices are often even higher.
But you can get all-natural treatments at a fraction of the cost by bypassing the salon and heading to the kitchen instead. Thats right. Foods and products you may have in your refrigerator or pantry can help condition your hair as good as if not better than expensive products from the salon.
- Avocado for split ends Your favorite guacamole ingredient may soon become your favorite way to repair split ends. Avocados are chock full of proteins and vitamins A, D, E and B6 along with magnesium, folic acid and amino acids, all of which nourish the hair and help hair grow. Mix 1 avocado with 2 drops of lavender essential oil and add to the ends of your hair. Let it sit on your hair for 30 minutes and rinse with water.
- Yogurtfor stronger hair Yogurt isnt just good for your belly. Its good for your hair too. The proteins in yogurt help strengthen hair follicles, and the enzymes are good for treating dandruff or dry, itchy scalp. Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of yogurt just make sure its plan, unsweetened yogurt. Let it sit for 30 minutes and wash out with a mild shampoo.
- Banana for dry scalp Bananas are high in vitamins A, B, C and E as well as amino acids, minerals like iron, zinc and potassium all of which are beauty boosters. The oils and potassium in bananas are wonderful for improving the health of your scalp and, in turn, the health of your hair. Combine a banana with 1 cup of hot water, cup of dried chamomile, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your hair and let the mask sit for 20 minutes before washing off.
- Eggs for dry hair All that heat from hair dryers and flat irons can damage the hair and make it dry and brittle, but eggs can help moisturizes dry hair. Eggs like hair are high in protein. By adding eggs to your hair, you are essentially adding protein to fill in the weakened spots along the hair follicle, which serves to strengthen, moisturize and improve the health of your hair. Combine the yolk of one egg with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Apply and let it sit for 25 minutes then wash off.
- Coconut for frizz Coconut oil is a great way to fight dry, frizzy hair. Its moisturizing and light weight. Make a mixture thats two parts coconut oil to one part olive oil and apply to your hair from roots to ends. Allow it to work its way into the hair follicles for 30-60 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
- Dairy for dull hair All of those hair products we use to style our hair also damage the hair. They end up building up on the hair follicles and strip away moisture and shine. Dairy products can help reverse that damage. Theyre high in lactic acid that can help strip away dirt and the milk fats moisturize at the same time. Apply cup of sour cream to damp hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then shampoo your hair as normal.
- Beer for fine hair It may sound unusual, but beers high yeast content can help give limp hair life again. Its best to use beer thats lost its carbonation. Combine cup of flat beer, 1 teaspoon of canola oil and an egg. Apply it to clean, damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse. You can also just spray flat beer onto dry hair and let it evaporate. Whats left will work to strengthen your hair.
Your own at-home hot oil treatment is easy to do too. Try mixing 5 drops of chamomile essential oil with 2 tablespoons of almond or coconut oil, or add lavender to extra virgin olive oil. Place the liquid in a glass jar and warm it by placing the jar in a bowl of hot water. Apply the warm mixture from root to end and then wrap a plastic bag over your hair followed by a warm towel or towels. Allow the treatment to sit for 30 minutes to two hours and wash as normal.
These treatments are inexpensive and because theyre all natural and gentle, you can repeat a few times a week without causing damage or product build up.