Is your once lustrous beautiful hair now dry and brittle leading to hair loss, poor growth and split ends? There are many reasons for this condition, when the hair shafts do not absorb any moisture, making hair look dull and unhealthy.
One of the main reasons is that your scalp is not producing enough oil to moisturize your hair, which causes the moisture to escape.
Excessive use of styling products and frequent use of heat-related styling tools, such as hairdryers and hair irons, are other reasons for this condition. These days, most of us are guilty of doing just that.
Lack of nutritional vitamins and minerals due to poor diet and illness can also result in dry, brittle hair just as excessive perms, smoothening treatments and dyes do the same.
Unfortunately, washing your hair frequently or using substandard shampoos will also result in oils being stripped from your scalp, causing further brittleness. Exposure of your hair to sun, air and dry air can also lead to dry hair.
So, how does one manage everyday hairstyles while maintaining moisturized hair without spending half your salary on treatments and salon products? These five natural remedies will do the trick. All you need are a few ingredients from your kitchen and some time to treat your hair.
1. Coconut oil and honey mask
Coconut oil is naturally rich in vitamins E and K as well as Iron. Coconut oil has immense antibacterial and antifungal properties, which helps to eliminate dandruff and promotes hair growth.
The Lauric acid found in coconut oil binds to the hair protein better than any other oils. This provides a protective shield to both the roots and the strands and prevents loss of moisture and hair breakage.
Honey is an amazing elixir for your hair, acting as a humectant, which means that it naturally attracts moisture to your hair. Besides that, honey is full of antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your hair follicles.
For this amazing and moisturizing mask, you will need:
– 1 tbs Honey
– 4 tbs Coconut Oil
Mix both ingredients in a bowl and heat it gently by placing the bowl over hot water. Apply it to dry hair, split ends and your scalp. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with a gentle shampoo. Condition as usual.
You can also mix honey and coconut oil in equal portions to create a conditioner that you can apply after washing your hair with a gentle shampoo. Leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes and then rinse.
2. Banana, honey and olive oil smoothie
The benefits of olive oil are well-known. It is rich in emollients, Oleic acid, Palmitic acid and Squalene, acting as lubricants that soften and moisturize hair.
Bananas are rich in potassium and prevent hair breakage by restoring the natural elasticity of the hair. They also contain natural oils and about 75% moisture that lubricates and strengthens hair. Bananas are great for frizzy dry hair, leaving your hair smooth and silky.
For this hair mask, you will need:
– 1 Ripe Banana
– 2 tbs Honey
– 2 tbs Olive Oil
Blend all the ingredients together, and apply it to your hair, starting from the roots. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes and make sure to wear a shower cap or cover your hair with a towel as this mask can drip all over you.
After 30 minutes, shampoo as usual. You can condition depending on how your hair feels. Voila! Your hair is now soft and beautiful.
3. Eggs, lemon juice and olive oil
This natural Ayurvedic remedy combines the strengthening power of eggs, lemons and olive oil. You can even substitute olive oil with almond oil.
Lemons are a great natural remedy for most issues related with hair health, such as scalp dryness, dandruff and build-up of products. They act as a cleansing agent and improve the health of hair follicles.
Eggs are a powerhouse of vitamins A, D and E, sulphur and proteins. These elements strengthen hair and hair follicles, prevent breakage and damage while promoting re-growth. Besides, the fatty acids present in eggs bring back the natural lustre and shine in your hair.
For this remedy, you will need:
– 2 Eggs (beaten)
– 2 tbs Lemon Juice
– 2 tbs Olive Oil or Almond Oil
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to your scalp and hair, massaging your scalp gently. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then wash your hair as usual.
4. Yogurt, honey and apple cider vinegar
Yogurt is extremely beneficial for dry hair as it is rich in vitamins and contains tons of lactic acid making it a natural moisturizer for your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another natural product that is great for your hair. Because it contains tons of potassium and acetic acid, it acts as an antimicrobial and repairs fizz, dryness and damaged hair.
For this recipe, you will need:
– ½ Cup Yogurt
– 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
– 1 tsp Honey
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to your hair, starting with the roots. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual.
Yogurt can be mixed with beneficial oils or applied to your hair by itself. As yogurt can make your head feel cold, it might be a good idea to use this mask in the summer.
Yes Beer! It’s great for your hair: the malt and hops contain important proteins that strengthen hair cuticles and repair hair damage, but that’s not all.
The proteins in beer bind to your hair shaft making it smoother and shinier. So, grab a bottle of beer. Leave it open till it reaches room temperature.
After washing your hair with shampoo, massage the beer onto your scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.
To restore your hair’s health, try out one of these recipes or even all of them if you fancy something different every time. However, consistency is important.
So, make the time to pamper your hair with these natural remedies at least once a week and soon you will be boasting glorious wonderful locks—your crowning glory!