Beautiful Hair at Home Sweet Home!

24 Oct

Who doesn´t want glossy locks? I know I do! There are loads of treatments on the market but have you ever tried making your own? You´d be suprised at how well they work.. Here are a few tried and tested homemade conditioning remedies that work just as well (and dare I say better??) than most shop-bought ones, not to mention how much kinder they are to your purse!

Olive oil: This oil is a natural conditioner. Slightly warm the oil through and apply all over your hair. Wrap in a warm towel and relax with a book (And a glass of wine? 😉 ) for 30 minutes. Rinse off and then shampoo your hair as normal to take away the greasy texture. You can also leave this on overnight with a shower cap over your head.

Olive oil & lemon: This is great for dry and brittle hair. Pour 1/2 cup of olive oil in a bowl and add an egg yolk (you can use the white to make a great protein snack.. French omelette!). Mix this well then adding a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave for 10 minutes max. Rinse out. If you´re not going anywhere, I´d recommend you to wait until the next day but if you have to go out and about after this treatment, wash your hair with a tiny amount of mild shampoo afterwards to take away the eggy smell.

Avocado mayo mix: Combine 1/4 mashed avocado and 3 tablespoons of mayonaise in a blender until the mixture is smooth. Apply to your hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with a gentle shampoo.

Sweet and silky: To get mega soft and shiny hair simply mix 1/2 cup of honey with 2 tablespoons (for greasier hair) or 1/4 cup (for dry,brittle hair) of warm olive oil, apply to hair and gently massage in. Cover with a shower cap and lie back for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo well.

Yogurt silk: To smooth those flyaways, blend 2 cups of yogurt and 4 tablespoons of honey with a few drops of vitamin E oil (this is a fantastic antioxident moisturiser too, add a few drops to your face cream for normal to dry skin). Apply to wet hair, leave for 30 mins then shampoo out.

Egg, oils, butter and yogurt: This is especially for Afro or really dry hair. Combine 2 eggs, 30g caster oil , 15g olive oil, 30g melted unsalted butter, 60g plain yogurt and 1 banana in a blender and refrigerate overnight. Apply to the hair in sections, making sure you coat it all well. Leave for 20 mins, shampoo out and go!

Tasty treatment: If you have damaged hair, this is the one for you. Mash a banana with a few drops of almond oil. and massage into hair. Leave for 15 mins and rinse with soda water.

Papaya to go: Blend a ripe papaya sans skin and seeds in a blender with half a cup of yogurt and apply to hair to get rid of split ends. Wash after 30mins with warm water.

Tropical treatment: Peel and mash an avocado and add coconut milk (A little at a time until it has a “conditioner” consistency). Comb it through the hair and leave for 15 mins then rinse for lush smelling, soft hair.

Bottoms up mask: Mix one cup of warm beer with teaspoon of jojoba oil and massage through hair. Rinse and shampoo.

Lemon or vinager rinse: After shampooing hair and before conditioning, pour one cup of either of these over hair. Apply your usual conditioner and rinse. Your hair will be sparkling and shiny! Leave 2 weeks between each treatment.

Herb rinses: Mix 1 teaspoon of the herbs with a few cups of boiling water and leave for 1/2 hour. Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinager and mix. Pour over hair a few times after shampooing.

Herbs for oily hair: Lemon peel, peppermint and lemongrass.

Herbs for dry hair: Chamomile flowers, nettle and elder flowers.

Proper haircare will really pay off. Remember also not to over brush your hair and only ever use a broad toothed comb on wet hair. Get the ends cut regulary and don´t over do on the styling! I blow dry my hair regulary but I always have at least one day a week where I let it dry naturally.

Prepare to toss that beautiful mane! 🙂

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