DIY Fixes For Problem Hair (Using Ingredients At Home)
Our crowning glory sometimes don’t make us feel all that glorious, what with all the abuse it goes through. We could, after all, be subjecting it to heat, air-conditioning, wind, dust, etc. It’s time to start some major fixing, and guess what – we don’t have to empty our wallets to do so. Instead, let’s go raid the pantry and see what we have at hand to help us.
Dull-Looking Hair: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
The outermost layer of your hair, which are the cuticles, must lie as flat as possible for shiny strands. Anything from friction to hot water to humidity can ruffle up the cuticles, resulting in a lackluster mane. Residue and product buildup are also capable of stripping away this natural shine.
Pour an apple cider vinegar rinse (a tablespoon of vinegar to half a cup of water) over damp hair and comb through. Let it sink in for five minutes, rinse with cool water, and follow up with conditioner. The acidity in the vinegar complements the pH of our hair, which helps seal the cuticle and makes it lay flatter
Dry, Damaged Hair: Coconut Oil Fix
Damaged stresses are characterised by split ends, frizziness and breakage. They call for intensive moisturising to prevent further harm being done to them. Opt for this home made intensive overnight treatment if your average conditioner isn’t cutting it.
Have faith in the reparative properties of coconut oil, for it’s found to be capable of penetrating two layers of the hair shaft. Take a tablespoon of it, warm it in the microwave, massage into damp hair, and leave it on your hair overnight. You can either wear a shower cap. Or lay a towel on your pillow to prevent a greasy mess. In the morning, shampoo it out. Only use coconut oil on dry and damaged areas, which typically occur from the mid-shaft to the end. If you have finer hair, pick a lighter oil, like olive or avocado, as coconut oil can weigh strands down.
Thinning Hair: Banana Fortifier
If you have baby-fine hair, your biggest stresses might comprise hiding a visible scalp or worrying about strands you can’t afford to lose. Dispel concerns with a protein-rich treatment that can plump up a wimpy mane.
Try this hair fortifier which consists of amino acid-rich bananas and eggs to enhance hair elasticity, strengthen, and add thickness. Blend two egg yolks, two ripe bananas, two to three tablespoons of honey, half cup of conditioner, and two tablespoons of olive oil, until fully pureed. Slather all over and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes; rinse with cool water. Results are not only immediate, but may last up till your next shower.
Messy Curls: Honey and/or Molasses
Curls can be pretty if you define, rather than fight those natural bends. You can do this by using a homemade curl enhancer made of molasses and honey and/or molasses, which are natural humectants (ingredients that attract and lock in moisture). They can be used to treat curls while hydrating thirsty hair.
Mix a half-cup of molasses, 1/4 cup of olive oil, four tablespoons of honey, two bananas, half-cup of water and four tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix together ingredients, removing any lumps, and warm over the stove top. Separate hair into four sections, evenly apply the sweet concoction, and cover it up with a shower cap; let sit for 45 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Dirt and product buildup: Baking Soda Cleanse
Between smoothing creams and hair oils, it’s easy to accumulate layer upon layer of product residue. Excess buildup leads to strands that never feel clean and dandruff-like flakes. But you can cut through oils and buildup with this baking soda power cleanse.
Combine 1/3 cup of shampoo with one to two tablespoons of baking soda, stir well, and pour over wet hair. Gently massage the mixture into the scalp and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Don’t Be Flat: Use Oats For Bounce
Give lifeless hair a boost with an oatmeal and almond oil hair mask. Try this treatment on damp hair (not soaking wet) for the best results. Combine ½ cup of oats, 2 tablespoons of almond oil and ½ cup of milk (regular milk is best). Mix ingredients well. Apply the mask all over hair and leave it on for 20 to 40 minutes — the longer the better. Then wash out and style your hair as usual. Your hair will look full and super bouncy.
Hair Fall: Mayo Mask to the Rescue!
We tend to lose between 80-10 100 hairs each day. When we lose way more than that, it signifies a hair-fall issue and it should be addressed. Hair fall can be caused by a multitude of things: stress, a major life change, illness and even pregnancy to name a few. Try a mayonnaise-based mask one to two times per week to help prevent shedding and heal the scalp, which is often the root of the problem.
In a small bowl, combine three tablespoons of mayonnaise, one teaspoon of honey, three drops of rosemary oil and three drops of lavender oil. Mix until smooth. Apply onto clean, damp hair and massage into your scalp. Place a shower cap on your hair and allow to sit for up to an hour. The combo of ingredients includes nutrients that will smooth the hair, boost shine and strengthen the hair follicle. The essential oils and honey also have anti-inflammatory benefits to calm the scalp and prevent additional fallout.
Dandruff? Try this ginger hair 7 scalp spritz!
Dandruff is a scalp disorder that involves rapidly shedding dead skin cells. To slow down cell turnover and fight dandruff, try using a ginger root scalp spritzer. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the scalp and keep dandruff in check.
Finely grate half a ginger root into two cups of water and boil until it’s one cup of tea. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and olive oil. Mist the brew directly onto scalp, let dry, and shampoo out.
Brittle Hair? Reach For Eggs
While dry, brittle hair is a struggle on its own, it can also lead to increased breakage and dullness. Egg yolks are an easy fix, and they can help strengthen and nourish the hair follicles.
Mix a little lemon into the yolks to lessen the egg smell. When applying, put the mixture on hair from roots to ends and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour to penetrate. Rinse out. If you have to, shampoo very lightly.