Why spend a lot of money on haircare products that are full of chemicals and artificial scents that can damage your hair and scalp? You can keep your tresses in top shape with fresh ingredients you can find in your own kitchen, good haircutting scissors, and easy tips.
Trim hair tips regularly
Neglected split ends travel up the hair shaft. Don’t let them get worse! Invest in a pair of good Hairdressing Scissor Sets. Don’t use regular scissors to trim your hair, because the blunt edge will actually damage the hair and lead to a jagged, uneven cut. To trim split ends, just divide your hair into sections and then tightly twist them from the root to the tip. Snip away any hair that sticks out.
Condition hair with a DIY egg treatment
Does your hair feel dry and brittle? Just mix one egg and one egg white. Wash your hair, and then towel-dry until it is just slightly damp. Work the egg mixture into your hair and scalp with your hands and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Remove product build up with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural alternative to commercial clarifying shampoos. It breaks down the impurities that cling to your hair strands and make it greasy and dull. It also helps unclog hair follicles, which will improve hair growth and prevent itchy scalp.
Just add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water. After you shampoo and condition your hair, pour the apple cider vinegar into your hair and massage into your scalp and strands. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Apply a honey mask after heavy sun exposure
Did you spend all day in the sun, or go swimming? Sun exposure, sea water and chlorine can dry out your hair and irritate your scalp. Soothe and nourish your hair and scalp with this simple DIY honey hair mask. Just mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey with your conditioner, and leave it on for 30 minutes. Use a plastic shower cap – it will trap heat, which will intensify the treatment, and prevent dripping. Rinse it off and be amazed by your soft and shiny hair.
Fight greasy scalps with baking soda
Did you know that the key ingredient in most expensive dry shampoos is just regular baking soda? So when your hair is feeling oily and greasy, reach for this cheap and readily-available kitchen ingredient. Just mix three tablespoons of baking soda into water, and then rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. Leave it for about 5 minutes before doing a final rinse.
Do a lemon scalp scrub
Mix together the juice of half a lemon, a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or almond oil, and a handful of sea salt. The lemon has natural anti-bacterial properties that help prevent dandruff and smelly scalp. It also helps make hair more shiny! The olive oil or almond oil moisturizes hair and scalp, and is full of antioxidants that can help reverse damage from sun exposure.
Do a DIY Protein Hair Mask
Skip the expensive hair salon protein and keratin treatments! You can get the same results just by doing this regular high-protein hair mask at home. Just mix eggs and yoghurt together and massage into the scalp and strands. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Then, just shampoo and rinse your hair.
Get a good bristle brush
Bristle brushes don’t just remove tangles; they also stimulate natural hair oils. Thrice a week, give your hair about 50 to 70 gentle strokes. Be sure to start from the hair roots, so you also stimulate the scalp.
Protect your hair whenever you swim
Before swimming, apply conditioner into your hair. This coats the strands and prevents the chemicals from penetrating into the hair cuticle. If you swim regularly, consider investing in a swimming cap.
Protect your scalp from sun exposure
Just like your skin, your scalp can be damaged by UV rays. Avoid going out during peak hours of 10 am to 3pm. If you need to go outside, wear a hat or a shawl, or apply a spray sunscreen on your scalp.
You can also pamper your hair after sun exposure with a mixture of honey, olive oil and egg yolk. Leave it in for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Avoid tight hairstyles
Pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun can make your hair brittle. Choose loose hairstyles and elastics that won’t damage your hair. Never tie your hair when it is wet, since that is when it is at its weakest.
Sleep on silk pillows
Silk pillows won’t cause as much friction as cotton or linen. Use them if you’re a restless sleeper, to prevent split ends and frizz. Also, make sure your hair is completely dry before you sleep. It’s not true that sleeping with wet hair can cause headaches or thinning hair, but since wet hair is very weak, you do increase your risk of damaging your hair.
Comb out tangles in the shower
When you apply conditioner, use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles. This has two purposes: it prevents split ends from forcing out tangles when your hair is dry, and it spreads conditioner out evenly from the hair tips to the roots.
Embrace your natural hair texture
It’s funny how people with straight hair will want to get perms, while people with curly hair will want to get their hair straightened. Instead of trying to change your hair texture, embrace it and enhance it! Look for hair styles that suit your hair type. Research on the best ingredients and hair tips, so you can keep it looking at its best and manage the problems that come with it. For example, curly hair tends to get frizzy in humid weather, and can dry out very easily. Follow beauty bloggers or influencers who have naturally curly hair and find out what they use and do! If you have fine and straight hair, look for hairstyles that can make it look thicker.
These natural haircare tips can help you bring out the beauty of the hair you were born with! You don’t need expensive or complicated routines – just homemade ingredients, grooming tools, and a daily maintenance and care.