You put your hair through a lot: heat, chemicals, weather. Of course, there are lots of expensive commercially available products out there that do a great job, but there are also many fantastic home remedies you can use that are much less pricey and can help you maintain gorgeous, enviable locks. Here are of the best ways to pamper your hair at home, with items your probably already have.
Olive Oil has been used for hundreds of years to give hair a soft and lustrous glow. It’s very simple to do. Just heat a ½ cup olive oil in a microwave-safe bowl for 20 seconds. Massage into your hair. Cover with a cap or plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo as usual and use a light conditioner. Rinse completely.
Eggs also have a long history of hair restoration. Eggs have a high protein content, which helps repair damaged follicles. To treat your hair with egg, just beat an egg or two (depending on the length of your hair) until scrambled. Apply all over the hair, massaging into scalp and working through to the ends. Leave it on your head for 15 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo. For best results, use an egg treatment once a week.
Mayonnaise is a terrific conditioner for dry hair. Using just one tablespoon on mayonnaise and comb through your hair, beginning at the crown and pulling it through to the ends. Leave on for one= hour. Wash out with a very gentle shampoo (baby shampoo is typically recommended).
Coconut Oil is a terrific way to repair split ends but use caution. With your fingers, apply mostly to the ends, very little in the middle, and stay away from the crown. Shampoo thoroughly. If it still seems oily, re-wash.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another way to improve shine and suppleness. It strips away hair products that can leave build up over time. Mix a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to a pint of warm water. Work through hair and rinse with more, plain, warm water.
Not all methods of improving the quality and texture of your hair are external. Here are some additional ways you can help your mane shine!
Almonds and Cashews are rich in melanin, which will restore luster to the hair. Other copper-rich foods include chickpeas (garbanzo beans) oysters, and liver.
Dark Green Vegetables are loaded with iron, another element that will increase melatonin in your hair follicles, making the hair more manageable, full, and shiny. Add vegetables to your diet such as spinach and/ or kale, and also yellow veggies like tomatoes. If you aren’t big on vegetables, bananas area also a great iron source.
Originally published in 2011