DIY Hair Treatments
Eggs, yogurt and honey are not
only yummy to eat, but they happen to be awesome for your hair. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!
For Limp or Fine Hair- To add body to hair, reach for a beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired locks.
To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue continues to strengthen and structure hair. Treatments can be applied every other week.
For All Hair Types-The raw egg is really the best of all worlds. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing and the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.
To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to keep the egg from cooking!) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month but whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.
For Itchy Scalp-To fight flakes, try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the skin on your head.
To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.
For Residue-Ridden Hair-Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.
To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair-Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon- hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature's sweetener can help.
To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.
For Oily or Greasy Hair-Used properly, cornmeal or cornstarch is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease.
To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.
For Dull Hair-Styling products can leave an icky film that saps moisture and dulls shine, but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage.
To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.
For Frizzy Hair-Home beauty experts swear by avocado-and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair.
To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.