Blow-drying, curling, straightening, dying, getting perms, and so much more that women to do their hair on a regular basis is extremely damaging. The most common result of all these methods for trying to make your hair look beautiful is split ends and dry hair that breaks off easily.
What many women don’t know is that those models that have their hair mistreated on a daily basis also nourish their hair every day in order to keep it shiny and pliable. You can do the same with some easy home remedies!
#1 Apple Cider Vinegar
This is an ingredient many women have waiting around in their pantries. If you don’t want to cut off your tresses to get rid of those split ends, you can help bring those ends back together with some apple cider vinegar. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bowl and use a cotton ball or a rag to apply the vinegar to your scalp and all through your hair. Leave this rest for five to ten minutes before you rinse it with some warm – not hot – water. Your hair is going to be so shiny when you’re finished, and it doesn’t strip out those essential oils that keep your hair soft and luscious.
#2 Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another common ingredient found in many kitchens nowadays. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, try our local supermarket or your local health food store. Once you have the coconut oil, follow these simple instructions.
To make a coconut oil mask for overnight, heat two tablespoons in the microwave until it’s just melted. You can also put the entire jar in some warm water, and the oil will melt quickly. Then, dip your fingertips into the oil and massage the oil into your scalp. Put on a shower cap, so you don’t get the oil all over your pillow, and then sleep with the oil in overnight. You can rinse it out in the morning with some warm water.
If you don’t have time for an overnight treatment, add some coconut oil to your hair right before you shower. Shampoo and condition your hair normally at the end of your shower, and then style as usual. If you have split ends, you can add a bit of oil to your ends right after you get out of the shower, too.
Yogurt is a natural conditioner for your dry hair. You can use it as a hair mask by adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey to half a cup of yogurt. Mix this all together and then apply it to the roots of your hair. Let it rest fifteen minutes before rinsing your hair with warm water. You can also add a little mustard or olive oil to your yogurt and put this in your hair before you shampoo in the shower. Or apply a little plain yogurt to your scalp and leave that there for half an hour. Wash it out with some warm water.
Another common ingredient found in right in the kitchen is bananas! Bananas are a natural remedy when it comes to treating dry hair. They’re full of antioxidants, potassium, and other vitamins that feed your hair. If you want to treat your dry hair, make a banana paste by blending two ripe bananas together with a tablespoon of honey, coconut oil, and olive oil. Put this in your hair for fifteen minutes, and then wash it off with some warm water. Another option is to use some bananas with egg. Blend two ripe bananas with two eggs and add a bit of honey. Put this on your hair and scalp and let it rest half an hour. Then rinse it off and shampoo as usual.
Avocados are an excellent treatment for dry, damaged hair. You can make a mask with avocado by pureeing the flesh of the avocado with a quarter of a cup of milk and a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil. Stir it all together well and then apply this to your hair and roots.
Wear a shower cap or a damp towel for fifteen minutes, and then wash off the mask with some lukewarm water. You can also add some drops of peppermint essential oil to a mashed avocado. Apply this after you shampoo your hair, allow it to rest fifteen minutes, and then rinse it off with some water. Mash the avocado with some mayonnaise or an egg and apply it to your roots and hair. Let it rest twenty minutes before you shampoo.
If your hair is dull and needs a boost of shine, heat a little coconut oil up for ten seconds and then massage this into your hair. Let it rest for fifteen minutes, and puree a banana and avocado together to make a paste. Put this paste in your hair and let it rest fifteen minutes before you shampoo as usual and rinse with cold water.
Over styling or dying hair can cause it to become so dry it’s brittle which means you need some extra strength conditioner. Gelatin is an excellent option. Heat up a cup of water and add a packet of gelatin. Stir it to make a thick gel. Shampoo as usual and then apply the gelatin mix to your hair and scalp. After five minutes, rinse with warm water.
Pumpkin is a natural moisturizer for your hair, and it’s very rich in vitamins. To make a hair mask with pumpkin, slice a pumpkin into quarters and boil it for twenty minutes. Mash it to make a paste. Add some plain yogurt. Stir and apply to your hair for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then shampoo as usual.
Almost all of these home remedies for dry, damaged hair can be found right in your kitchen at home! There’s an infamous saying that food heals, and it definitely can heal hair.
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