Top 10 Home Remedies For Healthy Hair
We see advertisements everyday for some product or another, promising the most glamorous and healthy hair. The models always look perfect, with no static, no frizz, and no dead ends. And usually, we either rush out to buy whatever shampoo it is they’re advertising, or we sigh at the TV, knowing that it’s going to take more than some overpriced conditioner to sort out our mop of hair. So many of us are guilty of giving up on our hair. But only after spending ridiculous amounts at salons trying to sort out dry locks and splitting ends.
What most people don’t realize though, is that there’s a whole bunch of things you can do at home, for a lot less money, that are just as effective, if not more, than branded conditioners or a trip to the salon. Here are 10 home remedies for healthy hair that you probably had no idea about!
1. Easy on the heat
This is less of a remedy, and more of a preventative measure to avoid unhealthy hair. We all love a hot bath, followed by a quick blow dry and maybe a straighten, but these are all things that are deadening our hair. Cold water, or even room temperature water, is so much kinder on our hairs than hot water. Now, I’m not saying you should be taking cold baths and showers, that would be horrible! But small things like turning the temperature down a bit when you wash your hair in the shower, or using a jug of cooler water to wash your hair when you’re in a steaming bath, can make all the difference.
As for blow drying and straightening, we all know these are harmful to our hair, but that doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to stop. It can be essential to your look, am I right? So instead of stopping altogether, there are things you can do that will lessen their harmful effect. Try turning the temperature of your hair dryer down, it will still do the job. As for straightening irons, obviously you need them to be fairly hot, so try and use a heat protection spray. And use a highly rated straightener like the one below!
2. Condition your hair…with food!
This is a slightly wackier smart hack or home remedy, but one that works surprisingly well. There a lot of foods that when mashed and massaged into our hair, actually work a miracle at restoring moisture and conditioning. Strawberries, bananas, mayonnaise and eggs are good ones to try out. There’s a whole load of berry flavored conditioners, and it’s not just because they smell great. Berries are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can make your hair feel as glossy as if you just left the salon, and also prevent future damage.
Strawberries are particularly effective, as they can help with hair growth, reducing hair loss and thanks to their exfoliating properties, they also help with dandruff. The best way to use them is to mash up a few and mix them with a teaspoon of honey or even mayonnaise. Then just massage the mix through your hair and wash off with water. Bananas can be used in the same way, with their high levels of potassium increasing natural health in your hair. After massaging in to your hair, you can wash out the mashed banana with water or shampoo.
Eggs are more useful when it comes to strengthening your hair. As a great source of protein, they can make your hair less brittle. The part of the egg you want to use is the yolk, as this will give you a smooth and glossy shine as well as increased strength. Like the other food conditioners, just massage into your hair and then wash out. For better results, try leaving the egg yolk in for 10 minutes or so to allow it to work its magic. Repeating this home remedy will improve the health of your hair over time.
3. Eat healthily – 5 a day keeps the split ends away
You can of course get nutrients the normal way, by just eating healthy foods rather than directly applying them to your hair. The healthier you are with your diet the more likely it is that your hair will benefit, so make sure you get 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day! While fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins that will boost life back into your locks, it’s also important to get enough protein, especially if your hair is somewhat weak. Protein can be found in meat and eggs, and for vegetarians, soy products are always a good source.
4. A drop of honey
Honey and lemon is a standard go-to when your are plagued with the world’s worst cold. It’s a great cure for illnesses, but also a great cure for unhealthy hair. By adding a drop of honey to your shampoo, you’ll be adding a ton of moisture to each strand. It can repair hair that’s already damaged, prevent future damage, and even reduce hair loss!
5 – Oil Massages
There’s been a huge increase in the amount of oil advertised for hair. From coconut oil to argan oil, it’s all the rage at the moment. And the best part is, it actually works! It helps your hair trap moisture, and gives it a silky and soft look. Oil helps battle split ends, and is particularly great for those who struggle with defiant frizz, as it can tame frizzy hair. It can also help combat dry skin and dandruff, so if you massage it throughout your hair and into your scalp, dandruff shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
6. Alcohol can be good for your hair…
Don’t get too excited, I’m not about to tell you that you can make your hair healthier by drinking! You’ve probably never thought of any uses for alcohol other than to spruce up your Saturday nights, but it can actually be a great liquid to wash your hair with. Beer can be used to wash your hair for a natural shine. Just mix it with some water and wash it through from the roots to the tips.
Or if you’d rather use your normal shampoo and conditioner and just spray on a bit of beer for some after shine then this is just as easy. All you need is a little spray bottle and you’ve got yourself a cheap and unusual hair remedy. Likewise, cider can be used to improve the health of your hair, if you use it in the form of apple cider vinegar. This is one you might have heard of from your Grandma. By mixing a little apple cider vinegar with water and using it to wash your hair, you can restore life to your hair, adding volume and shine.
7. Oatmeal as Dry Shampoo
Washing your hair too often can dry your hair out massively. For some people though, without daily washes hair may become greasy. It can be a huge problem! To restore the health of your hair you need to leave it unwashed to allow natural oils to repair your hair, but then to prevent greasiness you need wash it constantly. A solution that many turn to is dry shampoo. Powdered oatmeal can make a cheap and natural dry shampoo, that is kind on your hair. Simply grind oatmeal into a powder, and a pinch of baking soda and you’ve got yourself a powdered dry shampoo. Just brush through a sprinkle of the oatmeal mix and any grease should disappear. This is probably the cheapest home remedy or smart hack you’ll find, and what’s more, the protein in oatmeal should help your hair naturally retain moisture.
8. Green Tea could help you hold on to your hair
Green tea is on the rise, and it’s no longer just associated with the healthy or the elderly; it’s trendy. It might also be your hair’s new best friend. What a lot of people don’t know is that green tea works wonders for reducing hair loss. I wont bore you with extensive scientific details, but basically green tea blocks DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which causes hair loss. It also increases the strength of your hair and gives it a healthy shine. So to make the most of these benefits, you can simply drink a couple of cups of green tea a day, or if you’ve got a bit more time you can pour it through damp hair (once it’s cooled), leave it for ten minutes or so and then wash it out. Either way, green tea can help your hair reach its full potential.
9. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
This is a home hack that will fill your hair with nutrients and volume. It’s one of the best remedies for healthy hair. It’s filled with antioxidants, protecting your hair from damage. It also has a whole lot of vitamins, especially vitamin C, that help the hair naturally repair itself. It can even help prevent hair from going gray! There are several ways you can reap the benefits of Amla. You can take it as a supplement, use it to rinse your hair, or simply introduce it to your diet by eating it fresh.
10. Use a humidifier
This is a slightly different home remedy for healthy hair, and has more to do with the environment you sleep in. A lot of us use central heating, especially during the colder months. You might have heard that central heating can dry out your skin but you probably didn’t know that it also dries out your hair. By using a humidifier, particularly at night, there will be moisture in the air. Your hair might just feel a bit healthier each morning!
So to sum it all up…
There are so many ways you can restore your hair to full health, just using things you have laying around in the kitchen. You don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts on salon treatments! A few common food items, and a few moments set aside to carry out your home remedies and your hair will be flowing as glamorously as Cheryl Cole’s in the L’Oreal ads!
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