Is your hair damaged (from blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, chemical treatments, dyes, etc)? Is your hair dry & brittle? Do you have split ends or a dry scalp?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then try out some of these natural hair remedies.
My hair is very dry & damaged from years of chemically straightening it, blowdrying & flat ironing it. Lately, I’ve been trying to slowly reverse the damage by using some natural remedies. Nowadays, shampoos & conditioners may say that they’re packed with natural vitamins & minerals that will help strengthen your hair, but they’re so full of other chemicals that your hair is actually being stripped of what it really needs. Many shampoos have low pH levels. Try looking for a shampoo & conditioner that is in between a pH range of 7-9.
If you have DRY hair, check these out:
Olive Oil: Olive oil is possibly one of the best things you can give to your hair. Apply a little bit to your scalp & roots daily to help retain moisture. And before a wash, apply liberally into your scalp and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before you wash your hair normally.
Mayonnaise: Weird, huh? I know, I know, this is the last thing you’d ever want to put in your hair, but trust me, it works! A jar of mayo can be used as a deep conditioning treatment, and you only need to do it once every month or so. It really depends on how dry your hair is. Wash your hair as you normally would, and instead of using condition, liberally apply & work in the mayonnaise from roots to tips, place a shower cap or plastic bag over your head, and let it sit in your hair for up to 1 hour. Then rinse it out & style it as you normally would. I’ve done this treatment before, and it leaves your hair soft & silky!
Eggs: Personally, I find this more gross than the mayonnaise, but again, it works! Eggs strengthen damaged & dry hair and add so much shine. Whip 2 large egg yolks together until they’re smooth, and work this into your hair, from roots to tips. Let sit for 20-25 minutes, which allows the eggs to sit & strengthen your hair while adding that lovely shine. Rinse well & then shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would.
- Don’t wash your hair everyday. Your scalp needs time to produce natural oils. Washing your hair everyday strips your scalp of the oils it needs, thus drying your hair out.
- Avoid blowdrying your hair. Try letting it dry naturally. This not only keeps your hair from drying out more, but it also saves your hair from being blasted by the blowdryer, which causes heat damage.
- Try coconut oil. You can pick up a huge jar of natural coconut oil from your local Whole Foods store for around $14. Just apply this to your scalp daily, and your hair will slowly transform from super dry to super hydrated & healthy.
- Eat healthy. In general, eating healthy is the best way to transform your hair. What you put into your body is what your hair uses to grow. Try foods that are rich in Vitamin E to help your dry hair grow stronger.
If you have OILY hair, try these:
Lemon Juice & Water: Lemons are full of Vitamin C & they help remove the nasty buildup from hair products that leaves residue on your strands & scalp. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and mix with 1 cup of distilled water. Thoroughly soak your hair in this solution and rinse well with lukewarm water.
Beer: Cool, huh? Beer helps strip the scalp of excess oil & helps regulate the amount of oils produced. Shampoo your hair normally, and using 1/2 a can of beer, liberally pour it onto your hair. Let the beer sit in your hair for about 30 seconds, and rinse well with warm water.
- Don’t brush your hair as often: Brushing your hair will cause the oils produced in the scalp to be transferred throughout your entire head. Cut the brushing & only run those bristles through when absolutely necessary.
Hope these tips & remedies helped you! Do your scalp & locks a favor and take them on a natural hair journey. You won’t be disappointed in the results! And your hair will thank you for it.