New hair care products are constantly being introduced into the market and, while many of these products are excellent, there are natural ways to care for your hair that can be done from the comfort of your home, easily and cheaply.
It may seem strange to put ingredients from your kitchen onto your hair but there are some foods that aren’t just good for your body on the inside but can add essential nutrients to your hair when applied externally. Making a deep conditioning hair mask is a great way to keep hair healthy and shiny and is a much gentler alternative to store bought products which are loaded with chemicals and can cause allergies and sensitivities in some.
The Breakfast Moisturizer
Raw egg is perhaps one of the healthiest things you can add to any hair mask. The yolk is rich in protein and fats and acts as a natural moisturizer. The white contains enzymes that tackle bacteria and remove unwanted oils from hair. If you have oily hair, just the white can be used. Otherwise for normal or dry hair, the whole egg can be beaten and then applied to clean, damp hair for about 20 minutes. Make sure to rinse the egg out with cold water otherwise you may end up with a head full of cooked eggs. (See more at Yun Nam Hair Care)
Shine Up Mask
Styling products can make dull, lifeless hair even more lackluster. A simple sour cream or yogurt hair mask can bring shine back and reverse the film that some products can add to hair. The lactic acid in dairy products helps to remove dirt while the fat moisturizes. Mix some sour cream or yogurt into your hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse. It is suggested that you shampoo afterwards as yogurt or sour cream may leave a milk smell on your hair.
Limp Hair Treatment
For fine or limp hair, reach for that bottle of beer. The yeast contained in beer can help to plump up too fine hair. Let the beer sit out unopened for an hour or two to flatten it and get out all of the carbonation. To thicken the mask, mix it with a raw egg to make it easier to put on. Or you can simply spritz it on. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse out.
Overly Dry Hair
For hair that has been sun damaged or dehydrated, honey is a great additive to any hair mask. It is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture from the air. Mix it with a little olive oil to make it more pliable and then apply to hair for 20 minutes.