10 Convenient Homemade Hair Remedies
We all have those days when our hair just doesn’t cooperate. No matter how it’s styled, it still falls flat, frizzes or looks fried. If you’re ready to tame your tresses once and for all, start looking through your kitchen for the ingredients to these homemade hair remedies, which can fix any hair type.
Raw Egg Conditioner
Cracking a raw egg on top of your head may sound a bit icky, but it actually works wonders for your hair. The protein and fat contained in the yolk can revive dry hair while the enzymes in the whites can eat up any excess oils that are trapped on the scalp. Because it works both ways, it can rehabilitate any hair type. If you have dry hair, moisturize with the yolk; if you have oily hair, moisturize with the whites. If your hair is neither, moisturize with the whole egg.
To condition your hair, apply one-half cup of the egg or egg part to your hair and scalp. If you have dry hair, you may want to add a splash of honey for extra shine, moisture and a sweet smell. Let the mixture soak into your hair for 20 minutes and then rinse it out with tepid water so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs in your hair.
If you use a lot of styling products, they can build up over time and eventually become noticeable, especially if you don’t wash your hair every day. To scrape the crud off of your scalp, use baking soda, which will break up any acid-based residue. Just mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water until a paste forms, then massage it onto your hair and scalp. Leave it in for 15 minutes, then rinse it out and wash your hair.
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Styling products not only leave their residue behind, they also strip your hair of moisture and shine. Fortunately, the lactic acid in dairy products can revive your hair by removing the dirt while the fats add moisture back into your locks. Simply massage one-half-cup of yogurt or sour cream into your hair and leave it in for up to 20 minutes. Rinse the product out of your hair with tepid water and then wash your hair with warm water.
If your recently-colored hair is starting to lose its depth, enhance the color with these home remedies. For blonde hair, rinse your hair with a gallon of water that’s been steeped with eight chamomile tea bags. For red or brunette hair, rinse your hair with a gallon of water that’s been mixed with one-half-cup of apple cider vinegar. In both cases, you do not have to wash the mixture out.
Some days, those flyaways just can’t be tamed. Even though you spray them down with hairspray, they still separate from the rest of the pack and blow uncontrollably in the breeze. To keep those flyaways in place, or to tame hard-to-control hair, mix a teaspoon of plain gelatin with four cups of warm water. Be sure to mix the product well, then pour it into a spray bottle and spray some into your hair.
Believe or not, your favorite brew can add body to your limp locks. The yeast that is found in beer can perk up your hair while the protein that’s contained in some of beer’s ingredients can strengthen it. You can apply beer in one of two ways: by mixing it with water and spraying it into your hair, or by mixing it with a raw egg and applying it to your hair. In both cases, the beer should be flat. If you choose the egg conditioner, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it out with cool water. If you choose the spray, leave it in your hair so the protein left behind can work its magic.
Most people love to spend time in the sun, but unfortunately, their hair doesn’t. Heat can wreak havoc on hair, causing it to dry out and frizz. If your hair has shriveled up in the sun’s rays, revitalize it with this honey conditioner. Mix one-half cup of honey with one-fourth cup of warm olive oil. Coat your hair in the mixture and leave it in for 20 minutes. To help it set in, wrap a towel around your head. Afterward, rinse your hair with warm water. Be sure to rinse well as olive oil likes to cling to your hair.
[For more tips on frizzy hair, see 10 Simple Ways To Tame Frizzy Hair]
Feeling flaky lately? Scrub your scalp with a mixture of herbs and water for a natural dandruff remover. For a clean smell, steep one cup of mint leaves in three cups of warm water. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair. For a woodsy smell, use thyme instead.
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If oily hair is your problem, use this cheap and easy remedy – cornstarch. It will soak up any excess oils and grease that have built up on your scalp. Just sprinkle a teaspoon of cornstarch onto your scalp and let it seep in for 10 minutes. The trick to sprinkling it evenly around your scalp is to pour it into a salt shaker and shake the contents onto your head. After the cornstarch has set in, brush it out with a paddle hairbrush. If you don’t have cornstarch, you can also use cornmeal.
Anyone with curly has felt the frustration of frizz. Fortunately, just a spoonful of avocado can help your frizzy hair calm down. The oils it contains can smooth and weigh down frizz as well as repair damaged hair. To restore your hair, mash up an avocado half and apply it to your hair. Let it soak in for 15 minutes and then rinse it out. For an extra boost of moisture, mix the avocado with a tablespoon of honey or olive oil or with one raw egg.