Whenever I hear the phrase, “hair treatment”, it automatically conjures an image of being stuck in a salon for three hours, unable to keep fidgeting but not wanting to dislodge whatever chemicals have been massaged into my hair by the nice, slightly talkative hairdresser. While the pampering aspect is a huge incentive, it does dig a hole in your wallet, especially if you’re fond of changing hairstyles every two months like I am. It just gets even more complicated when you decide to go beyond cutting your hair and into perming or dyeing it, and the results can be pretty catastrophic if you’re not careful with taking care of your hair regularly.
However, you don’t actually have to shell out upwards to a hundred bucks just to have smooth, silky, healthy hair that seem to appear straight out of a shampoo ad. In fact, you can even achieve this result in the comfort of your home, with a few ingredients from the kitchen!
1. Oily Hair
I try not to wash my hair too often, since it’s currently dyed and I’d hate for the colour to wash out in under a month after the hassle of colouring it, but this also often leads to oily hair. Fortunately, you don’t need much to treat this issue: just some aloe vera and lemon juice. Aloe vera is useful for controlling oil secretion and nourishing the roots. Here’s how to mix up a batch for treatment:
1. Mix a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and one tablespoon of lemon juice in a cup, and mix any mild shampoo in it.
2. Wash your hair with this mixture and leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
2. Dry Hair
Often, it’s not just oily hair we have to deal with if we’re fond of experimenting with our hair, but also dry and dull-looking hair. It’s incredibly tiring trying to untangle the knots, but fret not. All you need is an avocado and an egg; avocados aren’t just great for eating, but they’re rich in vitamins that can help to restore your hair’s health. Here’s how you can manage your damaged locks.
1. Remove the pit of a ripe avocado and mash it together with an egg.
2. Apply this to wet hair. Leave it on for about half an hour, and rinse it out a few times until there’s none left in your hair.
3. Curly Hair
Whether your curls are natural or you just recently got a perm, it can be a hassle taking care of them if you’re not sure what won’t mess up your hair. If you have some apple cider vinegar in the kitchen, it can help to manage the frizz and give it a healthy shine as well.
1. Mix together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
2. Shampoo your hair as normal, but use this solution as a hair rinse.
3. Leave it for a few minutes, before rinsing it out with cool water.
4. Thinning Hair
No one looks forward to the day when your hair falls just a little more, and there’s a potential bald spot waiting to crop up on the side of your head. If you’re already experiencing this, here’s a remedy to hopefully fix that situation.
1. Whisk an egg and mix in four tablespoons of grapeseed oil as well as a couple of drops of lavender oil.
2. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for half an hour.
3. Rinse it out and shampoo your hair as usual, making sure to get rid of all the egg mixture.
5. Dyed Hair
For those of us who regularly dye their hair and wear it as an accessory, or simply just because you were bored one night and wanted to change up your look, it can be hard managing it. Sometimes the colour-protect shampoo and conditioner aren’t enough to keep your hair healthy, and this is where olive oil comes in. It’s great for a number of beauty-related things, but it’s also a wonderful oil for hair treatments, as it conditions your hair and nourishes your scalp.
1. Apply warm olive oil on your scalp and hair.
2. Massage your scalp for about ten to fifteen minutes, before rinsing it off.