Home Treatments for Hair Care
A stroll across the hair care store – offline or online – will reveal the importance of hair for women. The innumerable hair care products for various conditions related to hair and scalp – dryness, hair loss, hair breakage, dandruff, itchy scalp, et al – indicate that there is a huge market consisting of us who wish to maintain our crowning glory in the best of look and feel.
It also reveals another fact – that our hair is rather vulnerable and gets negatively impacted easily by slight carelessness, climatic phenomena and chemical reactions. Which means you cannot take your hair for granted and it needs proper and regular attention. That, ladies, could well be an expensive affair.
Having said that, let me also mention that there are numerous such products that are present in our respective households at almost any time. These may have been bought for some other reason but serve the dual purpose of a hair care agent. Using these products is safer than using chemically created products as well as quite inexpensive:
Taking care of hair with common household products
Eggs: Should your hair need some moisture separate some egg whites and work them through your roots to the tips and leave it for 20 minutes or about. Rinse it thoroughly with cool water. This could be a perfect replacement for your rather expensive shampoo. If you want to build the strength of your hair, use the egg yolks. Whisk the egg yolks and apply to the hair. Rinse after 20 minutes. You may even use the egg yolks along with Olive oil – 2 tbsp with two egg yolks and ½ cup of water. Rub this concoction into your scalp and hair. Your hair will have a good dosage of protein. Do this twice a month.
Beer: If thinning hair is our problem, try using a pint of beer. No, no….not for drinking but for rinsing your hair. Use a pint of beer (or more, if required) at room temperature to rinse your hair after washing it as normal and tapping it dry. Leave the beer in your hair for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. It will give your hair more voluminous look and add some bounce to it.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This is an almost magical product with
many benefits for your hair – many more than it has being used as a salad dressing. It maintains the right pH level of the natural oil from our scalp called sebum; it is antifungal / antibacterial in nature and helps in clearing & preventing dandruff; is a great cleansing agent to remove the chemical buildup from your scalp; provides shine; removes frizz, etc. Mix 2 to 4 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of water. Pour the concoction over your scalp after you have shampooed your hair. Rub it well on your scalp and rinse it after 2 to 3 minutes.
Mayonnaise: Apart from being a great taste enhancer in burgers, mayonnaise acts as a great sealant for your damaged hair and adds a lustrous sheen to your tresses. Massage the mayo (add an egg to it, should you have one at hand) into your hair and leave it for 20 minutes to half hour. Rinse it thoroughly and make sure every bit of it leaves your hair as it tends to stick.
Corn Starch: A great hone-made dry shampoo, this works wonders when you are in a rush. Fill some corn starch or corn meal in a salt shaker and sprinkle it on your scalp/roots of the hair. Let it stay for 15 minutes and then brush it off. It will take away all the dirt and excess oil from your head. You can customize this to make it fragrant by adding some rose or lavender petals for a couple of weeks before use.
Aloe-Vera: Not really a household product but easily available (you can plant it in your home and make it a regularly available product), aloe-vera has been used for ages as a hair care prodyct. Water based gel is rich in many minerals that are great for your hair up-keep.. Rub it in your scalp and hair and rinse it after 30 minutes. Will leave your hair with a shine and softness.
Baking Soda: This inexpensive product works great for removing any kind of chemical buildup from your hair. Add one tbsp. of baking soda to one cup of water and shake it well for the baking soda to dissolve completely. Wash your hair with this solution and rinse it with cool water.
Avocado: This fruit has been under-rated for long and has still not become a common household name. While when eaten as a fruit, it contains oodles of good cholesterol, it also works great as a natural hair care product, being rich in proteins and oils. Mash up half an avocado (or full, depending upon your hair volume) and apply to your frizzy hair. Rinse it out after leaving it for 20 minutes. If you want more moisture, add an egg yolk or some mayo to the avocado mash.
Lemon juice & Olive Oil: This is an effective fix for dryness in your hair. The acidic nature of lemon juice also helps you get rid of the dry skin flakes. Add equal measures of lemon juice, olive oil and water and massage this concoction into your scalp. Leave it in for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Honey: Honey as an emollient, has wonderful qualities which help hair in keeping moisture locked, stimulating growth and providing sheen. It also works very well as a common agent with other products like olive oil, eggs, yogurt, vinegar to enhance their hair care qualities as well. Use ½ cup of honey to ¼ cup of olive oil. Apply this mask to your hair and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Honey+Yogurt mask helps in controlling dandruff.
Friends, these are some of my own tested hair care measures that have helped me in maintaining long and thick hair over so many years. Let me mention that there are many more such products and ideas, however, I have written here only those that I or my close friends/family have experienced with.
Also, I need to mention that each person is different and reacts differently when external agents encounter the physical self. Hence, it is not necessary that what suits me very well, will suit everybody else, equally well. Hence, I strongly recommend that try these or any other options from elsewhere in a small quantity first and see if it works for you before taking a full-fledged leap.
I shall be writing soon about these and others in more details. Watch out for my forthcoming posts.