Did you know that you didn’t have to always buy products for your natural hair? There is a host of natural household products that you might already have in your kitchen or around your home that that can be used on your natural hair.
There is absolutely no need for you to run out and get a new product every time you think of something you need to do to your hair. You will save yourself a lot of time, effort and money by simply looking in your kitchen to see if you can find any of the products listed below.
Avocado is widely known for its conditioning and moisturizing properties.
Avocado nourishes hair cells and strengthens hair roots, shaft and strands.
Its rich fats, protein, antioxidant and mineral content makes it ideal for treating African textured hair. As such many naturals use this fruit as a deep conditioner.
Eggs are rich in healthy fats, protein and multivitamins. These are all nutrients necessary for nourishing your hair.
The nutrients in the egg yolk help to moisturize and nourish the hair at the cellular level.
It increases the hair volume, soothes the scalp, promotes softness and add luster to your hair.
Use the following recipe for the perfect conditioning treatment.
Hair Mask Recipe
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and you are ready to coat your hair.
Leave it in for 30 minutes then wash your hair as you would normally.
This is good for relieving itchy or flaky scalp.
Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon/lime juice, olive oil and water together.
Massage the mixture on to your scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Wash out as you would normally.
Baking soda is a safe, gentle and inexpensive way to clarify your hair.
It helps to remove excessive buildup and residue from your hair and scalp.
Mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with half cup of water.
Massage into your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes then Wash out as you would normally.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used as a clarifying agent or rinse helping to remove unwanted buildup of products, hard water and even your own body excretions.
Massage ACV on to your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse out as you would normally. This ensures that the hair and scalp is clean and free from any unwanted deposits leaving your hair smoother than before.
ACV also helps to balance the PH of your hair. Hair is mildly acidic and since many of the styling products you use are highly alkaline, using ACV to rinse your hair brings back the PH of the hair to its mildly acidic state.
Honey is not only sweet to taste but it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too. Its rich mineral content makes it very nourishing for your hair.
Honey helps to relieve dull, frizzy, dry-looking and brittle hair. It adds softness and shine to your hair. Honey is very hydrating and allows the hair to attract and retain moisture better.
After shampooing, place about 1-2 tablespoons of honey in your conditioning mixture.
Let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse out as you would normally. Your hair will feel softer and look shinier.
Most naturals prefer using extra virgin olive oil on their hair and that’s perfectly fine but olive oil in general is one of the best oils for your natural hair. Use it to seal in the moisture in your hair; it helps to keeps your hair moisturized longer. You can also apply olive oil as a hot oil treatment for your hair.
Massage warm olive oil on to your scalp and strands and cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag.
Leave in for 30 minutes and rinse out or simply take off the cap and style as normal. This leaves your hair soft and shiny.
Using olive oil to massage your scalp increases blood circulation around your roots. This stimulates the follicles to produce thicker healthier stands.
Olive oil also has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Hence it is overall perfect for your scalp’s health
Coconut oil is one of very few oils that is able to penetrate the hair shaft. It also binds itself to the protein structure of the hair enabling your hair to maintain moisture and strengthen at the same time.
Its high concentration of fatty acids and minerals nourishes the hair so that you can produce soft, shiny, strong hair. It is best to use natural, unprocessed coconut oil as most of the nutrients are still present that are beneficial to your hair.
You can use coconut oil as a hot oil treatment or pre-poo conditioning treatment just as you would the olive oil above. Coconut oil works great to detangle your hair too.
If you have dandruff, irritation on your sensitive scalp, itching or hair loss then you will want to consider using aloe vera gel or juice.
The white part of the aloe vera has all sorts of nourishing, healing and cleansing effects on natural hair.
Blend the gel of the aloe vera plant and add to you your favourite conditioning mixture.
Leave in for 30 minutes then wash out as you normally would.
There you have it. Just a little bit of looking around might save you some money and time.
So ladies, is there any household ingredient you use for your hair that isn’t on this list or how do you use any of these items in your regimen?
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