Natural Hair Care 101

February 8, 2019Mandi Morrison

It’s high time we ditch our bad habits that include chemical shampoos, bleaching, over-brushing, frequent colouring, and start taking care of our hair the way it deserves. Here’s a list of some natural and home-made ways that are likely to provide a number of positive results to your hair and scalp.

Be your own hero of DIY masks

Banana, honey and yogurt is the yummiest mixture you can give to your hair. Bananas are full of natural oils and vitamins which repair and rejuvenate brittle and thin hair. This mask also helps you bring the natural shine! To make your own banana yogurt mask, mash 1/2 banana and add a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and three tablespoons of honey. Mix it all together, then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for a nice scent. When the mixture becomes creamy, apply to your hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Cover your hair with a towel or a shower cap and wait for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and shampoo it right to make sure there’s no more mixture left in your hair, and you’re done.

Go for natural shampoos and conditioners

Over time, our hair gets over saturated with different chemical products, so it’s essential to put them aside and start using organic products instead. There are many different paraben- and sulphate-free shampoos enriched with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are made for cleansing the scalp of sebum build-up and helping your hair grow. Therefore, invest in a quality anti-dandruff shampoo and you’ll notice the difference it makes to your hair. For optimal results, use it a few times a week by massaging a small amount into wet hair and rinse. Once you get hooked on having long and healthy hair, it will be hard to stop buying such amazing products.

Natural anti-dandruff agents

  1. It’s no secret that bay leaf has been efficient in suppressing dandruff for centuries, so here’s how to use it. Boil one litre of water and add a handful of crushed bay leaves. When the water cools down, drain it to get a tea and rinse your hair with it after it’s been previously washed. Wrap the hair in a towel and leave it for about an hour, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
  2. Apple cider vinegar is beneficial because it establishes a healthy pH balance of the skin of your head, so it’s a very useful anti-dandruff treatment one should not underestimate. Apple cider vinegar is enriched with nutrients that are great for creating luscious locks, including potassium, vitamin B and vitamin C. It also contains natural alpha-hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the hair and scalp. For those who like to experiment at home, all you need to do is mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water. After shampooing and conditioning, pour the mixture over your hair, especially on the scalp. Wait for a couple of minutes and rinse it.
  3. Argan oil is one of the best scalp treatments since it’s rich in antioxidants and it helps reduce the scalp inflammation that leads to dandruff. It also regulates the secretion of sebum if you massage it onto your hair root two times a week.

Hair styling tips

Here comes your worst nightmare, ladies – ditching the hot tools. Heat rapidly dries out our hair, and overusing the hair straighteners and curlers makes your hair crispy and creates split ends. Plus, if you colour your hair religiously, there’s no way it can resist the damage. Therefore, try to reduce the use of those tools and give a chance to some vintage rollers or a new headband curling method. But, if you can’t really live without your styling props, then try to use them at least two times a week.

Coconut oil for extreme moisture

You can eat it, you can nourish your body with it, and you can use it for hair purposes. Get yourself a bottle of virgin coconut oil and scoop a handful and slowly massage it onto your whole hair including the scalp. When the hair is all soaked, tie your hair in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Wait for about half an hour or longer, and then rinse it with shampoo and conditioner.

Your hair is important just like the rest of your body, and now that you have learned these little hacks, your head is ready for some natural royal treatment.

Stella van Lane is a mom and a passionate writer in love with coffee, chocolate, music, books and good vibes. Her top interests are health, yoga, meditation and interior design. 

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