Whether it’s a case of dryness or a battle with hair loss, these home remedies will whip your locks back into shape!
Considering all our hopes and dreams for our hair these days (ombre hair, full-on purple hair, wavy locks and the list goes on), it’s no longer a surprise if our strands come out dry and damaged. That is, if we don’t take proper care of it or go to the right hair salon. Luckily, there are treatments and products to restore our hair’s health, but if you’re a little tight on budget or prefer a more natural approach, we’ve rounded up some of the easiest DIY home remedies for your hair – no matter the problem!
1. To solve dandruff, try aspirin
It contains the same ingredient (salicylic acid) used in most medicated dandruff shampoo.
1. Crush two tablets into fine powder.
2. Add it to the usual amount of shampoo you use when you wash your hair.
3. Leave on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing and shampoo as usual.
2. To solve dry hair, try bananas
Bananas are yet another fruit that seems to solve almost everything. Its potassium is great for strengthening and fixing damaged hair, making it the perfect hair conditioning mask.
1. Blend a banana with one tablespoon of honey (optional).
2. Apply to hair and wrap with a shower cap.
3. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes.
3. To solve frizzy hair, try avocado
Avocados aren’t just great for your skin, the combination of nutrients in their oils and proteins also work wonders for smoothening unruly hair.
1. Mash up half of an avocado (depending on hair length) into a creamy paste.
2. Massage it into clean, damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse with water.
TIP: Use it as a mask once or twice a week to prevent dryness. Also, you can try including egg yolk or mayonnaise in the paste to boost its moisturising power!
4. To solve an oily scalp, try oatmeal
Not only does it absorb excess oil, it also soothes an itchy scalp and exfoliates it.
1. Cook some oatmeal (optional: add milk into the mix) and leave it to cool.
2. Rub a genereous amount onto scalp and rinse off.
TIP: In a rush? Take some dry oatmeal and dust it through your hair, especially on the scalp. Leave it to sit for a few minutes to absorb the oil and then brush it out. Voila, your locks are ready to be styled!
5. For hair growth, try onions
Besides eating your way to longer locks, there’s also an exterior method: onions. They’re rich in sulphur, which boosts collagen tissue production.
1. Get either red onions or shallots, and chop them into small pieces.
2. Squeeze out the juice.
3. Apply it on your scalp and leave in for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse off with shampoo.
6. To solve an itchy scalp, try olive oil and lemon
Besides aloe vera gel, you can also use this combo to solve your flaking problems (the lemon exfoliates your scalp) while adding moisture to your dry skin (olive oil power!).
1. Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice, olive oil and water.
2. Massage mixture onto scalp and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
3. Rinse and wash as usual.
7. To solve dull hair, try green/black tea
Rich in antioxidants, tea helps to lower the hair’s pH level, thus closing the cuticles for extra shine and softness.
1. Seep 2 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes.
2. Let it cool to room temperature for a few hours or overnight.
3. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair while massaging your scalp as you would when you shampoo.
4. Rinse off after 10 minutes and condition to seal in the shine.
TIP: Brewed tea is also known to be a good hair dye due to its staining properties, so be careful of the type of tea you use. For example, if you use a lighter-colour tea like chamomile, you might end up lightening your hair. Of course, this is with constant usage. If you or your mum want to cover up grays, using this method with black tea might help you achieve as such after repeated use. It’s a healthier alternative for your hair!
Source: StyleCraze, Woman’s Day, Michelle Phan, Fitness Magazine, All Women Stalk, Reader’s Digest, Yahoo Voices