Five household ingredients for great hair
Did you know that there are common household items in your cabinets right now that you should be using on your hair? These 5 great items not only work wonders for your hair, but since you probably already have them, means you don’t have to go out to buy anything – triple word score!
Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (VOC)
Hands down, my favorite oil to use for my hair. I discuss at length here why VOC is so amazing. In a nutshell, this oil reduces protein loss in hair. This is great since hair gets brittle over time. I use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, you can also use it as a hot oil treatment or an overall conditioner for your hair, if you don’t mind the smell. There’s a reason why Polynesian women have beautiful hair.
Aloe Vera Gel
You probably already are using aloe vera on your sunburn or bug bites to soothe your skin but have you tried using it on your hair? Whether you have super thick and curly hair like me, or fine and thin hair, aloe vera can be very beneficial for your hair. For one, it contributes to hair growth. In a study “The proteolytic enzymes Aloe vera slough off dead skin cells and open pores. It increases membrane fluidity and permeability and the outward flow of toxins and inward flow of nutrients” Aloe also has 75 known nutrients and its alkalizing effects brings hair and skin’s pH to a desirable level. But the most noticeable effect is how great it makes your hair look and feel. It calms the frizzies and minimizes fly-aways. For dry curly hair, use VOC and layer aloe on top and watch your curls pop.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
An ACV rinse is like heaven for your hair. If you have never done this before, you need to get with the program- stat! I like to mix one part ACV and 3 parts cool water, but feel free to experiment with your formula. After shampoo and conditioner, you want to pour the rinse over your hair. It results in smoothing the cuticle and leaving soft and shiny hair. The reason ACV is so awesome is because it removes the buildup from commercial products and helps with dandruff and itchy scalp.
You know that you can use baking soda to naturally clean around your home, you can also use it to clean your hair. You can take back from the freezer what is rightfully yours (well maybe you should use a fresh box unless you want to smell freezer burnt). You can use baking soda to occasionally clarify your hair, it works well to remove impurities. If you have oily hair, you can add the powder directly on your hair and then brush through. It can be very harsh and best used in small amounts when diluted in shampoo or conditioner.
Raw agave nectar can provide conditioning by forming a polymer film on the surface of the hair, thereby smoothing the cuticle. It is a humectant which means it attracts water to your hair. To use Agave, you can use it with your favorite oil (VOC maybe) and rinse out. Because it is sugar-like, you want to make sure you rinse Agave out and don’t use it as a leave-in.
Alternatively, you can also use Honey to condition your hair. Honey also naturally lightens your hair. So, that’s actually 6 amazing everyday household items that you can be using on your hair right now for shiny, healthy-looking locks.
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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