Natural hair conditioning can be one of the easiest treatments to do at home, with minimal ingredients – generally only one ingredient. Any of the home treatments below can work for moisturizing dry, damaged and frizzy hair. You probably already have some of these ingredients right now. Just remember, conditioner first, then shampoo, not like my friend who conditioned after and it looked like a grease spill on her head, then was late for work.
8 different methods of natural hair conditioning:
Eggs: for conditioning and shine. For normal hair, use the whole egg; for dry and damaged hair, use the yolk; and for oily hair, use the whites. Beat or whisk the egg with one cup of water and apply to clean damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool – warm water (hot water will cook the egg) then shampoo as usual. Can use this method monthly.
Yogurt: for shine and conditioning. The lactose enzymes cleanse away film on hair while the fats in the milk help to condition. Massage 1/2 cup of yogurt (or sour cream or yogurt) into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual. Can use this method twice a month.
Vegetable oils: as a scalp treatment and a natural hair conditioner. It almost doesn’t matter which vegetable oil you use, yet some are better for skin care than others. Start with 2 – 3 tablespoons of oil in same amount of warm water, pour and massage into scalp and down to the hair ends. Pile hair on top of head or cover in a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse and shampoo as usual. Can use this method weekly.
The oils you can use are:
1. Olive oil, great for soap and other body products
2. Almond oil, aka Sweet Almond Oil
3. Coconut Oil, my favorite, I use this oil fairly regularily
4. Jojoba Oil, considered to be similar to our own scalp oils
5. Emu Oil, not a vegetable oil, but has some great skin loving properties
6. Argan Oil, becoming very popular for all types of skin care, as it absorbs quickly and adds shine
7. Castor Oil, serious moisturizing and great for all skin types.
Beer: for body, cleansing and shine. Mix 1/2 cup of flat/uncarbonated beer with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and apply to damp hair for 15 minutes then rinse.
Honey: a natural hair conditioning humectant (moisturizer). Dissolve 1/2 cup of honey in 1 cup of warm-hot water. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil if extra conditioning is needed. If serious conditioning is needed, also add an egg yolk or mashed avocado. Apply warm mixture to scalp and hair and massage in, let sit for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual. More on honey for skin care, here.
Avocado: for hair repair. Considered one of the best solutions for dry and damaged hair. Mash 1/2 of an avocado and massage onto damp hair. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse away. The avocado mixture’s conditioning abilities can be increased by adding a little vegetable oil or an egg yolk. You could also try avocado oil found in health food stores.
Mayonnaise: an almost all natural hair conditioner. Consider that its two main ingredients are vegetable oil and egg yolks, premixed for you. Apply up to 1/4 cup to damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse then shampoo as usual.
Aloe Vera Gel: can be used for quick repairs. Simply dilute 1 part to 2 parts water, and spritz on hair, for a light daytime control.
Because Rose Hip oil is my favorite for a facial oil, it would also be perfect for your hair, more on this awesome age-defying type oil here.
Good article on the ingredients and what they are in your conditioner.
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