Hair-Care Treatments You Can Make at Home

Friday, 23 March 2012

Whatever your hair-type, there are ingredients you’ll find in your own kitchen to give it a natural boost. The experts give us some ideas on how to turn limp locks luscious. Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast – but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they’re not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin’s oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective – and gentler – alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.

Kitchen hair: eggsFor all hair types

‘The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds,’ says Janice Cox, author of ‘Natural Beauty at Home’. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturising, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.

To use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturise dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from ‘cooking’) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Kitchen hair: yogurtFor dull hair

Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine – but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. ‘Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturises,’ says Lisa Belkin, author of ‘The Cosmetics Cookbook’.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

Kitchen Hair: lemon juiceFor itchy scalp

To fight flakes – brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors – try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. ‘The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturises the [newly exposed] skin on your head,’ says Cox.

To Use: Mix 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

Read on for more hair care treatments you can make yourself >

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Fiona Rom, freelance writer and editor, believes that beauty and wellness have much to do with your state of mind, and that a sense of humour is your best defence against almost any challenge the world throws at you. Fiona on Google

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  1. blackrose

    Great tips… Lemons do usually help with itchy scalp and flakes.

    4 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Scared the lemon will damage the hair though.

    4 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    I have tried the egg treatment, (can’t handle the smell) but it works wonders, want to do the lemon juice mix this weekend.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    These homemade treatments are great. I have tried the egg treatment before,works well.
    Going to try the lemon and olive oil one next.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I used the egg treatment a few times and have seen the benefits. Must try the yoghurt!

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    We use coconut oil for healthy and strong hair, for dry scalp and to thicken the hair
    Aloe vera for weak and thin hair as well
    Mayonaise for shiny hair.

    5 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    Stunning Tips….Will be cooking up a cosmetic storm in my kitchen!

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    As a kid we mixed the egg with some mayonaisse. Thanks for the helpfull tips

    5 years ago •

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