In my former life, I was a hairdresser. So I’ve seen the ravages summer can do to hair. And now as a woman in her 40’s with partly grey hair who dyes it brown and then highlights it AND spends many days in the pool and beach, sometimes I felt like a blonde witch this past summer. Not the good witch Glenda with her silky shiny waves, more like a blonde -gypsy -no- I -didn’t- sleep -outside-kinda-witch.
But (waving my magic wand) there are many ways to combat the witchy look and some of them are right in your kitchen. I find doing these beauty treatments once a week at first and then once a month will help your hair stay as healthy and shiny as possible.
However, the absolute first thing to do is get a haircut. Trim off an inch or more of dead ends and start fresh.
Then it’s onto conditioning. Some over zealous hairstylists working on commission, or just steered into the belief that a $50 bottle of conditioner is the only thing that works, may try to sell you an expensive bottle. Do not fall for it, unless you have that spare $50 on hand and want to part with it. Yes, that comes from an ex-stylist. Or If you want to spend your hard earned money on a $100+ keratin treatment, by all means, be my guest. Personally, I’d prefer to head into the city for a day of fun with that $100, but maybe that’s just me. I prefer my kitchen nowadays for (some) of my beauty treatments. Hey, we’re Moms on a budget for the most part. But we still want to look fabulous right?
Why not experiment with basic time-tested natural beauty hair treatments right from your kitchen? These work so well at bringing hair back to life, revitalizing it and adding shine. With all of these remedies, you’ll need to cover your hair with saran wrap or a shower cap after applying ingredients and wait about 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Rinse well and shampoo twice with a gentle shampoo if necessary to remove oils.
Coconut Oil, Mayo, Banana or Avocado– All are rich in nutrients that nourish hair. Mash avocado and mix with some oil. Or mash both banana and avocado.Choose 2 or 3, blend and apply. The options are yours since all of them will work well to condition dry hair and add shine as well leave hair feeling smooth and silky.
Eggs– Crack one or 2 eggs, depending on hair thickness, beat, and then slather on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse with COOL water. The yolk is rich in protein and fats and helps nourish and strengthen hair
Honey applied to hair leaves it soft and shiny. Or mix honey with an egg or oil to make an even more effective nourishing treatment.
Vinegar-1/4 part vinegar to 3/4 part water, can add shine to your hair as a final rinse.
Beer-Beer strengthens hair , plumps it up and adds shine. Mix flat beer with a tablespoon of oil and apply to damp hair. Leave on 20 minutes and rinse with cool water
Did you use too many hairsprays and gels in the humidity and now have built up? Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply to hair, especially roots where you spray, leave on 20 minutes and rinse well. Another way to remove build up is with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Mix 1/4 c ACV with 3/4 c water and allow to sit 15 minutes before rinsing. Follow with one of the above moisturizing treatments.
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