Hair Care Tips

The hair care product industry is making a fortune producing many chemical-based products that can leave hair brittle, dry, and just plain damaged. If you want inexpensive, tried-and-true remedies that you can make with household ingredients, then you’re in luck. Here are some recipes that will help make your hair shinier, softer, and healthier.

1. Hair Mayonnaise
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2-1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
Apply the mayonnaise to your hair, then gently massage your scalp. Let it sit for at least ten minutes, but more is better. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm to moderately cold water. If your hair is naturally oily, try adding the lemon juice. For some people, though, adding lemon juice might be too harsh. The only way to find out is if you try it. However, if it works for you, you’ll see that your hair is instantly squeaky clean!

2. Egg Conditioner
2 large eggs
1 T. olive oil or castor oil
1/2 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
Beat the eggs and oil together, until they are thoroughly mixed (it’s like emulsifying them with the lemon juice, if you decide to add it). Apply to damp, shampooed hair, and gently massage the scalp. Let it sit for at least ten minutes, but again, more is better. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm to moderately cold water.

3. Herbal Oil Massage
Note: All these oils are available at an herbal store, or, if you prefer, they can be ordered online in large quantities for less. Visit www.herbalremedies.com and look for essential oils.
1 T. sweet almond oil
1 T. castor oil
1 T. pure virgin coconut oil
1 T. jojoba oil
Mix all the oils together. Dip your fingertips into the mixture, then gently massage the scalp. Allow to sit more than one hour, or even better, overnight. Wash thoroughly by shampooing with a gentle shampoo. No need to use conditioner!

4. Honey & Milk Shampoo
1/2 c. honey, warmed
1/2-1 c. milk (buttermilk is great, too)
Make sure that the honey is nice and warm, so that it can be easily mixed with the milk and applied. Mix thoroughly with the milk. Shampoo the hair using a gentle shampoo, rinse, then apply the honey and milk mixture. Leave on for at least ten minutes, but more is better. Rinse out with lukewarm or moderately cold water. Makes your hair soft and shiny, plus adds the sweet scent of honey!

5. Color Maintainance
For blondes: use a light-colored tea, such as chamomile
For brunettes/black hair: use black coffee or dark tea
For redheads: use carrot juice
Use after a gentle shampoo. Boil the tea or the carrot juice. Add some honey if you like. Apply to wet or damp hair. Allow to sit for at least twenty minutes. Rinse out with lukewarm water.

6. Ultimate Cleaner
1/2-1 c. baking soda
lukewarm water
Mix the baking soda with enough lukewarm water to form a paste (texture of gravy or thin toothpaste). Apply instead of shampoo. Use conditioner on tips of hair only. Wash thoroughly by gently massaging the scalp. Rinse with lukewarm to moderately cold water.

7. Ginger Dandruff Cleaner
2 large pieces ginger root
1 T. jojoba oil
1/2 T. apple cider vinegar
Boil the ginger root and vinegar together, until the water is very aromatic. Allow to cool until comfortable to the touch. Mix in the jojoba oil. Apply to dry hair, massage scalp gently for ten to twenty minutes, then allow to sit for at least one hour. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm to moderately cold water.

Some more tips:
1. Do not comb your hair when it is wet. The hair is more prone to breakage.
2. Massage your scalp at least once a day, but twice a day is even better. You can opt to use essential oils, too, or just use plain olive oil.
3. Don’t sleep with your hair in ponytails, braids, etc. This will damage the hair.
4. Trip the tips every month or so to prevent split ends.
5. Wash hair using only lukewarm-cold water. Water that is too hot will make the hair more vulnerable to falling.
6. Comb the hair by starting at the scalp, and using the comb to gently massage the scalp.
7. Condition only the half-length of the hair, and apply any chemical-based shampoo (or any shampoo not homemade) to the back of the head, where the neck meets the head. Wash thoroughly whenever you shampoo, to prevent dandruff and residue.
8. Drink lots of water, and have plenty of protein in your diet.

Try at least one of the recipes each week, follow the tips above, and you’ll agree that your hair is shinier, softer, and much healthier!