Pare down your beauty regime by ditching the expensive luxury products from sea salt to mayonnaise, you can find some of the best hair and beauty remedies in your kitchen
Honey is a great natural remedy that is suitable for all hair types. It contains vitamins, minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties, making it suitable for use as a pre-treatment for oily scalps and as a conditioner for normal to dry scalps.
But do not get into a sticky situation. Pure honey is very gluey and if used alone can break your hair. You can mix it with yogurt (which is good for treating dandruff) or egg yolk to promote hair growth. If you're mixing with yogurt, apply to dry hair, but wet your hair first when using honey and egg yolk. For a quick moisturising treatment, apply the honey/egg yolk mixture and leave for 30 minutes, then wash with water. For a really intensive moisturising treatment apply the honey-yogurt mixture, cover with a shower cap and leave on overnight. Wash off with water, then shampoo and towel-dry
Banish those embarrassing flakes of dandruff with the help of this everyday seasoning. Give your head a good exfoliation using sea salt. This will get rid of all the dry flakes, whilst a good rinse afterwards with warm water and shampoo will make sure any residue is dissolved out. Mix it with essential oils to create a fragrant and healing treatment. Sea salt works wonders when mixed with pure coconut milk and eucalyptus oil. Gently massage the mixtureon your scalp, leave it on under a shower cap and rinse off with warm water after 45 minutes. The sea salt will exfoliate your scalp while the coconut milk lifts of the flakes and nourish your hair, and the eucalyptus soothes the scalp.
Fragile and colour-treated hair is particularly tangle-prone. If knots are your nemesis, all you need is a product with a low pH. One option is white vinegar – apply to your hair for 15 minutes and comb through with a wide comb, washing out well. White vinegars – the most natural and less acidic varieties compared to other types – are a good product to use for a final rinse to remove any residue that may be left from shampooing. Make sure the vinegar is diluted with water and then pour this over washed hair from scalp to ends and repeat several times. Leave hair as it is for a great shine, if you don't mind a slight after-smell, or wash off the rinse with plain water. Avoid the more sticky vinegars such as balsamic, which will only clog your hair together.
Traditional olive oil is handy to use on your hair as well as on your salads. A pre-shampoo oil treatment is important because it protects hair from being overly cleansed.
One of the advantages of using olive oil is that it helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss. Olive oil is good for hair as it provides intensive moisturising properties. It can be used as a heavy-duty conditioning treatment after shampooing, whereby you coat the freshly shampooed hair with the oil, cover with a shower cap and leave for about an hour before rising.
For those with afro hair, mix two tablespoons of olive oil with 10g of cooked and mashed green lentils and a teaspoon of ground cloves. Heat the mixture to a warm temperature, then apply to your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then shampoo.
Applying this will help repair damaged hair, especially after removing braids; it can also protect the hairline from strain caused by overstressing the hair with tight, pulling styles like tight braids or tight ponytails.
If you are a fan of barbecues you've probably got a bag of charcoal somewhere in the house, but it's unlikely to get much use in the humid summer months. For those with dark hair, you can make an unconventional use of it as a temporary fix to cover greys in between root touch-ups by blending it into dry hair. Apply carefully, avoiding running hands through your hair and then touching your eyes. But if you don't like the idea of rubbing coal on your head – lightly brush black mascara on your roots as an alternative.
For super-shiny hair, a pure protein remedy is the answer. As a classic rescue remedy, apply mayonnaise straight from the fridge to penetrate your hair. Mayonnaise alone or mixed with egg white nourishes adds more life to hair strands. Raw egg whites contain a significant concentration of essential proteins and nutrients, which strengthen hair follicles, add volume, shine and texture to the hair. Creating a mask by adding olive oil and lemon juice will make the potion even more potent; apply to your hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
But a word from the wise: don't use hot water as it can partially cook and harden the egg, making it more difficult to rinse from
There's more than one advantage to living in a coastal city as well as being able to spend weekends lying on the beach. The tousled beach babe look never goes out of fashion, and sea water is the key. It's all to do with the salt in the water, which sticks to your hair making it appear fuller and more textured. So the next time you head out to the beach, be sure to pack an empty spray bottle in your bag so that you'll have an ocean spritz ready to spray onto your roots whenever you want to get the mermaid look.
If you hate the smell of salt water, add a dash of rose water or some flower petals to the mix. Sea water also has healing benefits for skin problems. If you suffer from any skin condition that has spread to your scalp then dive into the waves as often as you can.
Let the hair dry naturally, then rinse with warm water and a few drops of tea tree oil or almond oil mixed with minced fresh cloves.
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