About a year ago, I decided that I was going to try and wean myself off shampoo. Yes, I decided that I was going to brave it and started using apple cider vinegar and baking powder only, according to instructions I found on the internet- probably never the brightest thing to do. In any event, I gave in after a week of greasy, gross hair. I just wasn’t cut out for the “no shampoo” lifestyle. But that’s ok.
Proud Shampooer but Even Prouder Natural Hair Care Fanatic!
Even today, as I take much pleasure in the chemicals that I slather onto my hair with their addictive scents, I do still try and use some natural products on my hair in order to treat it from time to time. I’ll share some with you and you can enjoy them too!
You may or may not have heard of this popular natural hair care treatment. The reason for the popularity of raw eggs on hair is due to the yolk being naturally moisturizing due to being rich in fats and protein and the white removing unwanted oils through the bacteria-eating enzymes.
How to use eggs for natural hair care:
- If your hair is of the “normal” variety then you should be using the entire egg.
If you have “oily” hair then only the whites should be used and if you have “dry” hair then only the egg yolks.
- A half cup of whichever part(s) of the egg that you should be using is good amount. If we’re speaking about long Rapunzel-like tresses then you made need more- you need to make sure that the scalp and hair are fully covered.
- Leave the eggs on for twenty minutes, rinse with cool water (unless you want to make omelets in your hair) and then shampoo your hair as normal.
- If you are using the whole egg or the yolks only then you should practice this treatment once a month. The whites treatment can be practiced every fortnight.
Sour Cream/Plain Yogurt
This one is for the ladies who are anything but dull but unfortunately have dull hair- or even those who use a lot of styling products or are exposed to air pollution – both of which cause the sapping of moisture and the dulling of hair. The lactic acid in dairy products strips away the dirt from your hair and the milk fat moisturizes it.
- Massage a half cup of sour cream or plain yogurt into your hair.
- Allow to sit for twenty minutes.
- Rinse the hair with warm water, then cool water and then shampoo as usual.
- This treatment can practiced every other week.
Lemon Juice & Olive Oil
Olive oil is an amazing product and can be used pretty much anywhere on your body to heal and moisturize- I love it and obviously had to include a recipe that features it. This recipe is especially for those suffering from an itchy and flaky scalp- which are often the result of poor diet, stress and climate. The acidity of the lemon juice helps get rid of those pesky flakes whereas the olive oil moisturizes the newly exposed skin.
- Mix 2 T fresh lemon juice, 2 T olive oil and 2 T water.
- Massage the mixture into your scalp
- Allow the mixture to hang out on your head for twenty minutes
- Rinse your hair and shampoo as normal
- This treatment can be practiced every other week
Okay beer lovers, you’ll appreciate this one- your favorite beverage can be ingested or even used externally! For the ladies with limp and/or fine hair, beer is a wonderful remedy due to the generous amounts of yeast that it contains which plump up the hair.
- Pour a half cup of beer into a container and leave it out for couple of hours in order to get rid of the fizziness
- Mix the now flat beer with 1 t sunflower or canola oil and a raw egg
- Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair
- Allow the mixture to sit for fifteen minutes
- Rinse your hair with cool water
- I’ve seen it written that you can add flat beer to a spray bottle and then spritz it directly onto dry hair as when the liquid evaporates the remaining protein residue then strengthens and structures the hair. I would personally advise only doing this one on a night in – I’m not sure the beer smell is so hot ladies…
Another love of mine – avocado – currently in season in my corner of the world and I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Apart from the deliciousness of the fruit, it is well-known that the oils of the avocado are magical for frizzy hair. Oh yes, frizzy friends, let us unite and slather our hair with avocado, allowing its proteins and oils to smoothing and weighing down our hair!
- Mash up half an avocado and massage it into clean, damp hair. For amped-up moisturizing power add 1-2 T sour cream/egg yolks or mayonnaise
- Allow the avocado to sit for fifteen minutes on your hair and indulge in the other half of the avocado!
- Rinse your hair with water
- Treatment can be practiced every fortnight
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Please don’t spend a fortune on chemical treatments- at least if we’re shampooing our hair with chemicals, allow your hair the pleasure of being treated every so often with nature’s best remedies!!
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Rivkah Abrahams writes for Ajudaica.com blog. She is a true fan of Natural cosmetic treatments, especially from the Dead Sea in Israel. She also likes to find out how to do it herself at home. .