It's February and your hair has been through a lot. Winter has taken its toll and this morning you look in the mirror, yes, you may be fair, but your hair is static straw. What to do when those products don't work? The ponytail or hat routine? There's hope! Everything you need for beautiful hair is waiting for you in your kitchen! Yes, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs, avocados, honey, molasses, lemons, vinegar, tea, mayonnaise, yogurt and aloe vera gel! Your hair needs to be PH balanced (lemons,vinegar, tea and aloe vera), cleansed (your shampoo, try one without sulfates) and moisturized (the other ingredients).
Lets get started: let's get all that old product out of your hair. First, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to your dollop of shampoo, massage and rinse. Then, mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 3/4 cup water. Pour this slowly over your head and work it into your scalp. Rinse with water. Dry. Blonds, take note: enhance your color with a strong brew of chamomile tea that has the juice of one lemon!
Once a week, do a hot oil or moisturizing pack for your hair. You can put coconut oil in dry hair and sleep on it, then wash in the morning. Or, first wet your hair, add olive oil and a plastic shower cap, wrap your head in a towel, wait 30 minutes, then shampoo and dry. A fun recipe is 1/2 avocado (if short hair, 1 whole for long), one egg yolk and 1 Tb. lemon juice. Leave in wet hair, wrapped for 30 minutes, wash and dry.
For promoting hair growth, massage some aloe vera gel with a few drops of rosemary oil into your scalp before going to bed. Also, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fatty fish as well as drinking lots of water improves your hair, nails and scalp. If you need to supplement, swansonvitamins.org has two full pages dedicated to the topic. They recommend taken Omega 3 tablets and B12.
If you have naturally curly hair and want to enhance it, after washing and towel drying, apply equal amounts of leave-in conditioner and hair gel. I make conditioner from 1 part jojoba oil to 3 parts aloe vera gel with a few drops of rosemary oil. For hair gel, an inexpensive and cheap one is L.A. Looks. Allow your hair to air dry, scrunching it with your hands till all your curls bounce, or if you must, use a hair dryer with a difuser or lowest possible setting.
Hope this helps and your lifeless hair bounces back. Tell me your success stories and ask me for more recipes!