I love finding alternative ways to style my hair without using heat or products. I can achieve salon results without damaging my hair!
Use the Stuff at Home
When it comes to adding natural shine to your hair, there's no need to mess around with chemical-pumped store brands. There are plenty of ingredients that you can find tucked away in your own home that will do the trick even better! All of these remedies can be used once or twice a week to maintain shiny, moisturized hair.
Take a look at the list below and learn how to add your own beautiful shine (along with other added benefits) from the comfort of your home.
This is pretty gross, but it works like a dream. Trust me; I tried it the other day. I made a mask using 2 egg yolks, olive oil, and coconut oil. Hair is mostly comprised of proteins and amino acids, the same nutrients found in eggs. Yolks also contain Vitamin D, which helps to improve the texture and luster of your hair. That's why eggs provide a great boost of nutrients and help with shine. Check out the video below for the process.
I, personally, think beer is terrible. So when I find myself with an overabundance at my house, I like to use it as a hair rinse.
The hops and malt in beer contain proteins that will add shine to your lackluster hair. After shampooing, pour the beer onto your head and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for five minutes while you shave your legs (or are doing something else), and then rinse it all out.
Beer is a great option for those of you who don't like to bother with oils. Oils will take a little bit more effort, while beer is something you can apply in the shower and rinse out a few minutes later. It's really that simple!
Another gross product that is great for your hair is mayonnaise! If you got stuck with a jar after a cookout, it's now time to use the rest. Full-fat mayonnaise has a bunch of amino acids, proteins, and antioxidants that can either make you chubby or give you shiny hair—it all depends on how you use it.
Let's hope you make the right decision to use it on your hair. Word of warning, it will smell awful. To use, massage some mayo into your damp hair, leave it on for 30 minutes, and then wash out with cold water.
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Honey seems like it would be a gross, sticky mess, and it kind of is. However, it rinses out very nicely. For a while, I was even doing a baking soda and honey face wash—that was nice!
It turns out honey is also great for your hair. It's antibacterial, which is great. It's also a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture in addition to adding shine! Honey can be mixed with water, or with your regular conditioner. If you're mixing with a little H2O, put a tablespoon of honey per 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your locks, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing out.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
I keep a bottle of ACV in my shower. It's such an easy rinse to do, and I promise it doesn't leave your hair smelling bad. In a little cup, I mix up about a teaspoon of ACV with about a 1/3 cup of water, and then work the mixture into my hair, especially on my ends. If you're sensing a theme here, it's the proteins and amino acids that help make for a shiny 'do.
Yogurt is an awesome deep conditioner that will help to add shine, moisture, and softness. Make sure if you're using this method that you pick up plain yogurt.
This stuff is best to comb through your hair and leave on for at least thirty minutes. Once your time is up, you can rinse it out with warm water and shampoo as usual.
From what I hear, gelatin is another amazing product to add to your hair routine. Because I'm not expecting very many people to just have gelatin on hand, I'm putting this ingredient last on the list.
The hydrolyzed protein in gelatin helps treat damaged hair, and it's also a great source of amino acids. 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder plus 1 cup of warm water leaves your mane strengthened and conditioned!
Lately on Instagram, I've been seeing all of this incredible hair by hairstylists like Guy Tang and Linh Phan. These professionals have specialized products, like Olaplex, that are only provided to salons, and some of the products that are readily available to the masses can be pretty pricey.
Lucky for you and me, there are several natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Even if you're a poor college student, you can still pick up these items for cheap.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Alex Rose