10 Natural Hair Remedies Your Locks Will Love
Are you looking for some natural hair remedies to restore the life and luster to hair that is damaged from too much sun or chemical processing?
Do you want to know how to repair dry, split ends and stimulate the hair follicles to encourage hair growth?
Try one or all of these 10 environmentally friendly, cost effective hair care solutions, which you can create in your own kitchen.
10. Aloe Vera Juice Hair Conditioner
The juice of aloe plants is used topically to treat burns, speed healing, and to moisturize just to list a few of its many uses. Its medicinal efficacy is borne out by centuries of anecdotal reports.
To make a quick scalp treatment that is highly moisturizing:
- Break off a few aloe leaves and use a knife to scrape the aloe gel into a small dish.
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil, one-fourth teaspoon honey, and one tablespoon of hot water.
- Whisk to blend and then apply directly to the scalp with fingertips.
- Massage well to stimulate the oil glands, and leave on for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- Remove by using the gentle shampoo of your preference and let the hair air dry naturally.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic
Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic (hence the name) so it restores the natural pH balance. Dilute it with one part of water to one part of vinegar before using it on the hair as a final rinse to remove dead cells and bacteria from the scalp. An apple cider vinegar rinse is a natural hair tonic that restores the luster to hair and provides a deep cleaning at the same time.
8. Avocado Hair Mask
The antioxidants and healthy oils in avocados repair damaged, split ends and hydrate the hair cuticle. If you regularly use heat on your hair to dry or style it, an avocado hair treatment used regularly helps protect your hair from drying out or breaking. Make a simple one by:
- Mash one-fourth cup of ripe avocado with one-tablespoon honey and one egg yolk.
- Massage into the hair and scalp and wrap the hair loosely atop the head.
- Cover with shower cap and warm towel; wait ten minutes.
- Wash and style hair as usual.
7. Chamomile Tea Is a Healing Brew
If you thought the only benefit of chamomile tea was soothing your jangled nerves, you are in store for a delightful surprise. A homemade hair rinse made from this tea is the perfect way to help blonde hair keep its golden hue.
Brew up two cups (one to sip and one to use), and let one cup of the hot tea cool to room temperature. Use as a final rinse after shampooing to treat those golden locks to an all-natural hair tonic.
6. Coffee – More Than a Breakfast Beverage
As it turns out, tea is not the only double-duty beverage in the homemade beauty products chemistry toolbox.
Combine one to two tablespoons of leftover brewed coffee with a tablespoon of glycerin and mix well. Use as a final rinse to keep those dark locks of hair looking shiny and lustrous.
5. Eggs Are Truly Incredible Hair Treatments
Use egg yolks to make a homemade hair conditioner that works as a natural moisturizer for dry, damaged hair.
The protein in the eggs helps rebuild the hair cuticle. You can customize the hair treatment by adding different ingredients to achieve the desired results.
For instance, combine one or two egg yolks with honey, which is a natural humectant, and olive oil for a deep conditioning scalp treatment.
Add lemon juice to the egg yolks to give the hair a high gloss and provide a natural lightening effect.
Tip: Save the egg whites to make healthy omelets or a delicious fat-free angel cake.
4. Honey Is Hair Healthy
You may already be using honey as part of your natural remedies arsenal because of its anecdotal reputation for healing and moisturizing.
Those same properties that make it such a rich, nourishing skin care treatment are the reasons why you can use it as a homemade scalp treatment to keep the scalp healthy and avoid problems such as itching or dandruff.
Use honey as your humectants when making your own hair conditioners for best moisturizing results and the softest hair. You can also add a little honey to your preferred brand of shampoo or conditioner to give the hair a little extra nourishment.
3. Lighten Up With Lemon Juice
Using lemon juice to lighten hair is legendary, but did you realize the lemon juice should be diluted with water before using it?
Just like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice is acidic and needs to be buffered for use. Use filtered water if possible, fresh lemons rather than bottled juice, and mix on a 1:1 ratio of one part water to one part lemon juice.
To get the biggest bang for your buck, add one to two tablespoons of undiluted lemon juice to the chamomile tea when you are preparing a hair rinse. Apply directly to the hair and scalp, and let the hair dry in the sunlight for the optimum lightening effect.
2. Use Rosemary and Sage to Chase Away Gray
Brew up a quick hair tea of sage and rosemary and watch the gray fade away (gradually). While this is not a quick fix for gray hair, it is inexpensive and safe because it works naturally.
- Brew the tea using one cup of water to two heaping teaspoons each of rosemary and sage. (It’s cheaper to buy these herbs in bulk than to use the supermarket variety.)
- Mix well in pan and heat over medium heat until water is just boiling.
- Let simmer 10 minutes, remove from heat and strain.
- Make as needed and use the cooled tea daily as a natural hair rinse for about four to six weeks.
- Unused tea can be refrigerated and reheated for use.
Tip: Mountain Rose Herbs is a top notch source for organic herbs at reasonable prices, and they ship their products worldwide.
Herbs for Hair Health
1. Yogurt Tames Unruly Manes
The active cultures in yogurt can help turn back the hands of time when used on the face as a natural exfoliant.
Those same hard-working, exfoliating enzymes dislodge dandruff, bacteria and dead, dry skin from the scalp when they are applied directly to the scalp and massaged in well.
Wrap a warm towel around your hair after you put the yogurt on and relax for about 10 minutes. Shampoo as you normally would and follow up with:
- Chamomile tea rinse for white or blonde hair
- Coffee rinse for dark hair
- Rosemary sage tea if you are trying to cover gray
Play It Safe With Natural Hair Remedies
Even though you are working with all natural ingredients that are generally safe for human consumption, there is is always a chance of some cross contamination unless you adhere religiously to good food safety practices.
Sterilize all pots and utensils before making your homemade hair tonics, and wear disposable gloves to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands to the solutions.
Use stainless steel or glass pots and utensils as some ingredients (especially the acidic ones) could interact with aluminum.
Vodka is a good natural preservative for most homemade beauty products.
However, if you do not have any or choose not to use it as a preservative, it is best to either refrigerate any leftover natural hair remedies for use in the next few days or discard them.
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.
© 2012 Donna Cosmato