Home Treatments For Dry & Damaged Hair
To achieve beautiful and healthy hair, most people think you have to shell out serious money for styling and professional treatments. Fortunately, great hair doesn’t always have to cost a fortune. Homemade treatments often work as well as their high-priced counterparts. Using a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make your own concoctions to condition, strengthen, cleanse and add volume to your hair.
If you use lots of styling products on an everyday basis, chances are your regular shampoo routine isn’t breaking through the excess buildup in your hair. For this scrub, you need baking soda, water and plain oatmeal. Mix 2 tbsp. baking soda with 2 tbsp. oatmeal and add water until the mixture is the consistency of paste. Rub the mixture into wet hair and massage, focusing on your scalp. Once you have massaged the entire scalp, rinse with warm water. Shampoo, condition and style as you normally would. The oatmeal pieces exfoliate dead skin cells from your scalp and deposit oat protein in your hair while the baking soda cuts through the buildup of styling products, leaving your hair clean and shiny.
Hot Oil Treatment
For a truly deep conditioning experience, create your own hot oil treatment. Heat equal parts olive oil and almond oil in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds. Work the mixture through your hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Shampoo hair as usual. You most likely won’t need to condition because the mixture is so oily. Style as usual and enjoy your extra-shiny locks.
Egg and Mayonnaise Mask
Eggs are packed with protein that puts shine and strength back into your hair; mayonnaise has the high fat content your hair needs to stay strong and supple, preventing split ends and breakage. Crack one egg with 2 tbsp. mayonnaise in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until thoroughly blended. After shampooing, pour the mixture over your head and work it through your hair. Leave on for at least 5 minutes (no more than 10, as the egg begins to dry out) and rinse with warm water. Towel dry and style as usual.
Milk and Honey Conditioner
A warm milk and honey mixture works as both a conditioner and restorative treatment. To make this conditioner, you need milk (any fat content), honey, a towel and a blow dryer. Mix 1/2 cup milk with 3 tbsp. honey. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds. Pour the mixture on dry hair and distribute throughout your strands. Wrap your head in a towel and use a blow dryer to keep the mask warm for 5 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Your strands will be shiny and free of frizz.