Shiny, soft, full bodied manageable hair is what we all dream of, but the reality is that most of us are forced to spend hundreds of dollars every year on hair care products to get that beautiful mane that we all desire. Humidity, pollution, genetics, sun, and the elements are all contributing factors too unmanageable, dry, frizzy, out of control hair, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get movie star gorgeous hair. Many hair products are inexpensive, and can be made right in the comfort of your own home from ingredients right out of your cupboard or refrigerator.
Of course healthy hair begins with proper nutrition which includes plenty of protein. It is also important to drink plenty of water, and take a multivitamin that contains 2.5 mg of Biotin daily to promote hair growth.
Problem: Frizzy hair
Solution: Never rub your hair dry with a towel, always pat it as rubbing it dry just makes it more frizzy. Rub a small amount of coconut oil through your hair after shampooing it or you can use any over the counter product that contains silicone. Always use small amounts to avoid a greasy look in your hair. A sheer moisturizing shampoo and conditioner designed to eliminate frizzy, flyaway hair is also helpful.
Problem: Limp or thin hair
Solution: After shampooing your hair with a volumizing shampoo, rinse with a mixture of baking soda and water to get rid of shampoo and styling product build up. Use a volumizing conditioner, rinse hair, then pour a mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar and one cup of water through your hair. Do not rinse. This will add body and shine. When blow drying, lift hair at the roots and dry on a low setting. Once styled, spray your hair with a texturizing spray.
Problem: Damaged hair from perms and dyes
Solution: Get your hair trimmed regularly every two months, and invest in a salon scalp treatment or you can give yourself an at home conditioning hair masque that will give your hair new life as both of these options work wonders on damaged hair, and it is immediately noticeable.
Solution: Mix one egg to two Tablespoons of lemon juice, mix thoroughly and apply to your hair for five minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair, pat dry. Apply a small amount of silicone hair serum through your hair while still wet. Pat hair to remove excess wetness, now apply a small amount of hair gel and style your hair as usual.
Problem: Oily hair
Solution: Add one teaspoon of aloe vera and one teaspoon of lemon juice to your shampoo. A mild herbal shampoo works best for oily hair. After conditioning and rinsing your hair, pour a mixture of one teaspoon of lemon juice, and one teaspoon of vinegar to one cup of water, pour over your hair. Do not rinse out.
Solution: Herbal shampoo works wonders on dandruff, but it doesn’t work alone. Plain white vinegar applied to the scalp before shampooing helps to drastically minimize dandruff. A hot oil treatment before going to bed works wonders as well. Before shampooing the hot oil out in the morning, mix two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of vinegar together and pour onto hair. Leave in for five minutes, then shampoo as usual.
Highlights for blondes
Mix one cup of lemon juice with one cup of chamomile tea, pour on hair and let sit for an hour. Shampoo and condition hair with Dove Advanced Color Care for lightened hair.
Highlights for brunettes
After shampooing and conditioning your hair with Dove Advanced Care for darker hair, give a final rinse with black coffee or strong black tea. This process takes approximately a month before you will notice a dramatic difference in your hair.
Highlights for red hair
Red hair can vary from strawberry to dark red so you will have to find the highlighter that works best for you by rinsing with carrot juice, beet juice or cranberry juice. Pour one cup of juice over freshly shampooed hair, leave in for one hour, rinse hair.
Natural grey hair remover
Sage has a wonderful aroma and works wonders at naturally removing grey hair naturally. Mix ½ of dry sage to one cup of water, bring to a boil and then allow the mixture to cool. Strain the mixture and keep it in the refrigerator. Before shampooing your hair, massage a small amount to grey hair daily, and leave the sage mixture in for 10 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual. It takes approximately a month before a change is noticed.