Commercial haircare treatments contain a whole range of ingredients, some of which can dry out your hair, cause skin reactions and even damage your health. Making haircare products of your own with ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard is a great way to keep your hair healthy and avoid nasty chemicals found in many store-bought products.
Egg Yolk Mask for Damaged Hair
Egg yolk contains protein and other nutrients that help to repair damaged hair. The egg is also a natural cleanser that can remove dirt and grime from the hair and scalp.
Whisk two or three egg yolks in a bowl until you have a slightly frothy liquid. Wet your hair with cool or tepid water, then massage the egg into your hair and scalp.
You can leave the egg on for up to 15 minutes, or you can rinse it out straight away with cool water. Never use hot water, as this will cook the egg and make it difficult to remove.
Baking Soda Scrub for Product Build-Up
Styling products leave a residue on your hair and scalp that can quickly build up, causing your hair to look dull and lifeless. Baking soda is a powerful natural cleanser that can remove this build-up and get your hair feeling squeaky clean.
Start by wetting your hair with warm water. Next, sprinkle one to two tablespoons of baking soda onto your scalp; massage thoroughly into your scalp and the roots of your hair. Rinse with warm water, making sure to remove all traces of baking soda.
As baking soda can upset the hair’s natural pH balance, you should not use this treatment more than once a month. You can help to restore the pH balance by rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar.
Black Tea Rinse for Dull Hair
Black tea makes an excellent rinse to cleanse, soften and leave your hair looking shiny. If you prefer, you can use green tea, chamomile tea or other herbal teas.
Steep two tea bags in a pint of boiling water for at least five minutes. Remove the tea bags, then allow the liquid to cool. Next, pour the cool liquid over your scalp and hair.
Black tea is best for people with black or brown hair, as it contains tannins that help to enhance darker shades. Chamomile is ideal for blond hair, as it can have a lightening effect.
While natural products are usually more gentle on your hair and skin, some people may experience skin reactions when using specific ingredients. Therefore, it’s essential to test hair treatments on a small patch of skin before applying them to your whole head.