Commercial hair care products contain surprisingly many chemicals and synthetic ingredients, but it is easy to treat your hair naturally at home. These home treatments use simple, affordable ingredients: apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, olive oil and herbs. They nourish the hair and the scalp, condition and moisturize dry and damaged hair, and give your hair new shine.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar adds shine and removes chemical residue from hair care products. Mix a cup of warm water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Pour over wet hair and comb through. Leave for five minutes, rinse well with water, and condition and style as usual.
Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal and can remove dandruff. When treating dandruff, make a stronger solution and mix equal amounts of vinegar and water. Apply to your scalp and leave for a few minutes before washing and conditioning your hair.
Chamomile Hair Rinse for Blond Hair
Chamomile tea gives blond hair new shine and natural highlights. Make a cup of chamomile herbal tea using fresh or dry herbs or a chamomile tea bag, and let the tea cool down. Use as the last rinse after washing and conditioning your hair.
Coconut Oil Conditioning Hair Treatment
Coconut oil is one of the best treatments for dry or damaged hair. Coconut oil is solid in cold temperatures but becomes liquid if you place the container in hot water for a few minutes. Massage the oil into your hair, wrap your hair inside an old bath towel or a shower cap, and leave for at least 15-20 minutes or longer if you have time. Shampoo well (you may have to shampoo twice). Coconut oil adds moisture, protects hair from damage and is another good home remedy for dandruff.
Hot Oil Treatment with Olive Oil
Olive oil is a natural, affordable alternative to commercial hot oil treatments. It is ideal for dry and damaged hair or hair that has a lot of split ends. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl and place the bowl in hot water for a few minutes. If you have rosemary essential oil at home, add 1-2 drops to boost circulation in the capillaries and to stimulate hair growth. Comb the warm olive oil through your hair, cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel, and leave for at least 15-20 minutes or longer if you have time. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Jojoba oil is a good alternative to olive oil. Alternatives to rosemary essential oil include tea tree oil to treat dandruff and lavender oil to treat itchy scalp. If your scalp is oily, avoid the scalp and apply oil only in the hair, but if your scalp is dry, you can massage oil into your scalp too. Massaging your scalp regularly boosts blood circulation and helps to stimulate hair growth.
Homemade hair treatments are affordable and easy to do. Most ingredients can be found in grocery stores or natural health stores. Using natural ingredients and avoiding chemical hair treatments is also better for the environment.