by Julie Dees
Let’s face it. We spend a lot of time and money on our appearance. For most of us, our hair truly is our crowning glory. It is most often the first thing someone will notice about us. If your hair isn’t at its best, it can give them a less than stellar impression of you and even start your day off wrong. The old saying about bad hair days is a little too true at times.
Instead of hightailing it to the salon or pulling on a hat every time your hair has issues, turn to your own pantry. You can find the answer to many of your common hair problems already waiting in your kitchen.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sweet Almond Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)
Recipes for No More Bad Hair Days
Combine 2 eggs, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp sunflower or sweet almond oil. Beat until smooth. Add 5 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils, stir until mixed. Massage mixture into damp or wet hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic wrap. Continue by wrapping a towel around your head.
Relax and set the timer for 30 minutes. Rinse mixture from hair and then shampoo and condition as usual. Treatment can be done weekly.
Add one small avocado with 4 tbsp sweet almond oil, and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to a blender. Pulse all ingredients together. Stir in 10 drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils. Work mixture through hair and scalp.
If hair is long, clip it up before leaving the mixture to set for 15-20 minutes at least. Rinse mixture out and then wash and condition as usual. Good for a monthly treatment.
Prepare one serving of oatmeal and let it cool. Add two tbsp salt, mix well. Stir in 5 drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Apply generously to your scalp and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo as usual.
Itchy, Dry Scalp
In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp each of lemon juice, olive oil, and water along with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Set aside while you wet your head. Massage mixture onto wet scalp and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. Treatment can be reapplied every two weeks.
Sweet Treat for Your Head
Mash ½ banana with 8 strawberries and 1 tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well and massage into washed, wet hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and then a towel. Allow to set for about 15-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. Can be done weekly.
Do you have a favorite home remedy for your bad hair days? We’d love to hear about it.