By: Emily Connor
Shampoos for frizzy hair, for dry hair, oily hair, to stop hair fall, promote hair growth – etc, etc, etc. You name it, most of us have used it – and burnt a hole in our pockets in the process. Maintaining our hair is often quite a challenging task, especially with factors such as stress, pollution, and a hectic lifestyle added on. However, you really don’t need to go scouting through shops and searching online for expensive chemical remedies to sort out your hair problems. The natural products which are readily available in our kitchens and backyards do immense good to our hair, without putting a dent on our finances.
Our hair strands go through three stages in a process that is constantly occurring on our heads. Around 90 percent of our hair is usually in the growing phase, while the rest of the 10 percent is in the resting or the shedding phase. The average adult head loses around 100-150 strands of hair every day and so you really don’t need to worry about hair fall, unless it is excessive. By taking care of your scalp and hair, you can reduce hair fall, grow your locks, prevent dryness, and look after the health of your hair.
We bring you 7 DIY conditioners made of natural products and a few health tips to follow to get back those luscious locks:
1. Coconut and olive oil
Warm 2-3 tsps of coconut oil and olive oil and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Massage this on to your hair for a few minutes and leave it on your hair for an hour. Wash it off with water and a mild shampoo. This helps to moisturize your scalp and hair and prevent it from becoming dry, itchy and flakey especially during the winters.
2. Banana therapy
Mash a banana thoroughly, add 2 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil. Add 2 tbsp of honey and one tsp of lemon juice. You can use a food processor to blend it all up into a smooth consistency. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair covering every strand. Leave it on for half an hour and rinse it off with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo. Bananas contain biotin, a B Vitamin that promotes hair growth, are rich in potassium and essential oils and help to control dandruff. Hence, making this homemade conditioner the best way to use up overripe bananas that you have kept aside to throw out.
3. Castor, olive and coconut oil
Warm two spoons of castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil and massage this on to your scalp. This helps strengthen the root, increase the blood flow and moisturize your scalp, thereby promoting hair growth.
4. Apple cider vinegar
Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water, mix it up and massage it on to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for a minute or two and rise it off with lukewarm water. Viola! You have naturally conditioned hair at the fraction of the cost of a store bought one.
5. Coconut oil and honey
Warm 3-4 tbsps of coconut oil and add two tbsps of honey to it. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply the mixture on to your wet hair. Let it sit for an hour and wash it off completely with lukewarm water. This is best for dry, grey strands of hair.
6. Coconut milk and almond oil
Mix 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of coconut milk, 1 tbs of almond oil and 1 tbsp of almond milk (optional) in a bowl and set it aside for five minutes. Apply this mixture to your moist hair and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
7. Egg conditioning
Beat two egg yolks and add 2 tbsp of olive oil and coconut oil and let it rest. Wash your hair with shampoo. Apply this mixture thoroughly so that it coats your scalp and hair, let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it out with cold water.
Tips to follow for healthy hair:
By eating a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet, you sort out most of your hair problems. Hair cells require nourishment to grow and if you are not eating right, no amount of expensive shampoos or conditioners can help. Your hair is predominantly made of protein filaments called keratin, so that is one thing that your diet should consist of – eggs, fish, lean meat, lentils, quinoa, yogurt are all great sources of proteins. For hair follicles to grow, iron is another important nutrient. Add iron-rich food to your diet – red meat, green leafy vegetables, fish, chick peas, soya beans are all good sources of iron. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron by the body, hence it would be a good idea to add a dash of lime to your food.
2. Trim your hair
Trimming your hair once every six week ensures that you get rid of rough and split ends. This also makes sure that your hair is less brittle or easily broken.
3. Avoid hot water showers
While hot water showers are the boon of cold, wintery days, it has the tendency of stripping your hair of essential, protective oils. Thus, it is always best to wash your hair with lukewarm water.
4. Avoid frequent hair wash
While you do need to keep your hair and scalp clean, it is advisable to wash your hair once in 2-3 days, and not on a daily basis. This will help retain and regulate your hair’s natural oil and maintain your hair texture and body.
5. Air dry your hair and avoid combing after a wash
Rather than blow-drying your hair after each wash, allow it to dry naturally. This makes sure that your hair does not dry out, and thus become brittle in the process. If you must blow dry, then use a warm setting, instead of a hot one.
6. No tight buns
By tying your hair too tightly in a bun, the follicles on your scalp go through stress, giving you a head ache. It even has a scientific name – traction alopecia, which is hair loss caused by tying your hair band too tight and having your hair tied too tightly. Loosen up your hair and go for a loose braid or ponytail, instead. And if your hair is wet, just let it loose.
7. Protect your hair while swimming
The water in the pool is bad for your hair, period! So, the next time you jump into the pool, apply some a strong leave-in conditioner which ensures that your hair is protected from chlorine, salt and other chemicals in the water.
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Emily Connor is a 26-year-old psychology student and a content contributor at www.qualitydissertation.co.