On my journey for healthy hair, I’ve grown rather skeptical of store brand products. Have you ever skimmed the ingredients of your favorite shampoo or conditioner and wondered, “How can this be natural?” You aren’t alone. To counter the fruitless brands on the market are several hair products that are enriched with natural ingredients you know and trust, like organic butters and essential oils. The downside is that they’re offered at an expensive price. So how can you buy what your hair needs without breaking the bank? Through a little experimentation and an open mind, I’ve discovered a solution to both of these problems, and the ingredients are right inside my kitchen.
Recipe for Softer Hair:
One ripe banana
Two tbs honey
One tbs olive oil
These may sound like the ingredients for banana bread, but are in fact the ingredients for a delicious hair mask. You may know the separate benefits of honey, olive oil and banana, but when combined, they serve as a great deep conditioning treatment. So if you’re looking for something safe and down-right yummy, try out the above recipe.
Place the banana, honey and olive oil in a blender and mix until smooth. Section your hair and apply the mix into each section, braiding or twisting it when you’re done. Put on a shower cap and a bonnet and keep the mix in for 30 minutes to one hour. Rinse out.
I recommend doing this at least once a month. It will soften your hair, heal split ends and leave a hint of banana wafting off your curls. From this recipe, you’ll get the results of name brand conditioners without their harmful chemicals.
Recipe For Split Ends:
One large avocado
Two tbs olive oil
If you hate split ends, then you will love avocado. Get one ripe avocado, pit it and peel it, then mash it with a fork until smooth. Mix in two tablespoons of hot olive oil and then apply it to your wet hair, as it will be difficult to apply when your hair is dry. Favor the areas where you know split ends are rampant. What I usually do is apply it throughout my entire head, giving my ends the most attention. Leave the mix in for 30 minutes with a shower cap and a bonnet, and then carefully rinse it out.
There are many causes of split ends, and it is far too easy for the cuticle to be worn away. For this reason, I recommend applying the above recipe to your hair once every two weeks. This is especially helpful for women whose hair is currently struggling with dryness, or women who use direct heat in styling their hair.
Keep in mind, this mix isn’t known to heal split ends, but strengthen your hair to prevent it from splitting in the future. Only a good trim can get rid of split ends. The olive oil isn’t a must, but it’s a nice addition if you desire strength and elasticity. It also helps the texture of the mix for a smoother application.
Recipe For a Clean Scalp:
Two tbs brown sugar (Turbinado)
1/2 cup of carrier oil (your choice)
Five drops of essential oil (your choice)
To fight off dry scalp during the Winter months, this last recipe works wonders; it’s also one of my favorite exfoliants. When you chose the oils, pick what you know works best for your scalp. The carrier oil of my choice is jojoba because it’s quickly absorbed into the scalp, and my essential oil is rosemary for its conditioning properties. For the brown sugar, any raw brand will do. Most women prefer coarse sugar, such as Turbinado, to keep from quickly dissolving in the oil.
Divide your hair into sections so as not to create tangles, then apply the recipe to your scalp. Be careful not to scrub too hard or it may irritate the skin. Let the mix sit on your scalp for 30 minutes to one hour, and then carefully rinse it out. Afterward, condition your hair and rinse with cold water to close the pores. An added bonus is that you can apply what’s left over to your skin as an exfoliant.
Do this application once a week and your dry, itchy scalp is sure to be repaired. For an extra boost in moisture, add a teaspoon of honey. Use one or all of these recipes for the perfect “hair food.”