Seven Natural Hair Repair Treatments You Can DIY in the Kitchen
by Jennifer Gilbert
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have healthy looking hair. Here are seven natural hair treatments made with common kitchen items.
If you’d love to have the hair of a Hollywood actress but you’re on a B-lister’s budget, look no further than your kitchen. While salon hair repair treatments can be effective, common food items can hydrate your hair and restore split ends. Here are seven natural hair repair treatments that can be conveniently found in your cupboards:
According to the Mayo Clinic, “healthy fats” such as olive oil are effective for hair repair. Olive oil hydrates hair and leave it feeling softer and smoother. For a split end conditioning treatment, apply two teaspoons of olive oil to the last 2-3 inches of your hair. Wrap your hair in a shower cap and allow it to soak in for 10-15minutes. Shampoo thoroughly and rinse. For best results, apply the treatment one or two times a week.
Avocado is not only good for making chip dip, it works as a hair detangler, too! First, peel the avocado, then place in a blender and puree until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of honey, an egg white for extra protein, and 3 tablespoons of aloe vera juice. After shampooing, apply the avocado mixture. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Use your fingers to comb the avacado conditioner through your hair before rinsing.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, coconut oil is an excellent household product for hair repair. Coconut oil restores proteins that are lost when hair is damaged. Since it is lightweight, it can even repair hair inside the hair shaft. Pour ¼ cup coconut oil into a heat proof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. For added fragrance, add several drops of essential oil, such as lavender. Cool until it is warm to the touch, but is not hot. Massage the coconut oil mixtures into your hair. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover with a shower cap. Leave the treatment on for ½ hour and rinse with shampoo.
Although it’s messy (and may make your stomach rumble) peanut butter is one of the best natural hair repair treatments. Peanut butter is full of protein, which is essential for hair growth. For this DIY treatment, place ½ creamy peanut butter into a bowl. Add ¼ cup vegetable oil to soften the peanut butter. Mix thoroughly. Using gloves, massage the peanut butter mixture into your hair. Cover with a shower cap. Blow dry on low-medium heat for 10-20 minutes or sit under a dryer. Shampoo and rinse with warm-hot water.
Although it’s not one the of most fragrant natural hair repair treatments, the vinegar in mayo has been proven to restore ph balance and reverse hair damage. To make a mayo hair repair treatment, place ½ cup of mayonnaise in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. For a fragrance boost, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Massage the mayo mixture through your hair. Secure your hair in a bun and wrap with a warm towel. Allow the mixture to penetrate for 15 minutes before shampooing. Since mayo is greasy, it may take several washes to get it rinsed completely.
According to Doctors Health Press, Vitamin E promotes hair growth and can moisturize dry hair. Kiwi also has a sweet fragrance and is easy on the senses. To make a kiwi hair repair mask, peel one kiwi and place it in the blender. Add one tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil. Blend until smooth. Apply to hair and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing. For best results, perform the treatment 1-2 times per week.
Rich in Vitamin B and antioxidants, wheat beer strengthens hair and promotes hair growth. To make a wheat beer hair wrap, pour one bottle of wheat beer into a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sunflower oil, and one raw egg white. Stir until combined. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz onto hair. Gently massage the beer mixture into your hair. Allow the mixture to penetrate for 10 minutes before shampooing and rinsing.