September 5, 2014

5 Easy Make-at-Home Hair Treatments That Really Work

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It seems like there are so many different troubles we experience when it comes to our hair. From frizz to damage to oily roots, it can be difficult to keep our hair looking shiny and healthy. Here are 5 at-home remedies you can make with ingredients from your kitchen that will fix several common problems. 

Honey Mask to Fight Frizz

Honey  is a natural humectant, so it's great for recovering dry hair that's been through the ringer. Humectants help your hair suck in as much moisture as possible from conditioning treatments.
How To: Mix together 1 tablespoon of honey and a quarter cup of conditioner and work the paste into clean, damp hair. Wrap a plastic cap around your hair and leave it there for 15 minutes. Try wrapping a hot towel around the cap to open up the hair follicles for maximum absorption. Then rinse thoroughly and style as usual. 

Peppermint Tea Rinse For an Oily Scalp

Mint is a great astringent, which will really help get rid of excess oil. 
How To: Steep 4 peppermint tea bags in 1 cup of hot water- leave the tea bags in the water until it cools, because you want the rinse to be as concentrated as possible. Shampoo your hair as normal, then apply the rinse (only to the scalp) using cotton balls or a spray bottle. Let your hair absorb the rinse for 5 to 7 minutes, then rinse, condition and style as usual. 

Papaya Mask for Dull Hair

Papaya is full of enzymes, which will do a great job to get rid of the buildup in your hair and make it look naturally shiny. 
How-To: Mash one half of a papaya into a pulpy liquid texture and apply to damp hair. Cover your hair in a plastic cap and cover with a hot towel. Leave the towel on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse and style. 

Avocado and Olive Oil for Heat Damage

Heat damage can come from coloring your hair, heat styling and even just too much time in the sun! A great way to rejuvenate your heat-damaged hair is with an avocado and olive oil mask. Avocados and olive oil both contain fatty acids and proteins that deeply penetrate your strands to repair damage and make the hair smooth and shiny. 
How-To: Mash one half of an avocado with a fork and mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil until creamy. Shampoo your hair and apply the mask to your clean, damp locks. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

Rosemary Tonic for Damaged Hair

Essential oils such as rosemary oil are great for encouraging hair growth- there is some evidence that they stimulates the scalp, which would increase growth.
How-To: Bring 3 to 4 cups of water to a boil and throw in a handful of fresh rosemary. Allow the rosemary to steep for 20 minutes, then strain the leaves out and let the water cool. Pour the water into a spray bottle and spritz the tonic over clean, wet hair focusing on the roots after you shampoo your hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse and condition.