January 11, 2010

Homemade hair packs: Reader’s contribution

For those who like making their own hair packs, here are some intereting hair packs shared by reader Anu:
Oily hair mask:
Juice of 2 lemons
5 tbsp strained tea water
½ glass beer
Mix well and apply to the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Shampoo.
For chemically treated hair:
4 tbsp honey
2 eggs
2 tbsp papaya pulp
1 mashed or pureed banana
Mix all the ingredients and apply on the scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap. Shampoo after 40 minutes.
Anti-Dandruff Hair Pack:
½ tsp black pepper powder
2 tsp fenugreek (methi) powder
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti)
1 egg
A pinch of camphor
Mix all the ingredients well. Apply from the scalp to the hair ends. Cover with a shower cap, leave it on for 40 minutes, then shampoo.

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  1. Anonymous5:29 PM

    I swear by Organic, Virgin, Unrefined Coconut Oil! It leaves your hair gorgeous!

  2. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Nuts and seeds. Try snacking on some seeds and nuts. They contain essential fatty acids that can pop that sheen right back into your hair.
    Vinegar. There are several ways you can help your dry hair with vinegar. Vinegar is a great conditioner and can improve cleanliness and shine. Just add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your hair as you rinse it. Keep a travel-size plastic bottle of vinegar in your shower for this purpose, and take one when you travel, too. Since dandruff can make your hair look dull, use vinegar to make dandruff disappear. Massage full-strength vinegar into your scalp several times a week before you shampoo. Or, a brief soak in vinegar and water before you shampoo can help control dandruff as well as remove the dulling buildup from sprays, shampoos, and conditioners. Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to a small basin of water and drape your hair into it. As an alternative, you can put the concoction in a spray bottle and apply it to your hair. A conditioner that controls dandruff and gives your hair a healthy shine can be made by mixing 2 cups water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Apply the conditioner after rinsing out your shampoo, and let it stay on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water. If you need a stronger treatment for dandruff control, use this same method, but keep the rinse on your hair for 1 hour, covered with a shower cap. Then rinse it out. This vinegar rinse will also help control frizziness in dry or damaged hair.
    Avocado and banana. Mash a little overripe banana and avocado together, spread in your hair, and leave it there for up to an hour. Then rinse with warm water.
    Beer. After your shampoo, rinse your hair with a little beer. This can help restore shine.
    Eggs. To clean hair and give it a super shine, whip an egg into tepid water (not too hot or you'll be dealing with a poached egg), then lather it into your hair. Rinse it out with tepid water or that egg will poach right on top of your head. To deep-treat damaged hair, give it a healthy sheen, and cure dryness right down to the roots, use this pre-shampoo conditioning treatment: Mix together 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil or safflower oil, and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Apply it to your tresses, cover with a plastic cap, and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then shampoo as usual.
    Mayonnaise. You'll need the full-fat kind, not a diet or low-fat version. Slather 1 tablespoon or so onto your hair, rub it in down to your scalp, then cover with a plastic cap and wait about 30 minutes. Rinse it out thoroughly or you'll be craving tuna salad the rest of the day.

  3. Kavya9:13 AM

    I love natural beauty ideas. I will definitely try some of these.

  4. Dhanya9:04 AM

    A Yoguhurt/Honey/Oatmeal one is amazing!


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