Have you always wished for the soft, shiny, gorgeous hair you see on models, actresses, and those girls in shampoo ads (without having to pay through the nose for the salon treatments, professional products, and hours of styling required to keep your strands glossy and perfectly coifed)? Perhaps the thought of damaging your hair with chemicals, high heat (from a dryer and an iron), and excessive amounts of product gives you pause. But you still want to look your best! Now you can have the lustrous locks you’ve always dreamed of with less expense and the peace of mind that comes from using all natural products. Try some of these ideas for homemade moisturizers that will leave your hair silky, smooth, and utterly awesome.
The best overall homemade product for conditioning your hair is mayonnaise. Okay, so it’s not exactly a recipe that you have to whip up yourself (although most people claim that homemade is better than store-bought), but the combination of eggs, oil, vinegar, salt and sugar provides you with everything you need for a healthy scalp and a sleek head of hair. All you have to do is wash your hair with your regular shampoo, comb the mayonnaise into wet strands, starting at the roots, let it sit for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour (depending on the dryness of you scalp or the damage to your tresses), and then wash it away with a gentle shampoo like the kind used for babies (to remove the goop and the smell while leaving all the hair-healthy benefits). You’ll find your hair transformed into super-soft locks that are easy to manage. Some people like to cover hair with a plastic bag so that the concoction really sinks in.
Of course, you can also use some of the elements of mayonnaise on their own or in different combinations to achieve certain results. Eggs are great for adding a lot of shine while certain organic oils (olive, sunflower, and so on) will give you the smooth and silky feeling that the men in your life will love (although, if you have oily hair to begin with you may want to shy away from these elements). But if you want something that offers you these same results with the addition of a nice scent, then try throwing together some avocado oil and coconut milk, sunflower oil and bananas, or simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to some olive oil for a longer lasting scent.
The whole idea with adding natural oils to your hair is to coat the strands to lock in moisture, leaving your scalp flake-free and your tresses soft, silky, and clear of split ends and fly-aways. This is especially important if you have dry or damaged hair or if you use a lot of heat treatments. But however you treat your hair the rest of the time, adding a moisturizing mask to your weekly or monthly routine will ensure that you have the manageable and alluring hair that you’ve always coveted (without the attendant cost), regardless of what you were born with.
Carol Montrose writes for Everyday Health where you can find answers to all of your health related questions including information on arthritis treatment and much more.
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