Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own twenty different hair care products and wash your hair at a specific time on a specific day. Some of us (me included), like to wash and go, no fuss required. I don’t even own a bottle of hairspray! While expecting your hair to look picture perfect every time you step out of the shower may be wishful thinking, there are a few easy natural hair care tips that will help your hair look healthier and more luscious, day after day. While many of these tips don’t require any fancy hair products, you may want to look into creating some of your own. It’s cheap, easy, and a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon!
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Have you been washing your hair every single day? Stop that right now! Unless you have a job that makes your hair especially dirty, you should limit yourself to twice a week, three times if you’re dying to feel a little more clean. At the beginning of this transition, your hair will seem to get even dirtier than usual. Because your scalp is used to all of its oils stripped every single day, it produces oils more rapidly. If you begin to wean your hair off of being washed so often, it will eventually transition into looking less dirty, even without washing! I used to wash my hair every day, and I couldn’t understand how people could go a week without looking even the slightest bit greasy. Now, I wash my hair once every 4-ish days, and by the fourth day it still looks almost as good as it did the first!
I used to keep my hair short. Really short, think a Twiggy-inspired pixie cut. This was great because I truly could just wash and go without even taking a peek in the mirror. Now that I’ve chosen to grow my hair out past my shoulders, this is no longer the case. If I want to take a quick shower, I can forget it. The amount of detangling my hair needs these days takes at least five extra minutes just to deal with! The trick is keeping up on it so you don’t develop rat’s nests in the back of your head.
- Keep a wide-toothed comb in your shower. I’ve realized that lathering conditioner on the top layer of my hair does absolutely nothing to make it more manageable, you have to truly get your conditioner on all of your strands. By applying conditioner to your hair and then combing it through until it feels silky smooth, you’re already saving yourself the time you’d take trying to detangle your hair afterwards.
- Don’t skimp on conditioner. While it may be tempting to purchase that $1.00 bottle of conditioner, you’ll regret it afterwards. I’ve found that I actually use more of the cheaper conditioner to try to make up for how horrible it is, therefore not really saving me much money in the process.
- Once a week, make sure you deep condition your hair with a natural olive oil or avocado based treatment. There are types of deep conditioning treatment that you leave in and then wash out, and types that you simply apply and then style for the day. Depending on how much extra time you have during the week, you can choose one that suits your particular needs. If you have particularly dry or curly hair, make sure you choose a leave-in moisturizer as well.
- Brush your hair every day, but wait until it’s dry. Brushing hair with anything other than a wide-toothed comb when wet can damage it further.
Too much heat can cause a lot of lasting damage to hair follicles. If you have the time, let your hair air dry. Adding a small amount of smoothing treatment to your hair can help reduce the amount of frizz. Summer is here, and who wants to spend hours working on hair that is bound to be ruined by humidity anyway? For a quick, natural look, loosely braid your hair back when you get out of the shower. You’ll look beautiful in an effortless braid, and once your hair dries you can take the braid out for natural, loose waves!
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Homemade Hair Care Products
- Eggs: Whether you have normal, dry or oily hair, eggs can help provide moisture and get rid of unwanted oils. You’ll need about half a cup of eggs to cover your head, although you may need more if you have thicker or longer hair. If you have normal hair, massage both the white and the yolk into your scalp while your hair is damp. If you have oily hair, use only the egg whites, and if you have dry hair use only the yolks. Let it sit for twenty minutes, and then wash out with cool water. Repeat once a month.
- Honey: Honey helps hair regain moisture it has lost through sun, curling iron or straightener damage. Comb half a cup of honey into damp hair (you may want to warm the honey first or add a tbsp of olive oil to make this easier). Let it sit for twenty minutes, and then wash out with warm water. You can repeat this treatment once a month.
- Avocado: The healthy oils found in avocados help smooth frizzy hair and make it more manageable. Mash half of an avocado and massage it through damp hair. Let it sit for twenty minutes, and then wash out with warm water. Repeat every other week.
- Yogurt: Yogurt helps strip away dirt while providing moisture. While your hair is damp, take half a cup of yogurt and gently massage it into your scalp and through your hair. Let it sit for twenty minutes, then wash out with warm water. Repeat every other week.
No matter what problems you’re having with your hair, you can fix them. Natural treatments made from ingredients found in your kitchen can help, while understanding the proper ways of washing and drying your hair can make it cleaner and more manageable for life. Are you ready to let your natural beauty shine? Radiate beauty and happiness inside and out; sign up for Udemy’s course on improving your inner and outer beauty and learn how to be the best you you can be!