Got hair damage? Grab a banana. On her blog, beauty expert Michelle Phan says the fruit is rich in potassium, which strengthens and repairs hair. It's especially good for fine hair, since this mask won't weigh it down like a rich conditioner does.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
Blend the banana and honey in a blender until smooth. Apply the mix to dry hair and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.
Everyone's favorite fall decoration is also rich in vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc -- all essential for a healthy scalp and hair growth. Stephanie Gerber of the blog HenryHappened.com suggests mixing one cup of pumpkin puree with one to two tablespoons of honey, a natural humectant. Apply it to hair and scalp and wrap in saran wrap for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
Want healthy hair? It starts with a healthy scalp. Tackle dandruff, dryness, and other scalp issues with this treatment from themotherhuddle.com.
- 4 Tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp of grapefruit juice
Directions: Mix the ingredients together. Using a scalp treatment brush (find it at a beauty supply store), apply treatment to scalp skin. Rotate the brush across your scalp, gently pressing down to stimulate circulation. Next, part your hair down the center and apply mixture with the brush or a cotton ball. Repeat, working in one-inch sections until your entire scalp is covered. Finish with an all-over scalp massage, using your fingers. Let the treatment sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual.
When your hair color starts to lose its fresh-from-the-salon (or box) vibrancy, make a cup of tea, says Jeannine Morris of beautysweetspot.com. Chamomile tea brightens up blonde hair and black tea richens up brunette strands.
Directions: Steep four bags in one gallon of boiling water for five minutes. Let it cool before pouring it on damp hair. Rinse after 10 minutes.
The key to more lustrous locks? Get rid of the residue your styling products leave behind. Blogger Cara Brook of Maskcara has a simple, two-ingredient remedy to banish the buildup.
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 4 Tbsp water
Directions: Mix together until it forms a paste. Massage into hair from the ends to roots. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash as usual.
If you have curly hair, you know that finding the right product -- one that defines and hydrates curls without weighing down your spirals -- is key. Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com takes matters into her own hands with this simple serum.
- 3 Tbsp aloe vera
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Directions: Mix ingredients together and apply to freshly washed and conditioned hair.
Protein is essential for rebuilding damaged strands. Get it straight from your fridge with this egg-and-yogurt mask from Urban Bush Babes. Aside from being protein-rich, egg yolk is also rich in hydrating fats, and the lactic acid in yogurt is great for removing buildup.
- 1 egg yolk
- 6 Tbsp plain natural yogurt
Directions: Coat strands with mixture and cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.
If you’re always on the hunt for a shampoo sans harsh ingredients, why not make your own? That’s what blogger Wellness Mama started doing. After several attempts that left her hair tangled or oily, she found the perfect formula. The secret ingredient? Creamy coconut milk.
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1/2 tsp of vitamin E oil
- 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
- 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional -- best for dry strands)
Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a jar. Shake well to mix. Use about a teaspoon per shampoo (it should last you about a month). Shake before each use.
The sweet fruit is said to add hydration and shine to dry, dull strands. To make it more intense, blogger Angela Peters of Hairspray and Highheels mixes the berries with moisturizing mayonnaise.
- 8 strawberries
- 2 Tbsp of mayonnaise
Directions: Mix the strawberries and mayonnaise until it forms a cream. Apply generously to wet hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual.
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