There is really no need to spend money in expensive salons in order to get a healthy head of hair.
Rather than trying out one costly treatment after another, or switching shampoo and conditioner often, an alternative approach is to use home remedies instead. The secret ingredient to having shiny, thick, smooth and silky hair could very well be in your kitchen or home garden already.
Fresh Fruit For Healthy Hair Growth
One of the most popular and affordable all-natural treatments for hair is the use of fresh tropical fruits such as bananas, strawberries, and avocado.
Bananas are good for hair because the high potassium content promotes the natural elasticity of the individual strands. Bananas are particularly helpful in damaged and dry hair.
After mashing one banana with a fork, it must be applied from root to tip and the rinsed with shampoo after 15 minutes.
Meanwhile fresh strawberries make hair more luscious. Mashed strawberries (about eight pieces) are combined with a tablespoon of mayonnaise. Hair must be washed before this mixture is massaged into it and then covered with a shower cap and warm towel. This mixture must be washed off with shampoo and conditioner.
Avocado, on the other hand, is good for moisturizing and thickening hair especially because it is rich in vitamin E. The best way to use avocado is to mix one fruit with one banana and olive oil (one tablespoon). This mixture must be massaged onto the scalp for maximum absorption of nutrients. After half an hour, hair must be rinsed with shampoo and clean water.
There is another application for avocado and this one requires mixing with wheat germ oil. One-half of a ripe avocado must be mixed with two tablespoons of wheat germ oil. The hair mask is allowed to sit for 20 minutes after applying it on freshly washed hair. This avocado hair mask can be used once a week. Hair must be shampooed and washed thoroughly after each application.
Healthier Hair With Natural Oils
Olive oil is a popular choice amongst the best cooks and chefs in the world for cooking and various raw preparations. However, the kitchen is not the only place for this versatile ingredient.
Olive oil treatment on hair is indicated for hair conditioning and strengthening. Massaging olive oil into the scalp and hair strands soften the tresses and add body.
Hair experts recommend the use of pure olive oil in massaging the scalp and hair for at least 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Many argue that leaving olive oil on hair overnight offers best results, especially if the goal is to prevent further hair breakage. Meanwhile, some recommend the mixing of olive oil with honey for best results.
Castor oil also comes highly recommended by hair experts in order for hair to get thicker since it contains fatty acids and Vitamin E. Castor oil has another huge benefit in that regular use prevents hair fall.
When applying this treatment, the oil must be massaged into the scalp using circular motions. Others recommend mixing coconut oil with castor oil in equal parts. Coconut oil helps dilute the mixture for easier application because castor oil has a naturally thick consistency. After covering with a warm towel, the mixture must left on hair for at least an hour and then rinsed off with shampoo as soon as the time is up. With this kind of treatment, hair tangles are removed and
Hair-Friendly Fruits & Oils In Your Kitchen
There are many other home remedies for stronger, softer, and more manageable hair. Here are the some of the most highly recommended treatments:
Lime juiced mixed with amla powder is a good home remedy for weak hair strands that are prone to breakage. Mixing these two together and applying on the hair roots also make hair look fuller. For each treatment session, the mixture must be left undisturbed for at least 20 minutes, and then afterwards shampooed off.
Fenugreek seeds ground into fine paste and applied over scalp is a good remedy against stubborn, itchy dandruff. The paste must be left on the scalp for half an hour and then rinsed off using lukewarm water. Fenugreek seeds are also indicated for the prevention of hair loss and promotion of new growth. When this treatment is applied twice a week, the scalp does not become dry and hence is not prone to development of flakes.
Indian gooseberry has many medicinal uses given its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Indian gooseberry has exfoliating properties as well. These, along with its antioxidant content promote hair growth and healthy scalp.
There are many possible applications of Indian gooseberry. Some mix Indian gooseberry powder with water to make a paste that is applied on the scalp for at least 15 minutes. Others mix amla powder, Indian gooseberry, and coconut oil to create mixture that is massaged into the scalp during bedtime.
Aside from its applications on the scalp for treatment of hair problems, Indian gooseberry fruit extract may also be ingested as a food supplement.
Aloe Vera For Thicker Hair
One of the most popular remedies for thinning hair is aloe vera, which benefits hair and scalp in many ways due to its moisturizing properties and ability to restore the scalp’s delicate pH balance.
The gel is extracted from the succulent aloe vera leaves and applied directly to the scalp and left to sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing. Some people mix aloe vera gel with coconut milk before applying the mixture on the scalp. Meanwhile, other shave developed the daily habit eating one tablespoon of aloe vera juice for healthier hair.
The condition of a person’s hair is also dependent on his or her overall health. No matter how effective the abovementioned home remedies are, they will only be truly beneficial if the individual maintains a well-balanced lifestyle.
This means that for truly beautiful, luscious, and strong hair, a person must follow a good diet and perform regular exercise daily.
Taking in nutritious foods and the right amount of water daily ensures that the hair is amply supplied with the nutrients that it requires to grow strong and healthy. Meanwhile, regular exercise ensures that the blood circulates well, thus bringing to hair cells all the substances that they require.