I am very happy to say, thanks to the wonderful writer for Naturalology, that I am writing my very first guest post! I hope you all enjoy reading my post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
As many naturalistas embark on the journey towards happy and healthy hair, they turn to different products on the shelves of beauty supply stores or natural hair companies. Some people don’t even realize that the best products can be found within ones pantry or refrigerator. DIY (do-it-yourself) protein treatments and deep conditioners are great ways to give your hair life and strengthen your strands. After reviewing some of my favorite ingredients and doing a bit of research, I’ve provided ten “products” and their benefits. Put these ingredients together and find a new mix your hair will love!
What’s in your Kitchen?
- Honey- Honey is a natural humectant that provides shine and is great to repair split ends. Due to its anti-bacterial property, honey does a wonderful job at repairing the scalp. People tend to use honey for a honey and olive oil deep conditioner.
- Olive Oil- Olive oil is a common staple within the natural hair community because it has many benefits for both skin and hair. Olive oil is known for assisting with hair growth, conditioning the hair, and improving blood circulation in the scalp. It can be used as a hot oil treatment or a hair mask mixed with egg and drops of lemon juice.
- Egg- Egg strengthens the hair because it is loaded with nutrients like vitamins, A, D, and E. These vitamins can help with hair loss, thickening, and improving the texture of your hair. Egg is rich in protein, so your hair will be less prone to breakage. Mixing egg with honey, yogurt, mayonnaise, or olive oil can be a great protein treatment.
- Mayonnaise- An egg and mayo mix is a top protein treatment, but it can smell sometimes! Mayonnaise repairs damage to your strands and stimulates hair growth. Like egg, mayo strengthens hair and brings shine.
- Banana- Banana is surprisingly wonderful for both skin and hair. It helps with dry or itchy hair and retains moisture. Banana strengthens the roots, controls dandruff, and prevents split ends and breakage due to the richness in vitamins and potassium. If you plan to use banana as a conditioner or mask make sure the banana are purred. If the bananas are not purred you could end up with chunks of it in your hair even after washing, I learned that the hard way! You can actually use banana baby food; it sounds strange but give it a try!
- Vegetable Glycerin- Vegetable glycerin helps retain moisture, strengthens hair, and makes your hair less prone to breakage. It is good for dry hair and decreases dandruff. Adding vegetable glycerin to your shea butter mix or creating a daily mist can really help rehydrate your hair.
- Avocado- I call avocados my miracle food because it has so many benefits. Avocados prevent hair loss, promote growth, and moisturize dry or damaged hair. It is high in vitamin B, which assists with hair growth, and vitamin E, which repairs damage on the scalp. After an avocado treatment your hair will feel softer, shinier, and your scalp will be moisturized!
- Yogurt- Yogurt is nice because it has lactic acid which soothes and hydrates your curls; it is a natural conditioner that helps repair split ends. Yogurt acts as a natural cleanser by getting rid of dandruff and stimulating growth. It also eliminates itchy scalp and is rich in protein.
- Aloe Vera- The enzymes within Aloe Vera promotes healthy hair growth by destroying dead skin cells on the scalp that might be blocking the hair follicle. Aloe Vera has an anti-pruritic property which reduces itchiness and dryness. An Aloe Vera and water mix will condition the scalp and easily penetrates hair.
- Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is another staple ingredient. A key thing coconut oil does is add shine and soften hair. It preserves the hair’s proteins and reduces dandruff. Your hair will appear thicker and can be added to any protein treatment.
I hope I gave you a bit of insight so that you can create the perfect DIY product. What ingredients do you use in your hair regimen? Please leave your comments and thoughts and be sure to live life naturally!
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