Everyone wants to have beautiful, thick and healthy hair. Trying to improve it with constant usage of styling solutions and colorants often makes our hair weaker, thinner and dryer. Fortunately, a hair spa treatment is not the only way to repair and regenerate damaged hair. There are plenty of easy hair care tips following which at home you will achieve perfect results without using harsh commercial products.
Hint 1: Protection comes first
Always guard your hair from rain, sun and wind. You will only multiply your hair problems, if you expose it to heat, sun, dirt, wind and pollution. Following this simple advice will save your hair from getting burnt-out, weary and frayed, and your scalp – from getting infected. Simply use a hat, an umbrella and sun-protection solutions.
Hint 2: Wet hair does not tolerate mistreatment
When your hair is wet, it gets pretty fragile and can be easily hurt. Harsh hair wash and subsequent twisting and brushing of moist hair usually results in poor consequences. Try to get rid of these habits and treat your hair with care when you wash it and you soon will see gradual improvement.
Hint 3: Systematic conditioning
There are plenty of hair-care products these days as well as thousands of various conditioners created to make your hair less frizzy, more manageable and supple. It is pardonable to miss a more comprehensive step, but missing using conditioner is an unforgivable sin. Each and every wash should be finished with conditioning!
Hint 4: Nourish what needs nourishment
Conditioners are created for hair, but not for sculp. Applying a lot of conditioner on head won’t do any good, but only makes your scalp extremely oily. Spread a conditioner one or two inches away from the scalp and it will nourish what requires nourishing, i. e. your hair shaft and its ends.
Hint 5: Same-brand shampoo and conditioner
Develop a sensible approach to the choice of your shampoos and conditioners. When both of them belong to the same line, their formulas resemble each other and work better on your hair. Products from different lines do not have such deep connection and fail to give you the best they have to give.
Hint 6: limit usage of heating appliances
Sun and heat are the worst enemies of your hair. Keep that in mind every time you want to use a blow-dryer or a straightener, and use them only when it is absolutely unavoidable. But before that, apply a hair protectant: this way you defend your hair from losing all the moisture needed for growth and better maintenance.
Hint 7: Opt for safe hair scrunchies
These days even men use hair ties sometimes. Although they help males have a modern feel, but tend to damage their hair and lead to resultant premature hair loss. Elastic ties and binders pull hair back too tight, increase tension and cause irreversible consequences. If you cannot do without a ponytail, use cloth scrunchies that are a lot safer than elastic ones.
Hint 8: Loose braids for bedtime
Some people with long hair braid it before they go to bed. They do the right thing, actually, but only if their braids are loose. Open hair often leads to knots formation, and tight braids make hair messy and frizzy. Do not over-brush your hair since it also leads to frizziness.
Hint 9: Pillowcase’s fabric matters too
When it comes to hair health tips, even fabrics of pillowcases matter. Satin is a natural material which glossy surface makes it ideal for hair. Pillowcases made of other fabrics and even cotton ones have rougher texture and hurt hair when you turn from side to side during your sleep.
Hint 10: Dry it carefully
Careful wash should be followed by careful drying. Being extra careful with wet hair is a rule number one, so you should forget about intensive rubbing and twisting. Wrap your hair with a soft cotton towel instead –this will quickly take in the excess water in a few minutes time. Dry your hair naturally as often as possible and the result will soon be seen.
Hint 11: Treat your hair and scalp with oils
Oil is good for both your hair and your scalp. Apply slightly warmed oil on your head and cover it with a shower cap and a towel. Wash it out in about half an hour with a moderate amount of gentle shampoo avoiding vigorous rubbing.
Oils were used for centuries for hair treatment. The best oils that can greatly improve your hair are almond, jojoba, coconut and olive ones. Soak your hair lightly, warm a tea-spoon of oil and massage it into your roots and scalp. Cover your head and forget about it for about 30 minutes, then washing the mask out.
Hint 12: Use appropriate hair masks
Hair masks are great, but certain masks should be used for certain problems (as well as hair types). Make sure to always find out what would work best for your problem and use only the right mask – otherwise you may create even more issues than before.
Hint 13: Never tease your hair
Teasing is one of the worst ever created hair techniques. Avoid teasing by all means for it damages a texture of your hair: and if it is thin, it will become even thinner with teasing.
Hint 14: Do not use hot water
Cool and tepid water is good for our hair. It does not mean though that the colder it is the better. Using freezing cold water won’t make your comfortable, but the water of room temperature is perfect for you and your hair. Too hot water, on the contrary, damages hair, so keep that in mind every time you wash it.
Hint 15: Introduce a clarifying shampoo
Many wonderful products tend anyway to build up. It reduces their effectiveness, but this can be improved by usage of a clarifying shampoo, which helps to get rid of the trouble and prepare the new ground for other washes. Using it once a month is enough to solve the problem.
Hint 16: Brush moderately
Daily brushing makes hair healthier and glossier. Brushing helps to spread oils and other hair solutions through the hair length. However, frequent brushing, especially with plastic brushes, is not advisable: they only cause hair damage and should be replaced with high-quality combs.
Hint 17: Watch your diet
Our diet affects your body, face and hair. Eating unhealthy and processed foods worsens your hair, so try to develop healthy eating habits. There is a great deal of simple natural foods able to provide valuable nutrients for your hair: beans and spinach are great sources of iron, eggs are rich in lutein and folate, oysters – in zinc, mushrooms and salmon – in vitamin D.
If it’s still not enough or you have allergy or other reasons to avoid some foods, consider using food supplements, but consult your doctor to be on the safe side.
Hint 18: Limit the number of purchased products
Pay more attention to natural remedies. You probably cannot avoid using store-bought shampoos and conditioners, but try to limit the usage of far too much bottled hair-care solutions.
Hint 19: Introduce homemade solutions
Even the best “naturally” made products for hair contain some preservatives. The truth is that really natural solutions cannot live for more than a few days without chemical preserving agents. You will feel the difference if you try to make and use your very own shampoo or a conditioner out of only natural ingredients (find the recipes below).
Hint 20: Brushes and Combs
Manage your hair only with top-quality brushes and combs: they are much safer and able to stimulate and relax your hair and scalp. Some hair types require certain tools: for example, a nylon bristle brush is a perfect tamer for wavy or curly hair. Treat your hairbrush the same way you treat your toothbrush: it should be your very own clean tool never shared with other family members (to avoid the transfer of infection or dandruff).
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Our supermarket shelves are piled with hair-care goods, but the effect of one natural solution made at home greatly outweighs the effects of a few commercial products. Have a look at these beauty tips for hair that can be easily cooked at home. They will save you plenty of money while creating great looks without usage of purchased solutions.
Simple hair care tips at home
As mentioned above, shopping for expensive hair-care products does not usually bring the desired results. Here are a few easy recipes able to restore even the most damaged hair making it stronger and healthier in a matter of a few weeks.
Eggs’ yolks have long been known for their ability to soften hair and boost its growth. Mix 3 egg yolks, a couple of drops of vitamin E and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the blend onto your hair and wash it out with a shampoo in 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply massage a yolk into the hair roots and scalp. Make sure to repeat this every week and the results won’t be far behind.
Bananas are full of potassium that is helpful for making your hair more elastic and stronger. The following mixture is able to repair dry and weary hair, but it is also good for healthy hair maintenance. Mash a pilled banana and spread this along the entire length of your hair. Cover your head with a plastic cap and wash the mixture out in with a good shampoo in about 15-20 min.
Emollient and moisturizing abilities of honey make it a wonderful conditioner that strengthens hair and even able to prevent its fall. All you have to do for it is to add a couple of honey drops into your conditioner (and may be shampoo too) and enjoy the results.
The combination of two most effective natural ingredients, eggs and oil, makes mayo highly beneficial for human hair. Mayonnaise mask helps to improve even the most damaged hair: make an application, cover your head with a cap and thoroughly wash it away in about 1hr time.
Thanks to natural sugars and B-vitamins beer is able to add shine and strength to limp and dull hair. It also makes healthy hair more beautiful and glossy. Rinse hair with a small amount of beer at the end of your wash. Alternatively, fill a spray bottle up with beer and use a small amount after you have washed and towel-dried your hair.
Dandruff sufferers can solve their problem with the following natural solution. Take 2 tb spoons of fenugreek seeds, cover with water and leave this until next morning. Then grind this with a blender to get a pureed “smoothie” and apply it onto your roots and scalp. Wash it out in about half an hour and enjoy the soothing effect of the mixture on your scalp as well as the absence of dandruff.
Make a wonderful fragrant and nourishing hair conditioner out of only two simple ingredients. Mix one tablespoon of mayo with 8 pureed strawberries and spread this solution out into your hair. Wait for a while and then shampoo, rinse and dry naturally.
Amla is a valuable fruit that is getting more and more popular in our culture thanks to its numerous benefits. It is introduced to us from India and is said to be helpful not only when taken internally, but also through topical application. Mix alma powder and lemon juice and spread the blend along the entire hair length. Thoroughly wash it out in about 20-30 min and enjoy strong and attractive hair.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often used to give hair additional shine and shimmer. Finish your hair wash with rinsing it by a mixture of warm water and a couple of table spoons of apple cider vinegar.
Handmade hair-care rinses, shampoos and conditioners
1. Antidandruff shampoo
Mix 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap with 1/4 cup of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Add 5-6 finely-ground cloves, 3 tb spoons of apple juice and a half of teaspoon of light vegetable or jojoba oil. Mix everything in a blender, pour the solution into a bottle and use it as an antidandruff shampoo. Store the rest in the fridge for 3-4 days and one more usage.
2. Shampoo for shiny hair
Put two tablespoons of dried rosemary into a small pan, cover it with 1/4 cup of distilled water and boil until feeling the fragrance. Strain out leaves and add 2 tb spoons of sweet almond oil, 1/4 cup of lemon essential oil and 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap. Blend all ingredients well and enjoy as a perfect homemade shampoo. This one can be stored in the fridge longer for a few more washes.
3. Conditioner for stronger hair
Melt 2 tb spoons of pure honey and 4 tb spoons of extra virgin coconut oil. To do this, put both ingredients into a cup and place it into a pan with water. Boil water until the mixture in the cup is melted, cool it a bit and massage it into washed hair. Cover with a shower cap and a towel, wait for about 20 minutes and then wash your handmade conditioner out.
4. Sculpting conditioner
Wash your hair as usual and condition it with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of gelatin with a cup of water. No other styling mousses are necessary!
5. Rinse for extra shine
Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 4 teaspoons of water and pour the mixture into the small scoop. Rinse your hair with the mixture after using shampoo and conditioner.
Regular usage of these tips will help you to maintain healthy hair for ages.