Originally published in April of 2016, I thought it was time to update the DIY Hair Treatments.
Summer can be brutal to the hair.. swimming pools, heat, humidity, beach, sand.. and everything else that comes with Summertime Fun. Included are the original DIYs for combating dull, frizzy hair, but I added a few new ones.
Hair masks are the rage.. and with good reason. The same skin loving ingredients that go on your skin are also amazing for your hair.Instead of just the edition of a few essential oils to a shampoo or conditioner. these masks with deeply penetrate the hair shaft and follicles to restore and renew your locks.
Mud in Your Hair?
Turns out, clay can be very beneficial for hair in the same way it can be beneficial in the rest of the body: it removes toxins to leave hair super-clean and with a lot of shiny volume.
Rhassoul clay yields the best results in my opinion – it leaves hair with the best texture and is less drying than other clays. It is not usually available in health food stores, but you can easily find it online.
What you need
- ¼ cup rhassoul clay
- Enough rose water to create a paste
- 2 tsp argan oil
- Essential Oil ( Rose, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender are good ones)
- Wooden mixing bowl & spoon (you can also use plastic but no metal please – Metal makes the clay lose its potency)
- Shower cap
- Into your non-metal bowl, dump in the rhassoul clay.
- Now add the argan oil.
- Slowly add rose water a little by little, while mixing with a spoon to create a smooth spreadable paste.
- Once that’s done, add in 5 drops essential oil.
- Now mix again mask is ready!
- Apply right before a shower. To apply, section out your hair and stand over your bathroom sink.
- Scoop up the mixture and gently apply it all over your scalp. Once your whole scalp is saturated, smooth the remaining mask on your hair length.
- Now tie your hair up and cover it with a shower cap. Do other things that you do in the shower like shaving.
- After 5-7 minutes, rinse off the mask very thoroughly with warm water.
- Now you can shampoo. This part is optional as rhassoul clay acts like a natural shampoo itself!
- When your hair dries, you’ll be astounded by how fluffy, clean and soft it feels and looks!
The first time I realized that eggs were good for your hair, I was a kid and my Maw Maw ( New Orleans term for gramdma) cracked an egg on my head after a long day of swimming. I thought she was crazy, but as she rinsed my hair and it dried to its normal state, I couldn’t help but notice how different my hair felt. It wasn't dry and brittle from the chlorine.
Turns out egg really is a great thing to put in your hair.
For a moisturizing, restorative, make-it-shine hair mask, mix it with some avocado!
- ½ an avocado
- 2 egg yolks
- Mix ingredients well. Apply to wet or dry hair and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing and washing hair
Yogurt, Honey & Olive Oil ( hydrating)
Honey might not sound like something you want to put on your hair, and I understand. It’s like the stickiest substance found in nature. But when you mix it with a little yogurt and olive oil, it’s an important component to helping get your hair back in shape.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ¼ cup yogurt
- Mix the ingredients well. Apply to damp hair, and allow to sit for 15-2o minutes. Rinse and wash your hair, and allow to dry as normal
For Oily Hair / Scalp
Lemon is best for those with an oily scalp, as lemon juice has the capabilities of absorbing the excess oil and grease. This fruit is high in Vitamin C, and will help clean your hair from any deposited products and dust.
- 5 tbsp of plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp of baking soda
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- Mix the three ingredients together and rub all over your hair focusing on the roots. After 30 minutes rinse off. If your hair is extra oily try doing this mask once a week.
Brown Sugar Mask
The Brown Sugar Mask will help aid dry, itchy or flaky scalps and remove any dead skin cells.
- 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Mix all ingredients into a bowl
- Apply to your hair from top to bottom .
- Let it sit for 15-20 mins
Original Posting April 2016
Dry, Dull or Frizzy hair ??? Sounds like me on a Monday. If you suffer from the Frizz, try these amazing DIY recipes. Don't be scared. Many of these recipes use ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Food is good for you.. if you eat it, you can use it for your skin/hair as well.
Avocado has a well-deserved reputation for one of nature’s perfect foods. Its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair. Mash up half an avocado and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. Shampoo hair, squeeze out water and apply mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. it this is too thick.. you can add olive oil or yogurt to the mix.
The wonders of coconut oil never cease! This oil is heavy, which is great for penetrating deep into the hair shaft, but use it sparingly, especially if you have fine or thin hair. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the ends of damp hair. If the oil is solid just warm in the microwave until liquid before applying. Got really dry hair? Keep the oil on overnight and shampoo out in the morning
Apple Cider Vinegar
This pantry staple actually seals hair cuticles to promote softness and shine. Use it as a rinse after shampooing and conditioning. Dilute one part vinegar to six parts water in a bottle. After rinsing, the smell should subside in a matter of minutes.
Targeted to treat brittle and damaged hair. Combine a half-cup of full-fat Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of melted shea butter. Stir in a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses. Apply the mixture from mid-shaft to end and leave on for a few minutes, then shampoo a few times. The protein in the yogurt protects hair from heat, seals in moisture, and helps mend split ends.
Banana + Olive Oil
Not only can bananas work their magic on your feet, but they are awesome for your hair! Mix a banana with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mash thoroughly until the banana is pureed. (You want a smoothie like texture so you don’t end up with banana chunks in your hair.) Then massage into your hair and scalp. Leave treatment on for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly and shampoo.
Pumpkin + Honey
Pumpkins have lots of amazing benefits – they’re rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to one cup of pumpkin puree and pack as much as you can onto your hair and scalp. You’ll need to either wrap your hair in saran wrap or wear a shower cap to keep the mask in place. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then rinse. Feel free to apply to your face as well
Beer is full of hair-fortifying B vitamins. Mix a half-cup of beer with one egg (its fatty-acid content is moisturizing) and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for an easy conditioning treatment. Let it sit in hair for 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water (hot water will scramble the eggs) for bouncy, soft results.
Instead of dandruff shampoo — with its medicinal smell and unsexy packaging — try aspirin for a flaky scalp. Its main ingredient, salicylic acid, also doubles as the active ingredient in dandruff shampoos. To use, crush two tablets and mix with a dollop of any shampoo. Lather, rinse, and finish with a moisturizing conditioner.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the Frizz, and how to combat it, in this edition of The Crunchy Corner!!