Your hair is your crowning glory – be it long, straight, short or curly. But sometimes managing something as royal as your crowning glory can rack up major numbers. Serums, shampoos and conditioners that we use all add up in the long run and we can end up spending hundreds of dollars on hair care alone. Here, we’ve got some of the best hair treatments you can try at home (because you have all the ingredients in your kitchen!).
You have… Tangled hair
Try… A vinegar rinse! Grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket and mix one tablespoon to a cup of water. It’s best to experiment with the amount of vinegar you use, so play around with the measurements (not too much!) to see what suits your hair type. Too much vinegar will leave you with oily hair, as will applying the mixture directly to your scalp. After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, soak the strands of your hair in the mixture and then rinse it out. You’ll have silky smooth strands in no time!
You have… Dull hair
Try… Sour cream and yogurt! The styling products that you use everyday such as gels and hairspray can leave a film over your hair that can deplete moisture levels. Combat this by taking 1/2 cup of sour cream or yogurt and leave it for about half an hour. The lactic acid in the cream will strip away any present dirt while the rich milk fat gently moisturises your hair.
You have… Limp hair
Try… Beer. Yes, you read it right. The yeast present in the beer helps plump up your hair while giving it a nice thickness. Mix a 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp of sunflower oil and a raw egg. Apply to your hair after you’ve washed it and when it’s damp, leave for 15 minutes. After the liquid has dried off, the leftover protein from the beer continues to structure limp hair.
You have… Residue-heavy hair
Try… Baking soda. Nothing will get rid of built up product on your strands better than baking soda. The sodium bicarbonate present in it will break down anything acidic. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into some water until you have a nice thick paste. Massage the paste into damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse out with cold water and continue to shampoo your hair.
You have… Itchy scalp
Try… Lemon juice and olive oil. This will work wonders for small flakes which can appear due to weather condition, stress and diet. The acid present in the lemon juice will get rid of the flakes, while the olive oil will moisturise the scalp beneath. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of water together and massage it onto a damp scalp. Leave it for about 15 minutes, rinse out and shampoo as usual.