When it comes to hair care, this is also a place where our habits need some careful evaluation as we make the switch to a more natural hair care regimen. Again, a number one recommendation for healthier hair is to avoid over-cleansing. Here, we will give Extremely Effective Homemade Hair Care Tips For Healthy And Long Hair.
Hair should be shampooed every other day at most, and a moisturiser or conditioner should be applied after every shampooing. Allowing your hair’s natural oils a chance to thrive is one of the first steps to having more beautiful hair. Diet is also essential when it comes to a healthy head of hair.
Be sure you’re eating plenty of protein in the form of oil-rich nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds and walnuts. Give your hair an extra boost by ingesting a spoonful of flax or hempseed oil every few days.
When it comes to external treatments for your hair, keep them simple. Overuse of commercial styling products, heat-styling and dyeing are also other major destroyers of a healthy head of hair.
Washing Hair Care Tips
Washing the hair needn’t involve anything more complicated than baking soda and vinegar. Those who use this simple hair care regimen usually find it takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the scalp and hair to adjust, so you will want to give it some time before making up your mind about whether this method suits you.
Many also find 2-3 washes each week is enough when using this method. Simply pour about a tablespoon of baking soda into your hand, moisten it, and massage it into the hair and scalp. Wait about one minute before rinsing it out.
Follow up with a vinegar solution. Put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar into a squeeze bottle with one cup of water. Shake to mix and then squeeze some onto the scalp, massaging into the scalp and hair. Again, wait about a minute before rinsing. Advocates of the so-called “no-poo” method love the way their hair maintains a balanced natural oil content.
As already mentioned, just be sure to allow your hair and scalp adequate time to adjust to this minimal natural hair care routine. If you’re using shampoos that strip the natural oils from your hair, your body may be in a habit of producing extra oils to help the depleted area.
Allow it time to adjust. I tend to lean towards a more soapy solution for my own natural shampoo. Here is my recipe; you may like to experiment with different oils. I enjoy the rosemary-mint scent, and these oils are very stimulating and cleansing.
Make Rosemary-Mint Shampoo of Your Own
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup unscented castile soap
- 1 TBSP sweet almond oil
- 3-5 drops each rosemary and peppermint oils
Use a clean empty shampoo bottle to mix the ingredients. Simply put all ingredients in the bottle and shake vigorously to mix.
Making Conditioning Rinse
Whip up a nice conditioning rinse to moisturize your hair after shampooing.
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 1 TBSP lecithin
- 3-5 drops each rosemary and peppermint oils
You can, of course, choose a different essential oil for this recipe, but I like to make mine match my shampoo.
Lecithin is an emulsifying agent, so like an egg white it helps things stick together, in this case it helps the water and oil to stick together.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy, about 1 minute.
Place the conditioning rinse in a clean empty shampoo or conditioner bottle and keep it in your shower.
Use this mixture as you would a normal rinse-out conditioner.
How To Make Your Own Hair Color At Home
If you’re not content with your hair colour or just looking for a little change, before you go to the extreme of a chemical dyeing, try playing with some natural colouring options.
1. Lighten-up Lemon
Lemon juice acts as a natural brightener. This natural highlighting trick requires a few sunny days over the course of a week or two.
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups chamomile tea (steeped and cooled to room temperature)
How To Prepare ?
- Mix the ingredients in a squirt bottle.
- If your hair is shorter, halve this recipe. You can also choose to treat only strands of hair and not the entire head, just section off the hair you do not want to treat with the highlighting liquid and wrap it in sections in aluminium foil so that the liquid and sun do not touch it.
- You’ll need to plan to be outside in the sun for about an hour, so think of some chores to do outside or in your garden, or maybe just relax on the patio with a cold drink and your favourite book.
- Squirt the contents of the bottle from the roots to tips of your hair and then go out in the sun for about an hour.
- You’ll then need to wash with shampoo in order to ensure the acidic lemon isn’t left to dry out the hair.
- Use a good conditioner to restore moisture the hair. Repeat this one or two additional times with a couple days in between for beautiful sun-kissed highlights.
- Take care to keep the lemon juice off your skin as it will burn
2. Look Your Hair Henna Red
Henna is another possibility for natural hair colouring. Henna powder is derived from the leaves of a tropical flowering plant that has been used since ancient times to dye skin, hair, silk, leather and more.
In addition to dyeing the hair a lovely reddish hue, henna also is known to strengthen and thicken the hair. If your starting hair colour is dark henna will give you rich burgundy hair and highlights.
If your starting colour is medium-brown henna makes an auburn hair colour. And for lighter hair expect a nice light red colour. As with the lemon highlights, some time is required (6 hours), but the beautiful colour from the henna lasts 1-3 months and you will have the peace of mind that comes with using a chemical-free hair colour.
- 100% henna powder (100 g is sufficient for shoulder-length hair)
- Distilled water
- Lemon juice or vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Rubber gloves
- Dropcloth and a few old rags
- Plastic wrap
How To Prepare :
- The night before dye day, mix enough lemon juice or vinegar into the henna powder to create a fine paste.
- For 100 g of henna powder it should take about 1/4 cup lemon juice or vinegar.
- This mixture needs to sit 6 – 12 hours to allow the dyeing agents in the henna powder to release so that they can bond to the proteins in your hair.
- When the dye is ready, don an old shirt, rubber gloves, and coat your hairline and ears with coconut oil to prevent unwanted dyeing of these areas.
- Begin applying the henna paste, which should have the consistency of mud, at the roots of the hair working outward to the tips.
- Massage the henna paste into the hair as you apply it, and add a sprinkle of water if your hair begins to feel dry during the application process, the paste needs to remain wet during the entire dyeing process.
- As soon as all the hair is well-coated, seal it up with plastic wrap atop your head. (So you’ll want to schedule this for a day at home!).
- Thoroughly rinse after 6 hours, conditioning several times to help restore moisture to the hair.
Enjoy your red!
Expect a tamer shade of red after 3-4 days and then the colour should remain consistent for about 1-3 months depending on how often you wash.
3. Go For Darker Dyes
I won’t go into the details here, but if you are a fan of darker dyes, a natural solution is to purchase raw indigo powder.
Mixing indigo powder with to the basic henna dye recipe above should result in dark brown hair colour. To achieve black tresses, do the basic henna dye and then apply a paste of indigo powder. A paste of indigo powder for dyeing hair is made using distilled water and should be about the consistency of yoghurt.
Avoid the Blow-dryer On Your Hair
Break the ugly habit of blow-drying. Not only is it a waste of electric power, blow-drying also damages your hair by the heat and wind. When used often, your hair will be noticeably affected by blow-drying. Instead, allow your hair to dry naturally.
Twist your hair up into a bath towel atop your head after showering. This wrings it out a bit more and allows the towel to sop up a bit more water so your hair can dry a little faster.
This may mean washing your hair at night so you’re not leaving for work with a wet head, but changing up your washing schedule is worth the trouble to avoid the damaging effects of the blow-dryer.
Styling Gel The Hair
The truth is most hair looks best when it’s styled in a way that comes naturally to it. Forcing hair into a position that doesn’t come naturally to it is not exactly the most attractive choice one can make.
However, if you feel you must, then take a note from punk culture: mix up some egg white!
Because you’re probably not going for a Mohawk, you’ll want a more subtle styling gel, so dilute the egg white with equal parts aloe vera jelly before applying to your hair.
Apply to slightly damp hair and style as desired. After it dries, you’ll not want to comb the hair until you’ve had a chance to wash out the styling gel, otherwise you risk breaking the hair.
You can make the “hold” of the gel more or less by changing the ratio of egg white and aloe vera. For less hold use more aloe vera, and for more hold use more egg white.
Tame Frizz the Natural Way
Every winter my hair gets a mind of its own. It begins to stand up and move every which way thanks to that magical thing we call static electricity.
Tame frizz by placing some pure aloe vera jelly in your palm and then rubbing this into your hair.
I find this works best when applied to dry or nearly-dry hair. Unlike oil, aloe vera remains light on your hair and does not give the hair an oily and unappealing look.
Hair a tangled mess? Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water in a spritz bottle. Shake and spray to detangle hair. The vinegar odour should dissipate fairly soon, but if you’re not keen on smelling of vinegar, rub a few drops of a perfume oil into your hair after detangling such as:
- Ylang-ylang into your hair after detangling
Hair Strengthening Oil Treatment
Give your hair a strengthening warm oil treatment once every couple months. Here’s how:
After shampooing the hair as normal, step out of the shower or bath and apply some warm sesame, almond, or olive oil to the hair. You can warm the oil by placing it in a glass bottle and then submersing the bottle in hot (not boiling) water on the stovetop for a few minutes.
Drip it on at the scalp and then massage it from the scalp down to the tips of the hair. Once you’ve coated the hair with the oil, wrap the hair up in a towel or shower cap and let it sit for half an hour.
Then return to the shower and shampoo again to rinse the excess oil from the hair. This treatment will allow your hair to absorb a great deal of the vital oil and will give it added strength that will protect it from breakage.