Homemade haircare

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In need of a quick fix or just something that won’t damage the hip pocket? Take a few ingredients from the kitchen shelf and make these easy remedies for damaged hair

Of late, what with my German Shepherd puppy and a lack of energy reducing my desire to step out of home, I prefer to take care of my skin and hair at home as much as I can. I no longer have the luxury of three hours or more to spend at the salon for a facial or massage and a deep conditioning treatment.

Instead I talked to an old aunt and a friend’s grandmother who gave me tips on how to look after my hair at home. They didn’t go to beauty parlours back then and they didn’t suffer from hair fall or other such issues. So, I have listed out a few treatments that work well no matter what age you are.

The important thing to remember is that you can take a few key ingredients like eggs, yoghurt, fruits, vegetables, honey and various oils from your bathroom cabinet and kitchen shelf to give your hair all the bounce and shine it needs.

Honey

Honey is an excellent ingredient to use for dry and damaged hair. You can mix two tablespoons each of honey with full cream milk and coconut oil. Apply and leave on for half an hour and wash off. Since honey can be quite sticky, cover your hair with a shower cap during the treatment.

Eggs

These wonderful things come packed with goodies and are good to go even if you don’t eat them. One home remedy that always works for me is mixing a couple of eggs with two tablespoons of yoghurt and applying it to my hair.

Other options are egg white mixed with plain water or, if your hair is very dry, two spoons of milk applied to the hair and scalp. Leave on for half an hour then shampoo it off.

You can also mix eggs with olive oil. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, mix two or three eggs with half a cup of olive oil and apply all over your scalp and hair. Olive oil has anti-microbial qualities which will take care of dandruff and a dry scalp.

Hot Oil

This age old remedy is excellent for dry hair. If you already know which oil works for you, make sure you use that in the treatment. If you don’t, you can safely mix two tablespoons each of olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and avocado oil and warm the mixture till it is lukewarm or slightly hot, but not so hot that you can’t bear to put your fingers into the bowl. Massage your hair with this oil and then cover your hair with a towel or a shower cap. Leave it on for half an hour then wash off with a shampoo for dry hair.

Yoghurt

This healthy food item has other uses as well. You can mix yoghurt with eggs, as mentioned above, to condition your hair. Alternatively, if you have really thick hair, mix yoghurt with one banana, some olive oil and an egg. Whisk to make a thick paste and apply all over your hair. Wash off after half an hour.

If you believe in herbal remedies, you can even take a handful of hibiscus flowers and mash them to form a paste. Mix with yoghurt and apply for extra soft and shiny hair.

Other ingredients

An over ripe banana or an avocado can also work as great moisturisers. I have mentioned packs you can make above but you can also just mix these two fruits and add some coconut or olive oil to the mixture and apply as a hair pack.

Apple cider vinegar, flat beer and mayonnaise also work to give you soft and shiny tresses.

The important thing to remember is that you won’t get results overnight but you will definitely see an improvement from the first time you try any of these treatments. Indulge your hair regularly with these nourishing techniques and you will have hair others will envy.