Homemade Natural Hair Treatments That Work

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When searching for great natural hair treatments, sometimes you don’t have to look much further than your own kitchen. Homemade natural hair treatments can be just as effective as hair care products you buy from the beauty supply store, but they’re often much more affordable. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about any icky chemicals commonly found in a lot of hair care products that can be harmful to your skin, hair and the environment. Try these natural hair treatments at home and see how they measure up to your favourite hair care products.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been getting a lot of coverage lately for being a miracle beauty product with many uses. Some people use it as a skin moisturizer, some use it to whiten their teeth, and some use it to condition their hair.

Why is coconut oil great for your hair? Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a conditioning treatment because it penetrates and conditions the hair shaft while protecting it from environmental damage. It also has natural anti-fungal properties, making it an excellent treatment for dandruff. Regular coconut oil treatments will help strengthen and moisturize your natural hair while improving its shine. It smells really nice too!

How to do a coconut oil deep conditioning treatment:

  • Before you shampoo, slather sections of your hair from root to tip with coconut oil. If your coconut oil is in solid form, you can warm it up by placing the container inside a bowl of warm water first.
  • Once your hair is saturated with the oil, wrap it in plastic (and a warm towel to help your hair absorb the nourishing oil if you like), then let it sit for about 30 minutes (or overnight if your hair is very damaged and needs some extra deep moisture).
  • Wash your hair and condition as you normally would.
  • You can do this deep conditioning treatment once a week.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a no-brainer homemade hair treatment because most of us already have it in the kitchen. It’s great for protecting your ends from splitting and breakage and also moisturizing your scalp. Like coconut oil, olive oil penetrates the hair shaft providing deep moisture to distressed locks. It’s also rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, which supports healthy hair growth.

Doing an oil treatment before you shampoo is a great way to seal in moisture and prevent your shampoo from drying out your hair too much.

How to do an olive oil deep conditioning treatment:

  • Before you shampoo, warm up half a cup of olive oil in a container inside a bowl of warm water.
  • Section your hair and massage the olive oil in from root to tip.
  • Wrap your hair in plastic and let the oil sink in for about 30 minutes.
  • Wash and condition your hair as you normally would.
  • You can do this deep conditioning treatment once a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (also referred to as ACV) is an excellent natural hair care product because its acidity is close to the natural acidity of your hair. It helps balance the pH of your hair by countering the high alkalinity of many hair care products. It’s great for conditioning, removing product build up and even treating dandruff.

Rinsing your hair with a mixture of ACV and water after you shampoo conditions your hair, balances its pH and seals the hair shaft making it smooth and shiny.

How to do an apple cider vinegar conditioning rinse:

  • Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 liter of water.
  • After you shampoo, pour the AVC mixture over your hair (use as much as you need to cover your hair – you can save the rest for another treatment).
  • You can either rinse this mixture out of your hair or leave it in for extra conditioning power.
  • Option: Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to your AVC/water mixture to boost its conditioning properties.
  • Try this rinse a couple times a week and see if you notice a difference.

Tea

Like coconut oil hair treatments, tea treatments have been getting a lot of attention lately. Why? Rinsing your hair with green or black tea is said to help reduce shedding and stimulate hair growth thanks to the caffeine content. Studies have shown this to be true for men suffering from hair growth disorders, but no studies have been done yet on women who do not have such disorders. Tea also contains unique amino acids that can penetrate the hair shaft and act as a mild protein treatment. Black Girl with Long Hair did a nice breakdown of more scientific proof that points to why tea is a great natural hair treatment.

How to do a natural hair treatment with tea:

  • Brew a cup of weak black or green tea, let it cool to lukewarm and pour it into a spray bottle or color applicator bottle.
  • Apply the tea to your scalp and let it sink in for up to 30 minutes.
  • Shampoo and condition as you normally would.
  • Try this treatment a couple times a week and see if you notice results.

What are your favourite homemade concoctions for taking care of your natural hair? Share them in the comments!

 

 

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