5 Natural Remedies for Healthy Hair
After my post on Nicole Kidman’s Beauty Secrets for Looking Beautiful After 40, I was totally intrigued by her drink remedy for healthy hair.
I decided to do a little more digging and found leaps of natural remedies for having healthy, glossy, bouncy hair. Being Asian, my hair is stubborn and straight, and falls naturally flat and limp. If that sounds like your crowning glory, read on.
Here are 5 simple (and interesting) natural remedies for amazing hair using only a handful of basic ingredients that you would find in any kitchen.
Recipe 1: Baking Soda
Baking soda is often used as a deodorizing agent for refrigerators and for baking. But this multi-tasking ingredient has a lot more to offer, especially when it comes to greening up your haircare routine. For extra oil-fighting dirt-stripping power, pour a teaspoon of baking soda (not powder) onto the palm of your hands, add your usual amount of shampoo and lather up. Massage the baking soda-shampoo mixture into your hair and scalp. This will help absorb excess oil and loosen any dead skin cells residing on your scalp. Give your hair a final rinse off with cold water. You will find the lather to be extra rich and your hair to be extra clean and shiny. Recommended for: Oily hair and greasy scalp. This is a recipe you must try!
Recipe 2: Flat Beer
Guys like my husband would say this is a waste of good beer, but apparently beer gives life. It is one of the oldest and most popular techniques to restore bounce to hair. Beer is filled with concentrated proteins made from malt and hops which helps to coat, rebuild and repair damaged hair. For this recipe, you need to use flat beer – that is beer without carbonation (no fizz). Simply shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Pour warm flat beer on your hair and work it through. Use lukewarm water for the final rinse. You can do this once a month and try using a beer that does not have a strong odor. Recommended for: Lackluster and fine limp hair (like mine) that lacks body, bounce and shine. Fun fact: This is one of Caterine-Zeta Jone’s beauty secrets.
Recipe 3: Espresso Coffee
Not only do people drink coffee to wake themselves up, strong coffee like espresso is great for stimulating hair growth and adding brilliant shine to dark-colored hair. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants that helps to prevent hair damage and strengthens hair cuticle. Make 2 cups of relatively strong espresso and leave it to cool. Pour over dry hair and leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Don’t expect to save money on hair dye if you think a coffee rinse is going to permanently stain your hair to a darker shade. It won’t. Rather, it will give your hair that added shine and bring out natural highlights…and hopefully, make hair grow a little faster. Recommended for: Dull-looking dark hair that needs a little wake-me-up.
Recipe 4: Egg, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
If you find yourself making salad, you will most probably have these ingredients on hand. Why not make a hair mask while you’re at it? All you need is an egg, a teaspoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Gently, beat the ingredients together and apply unto your scalp and hair like a hair mask. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. This three-ingredient combo works wonders: olive oil contains abundant vitamins for healthy hair structure; egg yolk (and white) contains amino acids and protein to soften hair and lemon juice is a powerful cleaning agent that lifts oil and brings out shine. Recommended for: This is a great conditioning hair mask recipe for all hair types.
Recipe 5: Tea leaves
The next time you brew a cup of tea (preferably black tea), don’t throw away the bag. Instead, cut the bag open and toss the loose leaves in a bucket of water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove the boiled water from heat. Once cooled, strain the water and put it aside to be used for washing your hair – in place of normal tap water. For the final rinse, squeeze a little lemon juice into the water. This will give your hair a lustrous sheen. Black tea contains more caffeine than coffee,and caffeine blocks DHT (dihydrotestosterone) – a hormone responsible for hair loss. Recommended for: People prone to hair loss or thinning hair.