Do you too sometimes wonder why taking care of your hair has to be such a chore? With stress almost an integral part of our life, having not a very healthy lifestyle and using things packed, tinned or canned, our hair seems to have become one of the biggest victims of modern life. Healthy and gorgeous hair is a combination of both internal and external care. It is one of the very visible health indicators of our body. Shiny, luscious hair usually indicates good health whereas dull, limp, thinning hair points to some detected or undetected health issue. So much so that hair care has become quite a thriving industry.
However, as someone very rightly said, the simplest solutions are usually the best ones. Though this was said with regards to solving murder mysteries, I feel the advice holds true here too 🙂 . So, here are a few simple and easy ways of dealing with nagging hair problems the age-old way. It is interesting to know that some of these natural remedies have been doing the rounds for decades in many cultures around the world.
9 Ways to Use Usual Pantry Suspects for Gorgeous Hair – Easy Hair Care
This is a great natural hair conditioner and moisturizer that tackles dandruff pretty effectively. It makes dealing with scalp and hair dryness quite easy. Try honey therapy to deal with your off-and-on dandruff situation. Massage damp hair and scalp with honey, let it sit for 3 hours and then wash off with your regular shampoo. For chronic conditions, you may need additional medical attention. To use it as a conditioner for gorgeous hair, add 1 teaspoon honey to 4 cups water and use it as leave-in conditioner after shampooing. Else, apply equal parts honey and olive oil to damp hair. Do this half an hour before shampooing your hair. Effective hair care doesn’t seem so tough now, does it?
Along with being great for full-body detoxification, coriander also works wonders as a hair care product when applied topically. It is a rich source of potassium and sodium too, which are great for hair health and maintenance. The anti-fungal and antiseptic components of coriander (cilantro) help deal with dandruff and scalp germs effectively that might be causing itching or hair fall. Coriander juice can be applied directly to the scalp an hour or two before shampooing your hair. You can also make it a part of your hair care regimen by massaging coriander-infused oil into your scalp and leaving it overnight. Do this twice a week to stimulate hair growth and re-growth. To make coriander-infused oil, crush a handful of coriander seeds and mix it into a cup of oil (olive, almond or coconut oil). Keep it aside for 15-20 days and then start using it.
Fresh ginger is believed to be quite effective as a hair re-growth stimulant as well as helpful in reducing hair fall when applied topically. Being a natural remedy it takes patience and the results do vary from person to person. But, like onion and garlic, it is used as a natural remedy for hair problems in many cultures. Apply ginger juice directly to the scalp half an hour before shampooing your hair. However, if you have sensitive skin, it would be a better idea to mix it with your regular hair oil and then massaging it into your scalp. Do this about 2-3 times a week according to your hair wash schedule.
In addition to many health benefits, banana also offers beauty perks when applied topically. It easily tackles loads of hair worries like dullness, roughness, splitting, breakage and more. Banana is a very good source of antioxidants, vitamin C and other emollients essential for healthy tresses. It is rich in potassium and also maintains hair’s elasticity reducing breakage and split ends. Make a smooth, lump-free paste of 2 ripe or over-ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons oil (can be almond, olive or coconut), 1 tablespoon honey and 2-3 tablespoons of yoghurt or full-cream milk. Work this paste into your hair and scalp making sure to cover everything properly and thickly. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for half an hour to one hour. Rinse and shampoo it off for silky, smooth and nourished hair.
Aloe vera is one of nature’s most popular panacea. It works wonderfully whether ingested, applied topically or simply kept as an indoor plant. This wonder plant can be used in many ways to get gorgeous and healthy hair. It has anti-fungal properties and also balances the pH level of skin. Take a cup of aloe vera juice and work it through your scalp and hair after shampooing as a leave-in conditioner. This will also help with scalp itching and dandruff. For silky soft and truly moisturized hair, use an overnight aloe vera hair mask. Mix equal quantities of aloe gel and your favorite hair oil. Massage completely into your hair and scalp. Leave it overnight and shampoo it off next morning. You can also use aloe vera gel instead of your regular hair fixing gel.
Apple cider vinegar:
Like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar too is multifaceted in offering us health and beauty benefits. Along with fixing the pH balance of our skin, it also works as a wonder hair care agent for untangled, luscious locks. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a couple cups of water and use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair. As a leave-in conditioner, it will give you gorgeous, shiny hair.
Bottle gourd is rich in vitamins B and C, sodium and potassium – all great ingredients for hair care. Because of it’s vitamin C content, it is also acts as a great anti-oxidant, stripping toxins away. You can get bottle gourd juice easily by peeling, grinding and then squeezing the pulp. As bottle gourd is more than 90% water, this is a very simple task. Add 2 tablespoons of bottle gourd juice to 2 tablespoons of olive or almond oil along with half teaspoon of lemon juice. Massage this concoction thoroughly into your scalp and each strand of hair. Let it sit for one to two hours before shampooing it off. Do this as part of your normal hair care regime about 2 times per week for gorgeous, dandruff-free hair.
Garlic and Onion:
Though not a very aromatic solution, it works wonderfully for hair care and re-growth. Garlic is rich in sulfur and zinc. Sulfur is one of the structural parts of keratin, which the hair is made of. Garlic juice is also easily absorbed by our skin. Onion too has similar nutritional components. Either on their own or when used together, onion and garlic offer great topical nourishment for hair follicles. Additionally, they promote blood circulation in the scalp, helping you get gorgeous hair. They kill any germ or parasite present on the scalp promoting hair loss.
Add 1 teaspoon of garlic or onion juice in 2 tablespoons of almond, olive or coconut oil. Heat it up a bit and massage into the scalp. Let it stay for at least an hour before shampooing it off. For hair re-growth, massaging onion juice directly to the scalp and leaving it overnight is recommended. Though this treatment generally starts showing results in 6 weeks, the duration and results may vary from person to person.
Did you know that water up for approximately 1/4th weight of a hair strand? So, keeping them hydrated is the key to avoid dry and brittle hair that slows down hair growth and causes hair fall. Cold water rinses constrict hair cuticles and adds shine to them. To make your own leave-on hair serum, mix essential oils in distilled water and spray it on whenever needed. For controlling frizz, add one part of your regular hair conditioner to three parts distilled water and use it as a leave-in conditioner. Drinking generous amounts of water daily and staying hydrated helps your scalp stay dandruff free as well as keeps your hair healthy and glossy.
So, which pantry item do you find to be the most effective and easy to use? Have you tried any of them? I would love to hear about your experience with them.
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