Hi babes! This guest-post is from Mila, a UK hairdresser and writer. Get you Kitchen Beauty Alchemy tools out and let’s get it crackin.
5 home-made hair health recipes that will leave others wondering
Imagine this scene – you, at a party or a night out and one of your new friend asks you something like: “Wow, great hair. How do you keep it so healthy and shiny? My hair stylist swears by Oscar Blandi and Redken…”
and your response: “Eggs and avocado oil.”
I can vividly imagine that face and that dropped jaw because I’ve seen it happen. I am a professional hair stylist, but I’ve been dabbling a lot over the past few years in the all-natural hair nourishment.
I’ve seen some great results, and I am here to share.
Why does it make sense to experiment with home-made hair products?
A few reasons…
The manufacturer of the products did not have YOU in mind when coming up with the products. What I am trying to say is that hair products are chunked into groups like for dry or for greasy hair.
But is the hair of all girls out there the same?
Of course not. Home made recipes allow you to experiment and adjust. A drop more of this and a dash more of that and see how your hair reacts and, in time, find that sweet spot that will lead to the kind of situation we described at the beginning.
Most of the “good stuff” in hair products is herbal-based anyway but mixed with chemical concoctions that might be drying the life out of your hair. If you are one of those girls who seems to be chasing the elusive dream of healthy hair for years, then this might be your answer.
It saves you money
And in spite of what impression you might have right now, all of the recipes I am about to present take under 15 minutes to make.
Here’s what I’ll share in this article. My favorite home-made:
-Natural shampoo recipe
-Natural conditioner recipe
-Deep conditioning recipe
-Natural Leave-in recipe
-Natural hair detangler
So, let’s dive right in!
Natural egg shampoo
Eggs are super foods but not just alongside bacon or rye toast, but are just as great for your hair. Great moisturizing and nourishing leaves you with nice healthy and shiny hair.
2 whole eggs and one additional yolk
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.5 tbsp of honey
3 drops of olive oil
Application: Use a spray bottle to wet your hair with warm water. Apply the mixture evenly and leave it in for 2 minutes and then rinse, again, using warm water.
Avocado and mayo conditioner
This is one of the best examples of the simplicity of making the all-natural hair products. It takes 5 minutes to make, ingredients are common and it works wonders on dry hair. For optimal results, you can experiment with the amount of mayo used.
3/4 of a medium sized avocado
1 jar of homemade mayo (I use 16 oz jar)
Mix the ingredients well using a hand mixer until the mixture is evenly blended.
Application: Damp your hair and apply a generous amount of the mixture. Take some time to evenly and fully cover the strands of your hair and then cover it with a plastic cap. This way the nourishing ingredients will penetrate deeply into each strand.
Allow 20 minutes for this and rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Deep sesame conditioner
This recipe is not only great for the hair, it’s also great for your scalp. If you have a dandruff issue, now is the time to say your bye-byes.
1/3 cup of sesame seed oil
2.5 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel
0.5 tbsp of olive oil
3 drops of tea tree oil
1 cup of Greek yogurt
My favorite leave-in
I’ve seen this one in action many times, I use it personally and it “turns” the worst of skeptics and non-believers.
It’s a the Aloe Vera and Coco leave-in.
3/4 coconut water
1/2 Aloe Vera
6 drops of honeysuckle oil
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle starting with the Aloe Vera gel. Gently shake the bottle until all the ingredients are well blended. Refrigerate it and shake well but gently before each use. I’ve seen best results when I apply it to damp, freshly washed hair.
My favorite all-natural detangler
If you have a naturally coily hair, you might find it that the use of conditioner alone is just not enough to detangle it well and that not even the best hair straightener does the trick of getting you the silky hair you are going for. Here is my favorite home-made detangler recipe:
I cannot always completely explain why something works and sometimes I don’t even try. With this one, I believe that it’s all the super beneficial protein that does the trick.
distilled water – 2 cups
1/4 of finely ground flax seed
8 drops of Grapefruit seed extract
Mix the water and the ground seeds and place on low heat. Stir it all the way until you get nice and consistent gel-like mass. Set it aside to cool.
Strain it through a fine sifter. This will remove the seeds residue. Then add the extract to the gel and stir gently until even. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Apply it directly to the knotted strands. Stored properly it can last up to 20 days so label the container to make things easier.
I have to admit something – I was a skeptic about home-made hair stuff for a long time. It was my thinking that it’s a waste of time to mix, grate and sift like it’s the 19th century until one of my “hippie” friends practically forced me to try some of these things.
I was hooked up then and there.
When I think about it, I have clients whose hair just don’t respond well to anything we try. The problem might be in the added chemicals. So, the home-made recipes are not to be scorned. I’ve tried it and it just works.
And let’s not forget the fact that not everybody can afford Bumble and Bumble and similar products.
Try one of these and no matter what you think right now, you are bound to be surprised.
Mila Withley is a hair stylist and an ex hair styling judge. She currently resides in the UK where she manages her two hair salons.
She is also the editor of the hairstraightenerjudge.com where she reviews the best hair straighteners on the market.