There is no doubt that the key to beautiful, bouncy curls is healthy hair. While there's a ton of great natural hair products out there these days, sometimes all you need is a good ol' DIY recipe to nourish your locks back to life. The best part is that these remedies won't cost you much. In fact, you can probably find most of these ingredients in the pantry of your kitchen.
After reading this blog you'd be surprised how many natural hair remedies you can make with the few ingredients you have at home. They leave curls deeply conditioned, bouncier, shinier and healthier after every use. Take some time this weekend to whip up a few of these DIY curly hair treatments. Trust us, your hair will thank you later. Check them out!
Moisture It Up With Butter
We all know butter is rich and creamy, but as it turns out, it can add some softness and moisture to your hair as well. The treatment is inspired by a long-standing similar practice in Ethiopia where people use butter to moisturize their hair and protect it from sun damage. For those with curly hair, using butter is a great way to enhance your natural texture while adding moisture and shine.
To use: take a few spoonful of room-temperature butter and rub it into your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for up to an hour. Then wash your hair as you normally would.
What you'll need: GNO Disposable Shower Cap
Apple Cider Vinegar for Dry Coarse Hair
To repair dry and dull hair during the winter months. The apple cider vinegar helps to remove product buildup that dulls hair and vitamin E-rich argan oil nourishes and softens unruly strands. Apple cider vinegar helps to de-frizz hair, making this a great choice for those with more texture.
To use: In a blender, combine 1/2 avocado, 2 Tbsps. argan oil, 10 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, and pulse together. Work the mask through dry hair from roots to tips (if your hair's oily, skip your scalp). Clip hair in place and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and cleanse with shampoo. Do this at least once a month.
What you'll need: 10pcs Durable Prong Metal Alligator Clips
Moisturize Dull Hair With Dairy
Anything from harsh styling products and air pollution can sap moisture and dull shine — but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help to reverse this damage. "Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes. While this mask can work for all hair types, the protein in the yogurt is especially great for enhancing natural curls.
To use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.
What you'll need: GNO Biotin Shampoo
Beer for Bouncy Curls
To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast and B vitamins, which works to plump tired strands, Cox explains.
To use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. "When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair," Belkin says. Treatments can be applied every other week.
What you'll need: Macroupta Trigger Mist Bottle Sprayer
Avoid Greasy Hair With cornmeal
To use: Pour 1 Tbsp. cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you've used it all. After 10 minutes, use a Nylon Bristle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.
What you'll need: NYLON BRISTLE STYLING HAIRBRUSH
Relieve An Itchy Scalp With Lemon
To fight winter dryness, try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head,
To use: Mix 2 Tbsps. fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsps. olive oil, and 2 Tbsps. water, and massage into a damp scalp. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.What you'll need: Reusable Elastic Shower Cap