5 Common Natural Ingredients For Great Hair
Let’s all agree that having thick lustrous looking hair is something we should all strive for regardless if you are male or female. Maybe some of us prefer to be bald like Vin Diesel or The Rock but there’s a story for another article.
Good hair is a sign of youth and virility regardless of how old you are and it pays in the long term to improve your current hair condition or at least maintain it.
Take a look at the hair care section of most major department stores and you will see many products that claim to rejuvenate your hair. No doubt that these products might work but many of them are rather costly. I’ve seem hair serums that cost a few hundred dollars for just a tiny vial. Vanity comes at a price.
All is not lost if you are on a budget or wish to try a more holistic alternative of getting better hair. Here are 7 ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen or purchase cheaply from your local supermarket.
A lemon has many uses for the human body. It’s good for curing sore throats, colds and even gives you better hair. Lemons are a good source of Vitamin C which is an anti-oxidant which helps to balance out the PH level of your scalp and encourages your hair to grow.
Squeeze 1-2 lemons into a glass of water and rub in the solution onto your hair and scalp after washing. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it off. Don’t use this remedy daily as it can dry out your hair and scalp. Just once or twice a week would suffice.
Another important point to note is to use real lemons and not lemon concentrate. That contains sugar and will attract insects to your head.
2. Macadamia Nuts
This is one of my favourite nuts to eat as a healthy snack. There are so many benefits that one can get from consuming macadamia nuts or macadamia oil such as helping women going through menopause
Macadamia nuts contains a monounsaturated oil called palmitoleic acid. It’s also commonly known as Omega 7. Omega 7 rejuvenates and revitalises dry or limp looking hair. It does so by generating more sebum in your scalp which is your body’s natural moisturiser for the hair.
You can a handful of macadamia nuts as a hair supplement or rub some macadamia oil into your conditioner and rub the mixture into your hair and scalp after shampooing.
Who doesn’t love a serving of avocado in their salad or dip? Now you can even have it in your hair. Avocados make good moisturizers due to their high content of healthy fatty acids and Vitamin E. The way to apply avocado to your hair is to prepare it as a hair mask. Mix an avocado with some olive oil and lemon or honey. I suggest to not use too much olive oil as it might make it too oily.
Just use enough to blend in the avocado. Rub and cover your hair thoroughly with this mask and leave it on for 20-30mins. It would be good to do this before you shower of you will be standing in the shower area for a long time.
Once the time is up, rinse it off and make sure none of the mask bits remains. You might have to wash your hair twice just to get a thorough cleanse.
Look at the ingredients label on most health and beauty products and chances are you will see honey as one of the components. This is because honey has many amazing properties that are good for us. It contains many vitamins and minerals that helps to soothe and moisturize our hair.
Not all honeys are made equal though. It would be best to get a bottle from your health food store that the kind you put on your pancake as it contains lesser health benefits.
A good way to use honey for your hair is as a conditioner. You can add some to your current conditioner or with water. Rub it in well after shampooing and rise off after a few minutes.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you have read articles on good remedies for beauty issues and weight loss, apple cider vinegar is one ingredient that comes up many times. It is like nature’s wonder drug which has many beauty enhancing properties. Given that it’s also a vinegar, it’s clarifying nature is able to keep your hair soft and shiny.
Create an apple cider vinegar by adding some of it to water. Spray it over your hair after shampooing and rinse off after 5 minutes.
As amazing as this ingredient is, I know of many people that cannot take the smell on their hair. It’s like using a rotting fruit as a shampoo some might say. But if you take the smell, your hair will appreciate it.
As you can see, keeping one’s hair in good condition does take some effort and know how. The good thing is before you spend more money on beauty products at the mall, give the above remedies a try. You might be surprised as to how effective mother nature’s remedies can be.