Looking after your hair doesn’t have to be expensive.
Explore your kitchen cupboards to see if you can put together some of these effective home remedies for moisture-starved locks.
Yoghurt, honey and oil mask
Yoghurt is packed with protein to help strengthen your hair and protect it from breakage, as well as lactic acid to hydrate and gently cleanse it of dead skin cells that make it appear dull and lacklustre. Honey draws water into your hair, making it feel nourished, smoother and more manageable. Olive oil improves the elasticity of hair, adds moisture and provides vitamin E for extra shine.
- ½ cup yoghurt
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Apply the mixture evenly to your scalp and hair. Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash your hair.
Avocado and aloe vera mask
Avocadoes are rich in amino acids and natural oils that are perfect for nourishing and hydrating hair. They’re also filled with vitamins and minerals to promote healthy growth and protect hair from damage. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes, which help repair your scalp and encourage new growth.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
Apply evenly to hair and scalp, starting at the tips. Leave in for 20 minutes, then wash and condition your hair.
Banana and coconut mask
Bananas are an excellent source of moisture for hair, as they’re full of shine-activating ingredients such as protein, magnesium, natural oils and vitamins. Banana masks can make your hair feel softer, add volume and elasticity and prevent breakage. Coconut is packed with fatty acids to replenish lost moisture and shine.
- 1 ripe, mashed banana
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Apply the mixture evenly to clean, dry hair from roots to tips. Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash your hair.
Gelatine contains keratin proteins which bind to hair to nourish, strengthen, smooth and promote shine.
- 1 tbsp powdered gelatine
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
Add the water to a saucepan and sprinkle in the powdered gelatine. Whisk to prevent lumps from forming. Heat the pan gently on the stove, stirring continuously until the mixture’s steaming. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool until warm. Mix in the apple cider vinegar and honey. Apply evenly to clean, wet hair from roots to tips. Leave in for 15-30 minutes, then wash and condition your hair.
During summer, protect your hair from harsh elements and chemicals before you go to the beach or swimming pool by applying ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar mixed into ¾ cup of water. Just rinse through your hair and you’re good to go!
Did you know?
Blow-drying isn’t necessarily damaging to your hair. A study found that as long as you’re holding your hairdryer 15cm
away from your head and using continuous motion as you dry, you might even be causing less damage than if you left your hair to dry naturally.
FEATURE: CAITLIN GENG PHOTOS: FOTOLIA.COM