We’ve all done it; coloured, heated, permed our hair in order to keep up with the latest trends, but unfortunately in doing so, we always run the risk of it looking dull and a bit dead! Well, there’s no need to worry. With these fab top tips you can be whipping your hair back into ‘naturelle’ shape in no time at all.
LET’S RESTORE YOUR HAIR!
- Natural oil treatments (Moisturize) – Mothernature.com recommends blending 2 ounces of Aloe Vera gel with 2 ounces of castor sugar or olive oil, then adding 6 drops each of rose, geranium, cedar and rosemary essential oils. Once you have rustled up this concoction, massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it to sink in for up to two hours for full effects. After washing out, apply shampoo and conditioner and you will soon notice your hair feeling well moisturized and shiny.
- Growing/thickening hair (Growth) – The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends mixing 3 to 4 drops each of peppermint, rosemary and sage essential oils, with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or olive oil and then massaging gently into affected areas twice a day. If you are truly dedicated to growing more hair, try rubbing raw onion juice on your scalp before shampooing. This smelly but effective method has scientific backup. In a clinical study published in 2002, researchers found that onion juice caused significantly higher hair re growth than other methods and called it an effective topical treatment for patchy bald spots.
- Adding fullness and ‘oomph’ to your hair (Volume) – Boil 6 cups of water, then lower the heat and add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile and dried lemongrass tea. Cover and simmer the teas on a low heat for 10 minutes, then cool and strain. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to freshly-shampooed hair, then partially rinse, allowing some of the mixture to stay in. Follow by spraying more of the mixture on your hair whilst drying it. According to Spa Index, lemongrass and chamomile add volume to your hair whilst coating and protecting it.
IMPORTANT – Always remember to test the products on your skin before applying them to ensure that you’re not allergic to the ingredients. However, if you do experience an irritated, reddened or inflamed scalp after using, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist.
Written by Amy French