Stop buying toxic hair products! Swap them with coconut, banana and avocado instead
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Creating your own natural hair conditioner is a great way to provide your locks with much-needed nutrients. These homemade recipes rejuvenate your hair and scalp without stripping them of natural oils or overloading them with chemicals.
Plus, many of the ingredients in these homemade recipes are already stashed away in your kitchen cupboard. So, making them is not only easy but saves you money in the long run.
It’s vital to remember that the health of your hair starts from within. Eat wholesome, nutritious food, allowing the outside to radiate (i.e. your hair, nails and skin). Foods rich in Vitamin A, C E, iron, calcium and zinc will help to prevent dry, damaged and oily hair. Try sweet potato, lettuce, kale, broccoli, mango, papaya, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds to start.
Here are five DIY hair conditioners for healthy hair that you can start using in your weekly hair care regime.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
Coconut oil is a fantastic solution for dry, damaged hair, as it soothes the scalp and softens the hair. Honey is a natural humectant, a substance that attracts and retains moisture.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix together until fully combined.
Pour the mixture into an air-tight container. Store in a cool, dry place. (If you’re not using it all in one application, don’t worry. It keeps for a couple of weeks).
Apply the mixture to wet hair and massage into the scalp, working your way to the ends of the hair. Leave for 2 to 5 minutes then rinse with water.
Lavender Moisturizing Paste
This is a great recipe for cleansing and moisturizing the hair. Sometimes referred to as the “no-poo” method (don’t worry this has nothing to do with your gut), since it also replaces traditional shampoo.
When you first start to use it, you may find your scalp and hair are oily. This is simply due to the transitional phase as your hair rids itself of the chemical build-up from commercial products. This is short-lived, so you’ll have to persevere in order to see your natural hair transform. Feel free to change the lavender for another essential oil to suit your preferred fragrance, or you can skip the oil altogether.
Add all of the ingredients to a lidded jar or bottle and shake well together.
Apply to wet hair. Massage into the scalp through to the ends of the hair. Rinse the hair with water.
Banana Hair Mask
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese, all of which are fantastic nutrients for supporting healthy hair. This is a quick and easy recipe that’s ideal for when you have extra bananas leftover. Use ripe bananas to get the best of the creamy nutrients which will maximize moisture.
Add the coconut milk and mix together until fully combined.
Massage into dry hair and leave for 15 minutes. You can put your hair in a clip or towel to lock in as much of the hair mask as possible.
Rinse the hair mask from the hair with water then wash as usual.
Cocoa Butter Balm
Cocoa butter (also known as raw cacao butter) is a natural emulsifier and softener for skin and hair. Cocoa butter works wonders for reviving dry and damaged hair thanks to the nourishing fat content. If you have any leftover after applying to the hair, use the rest as a natural lotion for your skin (the aroma is heavenly).
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