Green Living: Does your hair need a little spruce up? We’ve got you covered!
The dry winter weather isn’t great for your lovely locks and, now that you are emerging from your hat collection, you may want to add a little body and shine to your do. Forget products that are filled with chemicals and opt for natural, organic hair masks that you can make at home. Use the masks once a week for three weeks and you will be amazed at the difference it makes!
Egg and Olive Oil Mask
This could not be easier!! Simply mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with two eggs in a bowl. Work the mixture into your hair from roots to tips (don’t forget your scalp!) The oil will moisturize dry hair and scalp while the protein in the eggs with help repair damaged hair. Place a shower cap over your hair and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in the shower.
Avocado and Honey Mask
Avocados contain a wealth of vitamins and oils (like Vitamin E!) that help to promote healthy, shiny hair. Mash the avocado into a bowl and add a teaspoon of honey. Massage into the hair and scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in the shower.
Oily Scalp Mask
This can be a very disconcerting problem as an oily scalp makes your hair oily too. The reason your scalp is oily is usually because your skin and hair need moisture. However, people with oily scalps tend to shampoo more which dries out the scalp and exacerbates the problem. Its a vicious cycle people! Stop the madness by removing excess oil.
Grate the peel from the lemon into a bowl and add 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. Massage into the scalp and leave for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to rinse this well or you will smell alarmingly like a Greek salad. Be sure to use a good conditioner that you massage into your scalp to restore the balance. Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar regularly to maintain oil-free locks.
Dry, Flaky Scalp Mask
Dry scalp is often the result of winter weather and indoor heating. If you notice white flakes or have itchy scalp, it may be time to give your head a little TLC. Mash together a banana, three tablespoons if olive oil (you can use coconut oil if you want a nicer smelling head of hair) and a tablespoon of honey. Massage this into your scalp and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Aside from the really great hair days you will have for all eternity, there are a number of other happy consequences of making your own masks:
- Save money on hair care products
- Use less plastic (so Mother Nature can have a good hair day too)
- No chemicals in your hair
- You have a great campfire story to tell your friends
- Best. Hair. Day. EVER!