Hello Girls! I must admit, that when it comes to hair care, I get a bit lazy. I don’t like wasting time on going back and forth between store shelves, analyzing product compositions, reading labels. Because I am meticulous in this respect – it often takes me a great deal of time, which I really do not have … therefore, I deliberately reach for the products that I have in my kitchen. They are the basis for the care of my hair. Why not – they are not worse than drugstore products, and sometimes they even beat them in terms of effectiveness. If you want to try inexpensive and reliable, homemade ways for beautiful hair – keep on reading.
Natural methods of hair care – best ingredients
1. Flaxseed for hair
♥ This is my beloved seed! When I first obtained a flaxseed hair gel from small seeds and applied it to my head, I did not think it would surprise me so much. Flaxseed gel for hair acts like a laminate! It perfectly smoothes, polishes, slightly strengthens the structure, gives the hair elasticity and makes the styling easier. Of course, it nourishes and regenerates the hair too. In general, it is a totally beautifying shoot for all hair types. How to prepare this homemade, natural “laminator”?
♥ Boil 2 tablespoons of linseed in 200 ml of water. The flax should boil for about 15 minutes. After this time, strain the seeds, cool down the gel and … it’s ready! Flaxseed gel can be applied to wet hair (in the form of a mask, which is rinsed after 30 minutes), or as a soothing compress on the scalp.
♥ If you want – you can also use flaxseed gel instead of a traditional hair styling gel. In this version, it will work as a wonderful cosmetic for curly, thin, frizzy hair. It smoothes the hair, polishes it, and gives the curls a beautiful twist and good conditioning of unruly strands. The flaxseed hair gel is to be applied to the wet strands before styling (be careful, of course, not to overdo it with its quantity). You do not have to rinse it.
♥ It turns out that even filtered after cooking, flax seeds can play a key role in hair care: with their help, you can make a brilliant scalp scrub. Just remember that the seeds cannot be too dry. Such peeling is best done immediately after draining them from the gel, when they have cooled down a bit. They perfectly moisturize the scalp.
2. Natural oils for hair
♥ I must admit: I am totally enchanted with their effects, and this fascination does not go away. I regularly test new, not only single oils that health food stores offer. Recently, I am obsessed with searching for perfectly composed, oil blends – of course, those that are suitable for applying to the scalp, i.e. free of parabens, silicones, heavy alcohols, SLS substances, oil derivatives, etc. There’s literally a handful of such oils, compared with a whole range of oils that are not suitable for applying to hair in the form of a mask. However, those that exist, they are a true piece of art. They often cost quite a lot, but are usually very efficient.
♥ If you are just starting your adventure with hair oiling – be sure to check your hair porosity. A short and very specific hair porosity test is available online. By answering questions about the appearance of your hair and the way you take care of it, you can see in what condition your strands are and choose the right oils for them.
♥ Apart from the oil blends – my favorite natural oils are often used as an addition to masks, shampoos, conditioners. I like to rub them in the ends of my hair, mix with hydrolates (there will be more info about them in a moment). I use oils on dry and damp hair, mix with natural clays and apply to hair in the form of a mask, or combine with aloe gel. This versatility of oils and freedom in choosing the type of care is very convenient for me and allows me to adjust the treatment to the current schedule of the day or simply to the condition of the hair.
3. Yeast for hair
Yeast is a classic of care. It is significant that despite such a large selection of all kinds of drugstore conditioners, masks and lotions, yeast still cannot be disqualified and occupy one of the most important places when it comes to the care of oily hair. I have to cleanse my bands regularly and balance the excess sebum. In this case, I like to go for a treatment with a yeast mask, which consists of yeast dissolved in a small amount of warm milk. The mask should have a thick consistency: just so that it does not run off the hair. I leave it in for about 30 minutes, then rinse and wash my hair with shampoo. It’s enough for my hair to put on such a mask once a week, but if you have been dealing with excess sebum for ages – you can do it every other day.
4. Hydrolates for hair
♥ Hydrolates are floral waters that are obtained during the distillation of plants with water vapor. Plant oil and just floral water are collected, which retains all the valuable care properties of the plant.
♥ Hydrolats are known primarily as natural substitutes for face toners. It turns out that they work just as well on the hair. They can be used as a leave-in hair conditioner, rubbed into the scalp or used as a base (water phase) when creating homemade masks and conditioners. They perfectly cope with natural oil or aloe gel as well as a component of yeast mask.
♥ Which hair hydrolate should I choose? Everything depends, of course, on the type of hair and the condition of the scalp. Hair that’s weakened and falling out will certainly “fall in love” with rosemary hydrolate, greasy scalp will stay fresh longer thanks to a hydrolate from juniper, while fair hair and scalp prone to irritation will feel relief;) thanks to a hydrolate made of chamomile or melissa.
Would you add anything to this list? Do you have your favorite, natural hair care substances? Make sure to mention them in the comments 🙂