The 12 Best Natural Treatments for Dull Hair
Making a hair mask at home has plenty of benefits. It’s cheaper, healthier and it gives you that feel-good sensation that comes from being self-sufficient and creative.
Many websites suggest variations of hair masks. Some use olive oil + honey + banana, and some replace the banana with avocado, some use only olive oil, and some mix yogurt and honey. Since hair-types and their characteristics differ greatly, there is no set recipe that would work for everyone. It’s about exploring different ingredients, combinations and proportions until you find the combination that works for you. Here are some suggestions for your next favorite mixture:
These fruits will work wonders on dry and exhausted hair, as they are rich in natural oils, vitamins, potassium and anti-oxidants. Bananas are particularly good if you’re aiming to treat split ends, remove dandruff and make your hair stronger. They should be mashed up well (an important point, if you don’t want to spend ages removing bits of banana from your hair) and used alone, or mixed with other ingredients such as honey, olive oil or coconut oil.
Honey, with its natural moistening effect, is an important ingredient in a homemade hair mask for dull hair. It adds moisture to hair and restores its glow. You can use it independently (don’t be too heavy-handed though or you’ll be stuck with sticky hair), or add it to other mixtures. The most popular are banana and honey, and yoghurt and honey. How delicious! You may expect your hair to lighten slightly when using honey. You may also be interested to read my article about 13 ways to use honey for your health.
3. Egg mask
Eggs are a good source of proteins and fats, and should be used whole when treating dry and dull hair. They will moisturize the hair and heal the scalp. Can be used alone, or mixed with olive oil or a few drops of lemon juice. Find great egg hair masks in my article on how to use egg white or egg yolk for hair.
4. Olive oil / Coconut oil
Natural oils have been used for centuries to hydrate hair, and are the perfect conditioners, making hair soft and healthy. They can be added to an avocado or banana mask, or used solo. Find here instructions on how to use coconut oil for shiny hair. Using more coconut oil in your daily routine is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
Avocado is a great source of natural oils, vitamins and nutrients, which will nourish your dull hair and make it shine. Use half an avocado for your hair mask, or mix it with other ingredients, such as olive oil, banana, yoghurt or milk.
It might sound a bit unappetizing to apply mayonnaise to your hair, but if you look at its ingredients – eggs, oil, vinegar – the choice becomes logical. It’s a perfect combination for hair in need of hydration. For best results, mix with avocado and use as a conditioner.
Yoghurt is rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants and can provide your hair with nutrients and needed moisture. For dry hair, mix with banana or avocado.
8. Beer rinse
This more unconventional use of beer, takes advantage of the vitamin B and proteins the drink contains. Pour the beer over washed hair, and massage it into your scalp and locks. This treatment is particularly good for frizzy or dull-looking hair.
The following four ingredients are more suitable for oily hair. If used with dry hair, they should be added to ingredients which have a moisturizing effect.
9. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is good at removing excess oils. It helps you get rid of dandruff by restoring the scalp’s pH. It can be added to your other favorite ingredients, or diluted with water and used on its own. Find all the details in my previous article why you should wash your hair with ACV.
It might seem a bit wasteful putting strawberries on your head, but they are an excellent source of vitamin C, and regulate oil production. Can be mixed with other ingredients. To learn more about the amazing healing properties of strawberries, as well as other berries, have a look at my e-book The Healing Berry Guide. This e-book will teach you how to transform your health with berries and is a must for berry lovers.
11. Baking soda
Baking soda cleans the scalp and hair, and can be used instead of shampoo, or added to a yoghurt or mayonnaise mask. Find here 7 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.
12. Lemon juice
Lemon removes excess oils from the scalp and closes the pores. It will lighten your hair, unless you use it with other ingredients or dilute it with water.
How to use the hair masks?
With all of these lovely hair masks, wash your hair with shampoo first. Then apply the natural mixture, and leave for about 10-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. If the mixture leaves an unpleasant smell, finish off with a fruity conditioner.
Enjoy your healthy and beautiful hair!
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