Just like the skin, the effects of life and aging can also be seen in hair. Over-washing, styling and coloring can damage hair, leaving it dry and brittle. As we age, our bodies produce less sebum, causing hair to become more dry and less elastic. All of the effects of life, styling, and aging can be fought with the powerful nourishing and quenching ingredients in your cupboards and fridge. Beer, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey, vinegar and many more of the foods in your kitchen can leave your hair amazingly soft and shiny, and help to combat the damaging effects life will inevitably have on your lovely locks.
The malt and hops in beer is loaded with proteins and vitamin B that repair damage and give it beautiful shine and softness. The natural sugars in beer tighten the cuticle, smoothing it down and adding extra shine enhancement. This beer rinse is as easy as they come and will not disappoint.
What you need: 1-1/5 bottle of flat beer, the hoppier the better, but be careful not to use one with a strong, pungent odor.
How to use it: After washing and rinsing your hair, squeeze out the excess water and pour the entire contents (or what’s left) over your hair. Massage the beer into your hair for a minute or two, then rinse, and condition as usual.
Apple cider vinegar is a highly effective hair conditioner and cleaner, and can help to promote hair growth. While vitamins and amino acids nourish hair, the acids will strip away residual buildup left by daily styling products, shampoos and conditioners. The acids in ACV help to regulate the scalp’s pH balance and clear hair follicles allowing for optimal growth and a healthy scalp. This rinse is far cheaper than store bought alternatives, and better than any product I’ve tried.
What you need: Apple cider vinegar (I prefer Bragg’s), water, a large bottle/cup/jar
How to use it: Mix one part vinegar to one part water in your container and take it into the shower with you. Make as much as you need for your hair length. After shampooing and rinsing hair, pour the mixture over your scalp and massage into both your hair and your head. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse and condition as usual. (Your hair will smell faintly of vinegar while it is wet, but it will not smell once it dries.) I use this every couple of weeks or whenever my hair starts to feel heavy and unmanageable.
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A and E that can help to moisturize and repair dry, damaged hair. This treatment will leave hair soft, shiny and manageable and can also be used to cure dry and itchy scalp.
What you need: A bowl, 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin is best, use more oil if you have longer hair or want more saturation), one towel, and a plastic cap or plastic wrap.
How to use it: Pour the olive oil into the bowl and heat in the microwave long enough to warm it, but keep it cool enough to touch. Use your fingers to massage the oil into your scalp and hair for several minutes, working it through to the ends and thoroughly massaging your scalp. Pile your hair on your head and put on the plastic cap, or cover your head plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. One the oil is absorbed and the time is up, wash, rinse, and condition your hair as usual.