Use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to remove hair color build-up that weighs hair down. All clarifying shampoos and most dandruff shampoos will remove artificial hair color.
For thicker hair that grows faster, add two drops of rosemary essential oil to your hairbrush before brushing. Or, try Organic Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo.
A clarifying shampoo will take out all build-up, but it will also take out all temporary hair color.
The right hair conditioner makes all the difference. Thin or fine hair will just cling to your head and look flat with no conditioner at all. A regular conditioner will eliminate the static but still weigh your hair down. Fine or thin hair needs a light conditioner to be its fullest. Conditioner also makes any hair so much easier to comb. With any condition except one for dandruff, try to use it on your hair but not your scalp. This will allow for fuller hair at the roots.
When drying your hair, use a towel to blot it dry instead of rubbing or wringing, in order to prevent breakage. Hair is damaged less when using a brush only when it is wet or damp. Tangles in very curly hair should be combed out when the hair is wet. Combing again after it has dried can make it frizzy and too full. Don’t use the blow dryer when your hair is soaking wet. Let your hair dry partially on its own first to prevent damage and flattening hair. Bending over to fluff up hair with your hands also separates strands for more fullness. An ionic hair dryer dries your hair much faster and causes less damage, yet is still gentler to hair than the old-fashioned dryers. Do not blow dry your hair when it is soaking wet. Heat on wet hair leaves your hair looking dull. Let the hair dry partly first.
Hair will look fuller and thicker when you use a blow dryer if you bend over and dry the hair from underneath.
Remove static or the flyaways from your hair with hairspray – sprayed on your brush instead of your hair. Brushing the hairspray through your hair will make it manageable but not stiff.
Curl your hair for instant “highlights” since curls catch the light from many more angles than straight hair.
Roots that are darker or lighter after coloring hair are less visible if your part is not perfectly straight. The zig-zag part is not necessary, just keep it messy.
Gum in the hair can be removed by saturating it with baby oil, peanut butter, or mayonnaise.
If your hair is turning green from too much chlorine, rinse it with tomato juice, then a final rinse of water.
For hair that never seems to grow longer, trim it a little occasionally. Split ends not only are unsightly, they break. Trimming your hair will make it look better (and will thicken it) and result in less breakage.
A short hairstyle is fun for a while. When you want to grow the hair out for a longer style, you often give up because the hair hitting your neck feels terrible.
The easy way to stay comfortable while your hair is growing out is to curl it. Since curled hair is shorter than
straight hair, this gives you lots of extra growing time. As it gets longer, you can make the curls tighter. An added bonus is that your hair actually gets longer when you curl it because it gets stretched a little.
Curling your hair into a flip will keep it off your neck better than curling it under. This keeps the soft part of your hair against your skin instead of the pokey ends.
When you do not have time to curl your hair, you can pin up the back or put it into a little ponytail.
Solve Your Hair Troubles At Home!
Making your own natural hair products at home will not only save you money in the long run, but also allows you the freedom to create products for what you know your hair specifically needs and the assurance of knowing exactly what ingredients you are using in your hair.
Firm Hair Spray: Put 2 tbsp of sugar in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Light Hair Spray: Simmer two sliced lemons in a pan of four cups of water for an hour. Pour into a spray bottle.
Add an ounce of vodka to homemade hair sprays as a preservative so you don’t have to keep them refrigerated.
Hair Gel: Dissolve a teaspoon of unflavored gelatin in 1 cup of hot water. Don’t use it as a gel until it is cooled and thickened.
Styling Spray: Mix 2 cups boiling water, a teaspoon of vinegar, and a teaspoon of unflavored gelatin. Put the mixture into a spray bottle.
Hair Clarifying Conditioner: Natural Apple Cider Vinegar gets rid of dirt and shampoo residue in hair (and helps control dandruff). Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. You can take a tumbler one third full of vinegar into the shower and fill it the rest of the way with hot water. After shampooing, rinse hair with the vinegar mixture and don’t rinse with water. The vinegar smell will go away quickly.
Hair Repair Conditioner: Massage mayonnaise from a new jar into hair, especially the ends. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap or saran wrap. Leave on for 15 minutes to an hour, then rinse it off.
Scalp Conditioner: Massage plain yogurt onto the scalp then through the hair. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse it off.
Dandruff Control: Mix Natural Apple Cider Vinegar and water in equal parts. Pour on your scalp till covered well, get the hair wet, and pile the hair on top of your head. Wrap your head with a towel to prevent drips, and let it stay on for an hour. Shampoo as usual..
Get Rid of Gray Hair: (To bring back your own hair color)
Method 1 – Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1/2 cup of dried sage leaf. (Boiling sage will decrease its effectiveness.) Let this simmer for a half hour and then steep for several hours. Apply the tea to gray hairs once it has cooled down. Don’t rinse it out. Let the hair dry naturally, then rinse. Apply this tea once a week until you have the shade you want and then once a month to maintain the color.
Method 2 – Add 1 tbsp of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar to ½ bucket of warm water, use as final rinse. Taking natural apple cider vinegar regularly also helps keep your grays away.
Dandruff and Itchy Scalp
Sesame seed oil is most commonly used in cooking and Indian massage practices, but this oil also works wonders for healing scalp infections; dandruff, dry scalp, and scalp fungus. The oil contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help treat and kill bacteria that may cause dandruff. Aloe Vera gel is added to reduce inflammation of the scalp and also works to fight dandruff.
1 cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup sesame seed oil, 2 tbsp Aloe Vera gel, 1 tbsp olive oil, 2-3 drops peppermint oil or tea tree oil, plastic conditioning cap
In a glass bowl, whip all ingredients and stir until evenly smooth. Apply to wet or damp hair, cover with plastic conditioning cap and leave on for a minimum of one hour. Rinse thoroughly.
Dry, Damaged & Brittle Hair
Avocados, other than being good for health and a tasty treat, they are also great for treating dry and brittle hair, as they are rich in vitamins, oleic acid and other essential fatty acids. Honey is a natural moisturizer, and by adding this with naturally moisturizing oils, it will help the hair to retain moisture, strengthen the hair follicle, and enhance the overall texture of the hair.
1 avocado, mashed well, 2 tbsps pure or organic honey, 1 tbsp avocado oil (or extra-virgin olive oil), plastic conditioning cap
Ensure that your avocado is mashed very well. Add the avocado and the remaining ingredients to a blender, mixing until smooth. Apply to wet hair, cover with plastic conditioning cap and leave on for one hour. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with a light conditioner if needed.
Severe Hair Breakage
Yogurt serves as a natural protein treatment that helps strengthen hair. It is also full of fatty acids that will help to fortify and add sheen to hair. It also contains lactic acid and helps to hydrate dry, breaking hair strands. Castor oil acts as an emollient to prevent the hair from losing moisture and breaking. The egg is a source of protein that helps strengthen and fortify the hair.
1 cup plain Yogurt, 1 tbsp castor oil, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 whipped egg, plastic conditioning cap
In a glass bowl, whip Greek yogurt until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir until even. Apply to wet or damp hair, cover with plastic conditioning cap and leave on for a minimum of one hour. Rinse thoroughly.
Bananas are one of the better kept secrets when it comes to treating dry hair, as they are rich in beneficial vitamins such as potassium and Vitamin A. Olive oil is used to help penetrate and add moisture to dried strands. Yogurt will give the hair a healthy balance of moisture and protein to help soften the parched strands.
1 ripe banana, 2-3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup tbsps plain yogurt, 1 tbsp pure honey, plastic conditioning cap
Mix banana and olive oil in a blender until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until there are no lumps. Pour mixture through a strainer to remove any extra lumps or banana pulp before applying to your hair. Apply to wet hair, cover with plastic conditioning cap and leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Dull, Dry and Lifeless hair
Mayonnaise is full of fatty oils that your hair would love to be pampered with. It helps moisturize, soften and add sheen to dull, dry hair and prevents the strand from becoming weak. Honey adds sheen to the hair, and acts as an all-natural moisturizer that prevents the hair from losing moisture.
1 cup Mayonnaise, 1/3 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup olive oil (or coconut oil), 2 tbsp honey, plastic conditioning cap
In a bowl, whip all ingredients together and stir until evenly smooth. Apply to wet or damp hair, cover with plastic conditioning cap and leave on for one hour before rinsing.