Cold weather and the blasting heat indoors can really dry out your hair and leave you a frizz case. But don’t worry, the solution might be in your fridge and pantry! Here are 5 really great foods and home hair conditioner recipes you can reach for when you’re in a pinch- or as a really wonderful weekly hair mask.
1) Olive Oil:
Olive oil is an amazing and nourishing treatment for skin and hair. A small dab of olive oil on dry hair can be a great hair serum to smooth frizzy ends. But for more nourishing hair treatments- olive oil and honey mixed together on damp hair is a miracle dry hair mask. Remember that because of the deep conditioning from olive oil and honey, you really need to work your shampoo into a huge lather to make sure you don’t end up with greasy locks. I like to leave the mask in my hair for 5-15 minutes. Oh and note that you need only a SMALL amount of olive oil and a healthy amount of honey I use a quarter size amount of olive oil with palm amount of honey.
2) Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil works best on wet hair, so in the shower, or fresh out of the shower, grab a small dab of pure coconut oil and smooth through your hair. You don’t need to rinse it out either. The oil will leave your hair smelling great, smooth and shiny. Coconut oil is actually a very common ingredient in expensive hair conditioners.
Avocados are full of great fatty acids and proteins that can help feed your dry hair. Simply take an avocado and turn it into a fine paste (I like to mix in a bit of water to make it more smooth)- think creamy guacamole texture. Apply it to your hair, wrap in a towel or shower cap and then leave it to soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse your hair out and shampoo as usual. You’ll find that your hair feels fuller and less brittle.
Blackened or super ripe bananas also help strengthen and smooth split ends. Mash, mash, mash and blend a banana until it is super super smooth – think smoothie texture. Mix in a dab of honey or water to make it a bit tackier. Apply the mixture to your hair, wrap in a towel or shower cap and then leave to soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse your hair and shampoo as usual.
I don’t eat mayonnaise, but it works wonders as a hair mask. It leaves my hair feeling moisturized and shiny! First, make sure you leave the mayonnaise at room temperature. Now rinse your hair with hot/warm water, do not shampoo, but make sure your hair is damp. Apply the mayonnaise to your hair and place into a towel or shower cap for 15-30 minutes. Rinse your hair out and depending on the moisturizing needed- you can wash your hair with shampoo. One note for mayo hair masks- is that because it functions as a hot oil conditioner it will continue to condition your hair until you shampoo. So if you want to leave your hair to air dry you can continue the moisturizing effects until you need to wash up and leave the house!