By Dr. Phoenyx Austin via DrPhoenyx.com
Today I wanted to put you on to a few hair “TREAT”ments for fuller and healthier hair. When it comes to hair, sometimes the best treatments are actually quite simple and quite yummy! Have you ever tried foods like bananas and papaya as deep conditioners? I have- and these foods are amazing for keeping hair moisturized and conditioned.
So if your curls, coils and kinks are in need of some sweet lovin’, you should check out these 5 Yummy Homemade Hair “Treat”ments. And let me know how they work for you!
Coconut Milk Treatment
Coconut milk is rich in protein and fatty acids, which makes it great for conditioning, strengthening and minimizing hair breakage. It also protects you hair from the UV damage of constant sun exposure. Personally, I’ve loved using coconut milk on my hair during the summer because it has been great for restoring shine and softness to my beach hair.
You’ll need: 1 cup coconut milk, 1 peeled and mashed avocado, 1 tbsp of honey (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair).
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. You can apply cool mixture directly to hair, or preheat mixture in microwave for 30-45 seconds. When applying, massage mixture into hair and scalp. Wrap hair in a hot towel or cover with shower cap for 15 min-60 min. Rinse out with shampoo/conditioner and style as usual.
Avocado is great for quick softening, moisturizing and deep conditioning. They are rich in fatty acids which are very nourishing for dry, brittle hair. Avocados are also rich in vitamins, protein and amino acids to promote healthy and stronger hair.
You’ll need: 1 avocado (peeled), 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair)
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Massage mixture into scalp and hair. Leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
Bananas are rich in natural oils and vitamins that help to restore hair’s natural elasticity- which will prevent breakage and split ends. Bananas, when used as a deep conditioning treatment, will also soften, restore shine and control dandruff.
You’ll need: 1 banana (peeled), 1 egg, tablespoons milk, 5 tablespoons olive oil (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair).
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Apply the mixture to your hair- from root to end. Let soak into your hair for about 15- 30 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it holds on to water molecules. This makes it a great moisturizer. Honey hair treatments are great for conditioning hair and adding sheen. Honey is also super rich in sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3- all nutrients that aid in hair growth.
You’ll need: ½ cup honey, 2 tablespoon olive oil (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair)
Mix honey with olive oil. Heat mixture in microwave for 30 seconds. Apply to hair, then cover head with shower cap for 15-30 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
Papaya is great for maintaining the natural shine and softness of hair. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help nourish hair and remove unwanted residues from product buildup.
You’ll need: 1 raw papaya, ½ cup yogurt (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair)
Remove seeds and skin of papaya. Blend it in a blender and add half a cup of yogurt to mix. Apply this paste to your hair and scalp. Cover hair with a shower cap for 15-30 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
October 4, 2011
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