As the heat continues to intensify, I’m feeling a number on my skin and hair. While my skin dwells in the sun, my hair…not so much, and this is an issue most of women are faced with in the summer heat, especially if we’re adding added heat through blow drying and styling. As much as I would like to get salon-style hair treatments or purchase the expensive at-home, hot brand named conditioning mask, I simply cannot afford these overpriced services or products. Thankfully, Ron King, L’Oreal Professional and Celebrity Stylist, Creator of Invisi-Tab Hair Extensions and owner of Ron King Salon in Austin, TX has come to our assistance with some amazing at home, do it yourself hair treatments that contain products most of us have in our very own kitchens!
I’ll admit I’ve tried everything to tame my unruly wisps around my face (broken off by extreme flat ironing!) and split ends…like sleeping overnight with a head covered (literally from root to tip) in mayonnaise (GROSS!), honey, coconut oil, etc. If it holds moisture, then I’ve probably used it on my head. Trust me, King’s solutions below are no where as invasive or downright disgusting.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Often found in the pantry, apple cider vinegar has many tress-friendly benefits including clarifying the scalp by unclogging hair follicles that hinder hair growth and create build up. TO USE: Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and rinse hair with the solution.
Pumpkin, Honey, Cinnamon – Pumpkin is chockfull of naturally exfoliating enzymes that help exfoliate skin. Cinnamon has been known to relive itchy scalp. TO USE: Blend 6 oz of pumpkin puree, with 2 TBS of honey and ½ tsp with cinnamon. Smooth mixture on scalp and let sit for 10 minutes.
Strawberry & Rose Hip Oil – Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, are rejuvenating as well as soothing to the skin. Rose Hip Oil is great for reviving damaged, dry strands and easing itchy and flaking scalp. TO USE: Mash 6 fresh strawberries or 3/4 cup thawed frozen berries. Add 1 tsp of Rose Hip Oil and 1 tsp of baking powder. Coat head with mixture and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Banana, Yogurt, Honey – Bananas are rich in potassium and natural oils that helps in softening the hair. Goat’s Milk yogurt is packed with vitamins and has rich emollients that provide hydration, as does the honey in this recipe. TO USE: Mash 1 banana and blend with 3 TBS of honey and ½ cup of plain goat’s milk yogurt until it has a mousse-like consistency. Coat hair with mousse and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
There you have it, ladies. Four incredibly cheap and easy hair solutions to help tame your mane! All of these items are probably already in your kitchen and the entire treatment can be done while waiting for your second cup of coffee to brew! What’s the craziest homemade hair solution you’ve ever used? Come on, I know I can’t be the only one!