21 Aug 2012

Hair treatments

Hair treatments will bless your natural hair with a load of protein, especially if you suffer from dry and breaking hair. Natural and homemade conditioner treatments are better than those from the shops. It is low-cost and quite literally, a miracle worker. These treatments require the use of a showercap to be able to trap heat and open up the hair and make it more porous, also referred to as ''the greenhouse effect''. These treatments can be done every 2 weeks.

Mayonnaise Treatment (Youtube tutorial)
Purchase some mayonnaise at your local grocery store. It doesn’t matter which brand you choose, just as long as it is regular mayonnaise.
  1. Prep your hair using warm water to get it nice and damp, but not soaking wet.
  2. Scoop some mayonnaise out of the jar and start rubbing it through your hair like you would a conditioner. The amount that you are going to use really depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Feel free to lather on the amount that you feel most comfortable with.
  3. Wrap your head of hair with a plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or shower cap to trap the heat inside. Heat opens the pores and allows the treatment to penetrate strands further and thus work better.
  4. Let the treatment sit on the hair for 1-2 hours.
  5. Wash the mayonnaise out. This is most easily done in the shower using a diluted shampoo. You may need to shampoo a few times before you are able to get all of the mayonnaise out. Be sure to use the shampoo gently, not tangling the hair. Using a towel, rub gently to soak out the water.
Olive Oil Moisturising Treatment
Olive oil is one of the top oils that is known to penetrate the hair better than others. That doesn’t just mean that it nourishes and conditions. An olive oil treatment can improve the elasticity and strength of your hair far better than other essential oils. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff.
  1. Take 1/4 cup olive oil and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Part your hair into four sections and apply the warm olive oil to your scalp, section by section. Make sure to work the olive oil from the scalp to the ends of your hair.
  3. Put a plastic cap on your hair and let the olive oil work its magic for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the cap. Shampoo, condition, and style your hair as usual.
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. 
  1. You’ll need: 1 cup coconut milk, 1 peeled and mashed avocado, 1 tbsp of honey.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 
  3. You can apply cool mixture directly to hair, or preheat mixture in microwave for 30-45 seconds. 
  4. When applying, massage mixture into hair and scalp. 
  5. Wrap hair in a hot towel or cover with shower cap for 15 min-60 min. 
  6. Rinse out with shampoo/conditioner and style as usual.
Honey Treatment
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.
  1. You’ll need: ½ cup honey, 2 tablespoon olive oil (Be sure to apply to freshly shampooed hair)
  2. Mix honey with olive oil. 
  3. Heat mixture in microwave for 30 seconds. 
  4. Apply to hair, then cover head with shower cap for 15-30 minutes.
  5. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.

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