For many people, hair is considered as an important part of their identity, beauty and overall appearance. That’s why some studies say that women will spend up to five percent of their income on a monthly basis on general haircare. So what can you do to keep your hair bright, strong and polished? Well, for starters using the right products plays an essential role in reaching your desired look. There are loads of synthetic options available in beauty stores around the world, but some of the most effective and efficient products might already be hanging about in your own kitchen. Below are four natural ways to get the bouyancy and lustrous locks you are seeking.
Layoff the products
Those brightly-coloured bottles of shampoo and conditioner you find in the supermarkets and beauty shops: yes they smell great, but they are packed with artificial ingredients and fragrances. By using these types of products you will actually do your hair more harm then good. These artifical ingredients will strip your hair of its natural oils.
There are no studies to date that say you have to use products on your hair every single day. In reality, most studies have concluded that washing your hair with a natural product three or four times a week is sufficient. When choosing a hair product read the back label and use the following rule: if you cannot pronounce it, do not buy it.
Coconut oil contains healing properties that not only strengthen your hair but make it shiny and irresistable to touch. It´s oil creates a natural lubrication that coats each strand of hair. Coconut oil is also an effective way to promote hair regrowth. If you have abused your hair for years by using products that contain harsh chemicals, or you have been a slave to your blow-dryer and straighteners, coconut oil will provide the right amount of healing properties to get your hair back in tip-top-shape. This type of remedy is especially beneficial for woman who experience dryness, cracked and brittle split ends. Coconut oil can be applied two to three times a week, or as needed depending on the condition of your hair. For dry hair use more, for oily hair use sparingly. Purchase an unrefined jar of coconut oil and use as a multi-purpose natural remedy for hair, skin, and deep-conditioner treatment.
If you are looking to cut down on your montly haircare costs, look no further than your local organic supermarket and stock up on bag full of ripe avocados. Avocados contain natural oils that will also help lubricate your locks while providing a soothing remedy for dryness that commonly occurs in your scalp. Use one full ripe avacado, spoon out into a bowl and mash up into a cream-like substance (its okay if the consitency is a bit chunky). Then, lather generously all over the hair, scrubbing and massaging it into the roots. Leave on for 20 to 25 minutes. Rinse and enjoy your fresh and shiny new locks.
Aloe Vera Extract
Sometimes refered to as the ¨plant of eternal youth¨, aloe vera has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for all types of healing jobs. Aloe vera extract can be purchased in three forms: a gel, powder or juice. If you are looking to strengthen and improve the quality of your hair purchase aloe vera extract in gel form for application or in a jug at your local natural grocery store for injestion. Aloe vera contains phytochemicals, a biologically active compound that function as an antioxidant and can help fight against chronic disease. This powerful little plant also contains over 75 nutrients, 18 amino acids, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and B12. To get all the health benefits of this miracle plant, try drinking at least 2 to 8 ounces daily before principle meals.
Other benefits of aloe vera
You will gain all of the benefits of aloe vera if you start to incorporate it into your daily diet. Aside from strengthening your locks, by drinking the above recommended daily dose ( 2 to 8 ounces daily), you will also receive many health benefits. Aloe:
- reduces wrinkles and lines
- assists in weight loss
- aids in digestion
- helps cure minor intenstinal issues
- increases energy levels
- curbs appetite
- improves the memory
- increases hair growth.
Get busy repairing your hair!