Natural Vegetable Oils to Hydrate Your Hair
There are many ways to naturally strengthen the fibres of your hair, including products that are affordable and don´t contain synthetic chemicals that are found in many hair products around the world. Some of the oils that you use on a daily basis for cooking can be used on your hair as well. If you are a person who suffers from dry, damaged or course hair, the following list of products are good natural alternatives for reviving and rehydrating the proteins that helps keep your hair bountiful and healthy.
Coconut oil is not only a superfood for your body, but is a superfood for your hair as well. Coconut oil contains a high percentage of saturated fat and when generously applied to the strands of your hair, provides a rich coat of moisture that penetrates deep into your scalp.
How to use it: The best way to use coconut oil is to warm it up before applying it to your hair. Ten seconds in the microwave is all it takes for the coconut oil to soften, allowing an easier application to the hair. After applying about 1-2 tablespoons to the hair, let it sit for around ten minutes before rinsing out with shampoo.
The oil from avocado contains monounsaturated fatty acid that helps nourish, hydrate, and replenish damaged locks from the deep within the root. Monounsaturated fatty acid also provides a thick shield against common outside pollutants. Some studies show that massaging avocado oil into your scalp may promote blood flow to your hair follicles.
How to use it: Mix a tablespoon of freshly pressed avocado oil mixed with a half a tablespoon of honey and apply to wet hair. Leave on for ten minutes and rinse with shampoo.
Eggs are readily available staple in kitchens all over the UK. Eggs have also been used as a natural hair product for many years. Eggs are packed with protein and support the natural growth of your hair´s natural protein. Since hair is comprised 70 percent keratin protein, egg yolks help reconstruct damaged and dry hair by filling in the weak proteins.
How to use is it: Mix one to two egg yolks in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil and three teaspoons of honey. Mix until completely blended. Apply to damp hair for ten minutes and wrap up in a towel. Rinse with shampoo.
Sunflower oil contains gamma linolenic acid, a type of omega fatty acid that promotes hair growth and when applied on a daily basis, keeps the hair shiny and resistant to breakage.
How to use it:
Sunflower oil does not penetrate the hair as intensely as oils such as the ones mentioned above. If applied generously and consistently however, sunflower oil can have the same effect. Prepare by adding a quarter-size amount to wet hair, massaging deep into the scalp. Wrap up in a towel for at least twenty minutes and let sit. Rinse and shampoo.
Canola oil also contains a high content of monounsaturated fats. Canola oil is known to reduce frizz and common breakage of hair follicles. This is an excellent choice for people who suffer from extreme dryness and split ends. It is also extremely economical and can be purchased at your local supermarket for very little.
How to use it:
Mix a few teaspoons of canola oil into a bowl of lukewarm water. Dampen hair and massage into scalp thoroughly. Let sit for at least an hour. If you can make it a daily practice before bedtime, use as an overnight remedy for hair.
Apart from its natural therapeutic properties, like increasing relaxation and promoting healthy sleep, lavender oil has been shown to help lessen hair loss and promote hair re-growth. Some research shows that hair loss is associated with depression, anxiety and stress. By using lavender oil as a pacifying agent to help lessen these types of stressors, the body can reside in a healthier state that supports healthy hair growth. Lavender oil can also be added to natural conditioners to enhance its moisturising properties.
How to use it:
Bring two cups of water to boil, mix in two drops of lavender oil. Wait for water to cool, add to wet hair. Wrap in towel, let sit for ten minutes. Rinse and then shampoo.