The go-to solution for dealing with hair glitches nowadays is mostly linked to using bottled, chemically manufactured hair products. While this is a quick option, with numerous products available easily in exchange for money, it is not going to work in favour of your hair in the longer run.
On the other hand, countless earth-friendly ingredients exist that are effective in treating hair problems and are beneficial for the long term health of your hair.
Natural remedies do not cause any irritation to your scalp (which can be a concern for people having skin problems such as eczema) or unnecessary, underlying damage to your hair, but instead, provide it with pure and harmless nutrients.
5 of nature’s ingredients which have been tried and tested by many around the world are as follows:
Honey is known greatly for its moisturising abilities, for both hair and skin. It not only conditions your hair and locks moisture in your scalp, but also strengthens each hair strand from the root to tip. This strength helps in combating hair breakage. It prevents hair fall and stimulates hair growth simultaneously by unclogging the hair follicles with its anti-fungal properties. A clean scalp and clean pores lead to less frizzy, healthy and glossy hair.
What to do: Add a few drops of honey to your conditioner or shampoo and then wash your hair with it, gently massaging the scalp with your fingertips.
Egg yolk is loaded with protein, vitamin E, A and folate. These nourishing properties make it a power packed meal for your hair. Eggs treat dry, brittle hair and give you silky, healthy-looking, beautiful hair.
What to do: Massage your scalp directly with an egg yolk and leave it for 15 minutes, not more or less. Then wash your hair gently, but thoroughly, with a shampoo. This can be done twice a week to see the best results.
Plain yogurt is also rich in protein which, as discussed above, is essential for shiny, healthy and strong hair.
Additionally, it contains many other hair-friendly nutrients; vitamins, lactic and fatty acids. The acids keep the hair follicles and the scalp unclogged, and wipe away dead skin cells from the scalp as a bonus. Its antibacterial properties reduce dandruff and also provide a soothing effect to irritated/itchy scalp. Moreover, yogurt regulates sebum production which helps in maintaining an optimum pH level for your scalp.
What to do: Apply a paste/mask of plain, natural yogurt to your scalp (you can also add an egg yolk to maximise the effect) and leave it for 20-25 minutes before washing it off.
Citrus fruits, especially oranges, are great sources of vitamin C which is beneficial for the human body as a whole. Not only can their benefits are reaped through oral consumption, but applying/massaging orange juice on the scalp and hair can show visible results in a short span of time. In addition to vitamin C, oranges also have bio-flavonoids which are experts in scalp circulation. Proper circulation strengthens the hair follicles and boosts hair growth as well. Orange juice also conditions and nourishes your hair, giving it a soft texture and a healthy volume.
What to do: Use equal amounts of fresh orange juice and lukewarm water. Mix the solution well and apply it on your scalp and hair thoroughly. You can also massage some orange pulp directly on your scalp. Wash your hair after 30-40 minutes and see the beautiful results yourself.
Oiling is one of the most traditional hair care methods which has been used by many generations before us. Most oils known for hair treatment are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. These properties aid in locking moisture in every strand of hair, thus, reducing damage and frizz. They also promote hair growth and give your scalp the nourishment it needs.
Oils effective in treating damaged hair (in no particular order):
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
What to do: Heat a few tablespoons of an oil of your choice and massage it on your entire scalp. Keep massaging for 5-10 minutes; remember to massage gently with light fingertips to avoid hair breakage and the strain on the follicles. Leave it for 2-3 hours and then wash with a shampoo. Oil your hair weekly for proper treatment.
Note: You can also use a mixture of different oils.