Hair – for some of you, it’s your crowning glory. It moves and shimmers and shakes and shines. And then there’s the rest of us. Hair problems are among the most common for many of us naturally beautiful women.
Do you have spiky, perky short hair? A long and silky mane? Is your hair curly, straight? Oily or Dry? Turning gray by the minute? No matter what you’ve got on top of your head (unless you’re bald, of course!), you’ve got to take care of it. And we can do it naturally and frugally.
First things first – You’ve got to get your hair trimmed to get rid of the split ends. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet; instead use a wide tooth comb. Use the softest bristle brush – it can help distribute natural oils through the hair without breaking it. If you’ve got dry hair, washing less often, once or twice a week, will keep it healthier longer. Look for products without Ammonium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which dry hair. Cut back on blow-drying and straightening – let your hair go natural every so often. Drink lots of water to keep your whole body hydrated and amp up your consumption of healthy foods, especially the good fats.
You don’t have to look any farther than your kitchen for great products to make your hair healthy. Avocados are full of natural oils that nourish and revitalize your hair. Mayonnaise will make your mane manageable. Take these two ingredients, avocado and mayonnaise, and mix them up and slather them on your hair! Cover your hair with a shower cap. Keep this homemade mask on for 15 minutes (or sleep all night), then rinse with warm water. See A is for Avocado – All About Hair! Rinsing your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar will add luster and shine.
Naturally beautiful and healthy hair begins inside with nutrition – the water we drink and the food we eat. Like everything else connected with your natural beauty and your natural health, taking care of yourself will make you shine, inside, outside, and on top of your head.
Hold the Chicken!
Remember the scene in “Five Easy Pieces” where Jack Nicholson wants an omelet and toast and the waitress tells him, “No substitutions!” And he says, “Hold the Chicken!”
Well, I say “Hold the Chicken and pass the MAYO!”
Mayonnaise is one of those natural beauty gems that is always in your kitchen. It’s great for a sandwich, and it’s also great for moisturizing your skin and your hair. The egg and the oil in your mayo are two great ingredients for making homemade hair conditioner to get rid of the frizzies. You can use your mayo on your elbows and heels to moisturize them after a walk in the hot, dusty streets. Or you can do a daily massage of your face with a small amount of mayo (remember to always massage your face with circular, upward motions and don’t forget to rinse the mayo off!). And now that it’s summer, keep some mayo handy to take the sting out of sunburn (but all you naturally beautiful women should know that too much sun is not a good thing – for natural health or for natural beauty!).
Dry Hair perks up with a do-it-yourself hair conditioner made out of mayo. So if you’re like me and you have dry, dull hair, grab that jar of mayo and slather it on! Take a handful of mayonnaise and apply it to the hair shaft, taking care not to rub it too hard into your hair roots. Too much mayo or too frequent conditioning will leave you with an oily, greasy head of hair. Leave the mayo on your hair for 15 minutes. If your hair is really, really dry and thick and frizzy, you might leave it on for a bit longer. Put a shower cap on your head to prevent dripping. When you’re done, rinse your hair with warm water to get all the mayo out and you will have a head of lustrous, luminous locks (oops, L was yesterday!)
In case you don’t remember — Here’s that most famous (or infamous) scene with Jack Nicholson in FIVE EASY PIECES (1970):
“Dupea: OK, I’ll make it as easy for you as I can. I’d like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A number two, chicken sal san, hold the butter, the lettuce and the mayonnaise. And a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Dupea: Yeah. Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven’t broken any rules.
Waitress (spitefully): You want me to hold the chicken, huh?”
MORE MASKS FOR DRY HAIR
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Coconut cream mask
Soften a large chunk of coconut cream in your hands and massage into hair. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.
Beat two full eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. Apply to clean, damp hair, massaging in well. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and then wash out with mild shampoo.
Banana smoothie for hair – not for drinking!
Mix 1 mashed banana, 1 full egg, 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of milk and 5 tablespoons of olive oil. PUREE in a blender (this is so important as bananas don’t get mashed properly otherwise and you’ll have gross bits in your hair!) and then apply to hair. Leave for 15 – 30 minutes and wash out with a gentle shampoo.
Olive oil hair mask
Whisk up 5 tablespoons of olive oil – it doesn’t matter which sort – with 2 full eggs. Massage thoroughly into your hair and then cover it with plastic wrap or a shower hat. Your body heat will help the oil to penetrate. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and then shampoo out, rinsing well.
Honey and Olive oil mask
Mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your hair and wrap your head in plastic film or put on a shower hat. Leave for at least 30 minutes and then shampoo as usual, rinsing well.
Banana and almond mask for dry, damaged hair
Mash a ripe banana and add a few drops of almond oil. Mix well and massage into your hair. Leave for 15 – 30 minutes. Wash out with gentle shampoo.
Milk and honey mask
Mix a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of full fat milk. Apply to your hair and leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo.
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