All Natural To The Rescue: 5 Yummy Homemade Hair TREATments
By Dr. Phoenyx of DrPhoenyx.com
Got a few pieces of overripe fruit, or a can of coconut milk that’s collecting dust? Instead of tossing it out, why not use it to make a yummy hair treatment. In case you didn’t know it, you can absolutely use things like that mushy day old banana or that almost finished bottle of honey to deep condition your hair. So take a min to open up pantry or frig, maybe there’s something inside that you can use to actually “feed” your hair.
1. Coconut Milk Treatment
Coconut milk is rich in protein and fatty acids, which makes it great for conditioning, strengthening and reducing breakage. It’s also great for restoring shine and softness to weathered tresses.
You’ll need: 1 cup coconut milk, 1 peeled and mashed avocado, 1 tbsp of honey
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. You can apply cool mixture directly to freshly cleansed hair, or preheat mixture in microwave for 30-45 seconds. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
2. Avocado Treatment
Avocado is rich in fatty acids that help restore shine and softness to dry, brittle hair. The omega fatty acids in avocados are also good for soothing a dry or irritated scalp.
You’ll need: 1 avocado (peeled), 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Apply to freshly cleansed hair, and massage into hair and scalp. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
3. Banana Treatment
Bananas are rich in natural oils and nutrients that help to restore hair’s natural elasticity. This means less breakage. Bananas will also help restore softness, shine and can even be used as a remedy for dandruff.
You’ll need: 1 banana (peeled), 1 egg, tablespoons milk, 5 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Make sure banana is fully pureed so it doesn’t become difficult to rinse from hair. Apply to freshly cleansed hair, and massage into hair and scalp. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
4. Honey Treatment
Honey helps restore shine and it’s a natural humectant- which means it can help keep hair moisturized by literally pulling moisture into hair from the surrounding air. Honey is also super rich in sulfur, iron, zinc and B vitamins- all nutrients that stimulate healthy hair growth.
You’ll need: ½ cup honey, 2 tablespoon olive oil
Mix honey with olive oil. Heat mixture in microwave for 30 seconds. Apply to freshly cleansed hair, then cover head with shower cap for 5 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
5. Papaya Treatment
Papaya can be used to restore shine and softness to hair. It’s also rich in plant proteins that help repair damage and fruit enzymes that help remove product buildup.
You’ll need: 1 raw papaya, 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ cup yogurt
Remove seeds and skin of papaya. Blend all ingredients. Apply to freshly cleansed hair. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.
Do you like making homemade, all-natural hair treatments? How do they work for you? Share your recipe!
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author and media personality. Dr. Phoenyx’s new book, If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide to Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. Special autographed book copies can be ordered directly from her blog, DrPhoenyx.com. You can also find Dr. Phoenyx on Facebook and Twitter.