It’s fairly common for health-conscious people to pay serious attention to what goes into their body, but are they also thinking about what goes on it? It’s common to hear about people treating themselves to at-home spa days where they deep condition their hair and clear out their pores. But have you ever looked at the ingredients on those deep conditioners? It’s all chemicals that no one can pronounce.
To treat yourself and your hair, you really need to look no further than your kitchen cabinet. These ingredients won’t break the bank and you won’t spend 30 minutes sitting with chemicals directly on your skin, being absorbed into your scalp and hair.
Coconut oil: This oil has natural anti-fungal properties. It has also been used for centuries as a deep conditioner. Apply warm oil from scalp to tip and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash and condition as normal.
Olive oil: This oil is high in vitamin E and great for both your scalp and split ends. Apply warm oil from scalp to tip and let sit for 30 minutes. Wash and condition as normal.
Apple cider vinegar: This vinegar helps balance the pH of your hair. It helps close and seal the cuticle, which is important after coloring your hair. It helps remove excess hair products, especially ones with high alkalinity. After shampooing, rinse hair with a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar. Let sit 30 seconds and rinse vinegar out.
Everyone’s hair chemistry is slightly different, so it may take some time to find the right treatment for you. It may work better for people with thin hair not to treat their roots. Some find these treatments to be too heavy, causing their hair to appear limp and oily. Try playing around with additional ingredients. Avocado and egg yolk both provide good fats and vitamins that will leave your hair feeling silky smooth. Honey is a natural antibacterial and can be great for your scalp. Honey is best mixed with other ingredients, as it is very sticky.
Whether you’re deep conditioning once a month or once a week, playing around with natural ingredients will save you money; keep more chemicals from being absorbed into your body; and give you beautiful, strong, healthy hair.