I think every woman longs for lengthy, voluminous luscious hair. Who doesn’t? The problem is that our naturally gorgeous locks are usually damaged by searing heat (damn straighteners), excessive bleaching (everyone loves a blonde, right?), or every day life – pollution and all that… One way or another, our hair gets damaged and needs to be taken care of, just like our skin. The good news is that taking care of your hair is inexpensive, and completely hassle free. I say that to you sitting at a desk with hair soaking up coconut oil that I found in my cupboard, really!
Aside from a regular trim every six weeks, there’s no need for you to visit a hairdresser to chop off your hair and star again, all it needs is a little TLC – and you can find most of the hair care remedies in your kitchen.
Thicken Me Up
The key to thick hair is protein. Please, don’t start wrapping your plaits in bacon. All you need is a bit of egg. I know it sounds gross, and to be honest, it is a little – but it works. Crack one or two eggs in a mixing bowl depending on the length of your hair, and whisk it up. You know what to do – rub the egg into your hair, wrap it in a bun and leave overnight. The good news about this one, is that even though it’s gross, your hair will look a lot shiner after you’ve washed it.
If you’d rather skip the egg, you can opt for some warm olive oil instead. Heat up half a cup of olive oil so that it’s warm to touch, and apply it to your hair. Wrap your hair up and sleep with it overnight. You can even mix the olive oil with some honey for an extra touch of shine!
My favourite thickening remedy of them all, though is avocado. The vitamin E within the avocado contributes to overall hair health, but specifically in thickening the hair. I also find that it provides a thick gloss on the hair when I’ve washed it out, too! Just smash the avocado and comb it through.
Love in Length
My favourite hair growth method is using castor oil. I love to use castor oil on my scalp eyebrows and eyelashes, and I love witnessing new hair sprouting from the roots. This oil only needs to be applied to the roots as it penetrates the skin to get deep into the roots to encourage growth.
The next remedy for hair growth is a scented one! Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with two-three drops of rosemary essential oil and massage into the scalp. Rosemary is a wonderful herb to use for the hair, as it stimulates hair growth with its antioxidants, reverses hair loss through the silica content in rosemary, and eliminates dandruff by unclogging the roots of the scalp. Plus, it smells great!
Strength is Key
The key to hair growth and thickness is strength. Strengthening the hair means the hair breaks and splits less, which of course means that your hair grows faster and longer. Carrots are packed with vitamins such as A, C, B6, B1, B3, B2, E, phosphorous, potassium, fibre, and beta-carotene, which strengthen, condition, stimulate natural sebum, and antioxidants that fight against hair breakage. Juice a carrot, empty the juice into a spray bottle and spray it over the hair.
Honey is another gem that helps strengthen your hair. Because of its nutrients, it repairs damaged and brittle hair, strand by strand. In fact, if you use honey as a hair mask for fifteen minutes a day, seven days straight, your hair will appear so shiny and healthy it’ll look brand new. Honey is especially great because it contains emollient, which locks in hydration and moisture to the hair strands leaving it strong and conditioned.
Who needs extensions?