Now that most of the salons are currently closed due to the pandemic, you’ll need to improvise and care for your hair on your own.
Anxiety over the coronavirus can have a negative effect on your hair, and could even result in hair loss. Instead of worrying, use this free time to treat your hair to some TLC with these easy-to-do hacks.
Use this free time during the pandemic to treat your hair to some TLC with these easy-to-do DIY hair treatments.
The scalp is often the most neglected part of the hair, but this shouldn’t be the case. After all, a happy scalp leads to healthy hair. Exfoliating the scalp will help remove product buildup and dead skin cells. Some of the most popular scalp scrubs on the market today include Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt and Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub.
If you’re on a limited budget, you can concoct your own scalp scrub right at home with ingredients you can easily find in the pantry. Mix together coconut oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary essential oil. Wet your hair in the shower and massage the scrub into your scalp. Let it sink in for a couple of minutes, then rinse and follow with shampoo.
Without enough protein, your hair is more prone to breakage. If your hair is limp, stringy, and has low elasticity, it could benefit from a high dose of protein. There are many keratin treatments you can try, such as Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask and the Olaplex Hair Perfector Repairing Treatment.
But if these treatments are out of your reach because of the quarantine, you can still make your own using kitchen ingredients. In a bowl, beat together one egg and two tablespoons of yogurt. If your hair is on the oily or greasy side, use only the yolk of the egg. Apply the smooth paste on wet hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse the protein mix and follow it up with shampoo.
Aside from being a decorative plant, aloe vera is also known for its medicinal properties. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Many people claim that it can help with hair loss, but there are actually no clinical findings to support this.
Yet, some studies do show that aloe vera’s hydrating properties can help with skin inflammation. So if you are suffering from dermatitis on your scalp, you can use it as a form of treatment. You can also use the fresh raw gel that comes out of its leaves as a mild cleansing agent.
Simply cut a leaf from an aloe plant and use a spoon to extract the gel out of it. Rub the gel on your scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse the gel off then proceed to shampoo your hair. You can also create a hair mask by combining aloe vera with jojoba oil or egg whites.
As its name implies, apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature. Limp and brittle hair is known to have a higher pH scale, so the acid in the vinegar solution can help achieve balance in the hair and keep the itchiness away.
If you have an irritated scalp, create your own homemade vinegar rinse. In a bowl, mix apple cider vinegar with green tea. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to achieve a cooling effect and to counter the acidic smell. Apply mixture to your hair for about 30 minutes before rinsing. The smell should subside by the time your hair dries.
Did you know that the malt and hops contained in your favorite brew can be used to treat the hair? Beer has protein and vitamin B which help strengthen your locks.
Pop open a bottle of beer and pour it into a bowl. Let it sit until it has turned flat without the bubbles. Proceed to shampoo your hair and rinse it off. Apply beer to hair as a conditioner and then rinse it off after a couple of minutes. You can also add some essential oils like jojoba or lavender to the beer for added fragrance.
Avocados are rich in fats and biotin. When applied to the hair, the fats can reduce grease, while the biotin can make the hair look shiny and healthy. For a quick hair mask, mash avocados in a bowl, then pour in a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix them together, then apply starting from the ends of the hair, working your way up to the roots. Rinse it off and proceed with your normal shampoo routine.
Using these homemade hair treatments is a simple way to improve your self-care routine while you’re in quarantine.
Using these homemade hair treatments is a simple way to improve your self-care routine while you’re in quarantine. And, since they’re so affordable, you can continue practicing them long after social distancing measures are lifted. Have hair extensions? Don’t forget to take steps to keep your hair extensions looking and feeling great throughout quarantine, too.
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