Right now, you may be limiting yourself to shampoo and conditioner, or maybe the occasional hot oil treatment, but there are actually several kitchen products that you can use to get beautiful, lustrous hair. If you have a daughter who likes slumber parties, kitchen hair product parties are a lot of fun and all of the little ladies will leave with a lifelong knowledge about creative hair products. It is also fun to relax on a Saturday with several hair beauty treatments that you can whip up right at home. Actually, there are a few kitchen hair supplies that work even better than some store-bought treatments. These ideas are not old wives’ tales; they really work and they are definitely worth trying out.
The number one visual sign of healthy hair is shine. Everyone wants their hair to glisten in the sunlight just like those gorgeous shampoo models on television. You go out and buy the shampoo, but for some reason your hair isn’t even close to being as shiny as the cover girls. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to your dull ‘do – and it’s right in your kitchen! Beer, mayonnaise, and lemon juice are all great shine-producing products. To use beer in your hair, pour two bottles or cans of beer (any brand will do) into a bowl that is wide enough to fit your head into. In the shower or over a sink (this can get messy, and you don’t want your home to smell like a fraternity house on a Sunday morning), soak you hair in the beer for about five minutes. Rinse your hair, and then shampoo, condition, and style as usual. The result should be smooth and shiny hair.
To use mayonnaise and lemon juice, combine ¾ cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Wet your hair slightly with a spray bottle, and then apply the mayo mixture to your hair, massaging it in as you would with shampoo. The smell leaves something to be desired, but that’s just the price of beauty. Leave the mixture on your hair for fifteen minutes and then rinse, shampoo, condition, and style hair as usual. This will be the most effective deep-conditioning, shine-boosting treatment you have ever had.
If your hair problem is that you either have dandruff or lots of residue from excessive styling product usage, you don’t need to look any further than your kitchen cabinets. Baking soda and oatmeal work very well at getting flakes and debris out of your hair and off of your scalp. If you have severe dandruff, you should use an anti-dandruff shampoo with Pyrithione Zinc on a daily basis. These treatments can be used in conjunction with your anti-dandruff shampoo to accelerate your results. To make your baking soda or oatmeal hair treatment, simply combine ¼ cup of baking soda or 1/3 cup dry oatmeal (one or the other, not both) with water until the mixture is of a pasty consistency. Coat your hair and scalp with the mixture. Next, use a fine-toothed comb to slowly comb through your hair, from root to tip. Leave the mixture on for about ten minutes, then rinse, shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
Colored hair is all the rage, whether it’s subtle highlights or bright blue streaks. Save yourself some cash; color-treat your hair with kitchen products. Black tea and dark coffees can deepen your hair color. Simply make three cups of hot tea, using about ten tea bags, or make a pot of coffee, using very finely ground espresso beans. Let the tea or coffee cool down before you use it on your hair. Pour it in a bowl that is wide enough to stick your head in. Soak your hair in the tea or coffee for forty minutes, then rinse. Do not shampoo for a full twenty-four hours (so make this a project for a dull weekend). Red wine can be used in the same way, and it will give your hair a red highlighted effect. Obviously, the lighter your hair color, the more dramatic the results of coloring will be. If you want to give yourself some temporary bright streaks, you can use cool-aid or any brightly-colored fruit drink. Use a sponge to apply the color in streaks. If you have a hair-coloring mistake, and you feel that your color has come out too dark, you can soften the intensity by washing your hair with dish soap, letting it sit on your hair for about twenty minutes before rinsing.