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Avoid Dry Winter Hair with Kitchen Ingredients

theglamourouslife africanamericanhair 9 200x300 Avoid Dry Winter Hair with Kitchen Ingredients

 

Winter weather makes hair care challenging and Afro-textured hair needs extra care in colder months. While there’s no shortage of products promising to give your hair the boost it needs, many fall short on keeping your hair’s natural pH balance and reducing the level of harsh chemicals used.

All your hair really needs for optimum health is protein and moisture. Since these two elements are natural, where better to find them than in your own kitchen? Here are five natural ways to keep the moisture in and prevent hair breakage.

  1. Water: Water is the ultimate moisturizer that your hair can’t do without. Warmed up, it opens up your cuticles to let the good stuff (conditioner) in. At cooler temperatures, it seals your cuticles to help maintain your hair’s moisture level. So shampoo and lather with warm water and take down the temperature to rinse off the conditioner.
  2. Aloe vera gel: When used alone, aloe is a great detangler and can be used prior to shampooing if your hair has been in a protective state for longer than usual. To moisturize your hair, two parts gel and three parts water to a spray bottle. Water’s neutral pH of 7 combined with aloe’s acidic range of 3 – 6, will balance to meet your hair’s ideal range of 4.5 to 5.5. Not only does aloe play well with water, it can also be used with oils such as coconut or olive oil to produce a deep conditioner.
  3. Coconut oil: Lightweight with a distinctly sweet aroma, this oil is ripe with goodness. It’s loaded with fatty acids, proteins and vitamin E and makes a great emollient. Coconut oil is ideal for sealing in moisture and adding shine to dull hair. Make sure to apply generously to your ends to help prevent splits and knots.
  4. Honey:  You may think of the sticky factor, but as long as it’s not applied on its own, honey will rinse out like a conditioner.  Honey benefits your hair in two ways. First, it’s is a natural humectant, which means that it attracts and holds moisture.  Second, its texture also helps to smooth down the cuticles and add shine.  Still not convinced? Add some honey to your favourite conditioner for an added moisture boost. Or combine it with coconut oil, milk or avocado to make a deep conditioner.
  5. Greek yogurt: Loaded with protein and calcium, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt will strengthen your hair if you run out of regular conditioner. Want to make it a deep conditioner? Just put on a shower cap to produce heat which will open your cuticles and let the protein sink in.

Maintaining healthy hair doesn’t have to be a mystery or a chore. Next time you run out of your favourite commercial product, reach into your cupboards to see what you can feed your hair.

Have you tried natural ingredients to cleanse or style your hair? If not, what’s holding you back?

 


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