What with all the social distancing going on now, there’s now plenty of time for self-care. Stay home, and stay safe. In the meantime, distract yourself from the anxiety of the news cycle with some DIY at-home hair treatments.
Baking soda is wonderfully versatile – use it for anything from cleaning to unclogging drains – but did you know that it’s also a powerful and non-toxic disinfectant for your scalp? Baking soda removes the excess oils produced by the scalp, washing off that extra grease that contributes to dandruff. Not only that, baking soda is a natural antiseptic, as well as helps balance the pH level of the scalp, making it a great DIY dandruff shampoo.
1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency.
2. For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5–10 minutes.
3. Thoroughly rinse the mixture out. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly—once or twice a week.
Avocado has a well-deserved reputation for one of nature’s perfect foods. Its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair. Mash up half an avocado – you could also blend in a banana- and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. Shampoo hair, squeeze out water and apply mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse.
If you’re not worried about weighing down your hair you can amp up the moisture by adding 1-2 tablespoons of oil, egg yolk or yogurt. Bonus: to stimulate hair growth and vitality, choose rosemary essential oil for the roots of your hair.
For dull, frizzy hair
Apple cider vinegar
An apple cider vinegar rinse helps clarify and smooth hair cuticles – the secret to shiny hair! It also has dandruff-busting properties. Combine a tablespoon of vinegar with a 1/2 cup of water and pour over damp hair. Add a couple of drops of essential oil if the smell is too much. Comb through hair, let it sit for five minutes and then rinse. The acidity in the vinegar helps seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, making it lie flat.
We cannot wait to ride out this thing ASAP – but it will most likely be for a while before we are out of the clear. Meanwhile, we are here for you! Take care of yourself in all ways.