Last week we were all about the skin, this week it’s hair. We’re not all blessed with lustrous locks that shine with ease and dazzle our bystanders. Some of us have to really work at it. But it’s not impossible! There are natural remedies or problem hair, and here are three of our favourites!
Bicarbonate of soda for greasy hair
It’s not just for baking. We’ve already written about the powers of using bicarbonate of soda around the house, but did you know you can also use it on your hair? If you suffer from limp and/ or greasy hair, this stuff is amazing! Lots of shop bought shampoos actually contain a surprising amount of chemicals which can strip your hair of essential oils and leave your hair dry and frizzy. Likewise, some shampoos and conditioners can build up on your hair and make it limp, dull looking and greasy. So how better to fix it than to go back to basics?
To make a wonderful cleansing bicarb shampoo you need:
- 1 part bicarbonate of soda to 3 parts water
- 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water
When you first start to use this shampoo and rinse, you may notice that your hair feels a little more oily than usual- but don’t worry, it will settle down and you will notice the difference quite quickly. It’s worth sticking with! Simply apply the bicarb and water mixture to your hair and scalp and by starting at the roots and massaging down to the ends. It won’t foam. Be prepared for that. But it will clean! Rinse well with warm water before applying the vinegar rinse. Leave that on for a few seconds and rinse well.
Voila! And goodbye dull, greasy hair!
Onions to help reduce hair loss
This is a great one for post natal women too, since this is a time where we tend to really notice hair loss. Thankfully the hormone changes that cause it are only temporary, but for some women hair loss is a real problem post baby or not. Luckily, hair shedding is not usually noticeable, and there is a natural remedy that you can use to strengthen your hair and reduce loss. And here it is!
Firstly, it’s worth noting that weight loss and stress can also contribute towards hair shedding, so it makes sense to look at these aspects of your life too. But if you’re up for the onion rinse, then here it is!
To make it, you need:
- juice of one raw onion
- coconut oil
Simply apply the onion juice to your hair and scalp and leave for 50-60 minutes. Rinse well with warm water before applying warmed coconut oil for a conditioning boost. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse well. The coconut oil will remove any odour from the onion, so don’t worry. It’s beneficial to do this once a day, but three times a week should also be sufficient.
Egg whites, sugar and cornflour for hair removal
We have hair all over our bodies (apart from the soles of our feet and the palms of our hands) and for some of us its more visible than others, especially on the face. You could, therefore, spend a fortune on hair removal, or you could try this easy natural remedy instead…
To make it you need:
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Half a teaspoon cornflour
Mix the egg white and sugar together so that it combines. Add the cornflour and and stir until you have a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to your face with your fingertips and allow to dry. Then, simply peel the mask gently from your skin, and rinse with cold water- the pesky hairs will come away with the mask. Follow up with a good cleanser and moisturiser and repeat three or four times a week.
Do you have a natural hair care remedy that you’d like to share in the comments? We’d love to hear from you!