So, last night I decided to go all out with some home hair recipes that I have heard of/found online. The first one is a deep conditioner treatment with avocados and the second one is good ‘ol apple cider vinegar. I color my hair and it can get pretty dried out on the ends….so a deep condition every now and then is in order.
The recipe is something like this: 1 avocado (mashed up as much as possible – into a paste like substance), 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp olive oil. I only had half an avocado and my hair is short so I halved the recipe. I started applying it onto the ends and then worked my way up – avoiding my actual scalp. I left it on for about 25 minutes because I decided to do a facial mask as well. My overall impression is: It is messy. Bits and pieces kept falling off, which made Willy very happy – but it was annoying to clean up my sink area afterwards. Also, it smells like sweet guacamole.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to eat avocados – but smelling it in my hair was kind of weird. I will admit that my hair felt softer afterwards – I shampooed and conditioned it as usual after rinsing out the gook. It looked a little dull though – maybe there was still some residue on it. Anywho, I wonder if a dash of lemon or lime juice would help too – maybe the natural acids would help the oils and conditioner to sink in more. (I don’t know if I would try that on colored hair though).
Alright so that was the avocado treatment, the second one that I tried was an apple cider vinegar spray for my oily roots. I have this problem of my hair being really oily/almost like a product build up on my roots on the back of my head. I have had a recent thought that this could actually be hard water build-up (Arizona is known for the heavy mineral deposits in the tap water). So I did some research on this and most people are saying that a little apple cider vinegar rinse would help. My mom has been rinsing her hair with vinegar for years – I remember the potent smell of it when I was a kid. Yuck. Anyway, it’s not that bad – but I was concerned that it wouldn’t be great for colored hair. Well, I spritzed on a little mixture of 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (unfiltered would be best, but I only had the cooking kind) and 1 cup of filtered water. I really only concentrated on my root area and then let it sit for a few minutes and then rinsed.
I didn’t notice a huge difference – but I don’t think you are supposed to after the first time. It is actually a great treatment for dry/itchy scalp as well. I get that occasionally too. I didn’t notice a significant change in my color either – maybe slightly less red. Although I must point out that my hair color is not permanent – it is the type that washes out naturally over 20 or so shampoos. It’s been 3 weeks since I had my hair colored anyway. But if you are worried it might effect your color – than skip it!
Overall – I am all for trying natural products – especially when it is stuff I can easily obtain in my house! Yay! If any of you guys have any home treatments/remedies for hair or skin – let me know!
Bye for now!