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Homemade Hair Masks and Moisture Treatments
In order to maintain the health and beauty of your hair, it is important to keep hair properly conditioned and hydrated. While there are a large number of treatments available for purchase at drugstores and salons, many hair masks and moisture treatments can be made inexpensively at home. These mixtures provide a more natural means of taking care of your hair.
Before trying these hair treatments, it is important to remember that your results may be impacted by the current condition of your hair. Extremely dry hair tends to absorb more moisture, but your individual results may vary greatly. Before trying a mask, apply a small amount of the mixture to a test strand in order to determine if the treatment is right for your hair.
Honey-based Treatments
Honey is considered by many to be an excellent hair treatment. Dissolve a spoonful of honey into three or four cups of warm water. Once the honey is thoroughly mixed, pour the mixture over wet, freshly washed hair. Gently ring excessive moisture from your hair, but do not rinse the mixture out. Use a towel to lightly pat hair dry and then style as normal. The honey will help soften and add shine to your hair.
Hot Oil Treatments
Applying a heated mixture to the hair helps the strands better absorb moisture and assists in smoothing damaged hair. Some natural products that can be used for this treatment include soybean oil, olive oil, and castor oil. Heat the oil slightly by placing the container in a cup of hot water, but be cautious to avoid letting the oil become too hot.
Comb the mixture evenly throughout the hair and allow to treatment to sit on hair for several minutes. Rinse hair and wash with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo. If your hair is extremely dry, you can try applying the product after you have washed your hair and then rinse thoroughly.
Other Options
There are many other masks that can be used to restore moisture to your hair. One option is to mix one whole egg with two tablespoons of olive oil. Smooth the mixture evenly throughout your hair and then cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Allow the mixture to remain on hair for ten minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The high protein and amino acid content of the egg will add strength and shine to your hair while the olive oil will help to soften and condition dry hair.
Fruits mixtures can also be used to enhance the health of your hair. The citric acid in many fruits adds shine to hair, while antioxidants help protect hair from harmful environmental toxins. However, if your hair is blonde or light brown, avoid dark fruit such as berries or grapes that can stain light hair.
To make a mask, combine one-half banana, one-half avocado, and a small amount of cantaloupe or other melon. Blend fruit thoroughly with a few tablespoons of plain, unflavored yogurt. Smooth evenly through hair and allow the mixture to sit for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The yogurt and avocado moisturize and condition the hair while the cantaloupe and banana encourage shine and manageability.
When using homemade treatments, don't be afraid to experiment with natural products. Remember to check your concoctions on a small test strand in order to assess the effectiveness of the mixture and to avoid any potential allergic reactions. Natural, homemade hair masks and moisture treatments are an excellent way to enhance your hair's beauty and save money on expensive salon treatments.
Author: Kendra Van Wagner     ©
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