Luscious locks or gorgeously straight, a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. And there are loads of hair care products that can attest to the care that people have for their hair. We’ve got hair sprays, hair gels, shampoos, conditioners, oils, and dyes. Unfortunately, some of these products can do more damage than good. Some products have even been shown to have cancer-causing ingredients like formaldehyde. If you truly want to have healthy, shining hair, there’s only one way—go all-natural. Check out some of the best natural hair care secrets and tips that will give you the head of hair you’ve always wanted.
Hair Care Tips
- Use lukewarm water when washing hair. Hot water can strip natural oils from your hair. This can cause dull-looking hair. If you don’t want to take any cold showers, use lukewarm water to preserve your natural oils.
- Air dry your hair more often. Too much blow-drying can damage your hair. If you really need the blow dryer, opt for air-drying your hair first for as long as you can before using a blow dryer to style it the way you want.
- Brushing your hair 100 times will damage it. Brushing our hair can make it shiny because it moves the hair’s natural oils from the roots down to the tips. But brushing excessively can cause breakage and activate the oil glands in your scalp which makes your hair greasy.
- Eating salmon and nuts can keep your hair healthy. The protein and omega-3 fatty acids in these foods can help keep your scalp healthy.
- Crash diets help you lose weight quickly but it has adverse effects: hair brittleness and hair loss due to lack of important nutrients. Take supplements when dieting to prevent hair loss.
5 Organic Hair Care Secrets
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most natural treatments you can use to keep your hair healthy. It’s great for treating damaged hair, dry hair, and dandruff. You can use it to regularly maintain healthy hair and scalp. Individuals who regularly use coconut oil to treat their hair report less hair loss, increased body and shine, and less breakage, tangles, and split ends.
How it works: Coconut oil contains lauric acid, vitamin E, and capric acid which all work towards restructuring damaged hair and improving hair strength by preventing the loss of proteins. The molecular structure of coconut oil enables it to easily penetrate the hair shaft so it heals and restructures the damage from the inside out and preventing further damage.
How to use: To use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment, you will need to heat up 3-5 tablespoons until it’s all melted and can be easily applied to your hair. 5 tbsp. is ideal for long hair while you will only need 3-4 tablespoons if your hair is shorter or thinner. Massage the oil onto your clean, damp hair until it is completely covered from root to tip. You can use a comb to evenly distribute the oil. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the treatment seep for 20 minutes or longer. Wash the oil off with shampoo 2-3 times to ensure that the oil is gone.
To treat dandruff, you’ll need to massage a small amount of coconut oil into your scalp. Let the treatment seep for 10 minutes or even overnight (wear a shower cap to bed). Rinse your hair with shampoo.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar eliminates any product buildup in your hair. It can also revitalize your hair, making it soft, shiny, and smooth. It also works well as a treatment for dry, itchy scalps, dandruff, hair loss, frizzy hair, and split ends.
How it works: Harsh shampoos can often eliminate the natural oils in our hair, leaving it dry and brittle. The acidity of apple cider vinegar offsets this effect by balancing your hair and scalp’s natural pH level. Restoring the natural pH of your scalp prevents it from becoming itchy. Conditioners work best when your hair is at a low pH level, making it stick better. This acidity also increases your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.
The residue buildup in your hair makes it look dull. When the cuticles in your hair are open, the hair shafts are more easily damaged and your hair also looks duller. Using apple cider vinegar will close the cuticles and remove the residue buildup from your shampoo so your hair becomes shiny. Closing the hair cuticles also flattens your hair’s surface which gets rid of split ends and makes it easier to comb through and less tangled.
In addition, apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It prevents the overgrowth of Malassezia furfur, the fungus believed to cause dandruff.
How to use: Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. You can pour the mixture into your hair or spray it (using a spritzer or spray bottle) after shampooing. Massage it well into your hair and scalp. Let it seep for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a great natural treatment for boosting hair growth, preventing hair loss, stopping dandruff, and strengthening hair. It also helps keep the scalp from becoming too oily. Lemon juice can also be used to lessen the damage caused by chemicals in your hair products and pollution. Using it can make your hair shinier, smoother, and thicker. Aside from treating dandruff, lemon juice fights off any other infections and germs in your scalp. Lastly, it can be used as a natural bleach agent.
How it works: Lemons are rich in vitamins A & B, antioxidants, and phosphorous—all of which stimulate hair growth. Massaging lemon juice into your scalp can improve blood circulation in that area. Increased blood flow can stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. The juice has the necessary nutrients to help nourish your hair follicles.
Lemon juice also helps stimulate the glands in your scalp to promote the production of natural oils that keep your hair moisturized. At the same time, it eliminates hair product buildup and excess oil (if any) which can clog your hair follicles and leave your hair dull, heavy, and limp.
Lemon juice also has bleaching properties such as citric acid that can help lighten your hair color when combined with exposure to sunlight.
How to use: To remove dandruff, squeeze half a lemon and massage the juice into your scalp. Then shampoo and rinse your hair. Mix the juice from the other half of the lemon with two cups of water. Massage the lemon mixture into your hair and scalp then rinse it out. Use this treatment every other day until your dandruff disappears.
To promote healthy hair growth and maintenance, use a generous amount of lemon juice on your hair and scalp. Let it stay for 10-30 minutes before rinsing it out with shampoo and water.
To lighten your hair color, combine ¼ cup of lemon juice with ¾ cup of water. Spray the mixture on your dry hair and leave it on for 2 hours. Expose yourself to the sun for half an hour before rinsing and conditioning your hair. This natural treatment only works well for those with lighter hair (i.e. blondes).
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that help protect your hair. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, copper, and magnesium, essential to keeping hair healthy. This super fruit can help lessen hair loss, stimulate hair growth, promote scalp circulation, slow down the appearance of gray hair, and contribute to making your hair silky-smooth and shiny. Strawberries can also help in exfoliating the skin of your scalp and moisturizing your hair. In addition, strawberries can be used to prevent fungal growth on your scalp.
How it works: Strawberries contain proanthocyanidins, phytochemicals that are rich in antioxidants. Scientists have found that these phytochemicals stimulate the hair follicles to grow faster. Berries are also a rich source of vitamin C, responsible for the production of collagen. Collagen is vital to hair growth and prevention of hair loss.
Ellagic acid, which is found in strawberries, can protect your hair from thinning and prevent hair loss. Strawberries also contain vitamins B5 and B6 and folic acid, a hair fall aid.
Strawberries also have powerful antioxidant effects that protect the cell membranes of your scalp by preventing a hydrophobic layer from forming on your scalp. This hydrophobic layer blocks the hair pores and deters hair growth.
Minerals such as copper and manganese, both found in strawberries, when combined with dicarboxylic acids such as malic acid (also in strawberries), create protection that can prevent the growth of fungi on the scalp.
How to use: To make your hair shiny and silky smooth, mash 7-8 ripe strawberries then add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and mix them together. Once the mixture becomes a smooth paste, apply it to your hair and scalp. Let the mixture stay in your hair for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Shampoo as usual afterward.
To moisturize your hair, mix 200 grams of mashed strawberries with one egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it in for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off completely.
Avocado oil is great for moisturizing and rejuvenating your scalp, promoting the growth of healthy hair, and preventing hair loss. It’s also great for keeping hair shiny and healthy. It can be used as a deep conditioner for dry or damaged hair as well as for getting rid of split ends.
How it works: Avocado oil contains proteins, folic acid, magnesium, iron, copper, amino acids, and vitamins A, D, E, and B6 which are all essential to promoting hair growth and nourishing hair. Avocado oil is also a humectant (preserves moisture) and emollient, good for keeping hair smooth and soft.
How to use: Avocado oil can be used as a hot oil treatment. You will need to mix ¼ of an avocado (mashed), 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl. After mixing, fill a large bowl halfway with some hot water. Heat the mixture by placing the medium-sized bowl within the larger one. Stir occasionally until the mixture is about room temperature. Apply the mixture into your scalp and hair and let it seep for 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual before rinsing everything out of your hair.
To use avocados as a deep conditioner, mix the flesh of a ripe avocado with ¼ cup of coconut cream. In another bowl, mix ¼ coconut water with 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise that contains egg. Add the second mixture to the first one using a spatula and whisk everything together until it smoothens. Work the mixture into your hair (from roots to tips) and scalp. Let it stay for 45 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Shampoo your hair as usual.